On Monday we had a Question and Answer Session for parents regarding the iPads that will shortly be issued to the Y5 children. Our parents could be seen busily trying out some of the apps that the children will be using to enhance their learning. One parent marvelled at the opportunities for learning that these afforded and said, ‘I can’t believe how much the children can learn using the iPad, and the different ways they can be used. It is so different from when I was at school!’ That is a statement with which we all identify I think!
On Tuesday and Wednesday we held our Literacy and Maths workshops for new parents; one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2. At these sessions our approaches to teaching and learning were described and both group and individual questions were answered. We want to share with our new parents in particular, not only what we do in school but also how they can encourage their children at home.
On Thursday it was the chance for the Early Years Cubs parents to ask questions and find out about our Early Years provision. This session was an interactive one, where parents led the areas for discussion. Topics such as outdoor play came up and the use of Tapestry, our online system for recording and sharing children’s learning, was described. This was also a chance for parents to meet and get to know each other better, particularly those new to our community. Our ‘Warm Welcome’ was much in evidence around the tables. It was good fun learning together the Makaton signs for important words for ‘please’, ‘home’ and most importantly ‘toilet’.
Next week we will be holding similar workshops about Themed Learning and Science; Tuesday for Key Stage 2 and Wednesday for Key Stage 1. We hope you may be able to attend.
There are other ways that you can find out about what and how your child is learning. You can read our weekly Class News for each Year Group available from our website from here, attend the Learning Showcases that each Year Group holds throughout the year and of course homework helps you keep track of what they are doing in class.
Shortly, we will also be sending each family a copy of our handy guides in Literacy and Maths which explain more about how we teach these subjects. And finally, of course are our Parent Teacher Consultations and Reports that take place throughout the year. You will soon be receiving your child’s ‘Settling in Report’.
We recognise that our parents are always interested and reassured to learn about how we teach and ensure that their children progress. We like to involve you, so if you have any questions please contact the class teacher who will be only too pleased to help.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary