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St Michael`s Primary School
Station Road, Withyham, TN7 4BP, UK Hartfield
+44 (0)1892 770307


St Michael’s Primary School, Withyham

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St Michael’s School is a small, caring school in which each child is known as an individual and valued as a member of the school family. 

The school’s aim is to develop each child’s potential to the full, to cater for his or her educational, social, creative and spiritual needs of the moment and to lay a firm foundation for future needs as a secondary pupil and as an adult. 

We aim to ensure that children enjoy coming to school and are keen to learn. We encourage a positive attitude and polite considerate behaviour. We seek to ensure that children become both responsive and responsible members of our school community and can move out into the world with confidence.

The original school building dates back to 1877 but there have been a number of additions since then and the school is now well-appointed and equipped, providing a happy and stimulating educational environment.

St Michael’s is a community primary school, which means that it is funded and maintained by our Local Education Authority, part of East Sussex County Council.

We accept boys and girls from four to eleven years of age, and we usually have about 90 children on our school roll.


Class 1

Dear Parents, 

I hope you have all had a good Easter break. It is good to see your children back at school once more, and we are pleased to welcome the last few part time children for the afternoon each day. They have all settled back well and are already beginning to work hard. 

As you know, the Year 1 children are not swimming at all during Terms 5 and 6. In Term 5 they will be working with Mrs Campbell in special ICT lessons on Tuesday afternoons. In Term 6 they will be taking part in Outdoor Explorers with Mrs Hart and Mrs Maggi Rogers. As a result they will need to bring a change of clothes and old shoes or wellies on a Tuesday afternoon from 5th June until the end of term. The Reception children will be swimming each week as usual, so please don’t forget to send their swimsuits, hats and towels each Tuesday. 

As usual there is a brief information sheet about the work which your child will cover this term attached to this letter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come to see me. This is such a busy time of year, with Sports Day, the Summer Fair, new entrants’ visits, and other exciting things, so let’s hope for some lovely sunny weather to make everything a big success. 

Yours sincerely,

AB Phillips.

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Class 2

To All Parents of Children in Class 2

Welcome back to Term 5 and we hope you all had a lovely Easter break. Please find attached the areas of work we will be covering in each subject this term and next (Term 6). Our theme for these two terms is “Life in a Medieval Castle” and we will approach this idea through history and a variety of other subjects where relevant.

Thank you for allowing our class gorilla, Chimanuka, to visit your homes.  He will continue to come home with the children together with a sheet of paper on which to record his antics.  Please encourage your child to write “sensational sentences” using ambitious vocabulary and interesting ways to open sentences.  The focus for this writing is quality not quantity!

On Friday 8th June, Class 2 will be visiting Bodiam Castle as part of their history topic. Please put this date into your diary, and if you would like to help out on the day, please let us know.  We will be travelling by coach and will return to school before 3.30pm.

Last but not least, you are invited to attend Class 2’s Puppet Show Extravaganza.  This will take place on Monday 23rd April at 2.30pm in the school hall. There will be seven different puppet performances, each one based loosely on traditional fairy tales. Each performance has been written by the children involved, and will feature their own puppet characters.  It should prove a fun afternoon, with relatives and friends very welcome to attend.

Don’t forget that you are always welcome to come and discuss any aspect of your child’s work with either of us. We are usually available before or after school for a quick chat, or make an appointment if you feel it needs more time. We look forward to seeing many of you during the term.

Jane Snow & Claire Campbell– Class Teachers

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Class 3

Dear Parents,

We hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday and is looking forward to enjoying the summer terms.  We have enjoyed welcoming back David Marriott, our Graduate teacher who is teaching most lessons for the next 2 terms.

The curriculum for the term’s work is attached to this letter.  The children will continue in their spelling groups and as always will bring home spellings to practise and learn as well as reading books which should be read each evening for at least ten minutes and brought back to school each day.  Additional homework is set twice a week, maths by Ms Lambert and literacy by Mrs Calvert.  And, just to make everybody’s life a misery, (mostly the parents!), Mrs Calvert will test the times tables each week.

This term the children will need swimming costumes and towels on Tuesdays and P.E kit for lessons in school each week.   Children are expected to take their kit home to be washed each Friday.

It is going to be a busy term with the Tollesbury trip for Year 5, a Year 4 poetry day at Michelham Priory and our routine end of year tests and assessments.  However, as class teachers both of us would like to stress that we have an open door policy and if at any time you have concerns about your child’s progress or behaviour in school please feel free to contact us immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Maxine Lambert, Trish Calvert and David Marriott.

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Class 4

To All Parents of Children in Class 4

It really feels as though summer is already here, and in ‘old money’, this is Year 6’s last term in school. A term packed full of exciting activities and opportunities, with the residential trip to Tollesbury in June, our Cycling and Canoeing day in July, cycling training and a variety of sporting events culminating in Sports Day. The children will enjoy preparing their ‘Memories of St. Michaels’ in time for their own Leavers’ Service, having been to so many for previous Year 6 children.

From 14th to 18th May is the week for National Tests for Year 6 (sometimes known as SATs). There is timetable for the week, with one or two tests scheduled for each day, and it is really important for your child to be in school every day that week – so get all coughs and colds out of the way before then! To perform at their best, children need to be well rested and relaxed – early nights and a good breakfast, please. The children are very familiar with the format of the tests and have had lots of chance to practise, there won’t be anything strange or new and the tests will take place in their own classroom. Of course, children can become nervous, but your reassurance and ours should ease this – don’t hesitate to call in if you have any concerns.

Another important date for you is the parents meeting on Thursday 24th May at 8pm. This is a regular fixture of  Year 6, when we go over the curriculum and content of our Sex and Relationship Education week, which will take place in the first week after half term (4th to 8th June). You are asked to attend, so that you are in a position to talk to your child about what they have been learning about throughout the week. We find that this part of the children’s learning is just as crucial as what takes place in school. A letter giving further details will follow, but please put the date in your diaries now.

Class 4 children have made a fantastic improvement in their regular reading – thank you all so much for your support. May of them have become regular and eager readers over the past few months and this will both be a source of enjoyment for them and stand them in good stead in their future studies. Well done Year 6!

I am looking forward to a happy and exciting couple of terms with Year 6 and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Emma Dawson

Class 4 Teacher

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