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 a 'Talk English' course, for those new to English. This course will be taught by a tutor from MAES (Manchester Adult Education Service)

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 from 9 - 9.40, 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 Key Stage 1 and once a term in Years 3 - 6. Please see the calendar for dates.

 

Recent events

KS1 Shared Learning

On Thursday 26th April 2018 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how their children learn in school, with a focus on grammar in Year 2 and maths in Year 1.

      “The teaching method.”

             “Seeing the complete instruction, joining in afterwards and working on the lesson.”

             “Working with my son.”

             “Explaining different types of conjunction, suffix, etc.”

             “Everything was great.”

             “We learnt lots of things.”

             “Learning the rules about suffixes and conjunctions.”

             “Watching the children learning completely differently to when I was at school.”

             “Interacting with the children.”

             “All the activities.”

             “Interacting with the children.”

             “Games and interaction with children.”

             “It was really good – I loved it.”

“It was good – me and my daughter enjoyed learning together. It will build my daughter’s confidence.”

“Love spending time with my child in the classroom – a nice relaxed atmosphere.”

“Interaction with the children.”

“My daughter loves activities like these so I was excited for her.”

“Everything.”

“The variety of maths activities were very helpful and fun.”

“The way children learn how to add and subtract.”

“Interacting with my child.”

“It’s really good for the understanding of parents.”

“The variety of activities to learn how to add and subtract was fun.”

“Seeing what the children are learning and how it is taught.”

“Interacting with my child.”

Year 2 Performance Assembly

On Monday 28th March 2018 Year 2 held their class assembly, which was done as a Performance assembly. The children presented their learning from across the term to the parents.

“Voice of the rights of the child, which is really wonderful.”

           “All of it!”

“It shows what children have been learning. It included a game for parents to join in. A lot of children got a turn.”

“The parent participation and seeing just how much the children had learnt about the topic.”

“Listening to the children talk about rights.”

“All children took part.”

“Everything was excellent.”

“The song.”

 

Phonics Workshop

On Wednesday 28th March 2018 we held a targeted phonics workshop for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how their children learn phonics and can support it at home.

“Learning how my child gets support in phonics and how I can help him learn.”

                “It is good for us to know.”

                “Everything.”

                “Very nice to learn and the words were useful.”

                “Everything was excellent.”

                “I enjoyed this.”

                “It was a very good explanation of phonics and how to support them at home.”

 

Key Stage 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 9th March 2018 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. In Year 1, a shared writing session took place, with parents supporting their children with the writing process. In Year 2, a practical maths session around partitioning numbers in different ways took place, with parents gaining an understanding of how to use practical resources.

“Getting an idea of how maths is taught to help with homework.”

“Having the ability to see how my child interacts in class.”

“Sharing how learning takes place in the classroom.”

“Being able to help my son and support him.”

 

“Seeing how my child learns in school.”

“Learning together with the children.”

“Interacting with the children.”

“Learning a different way of doing maths.”

“By attending these events we get to know what our child is doing in school these days.”

“I enjoyed working with my child in her class. I enjoyed watching children doing actions for ‘Talk for Writing’.”

“Seeing what the children are learning.”

“It’s really helpful for parents to understand the ideas which the children learn in class.”

“Seeing the children in the classroom, what they are doing and what to focus on, working with the teacher in the classroom and seeing what my child does.”

“The creative writing and innovation ideas.”

“Seeing what the children are learning and joining in. I learnt about prefixes and suffixes.”

“Seeing how my child behaves in a non-home environment.”

“Seeing the children so engaged –it makes me miss teaching.”

“I liked seeing how my child is getting on with class work.”

“Knowing what my child is learning.”

“Seeing my child working in class.”

“Love watching lessons and being in the classroom with my child. Also found it helpful to have colouring pages for younger siblings. Thank you.”

 

Growing and Changing Information Session

On Thursday 8th March 2018 we held an information session on the Growing and Changing unit of PSHE for parents of children in Key Stage 2. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding what is taught through the Growing and Changing sessions.

“It was a good informative session for parents. We can discuss with our children in an appropriate way.”

“Detailed information.”

“Learning what PSHE is about; topics, information and how PSHE is taught to children.”

