Parental Involvement

At Acacias, we highly value the support of parents, and encourage parents to become involved in the school community. We regularly hold workshops, to support parents with helping their children at home, and informal coffee mornings. At each event we ask parents for feedback on what they enjoyed and what they'd like to see in the future. We use this feedback to plan future events and to inform us of how to improve.

If you would like to discuss our parental involvement further, and have ideas of how to make it even better, please contact Mrs Riley, our Inclusion Manager and parental involvement coordinator, or email us at admin@acacias.manchester.sch.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us, or send us suggestions, through our 'Parent View' page.

 

Upcoming events:

Please check the calendar for details of upcoming events, including class assemblies.

This term we are running an Understanding Behaviour course. This course will be taught by a tutor from MAES (Manchester Adult Education Service).

Across the year, we have also run a Family Language course, a Family English course and a Family Maths course. All of these courses were taught by Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES).

MAES are also running courses for parents on their personal mental health well-being, in partnership with Back on Track, through a project called 'Heads Up'. Please click here for a leaflet with more information.

 

Stay and Play sessions take place in Nursery every Friday, either from 9 - 9.40 or 2.30 - 3.10 (check with staff for current time), and in Reception they take place every other week at the same times (check with staff for which week is for which Reception class).

Shared Learning Events will take place once a half term in Year 1 and once a term in Years 2 - 6. Please see the calendar for dates.

 

Recent events

Celebration Gallery - Year 1

 

On Monday 12th June 2017, Year 1 held a ‘Celebration Gallery’ as their class assembly. This gave the opportunity for the children to share their books with their parents and carers, and the parents/carers of their classmates, and to talk to them about what they had learnt so far this term.

“I loved the phonics.”

“Children learning together.”

“Nice seeing all of the activities they’ve done.”

“Talking to all of the children.”

“Children demonstrating what activities they were doing.”

“We like to know what our children have been learning in school.”

“Being able to interact with the children.”

“Variety of activities was very good.”

“I would attend in future.”

 

Shared Learning - Upper Key Stage 2

On Thursday 8th June 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Upper Key Stage 2. The session was designed to give parents the opportunity to get involved in their child’s learning.

“Watching children enjoying their learning.”

“Enjoyed the maths activities.”

“Making the cube.”

“Working with my child.”

“I really enjoyed helping my child to be creative.”

“I really liked interacting and making flowers with my daughter.”

“Excellent pupils and staff being amazing.”

“I really enjoyed being with my daughter.”

“I enjoyed when the children did the work and answered questions.”

“I enjoy learning with my child. I liked all the activities we did today.”

“Interacting with my child and seeing her in a classroom environment.”

“Enjoyed the maths challenge.”

Parent Learning Event - STEAM

On Wednesday 17th May 2017 we held a Parent Learning Event on ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where they could participate in different activities together. The activities that we held included smoothie making (measuring ingredients for maths), science experiments, tower building (engineering), timing sport events, shape art (maths and arts), animations (technology), beebot and robot programming (technology), music technology (technology and arts) and maths games.

Over 130 children and their parents joined us for the event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the staff. Children were given a record card to take round with them, collecting a stamp on their card from each activity they visited. Children who participated in 6 or more activities will be given a certificate and a prize for their participation. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of STEAM.

During the week around the Parent Learning Event we also had various activities and themed days taking place across the school. These included lots of exciting science experiments, computer programming and coding and lots of problem solving and hands on maths fun. Reception and Year 1 both went on visits to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), and Years 3-6 all went on trips to the World Museum in Liverpool. Year 2 had Wild Workshops, themed around their science topic, and they also went mini beast hunting.

“Everything – especially programming the robot with Mrs Jordan!”

“The tower building. It was great fun.”

“All of the different activities. Watching everybody having fun! Learning things about science and maths.”

“Interaction between parents, teachers and children.”

“I loved the way children from other classes volunteered and showed how to complete activities. This displays good team skills.”

