Advice for Parents

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The primary years in school form the bedrock on which your child with develop and flourish. It marks the beginning of a formal learning journey which will extend to high school and beyond. As parents, it is in your best interest, not to mention your child’s, that you are not only kept well informed of your child’s progress but that you are offered ways in which you can support their learning. A strong partnership between school and home adds another dimension which can strengthen and broaden your child’s achievement.

Reading and Writing

Reading is a key area in which you can secure progress and develop confidence and enjoyment. Reading to your child in the first instance – using your best ‘story teller’s voice’! Reading with them and talking about what they have read and understood form the next steps.

In school we will be teaching the children how to read and write through a scheme called Read, Write, Inc.

Please click here for further information on Read Write Inc including video clips for parents which explain more about the scheme, show how to teach phonics and demonstrate how to pronounce pure sounds.

Please click here to see our Learning to Read & Write – Guidance for Parents

Please click here to see our Guide to Reading

Please click here for guidance on our school’s teaching of handwriting

Please click below for recommended reading books lists:

Reception
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Mathematics

The revised National Curriculum, from 2014, sets higher standards for children’s attainment in mathematics across the school, many expectations being brought forward to earlier year groups (see the Mathematics page and ‘Key Skills’ documents on this website).

For children to achieve and exceed beyond these expectations (which is our hope) they need to have mathematical ‘agility’. This means a sound understanding of basic number concepts and a confidence to apply these skills accurately to a range of problem solving calculations.

As parents you can provide huge support in this area by helping your children learn their times tables.

Please don’t be afraid to support your child in more formal homework tasks. We recognise that some of the current ways of teaching maybe different to the way you were taught, so we have produced a guide to our approach to calculations. If in doubt, just ask!

Click here for our guide: Progression in Methods of Written Calculations

Assessment

From 2016, radical new changes to the ways in which schools assess children’s progress and attainment will be fully implemented. The previous system of ‘Levels’ has been replaced by measures against age-related expectations – whether or not the relevant curriculum has been covered, fully understood and evidenced by children at the appropriate chronological age.

Children will be reported as:

  • working towards the expected standard
  • working at the expected standard
  • working at greater depth within the expected standard

For full details of these revised assessment measures plus arrangements for statutory testing at Years 2 and 6, please click on the document below:

A Parents’ Guide to Revised Assessment Arrangements and Age Related Expectations