“Telling us what children need to know.”

“I now know what my children learn.”

“Very informative.”

“The whole session was very informative and will definitely put parents’ minds at ease.”

“Very informative and cleared up any misunderstandings I had about the subject.”

“Learning what my children will be learning through the years.”

“All the information was useful.”

 

Year 1 Assembly

On Wednesday 14th February 2018 Year 1 held their class assembly, which was done as a Performance assembly. The children presented their learning from across the term to the parents.

“Seeing how well the children had learnt so much about their topic. Also, it was nice to see how confident they all were.”

           “Lots of dancing. Getting an idea of what they’re focussing on in class.”

           “Seeing children learn in fun ways.”

           “Children’s confidence and staff effort.”

 

 

“The music/dancing was great. We were thrilled to see the children singing and taking part. Lots of great information about what they’ve been learning. Lots of hard work went into this. Thank you.”

“Seeing my child stand up and speak with confidence.”

“Seeing all the children having a piece to say.”

“The interaction of all the children.”

“It was great to see what the children have been doing.”

“The children are so cute! I think it’s great to all have a turn to speak, as then they grow up with public speaking and get used to it to avoid nerves in the future.”

“Very entertaining – loved every minute of it.”

“Learning about what the children are doing. Seeing them proud of their achievements.”

“It was good that everyone was involved.”

“The children’s enthusiasm and enjoyment.”

“Really enjoyed all of the assembly.”

“All the children got to say something.”

“Seeing all the children perform, the singing and dancing and interaction of children.”

           “The children were happy and learning.”

Writing for Pleasure Week - Shared Learning and Parent Learning Event

During the week beginning Monday 29th January we held a themed week around ‘Writing for Pleasure’, inspired by an alien spacecraft that landed in the playground! The children had lots of fun thinking about what our special visitors might be like. Our Parent Learning Event took place on the Wednesday and allowed parents to join their children in a number of activities, including making alien food, creating rockets to fly through the air, designing wanted posters to find the aliens, writing descriptions of the spaceship and making galaxy dough. Across the week we also held Shared Learning events in LKS2 (Monday), KS1 (Tuesday) and UKS2 (Thursday), and Foundation Stage’s Stay and Play sessions on the Friday also linked in with the themed week focus. 

Some of the feedback we received around what parents enjoyed included:

“Getting involved and participating in the project.”

“Got to see exactly what my child is like in class, and what’s being taught. I enjoyed the interaction and being part of his learning.”

“It was engaging and good to work along with the children.”

“I enjoyed working with the children and learning with them. The event was made to be fun for the children.”

“How it encourages us to interact and see how our children are doing in school.”

“Everything was perfect.”

 

“Lovely interacting with my child in her classroom, seeing what she does and how she gets on in class was wonderful.”

“Sharing the excitement of the rocket landing! Seeing the children’s work and getting to do some drawing and colouring with my son.”

“It was great to see the children’s enthusiasm, such an exciting idea to get them writing!”

“Seeing the children learn, understand and interact with each other. It gives me a better understanding of how my daughter learns new material.”

 

Year 1 Phonics workshop

On Wednesday 17th January 2018 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 how they can support phonics at home. It also gave parents an overview of the phonics screening check that Year 1 children must complete in June.

"This time with the teacher is really appreciated and really helps bring home and school in line so we can be involved and work together.”

“The explanation of the phonics broken down with examples.”

“It covered what my child needs to know. It was also great for me as well. I now understand how I can help my child.”

“Tips given to parents to help our children.”

“The fact that Miss West entertained my child, allowing me to focus on the event! Previously I have struggled to take anything in due to small child distraction. I enjoyed being given online resources and the relaxed atmosphere.”

“Very informative, good pace and relevant to the child’s learning in class.”

“Learning about how to teach phonics at home.”

“Useful websites. More information given regarding phonics screening checks at the end of the year. Techniques to use at home.”

“Visual materials and a friendly approach.”

“I do enjoy learning about the phonics itself and how I can help my child at home.”

“Learning the different phonics terminology.”

“It’s helpful for us as parents to learn.”

“Information on where children are at.”