“Children, teachers and parents working together.”

“Seeing what the children are learning and interacting.”

“Wide range of activities and the chance to learn with my child.”

“Kids learning and enjoying themselves.”

“Seeing the children getting busy and looking through the different classrooms.”

“We enjoyed this event, watching our child learn new skills and having fun. The smoothies were tasty!”

“Chance to meet teachers in an informal environment and chance to work with my daughter.”

 

Year 5 Celebration Gallery

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017 Year 5 held a Celebration Gallery, a class assembly format whereby the children set up different ‘stations’ to share what they have learnt with parents/carers, through practical activities.

“Variety of events going on at the same time.”

“The enthusiasm.”

“I enjoyed that the children were very friendly and helpful.”

“Interacting with children who were all a pleasure to be around.”

“How clever the children are and how interested that are.”

“The interaction with all of the children, seeing how confident they all are and seeing their leadership skills and communication skills.”

“Interacting with children, doing hands on activities.”

“Watching children’s faces and enjoyment.”

“Interacting with pupils. The last time I attended one it was just ‘academic’ subjects and I think it was better for having sporting activities as well, as it made for a more varied event with more energy.”

“A good way to see what the class have been learning.”

“Being ‘taught’ by the children – loved interacting with the pupils.”

Year 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 28th April 2017 we held a shared learning session for parents of children in Year 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how their child learns in school and how they can support them at home.

“It’s a nice opportunity to come to school and see what our children are doing.”

“I enjoyed seeing my child learning about wind, by making a windmill and wind vane.”

“I enjoyed making the wind vanes with the children and how they children are learning.”

“Talking, laughing and interacting with kids.”

“Work with children and had lots of fun.”

“Making things with my child, helping them and watching them enjoying learning.”

 

Reception and Year 1 Maths workshop

On Thursday 27th April 2017 we held a maths workshop for parents of children In Reception and Year 1, ready for next year. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how to support their child with maths at home.

“Information provided about techniques that can be used to improve pupils’ maths was great.”

“It was good to know what objectives my child is working towards.”

“I enjoyed learning different games relating to maths and how we can encourage our children to do maths.”

“Interactive, lots of ideas for doing maths at home.”

“We learnt new ideas and new ways to help children at home.”

“Get practical ideas and websites we can use at home.”

 

Year 2 Presentation assembly

On Monday 6th March 2017, Year 2 had their class presentation assembly, sharing learning that they had done this year.

“Engaging, and nice to see all of the children getting involved.”

“More or less everybody took part. I think it gives confidence to them to be able to talk in front of other people.”

“Informed us about what’s been going on in class and outdoors.”

“Lovely display of skills and topics learnt in Year 2.”

“It’s nice to see what the children have been learning about.”

 

Key Stage 2 Shared Learning - Book Week

On Thursday 2nd March 2017 we held a Shared Learning event for parents of children in Key Stage 2. The event was held as part of our book week, with parents being invited in to work with their child to create part of a book, linked to stories the children have been writing.

“Working with my son in a suitable environment. It is difficult at home with younger siblings interrupting.”

“Seeing all the children do their work and how they discuss their progress with their friends.”

“It’s really good that parents get the opportunity to take part in class events and know about the children’s activities regarding their knowledge.”

“Seeing my child develop really well.”

“I enjoyed seeing my grandson at school and watching the teacher interacting with the children.”

“All of the family and children working together and helping each other.”

“The interaction with the children, I enjoyed the event and helping with the spells.”

“Learning about what the children have been doing in class. Seeing my child’s progress in participation.”

“Everything! I loved having an insight into my children’s learning.”

“It was very nice to see how the children all work so nicely and for me to be able to have an input in my child’s work.”

“Learning with my child and observing how creative she is and the way we can create something together.”

“I really enjoyed working with my son on his book. It was very interesting to see what is taught and how.”

“Nice to interact within the classroom environment. I had more fun than my child!”

