Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing with Mr Pemberton and Mr Watkins to provide more equipment during break and lunch time. We were told today, Mr Williams has provided us with a budget to choose the equipment we would like to play with outside! We were so excited to hear the news! We also agreed that we would like to arrange equipment monitors for each year group to make sure everyone gets a chance to play with the equipment. Next week, we are going to speak to Mr Williams and get his thoughts about our ideas!
Mr Pemberton gave us some time to discuss what learning we have covered over the past few weeks! Many of us have been listening to famous composers during our music lessons such as William Byrd, Ludwig Van Beethoven and many more! We love our amazing curriculum and the subjects we get to learn! We love being children of Medway!
We discussed the interior design competition, which many children across each year group have produced sketches, 3D projects and many more! They look incredible! We cannot wait to hear about the winner sometime next week! By the way, the deadline is on Monday 31st January! So make sure you enter!
See you in two weeks!
Medway School Council Team!
We had our first School Council meeting of the term! It was so exciting to work with Mr Pemberton and Mr Watkins to organise Friendly Faces. Our friendly faces will focus on anti-bullying related tasks and making sure everyone feels happy and safe within our amazing school.
We are also thrilled to see the improvements with our art vocabulary looking at the depth of a piece of art and developing our vocabulary building to support us with our writing in English and Foundation Subjects. Many of us have been studying Claude Monet, William Turner and many more! We have noticed the benefits of how this supports our writing! Every Monday we are delighted to see which artist we are focusing on that week! .
Currently, we are organising an interior design competition for our School to design the school foyer. All of the School Councillors are feeling enthusiastic to plan and organise the competition! Hopefully, this will be sent out to all year groups in the next few weeks!
Mr Watkins came to discuss behaviour around the school it was really interesting to see how Mr Watkins has taken our ideas on board! We will continue to give him feedback of how things are going during lunch and break time.
See you soon!
Today, we had our school council meeting! It was so exciting because we finalised our inclusion policy ready to discuss and promote to our classes.
Mr Pemberton mentioned that we are all going to have personalised Medway School Councillor hoodies to make sure all the children know who we are! We are so thrilled to receive the hoodies because we all agreed on a particular design and colour.
Later on in the meeting, we discussed and reflected on anti-bullying week and how we promoted this across the school. We want to make sure everyone at Medway feels a sense of belonging and happiness. Mr Watkins came along to our meeting to discuss different ways we can support anti-bullying. We gave him lots of ideas and suggestions, which he was really impressed! Mr Watkins stated “I am really excited to be working with the Medway School Councillors this year to make sure our school environment is safe and welcoming for all”. We really appreciate how Mr Pemberton and Mr Watkins provide us with opportunities for our voices to be heard.
After the Christmas holidays, we all agreed to focus on our amazing curriculum and promoting anti-bullying at Medway. Mr Watkins and Mr Pemberton are really excited to be working with us all. See you in two weeks! :)
We had our first school council meeting for the new term! We asked Mr Williams if we could design our School Council hoodies! This was a really good idea because all of the children at Medway will know who we are around the school and if they have any questions or ideas about School Council or how we can continue to make Medway the best it can be! We all agreed to have blue hoodies with the Medway family logo on the back of the hoodie as well as 'School Councillor' at the bottom of the jumper, so children can come and talk to us during break and lunch times.
Mr Pemberton gave us some to discuss and finalise our inclusion policy document, which focuses on how we can help children with Special Educational Needs or who may find with learning difficult. We have also used the suggestions from our class peers to create our inclusion document. We are glad all of the children at Medway have played a part in helping us develop this important policy. We are thrilled to share this document with our peers in our classes as it is really important we include everybody in our learning.
We also began to discuss our amazing curriculum and the subjects we cover across the school year. Many of the School Councillors explained how our curriculum is designed through cultural capital and the reasons why we study famous artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci and many more! We also mentioned the great literature we study such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey. This is really important to us because we enjoy learning new topics which some children our age may find difficult. As School Councillors, we also mentioned how the curriculum is designed to continuously progress our learning across each year group. We are so grateful to be children of Medway!
Thank you for reading our School Council blog! Speak with you soon!
We had our second meeting of the term today and we were all excited to share our ideas and feedback from the peers in our class of how to support children with special educational needs or who find learning difficult.
We discussed safeguarding which was an interesting conversation as we were able to discuss the type of books our teachers read to us during social story time to find out what difficulties some children may experience at home.
Today, we also discussed with Mr Pemberton and the rest of the school councillors about the feedback shared by our classmates from the first school council meeting. We are all excited to have a student voice to represent Medway to be the best it can be!
Our classmates were really interested in producing an inclusion policy to be included in all of the classrooms, which we talked about some of their ideas of what we would like to include such as helping children to form ideas, using equipment, partner work and support with writing. There were a lot of amazing ideas shared from all of the classes, which will help us with planning our policy over the next few weeks. We love being children of Medway and having a voice to share our ideas and improve the school to be the best it can be! J
Mr Pemberton has given us all some time to prepare our inclusion policy over the next few weeks which we will be thrilled to share this with all of the classes. We are all a Medway family, who support and care for each other’s learning and future.
We hope you enjoyed our school council blog. Speak with you soon! J
We had our first meeting of the year today and we were all so excited about the future of the school council.
Today, we discussed with Mr Pemberton (a great teacher!) the roles and responsibilities of what it meant to be a school council representative. Again we are all so excited about the prospect of being involved in the changes that will take place at our school. We love Medway!
We spoke about the purpose of education and how we learn in the classroom and we talked about how our curriculum keeps us all engaged. We are so good at oracy and collaboration that we have helped other schools and more recently we have introduced cultural capital. We love the cultural passports as it encourages us to do things with our parents.
We then discussed the reasons why we study great literature such as Great Expectations and the Iliad. This is important to us because we really love learning about topics some schools perceive as too hard for primary school children. Our teachers plan and teach this so we understand it and we have learned so much. We even go on trips linked to our books to places like the British Museum in London. We know we are lucky to be at Medway!
We had a really interesting conversation about safeguarding and why we have to keep ourselves safe. We have done a lot of work on this in computing (e-safety) and in classrooms. Our teachers read us stories that relate to safeguarding issues. We know this is important as it has opened our eyes to all the different things children might have to go through at home.
We talked about SEN and how our peers can support children in the classroom to ensure we are being inclusive to all. We then suggested ideas of how to monitor this such as creating a policy that children can use to find out strategies to help children who may experience difficulty in learning.
We are looking forward to creating an inclusion policy to support others in the classroom. Hopefully, we will come back to the next meeting with lots of ideas from our peers about this.
Hope you have enjoyed reading our blog. Speak with you soon.