“Relaxed. Everything explained clearly. The opportunity to ask questions. Information about resources we can use at home, eg websites. Information about what is coing up, eg phonics quiz, and what is expected.”

 

Foundation Stage Assembly

On Friday 19th January 2018 the Foundation Stage had their assembly. They shared some of the learning that had taken place so far this year, including sharing a poem and their Rainbow dance.

 

Coffee morning

On Wednesday 10th January 2018 we had a drop-in coffee morning for parents. This gave the parents who attended an opportunity to meet other parents and to talk to the Parent Engagement team about any questions or concerns they had.

 

Year 2 Class Assembly - Celebration Gallery

On Tuesday 28th November 2017 Year 2 held their class assembly, which was done as a Celebration Gallery. There were different stations set up around the hall, to share the learning that children had done in different subjects. There was a group of children at each station who spoke to the parents about what they had been learning. Parents were given a question bank, so that they knew what to ask the children at each station, to help them engage with their children’s learning.

“Interacting with the children.”

“Participating with children and observing their work.”

“Relaxed – good to be able to walk around different activities.”

“Interacting with children.”

Year 1 Class Assembly - Celebration Gallery

On Wednesday 22nd November 2017 Year 1 held their class assembly, which was done as a Celebration Gallery. There were different stations set up around the hall, to share the learning that children had done in different subjects. There was a group of children at each station who spoke to the parents about what they had been learning. Parents were given a question bank, so that they knew what to ask the children at each station, to help them engage with their children’s learning. There was a great atmosphere, and the parents were able to engage with a wide range of children.

“Nice to see children’s work and interact with them.”

“It’s nice to interact with children’s different activities and hear their knowledge.”

“Spent time learning from the children. Good to see what they understand.”

“Interacting with all the children. Seeing each child with their friends sharing jobs. Very relaxed.”

“Children interacting and explaining what they do.”

“Seeing how interested the children are and how much they have learned.”

“Meeting different children. Finding out what they have been learning at school and seeing their work.”

“I enjoyed talking to the children and how they were happy to teach me.”

“It was nice to speak to lots of different children and learn about different topics.”

“Having a chance to discuss work with lots of children – usually this is only via books at parents evenings. It was good for confidence building in children.”

“Speaking to lots of different children.”

“Learning and asking questions. A very good experience.”

“Watching children discuss what they have learned in school.”

“Talking to all the children – they all did really well!”

“Amazing children, very articulate. Prompts helped to engage.”

“All the children were lovely and well behaved.”

“Enjoyed seeing what the children have been learning.”

“The children were very enthusiastic and chatty.”

“The children were very confident to explain what they have learnt.”

Parent Learning Event  - Anti-Bullying

On Wednesday 15th November 2017 we held a Parent Learning Event on Anti-Bullying, linked to our Anti-Bullying week in school. 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 friendship bracelets, drawing self-portraits and writing why they are special, team building games with hula hoops, writing anti-bullying slogans, online safety activities, writing an anti-bullying rap, thinking of 5 ways to stop bullying, creating a compliment leaf for an Acacias tree, trust walks with one child blindfolded and the other leading, and making a gift for a friend or family member.

Almost 90 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.

“Lovely atmosphere, good range of activities.”

“Very chilled and fun.”

“The activities are short and sweet – provide a good message via fun activities.”

“The excitement and enthusiasm of the children.”

“Lots of fun.”

"Everything – the anti-bullying theme is a great idea.”

“Always great to interact with the teachers and see what the children do.”

“Fun activities.”

“Getting involved in different activities regarding awareness about bullying.”

“The involvement of everyone.”

“Different activities for different ages. The pupil-teacher interaction.”

“I enjoyed everything – it was fun.”

 

KS1 Shared Learning - CLIC and Maths

On Friday 10th November 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The session focused on the teaching of CLIC, which forms part of our Maths teaching, and how parents could support this at home. It also gave parents the opportunity to see maths activities that they could do with their children at home.

“Each and every thing, especially adding numbers with my child in a fun and easy way.”

“Varied and interactive.”

“By attending these events we get to know what our children are doing in school each term.”

“The CLIC tasks made maths fun and interesting.”

“Children were happy to participate – it builds their confidence.”

“It was exciting. I enjoyed the way the teacher treated the children.”