 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Shared Learning - Book Week

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 we held a Shared Learning event for parents of children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage. The event was held as part of our book week, with parents being invited in to work with their child to create part of a book, linked to stories the children have been writing.

“Very interactive. Lots of fun.”

“Nice to see what my child and his class have been learning and doing in class. It was great!”

“Making things and helping my child.”

“Learning and helping my child with writing a simple poem and knowing what he is learning.”

“The whole of the exercise, interacting with my child in school environment.”

“Getting creative.”

“Having more of an insight into classroom learning.”

 

Year 1 Presentation Assembly

On Monday 13th February 2017 Year 1 held a ‘Presentation Assembly’. This gave the opportunity for the children to share their learning with their parents and carers, and the parents/carers of their classmates, and to present what they had learnt so far this year, including one of their Talk for Write units.

“I enjoyed it from start to end.”

“All the children learning and performing together.”

“The children performing their hard work.”

“Every child had a part and it was a mixture of story, singing and dance.”

“I like the classes working together.”

“Children enjoying themselves showing what they’ve learned.”

“Children’s enthusiasm to the build up to the assembly and participation on the day.”

 

Online Learning and e-safety

On Wednesday 8th February 2017 we held an online learning and e-safety workshop aimed at parents of children in Year 3 and Year 4. The session was designed to enable the parents to understand how to support their child with using the school website and other internet pages to support their child’s learning, and also how to ensure their child is safe online at home.

“It was very informative.”

“The helpers were very helpful and enthusiastic.”

“Good for safety.”

“Very thorough with actual demonstration and chance to have a go ourselves.” 

“Lots of information about how to use My Maths on the computers.”

 

Talk for Writing

On Wednesday 1st February 2017 we held a Talk for Writing workshop for parents of children in all key stages. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how Talk for Write is delivered and how they can support their child at home. At the event parents were informed about the learning that takes place in English across school and were shown how the Talk for Write process works, and how it supports the children’s learning. A Talk for Write text was shared during the event with the text mapping process modelled, to enable parents to support their children at home with the learning of texts.

“I enjoyed learning what my child will be doing to learn so I can supplement.”

“I enjoyed the information and interaction, as well as helping me to understand each process.”

“I found it very useful.”

“It's good to know what the children cover at school and how they work. Knowing how they write a story in different stages.”

“Very informative and it gave me some tools and new ideas to teach both children.”

“Good overview of talk for writing across the school.”

 

Parent Learning Event - Acacias Has Talent

On Wednesday 26th January we held a parent learning event on the theme of ‘Acacias Has Talent’. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we looked at the various talents that people could have within the arts. The activities that we held were; sculpture, weaving, singing, poetry performance, music, art relaxation, drama games, photography, dance, collage and origami. Over 70 children and their parents joined us for the event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the staff. Children were given a record card to take round with them, collecting a stamp for their card from each activity they visited. Children who participated in 6 or more activities were given a certificate and a prize for their participation, following the event. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of Talents and being ‘stars’. 

"I enjoyed being able to join in with my children.”

“I liked the variety and little sibling being welcome.”

“Good variety of activities.”

“There were age differentiated activities. I liked the stamps – so much quicker to deal with."

"I love the fact that teachers encouraged parents to think about what children were doing and learning.”

 

Year 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 20th January 2017 parents of children in Year 1 were invited in to a Shared Learning event, to learn with their children in school. They looked at what the children are learning in Science this half term.

"I enjoyed helping the kids with their work."

"I enjoyed working with my child and other children and applying their learning into this event."

"I learned about carnivores and herbivores which I didn't know."

"I enjoyed seeing how the children interact with each other and their teachers."

"I enjoyed getting involved in my child's learning."

"I enjoyed seeing my child understand what he had been taught."

