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Handbook for Parents

How Parents Can Get Involved

We believe that when parents and school are working together, learning for the child is at its best.  With that in mind we work to ensure that parents, carers and the wider family members feel involved in all aspects of school life.  We do this in the following ways:

Reception Parents

STAY AND PLAY SESSIONS

  • Our Reception classes hold weekly stay and play sessions called ‘Family Friday’. All family members are invited to attend.

SHARING OBSERVATIONS

  • Using the Tapestry program, observations of the children’s learning are regularly sent to parents via email.  The parents can reply and share the children’s learning from home as well as comment on their learning in class.

Keeping Parents Informed

WORKSHOPS AND PARENT SESSIONS

In school we run parent workshops in the following year groups;

  • Reception – 'Flying Start' workshops to find out about the curriculum and how to support your child at home.
  • Year One - Transition meeting to share the curriculum and expectations for Year one.
  • Year One – 'Learn Together' workshops on reading, phonics, vocabulary, maths, science and other aspects of the curriculum.
  • Year Two – Workshops for reading and vocabulary take place in terms 1 and 3.
  • Year Three – Transition meeting to share the lower Key Stage Two Curriculum and expectations.
  • Years Three and Four - Workshops for how to support your child with reading and spelling take place in terms 2 and 3.
  • Years Five and Six – Workshops for supporting your child's learning with reading and spelling in term 2 and a 'Mindfulness' workshop in term 3.

Throughout the year we may also run parent learning sessions. These will be advertised and offered to parents as they arise.  Last year we ran an online safety session for parents, which was very well attended.  We are hoping to offer this again this year.

CURRICULUM LETTERS AND MAPS

  • These are sent out at the start of each term so that parents know the creative themes their children are engaged in and the learning planned to take place so that they can support this at home.

PARENT CONSULTATION MEETINGS

  • These are held in October and March.  In July families receive their children’s school report and an opportunity to give their feedback.
  • Parent Voice Questionnaires are handed out bi-annually to provide the opportunity for parents to give their feedback.

PRIVACY NOTICE

Our Privacy Notice for parents and carers can be found here.

Home Learning

  • Children are set regular home learning in class so that parents can work with teachers to develop the children’s depth of knowledge and skill in reading, spelling and times tables.
  • Three times a year the children are set a project linked to their creative theme.

Working Together

PARENT AND STAFF TEAM

Parents are given the opportunity to work with staff to help with events over the course of the year, such as the Firework Night.

PARENT HELPERS

  • If parents or other family members undergo a DBS check (previously a CRB) then they can help in school on a regular basis. Teachers are always happy for parents to hear readers, help during trips and support activities in the classroom.
  • If parents have a particular skill or talent linked to learning in class then they can talk to their child’s teacher about sharing this with the class or a group. For example, visiting with their baby during a creative theme linked to growth.

School Website

  • Our main school website contains information about many aspects of school life so that parents are fully aware of what is going on in school and how their child is learning. It also contains school policies and important dates for parents to be aware of.
  • Each class from Year One upwards has a class page on our website which parents can view when they log in with their child to stay up to date with learning in class.
  • The Reception classes have a blog which parents can comment on about their learning in class.

Get Involved

These activities and opportunities allow parents, carers and families to be actively involved in their children’s learning.  These opportunities are reflected on and evaluated each year allowing us to use previous experiences to develop and improve our practice over time.

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