“The opportunity to participate in lessons and see what they are learning in class.”

“Everything is perfect – well done!”

“Seeing how they are taught and being able to practice it with them.”

“Good to see level of teaching and our child’s interaction. We also picked up skills to use at home.”

“Great to see some maths in action. The children were very engaged and followed what was happening.”

 

Year 4 Assembly

On Wednesday 8th November 2017, Year 4 had their class assembly. They shared information about what they had been learning in class so far this year. Some of the children demonstrated thier new recorder playing skills. It was a great chance to see the children perform.

 

Year 5 Shared Learning - CLIC

On Wednesday 8th November 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Year 5. The session focused on the teaching of CLIC, which forms part of our Maths teaching, and how parents could support reading at home.

“I learned how my son is learning and could see he is doing well.”

       “Got us to see how the lessons start and how the children learn.”

       “Good to see how things are taught and good to see children in their learning environment.”

       “This session was quite informative and it gives me ideas of how to help my child at home.”

       “I liked this very much, and learnt a lot.”

“As a grandparent, watching children do maths in an entirely different way in which I was taught many years ago!”

“The children’s interaction and enthusiasm.”

“Interesting to see learning methods in class.”

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

“Children taking part in maths activities.”

“Interactive learning session. I liked the method of learning – it makes learning fun. The children seem to be really engaged, and parents were given an explanation of each task.”

“Interacting with my child and being able to see his learning first hand in a classroom setting.”

 

Year 6 Shared Learning - CLIC

On Tuesday 7th November 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Year 6. The session focused on the teaching of CLIC, which forms part of our Maths teaching, and how parents could support reading at home.

“How confident the children were, and they were happy to participate.”

       “Getting to see new strategies/methods the children are learning.”

       “Discussing the learning strategy.”

       “Classwork, the teamwork with students.”

       “How children learn in maths, which I find very fun.”

“The way teachers teach the lesson – the explanations are wonderful. I wish we’d had teachers like Miss Roper.”

 

Year 5 assembly

On Wednesday 1st November 2017, Year 5 had their class assembly. They shared information about what they had been learning in class so far this year. The parents all really enjoyed it, and it was a great chance to see the children perform.

 

Purple Mash Workshop

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 we held a Purple Mash workshop for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how Purple Mash is used in school, and how it can be used to support learning at home.

“Everything is perfect.”

“Having access to the websites that the children use in school.”

“Discovering Purple Mash and how to use it with our children.”

“I learned about online safety and how I can help my child at home using Purple mash.”

“Learning about Purple mash.”

“It was really helpful to have an introduction to such a good resource.”

“Brilliant to see what the children see and are using so we can talk about it at home and encourage our children to learn.”

 

Manchester Museum parent trip

On Wednesday 18th October, a group of parents joined us to visit Manchester Museum. This allowed the parents who came to experience exploring the museum, so that they would be able to take their children in the school holidays or at weekends. It also gave them the confidence of knowing how to get there via public transport.

There are a large variety of exhibits at Manchester Museum, many of which link well to the curriculum we teach across school. These include; Romans (Year 4), Ancient Egypt (Year 3), links to journeys in the Industrial Revolution (Year 5), Space (Year 5) and Fossils (Year 6). There were also other exhibits which would interest children of all ages, including a section which looks at memories of partition in India and people’s experiences of this.

The parents who joined us really enjoyed the chance to explore, ready to take their children there, and are looking forw ard to joining us on our next trip.

CLIC workshop

On Wednesday 11th October 2017 we held a CLIC workshop for parents of children in Key Stage 2. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how CLIC was taught across the school, and how it support children’s learning in maths.

“It was a good learning event. I learnt lots of things that I can use to help my children at home.”

“Nice to see a CLIC session in action.”

“It quite helpful for us to help children at home and it’s a fun way of learning for the kids as well.”

“How to teach the times tables in a fun way.”

“Interactive and fun.”

“I can teach my children maths in different ways.”

“Please can I come to CLIC everyday!!?”

“I liked the way you were questioning the children as you were teaching them.”

“This is much more fun than how we learnt the times tables at school.”