 

Speech and Language support workshop

On Thursday 19th January 2017 our SpLD teacher, Susan Whittaker, and our Speech and Language therapist, Laura Milsom, ran a parent workshop around Speech and Language difficulties. The workshop was designed to help parents to understand what difficulties their child may face with learning, how these difficulties are supported in school and how to support them at home. A range of ideas were given, and it gave parents a chance to have their queries answered.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

On Tuesday 13th December 2016 parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 were invited in to a Shared Learning event, to learn with their children in school. They looked at how the children learn texts in the Talk for Write process.

"I enjoyed the chance to see what they do in class, rather than reading books at parents evening."

"I enjoyed getting involved and participating with my child. Also, having an understanding of what they are learning and how they are being taught in class."

"I really enjoyed spending time in my child's classroom and being able to see the work he is doing in class."

"Being a parent this event is really helpful, and gave me a clear picture of teaching and learning in a classroom. This gives me an idea of which area my child needs help in so I can make an extra effort with him."

"I liked seeing student relations and excellent communications with their teacher, that helps them in growing."

Hour of Code

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 we had an 'Hour of Code' day. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week, which started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. During our Hour of Code day, we invited parents in to try some coding activities with our Code Club members and Digital Leaders.

Lower Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

On Tuesday 6th December 2016 parents of children in Year 3 and Year 4 were invited in to a Shared Learning event, to learn with their children in school. They took part in a range of interesting activities, including making clay pots. Lots of parents attended, and enjoyed participating in the learning taking place in the classrooms.

"It was great fun."

"We enjoyed making the pot with our daughter."

Family Maths

Over the autumn term a number of parents took part in a Family Maths course provided by Manchester Adult Education Service. The course provided the parents with support on how to support children with their maths at home. They learnt more about how children are taught Maths in school, resources and activities that could be used at home and educational games for children. All parents were given a certificate of completion in the final session, on Monday 5th December.

 

SpLD workshop

On Monday 28th November 2016 our SpLD teacher, Susan Whittaker, ran a parent workshop around SpLD. The workshop was designed to help parents to understand what difficulties their child may face with learning, how these difficulties are supported in school and how to support them at home. A range of ideas were given, and it gave parents a chance to have their queries answered.

 

Year 1 Celebration Gallery

On Wednesday 23rd November 2016 Year 1 held a ‘Celebration Gallery’ as their class assembly. This gave the opportunity for the children to share their books with their parents and carers, and the parents/carers of their classmates, and to talk to them about what they had learnt so far this year. The session lasted 20 minutes, and all children from Year 1 were involved in discussing their learning.

“I think it’s amazing. Nice to get the feedback from the children and look at work with them.”

“It was great, very interactive. I could see how my son did his maths and can do similar activities with him at home.”

“It would be nice to have a mixture of this and normal assemblies; to see them at the front talking and also having this interactive way.”

Year 1 Phonics workshop

 On Wednesday 23rd November 2016 we held a Phonics workshop for parents of children in Year 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how phonics is taught and the phonics screening that will take place towards the end of Year 1.

“Really good session.”

“I enjoyed finding out about digraphs.”

“I enjoyed understanding how the children learn.”

Parent Learning Event - Brilliant Britain

On Wednesday 16th November we held a parent learning event on the theme of 'Brilliant Britain'. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we looked at what makes Britain Brilliant, incorporating the British Values that are taught in school. The activities that we held were; voting for our favourite things, creating crowns, making our own Banksy art work, food tasting (scones and cucumber sandwiches), biscuit decorating, making poppies, creating a Union Jack from British things, mapping Britain, quizzes and cricket (indoor due to weather - rain couldn't stop our play!). Over 130 children and their parents joined us for the event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the staff. Children were given a record card to take round with them, collecting a sticker for their card from each activity they visited. Children who participated in 6 or more activities were given a certificate and a prize for their participation, following the event. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of Brilliant Britain. Click here to see photos taken during the event.

The parents said they enjoyed:

“Seeing the children enjoying themselves.”

“The effort and input of the staff to make the event a success.”

