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Safety, Learning and Respect - our three values. Thornhill Primary School is proud to be part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. 'Safeguarding ........is given the highest priority' ( OFSTED 2019)

Weekly Message from the Headteacher

Happy Friday everyone- I hope you have enjoyed the extra dose of daylight and several days of calm, sunny weather- I know I have. Freddie and I have enjoyed watching the lambs at play in our local fields, they seem to have impromptu running races through-out the day and enjoy every second of their time with each other in the spring sunshine.

Our children in school are also enjoying their time together, playing and having fun and it is a delight to see them healthy, happy and socialising once again. Now we have the majority of students in the building, we have been reminding children of their roles and responsibilities as part of our school community and revisiting our school rules.

We believe that rules should be simple and easy for children of any age to understand, so we only have three rules. Our Safety rule says we should keep ourselves safe and do everything we can to help others to stay safe. Our Respect rule, is that we should be kind to ourselves and also show that kindness and consideration for others. Our Learning rule is also easy to understand, we should make sure that we embrace opportunities for learning and we shouldn’t interfere with the learning that others are doing. These simple rules help our school to be the wonderful environment that children need to thrive and make it a lovely place to work for staff too.

Our three rules have helped us develop key school behaviours which we call SMART behaviours. Staff in school use this language to ensure consistency of expectation and simplicity for all children. SMART behaviours are:

  • Safe
  • Mindful
  • Attentive
  • Respective
  • Trying our best

 

As role models for the children in our communities, our staff are expected to be SMART too and I am sure you will agree that they are successful. 

 

Parents regularly speak to staff about issues they are having with their children’s behaviour at home and seek out advice. If you are struggling with this, especially if it is the result of changes in routine linked to home-schooling, you may wish to reflect on the following:

 

  • Are the rules at home simple for children to understand?
  • Are they followed consistently so that children know what to expect and they are seen as fair?
  • Are adults providing good role models or are they allowed to bend the rules?
  • Is good behaviour rewarded or is attention only given when children behave poorly?

 

Episodes of challenging behaviour at home are a natural part of growing up, as children explore their independence and recognise particular actions can lead to different reactions from those around them. As social beings, children quickly realise that they can use their behaviour to manipulate situations and achieve their own desires. Consistent parenting can often help children manage these situations and restore calm. However, in some incidences, extreme behaviours are a sign of anxiety or problems with mental health and wellbeing. If you are struggling with your child’s behaviour, please get in touch and discuss the issue with staff in school, we may be able to help.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Figes

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