Real Love Rocks workshop

On Tuesday 10th October, and Thursday 12th October 2017, we held a Real Love Rocks workshop for parents of children in Year 6. This gave parents the chance to find out all about what the children would be learning in the Real Love Rocks sessions, why it was so important for their children to hear these messages and how they could support this at home. It also gave parents the chance to ask any questions about the sessions.

For more information on the Real Love Rocks workshops, please visit our safeguarding pages.

Year 3 assembly

On Wednesday 4th October 2017, Year 3 had their class assembly. They shared information about what they had been learning in class so far this year. The parents all really enjoyed it, and it was a great chance to see the children perform.

Nursery Coffee morning

On Wednesday 4th October 2017, we held a coffee morning specifically for parents of children in our Nursery. This gave the parents the chance to meet other parents whose children shared a class, and to talk about anything that concerned them, or ask any questions linked to school. We also shared ideas for how they could be supporting the children's learning at home, sharing a range of activities and tips sheets.

As part of the coffee morning, we visited Cringle Park, talking to the parents about the learning opportunities that could be taken from a trip to the park, and activities that they could do in the park, or back at home using materials from the park.

The parents really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the staff involved with parental engagement, and to ask us questions and share any concerns.

Upper Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, we held a shared learning session for parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6. The session focused on the teaching of shared reading and how parents could support reading at home.

"I enjoyed interacting with the children in class and seeing my own child in the classroom environment."

"I enjoyed seeing the children taking part in discussions and expressing their opinions."

"I enjoyed listening to the teacher speaking to the children as they improved their reading skills and participated in learning the poem."

"I liked how the teacher was interacting with the children and how they divided in groups."

"I enjoyed getting involved in the children's learning."

 

Phonics and Reading in EYFS

On Thursday 28th September 2017, we held a workshop after school, for parents of children in Reception. The workshop looked at how parents could support phonics and reading at home, giving useful strategies and tips.

 

Year 6 assembly

On Wednesday 27th September 2017, Year 6 had their class assembly. It was very informative in letting parents know all about what they had been learning. The parents found out interesting facts about Leonid Afremov, a painter being studied by Year 6, Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. They were also entertained by Year 6's many talents, including dance performace, their Thomas Edison song, a talk for write run through of the text they've been looking at in class, and even a bit of basketball!

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 27th September 2017, we held a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan. A number of parents, and people from the local community, attended, and enjoyed the opportunity to have a good chat whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a slice or two of cake! It was a lovely atmosphere, and we raised over £120.

We also used the opportunity to introduce more parents to our lending library, which is run every Wednesday mornings. We have an extensive range of books and audiobooks which families can borrow for reading at home, to encourage our families to read for pleasure.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

On Monday 25th September 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Lower Key Stage 2. The sessions supported the parents in understanding the teaching of CLIC and maths, and how they could support their children at home. Parents were also given the opportunity to ask the class teachers questions about the teaching of CLIC and maths whilst the children were in assembly.

 

Key Stage 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 22nd September 2017 we held a Shared Learning session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The sessions in Year 1 supported the parents in understanding the teaching of phonics and also enabled parents to understand how to support reading at home. In Year 2 the session focused on the teaching of shared reading and how parents could support reading at home.

“Getting to interact with my child in school and getting to know what they have been learning about.”

“Learning with my son and discovering a new way to read.”

 

“What and how the children are being taught was explained and it will help me as a parent to do the same thing at home. I also learnt something new.”

“I enjoy learning about my child’s phonics because I want to help him improve his reading.”

“It was really helpful to find out how the children are taught.”

“Getting to see the learning environment and to meet the class teacher beyond handover at the end of the day.”

“The sharing of teaching strategies and the opportunity to speak with the teacher about specific targets for my child.”

“Meeting the teachers, seeing the classroom from the inside and meeting my child’s classmates.”

 

“The way children were engaged to understand the story. Excellent.”

 

“The interactive games, knowledge given about sound buttons and digraphs and trigraphs was very good. The whole session was fun, knowledgable and interactive. Enjoyed it a lot.”

 

“Getting to see what my child is learning and understand what they are up to and see where they need help at home.”

“I like the way the teacher was teaching our children and they were enjoying learning.”

 

 

2016-2017 Events (please click here to see information about some of these)

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