News From SET Maidstone and Causton School
Here we are at the end of another year in school and what a year it has been. I have felt immensely proud of the way our school community has responded to the challenges of the last 18 months. Staff and children have had to contend with staggered starts, break times, bubbles, lateral flow testing, wearing masks whilst teaching to name a few and everyone has taken the changes in their stride. We have learned an awful lot about the importance of keeping in touch with others when we couldn’t see them and since being back in school, we have ensured that well-being is a constant topic of conversation and support for everyone.
Despite the challenges, the children have achieved an awful lot. It has been lovely to see such positive engagement in learning. Staff have worked hard to embed the new Maths and Humanities curriculums and I have seen the children really enjoying their new learning. Reading has been at the forefront in every class this year too and I have been blown away by the conversations I have had with the children about books they have enjoyed reading, what they are looking forward to next in their reads and the new language they have come across whilst reading.
This term we have enjoyed the return of our transition activities. Year 2 have taken part in lessons on-site at Causton and all children have now met their new teacher for next year. Year 6 have completed their moving up days to their respective high schools and all came back with smiles on their faces, a positive sign that they are ready for their next step. Children also enjoyed sports day activities in their bubbles and we are looking forward to celebrating all their achievements in the upcoming award ceremonies.
In preparation, we have been looking at the re-introduction of Enrichment afternoons across both sites in the hope that we will be back to functioning as normal come September. This is an exciting opportunity for us to focus our enrichment sessions on learning new skills such as playing instruments, completing first aid training and learning to cook. More information will be shared on our return in September.
Lucy Thompson, Head of School