“The interpretation and application of the Ofsted requirement to evidence promotion of British Values.”

“Trying out all the different activities with the girls – especially the scones!”

“The interaction between the teachers and pupils.”

“Lots of activities for all ages.”

“The variety.”

“Everything!”

Year 1 Shared Learning - Phonics

On Friday 11th November 2016 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Year 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how phonics is delivered and to enable them to support their children at home.

“Learning the different terminology of phonics and that children also learn this was very interesting.”

“The way the teacher teaches and engages the children.”

“Seeing how the children are learning phonics.”

“Interaction with my child and teacher.”

“I enjoyed learning how to write the dots under the words and letters.”

“I enjoyed phonics and puzzles and doing some word sentences with my child.”

“How different techniques are used to create a better understanding. Overall excellent, very enjoyable.”

“It’s a good opportunity to see what children are doing in school. Kids like when they do activities with parents in school.”

Department of Health - Food nutrition

On Thursday 10th November 2016 the Department of Health held a food nutrition session, in order to find out how clear nutrition labelling was on food packaging and how well it was understood by parents and children. A number of parents were invited to attend the session, along with some of our Year 6 pupils. They completed a short quiz about food nutrition and healthy eating, and then looked at the nutrition labelling on a variety of food packaging, giving feedback to the representatives from the Department of Health.

 

Year 2 Celebration Gallery

On Monday 7th November 2016 Year 2 held a ‘Celebration Gallery’ as their class assembly. This gave the opportunity for the children to share their books with their parents and carers, and the parents/carers of their classmates, and to talk to them about what they had learnt so far this year.

Feedback was taken from the parents, as this was the first time that an assembly had been done in this way. Parents said:

“Very nice to see the children’s work. Nice to have a different type of assembly.”
“I liked seeing what the kids have been doing in class.”
“I liked interacting with all the children and hearing what they like to do.”
“Chance to speak to all the children and see lots of work.”
“I liked the children’s confidence.”
“I like this model.”
“I liked seeing what the kids have been doing in class.”
“I enjoyed the session! I liked the fact that children had a chance to show off their work and explain their learning.”

 

Nursery coffee morning

On Wednesday 19th October 2016 we held a coffee morning for parents of children in Nursery. The coffee morning was held to give parents of Nursery children a chance to talk to staff in school about what their child is doing in school, and to ask any questions they may have had.

Parents said:

“I enjoyed attending the event and meeting other parents. Parents were able to share information with other parents.”

“Nice to meet other parents and share experience of the children’s journey at school.”

“I would like to attend more events like this.”

 

Macmillan coffee morning

On Friday 30th September 2016 we held a coffee morning in order to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. Staff were asked to bake cakes for the event. Approximately 30-40 parents attended over the course of the coffee morning, and over £160 was raised. As it was an informal coffee morning, designed to support a national charity, feedback forms were not given out. However, the opportunity was taken to discuss relevant issues with the parents who attended, including encouraging parents to attend craft sessions that are being set up to create items to sell at the Christmas fair. We also discussed methods of communicating with parents, discussing what one of the local high schools does in terms of communicating with parents, and how this could influence our communication. 

 

Key Stage 1 Shared Learning Event

On Friday 23rd September 2016 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The sessions in Year 2 supported the parents in understanding the teaching of phonics and also enabled parents to understand how to support reading at home. In Year 1 the session focused on the teaching of maths and how parents could support this at home. A reading workshop was also held for KS1 parents the following week (Wednesday 28th September) with parents attending to find out more information about how to support their child with reading at home.

Parents said:

“I enjoyed reading the book with my son and seeing him developing his reading.”

“These give parents an idea how things are taught at school which helps parents at home.”

“It’s really good to work with our child in the classroom. We come to know what they are doing in school.”

“I was always eager to see how my son was learning in class. It was good to have an insight.”

 

2015-2016 Events (please click here to see information about some of these)