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Partnerships with Parents

Links with Classteachers

Your child’s classteacher is the first point of contact with the school. Day to day issues should be raised with classbased staff in the first instance. Classteachers are available at the beginning and end of the school day at drop off and pick up times to pass on messages. If you require a more confidential conversation or a longer conversation, please speak with your child’s classteacher to arrange a mutually agreeable time to hold this.

As well as informal conversations, there are points in the school year where information is formally shared with parents:

Welcome Meetings

At the start of each school year, we have a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. This is held in the first week or two in September. It provides an opportunity to meet your child’s classteacher and find out about classroom routines and expectations. It also provides am opportunity for parents to ask questions.

Consultations with Parents

These are individual appointment times for you to meet with your child’s class teacher on a one to one basis to discuss your child’s work and learning. The teacher will talk about your child’s strengths and areas for further improvement (targets). They will also refer to your child’s attitude to learning, their behaviour and attendance in this meeting.

In 2018/19, these are scheduled for:

Autumn term – Tuesday 23rd or Wednesday 24th October 2018 3.25pm to 5.45pm

Spring term – Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th March 2019 3.25pm to 5.45pm

We have opted to offer these after school in to early evening as feedback from parents tells us that this is the preferred time for these meetings to take place.

Year 2 and Year 6 parents and carers are offered an additional consultation meeting during January. This is offered within the school day. This meeting is to support children in Y2 and Y6 prepare well for tests at the end of the year.

In Summer term, parents will receive a written report. In 2018/19, these will be sent home on Friday 19th July 2019. Following this, opportunity will be given for families to discuss any issues raised in the report with their child’s classteacher.

Curriculum Information

At the beginning of each term, each classteacher will send home a curriculum overview sheet outlining what children will be learning in class that term.

Sharing Learning

Class Assemblies

All classes will lead an assembly or two during the year. Parents are invited to share these. This enables parents to have a snapshot of their children’s work and learning opportunities during the term. Class assemblies start at 9.10am and typically last for 15/20 minutes. Dates for these are sent out in advance.

Celebration Assembly

We hold Celebration Assembly every week in school on Friday at 9.10am in the school hall. An open invitation as been extended to all families. Come and join us to share in the celebrations! If you would like to stay and share any thoughts or ideas, coffee is available afterwards with Mrs Stringwell our Family Mentor.

Inspire Sessions

In 2018/19, we will be offering families the opportunity to come in to school to work on a project / task with their child every term. This year, the themes for these have been linked to aspects of the curriculum that staff have identified as a priority area.

Dates will be shared with families in advance of the sessions via letter and text on a termly basis.

A welcome surprise!

We have a plentiful supply of ‘Good News’ postcards in school. These will be sent directly to your home address with a good news message about something noteworthy that your child has done in school. Keep an eye on the post!

Homework

All children in school are asked to read their reading book regularly at home. We also ask parents to support their child to practice their current times table challenge.

Following a trial in the Summer term, we have also linked up with ‘Mathletics’ and will be providing log ons to all pupils in Y1 –Y6 by October half term.

Children in Y6 also have some additional homework tasks to prepare them for SATs at the end of the year.

Celebrations

Thanksgiving

In Autumn term, we have a Harvest festival event. Families are asked to contribute a donation for a worthy cause. This year we are collecting items for The Christmas Shoebox Appeal by Samaritan’s Purse. These are sent oversees for less fortunate children for Christmas.

This year, our Harvest Festivals will take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 24th October 9.15am LFS and UFS Harvest performance
  • Thursday 25th October 11am KS1 and KS2 Harvest performance 

 

Christmas

There is always a Christmas concert in December! Parents are invited to these. Because they are so popular and our hall is so small this is a ticketed event.

Here are the dates for the 2018/19 performances:

  • Friday 7th December 9.15am UFS and LFS Christmas concert
  • Tuesday 11th December KS1 Christmas concert, afternoon performance
  • Wednesday 12th December KS1 Christmas concert, morning performance
  • Wednesday 12th December KS2 Christmas concert, afternoon performance
  • Thursday 13th December KS2 Christmas concert, morning performance

At this time of year, we ask for donations of chocolate to hold a chocolate raffle to generate money for school fund.

Easter

In the week before the Easter holidays, children are invited to participate in traditions at home to decorate an egg or a hat for our Easter egg and Easter bonnet competitions. This year, entries should be brought in to school to display on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

At this time of year, we ask for donations of chocolate to hold a chocolate raffle to generate money for school fund.

Communication

School aims to communicate well with families. Information is shared in three main ways:

By letter which is taken home by the child

By text which is sent directly to first named contact for each pupil

By displaying information on the school website which is a good source of information

We also post regular updates and photos on our school Twitter account. To ensure pupil safety, this is only available to our parent community. User names must be verified by the office. Forms are available at the office and your details can be added to our circulation list upon completion.


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