Parental Involvement 2015-2016

Story time

On Tuesday evenings during Summer 1 term we held Story time after school sessions for parents and children in Early Years Foundation Stage. The sessions were designed to support the parents in understanding how to read stories with their children and to promote an enjoyment of shared reading. Without prompt, the parents brought picnics and blankets to the sessions, to have whilst enjoying the shared time.

“Miss West is a great storyteller and the children enjoyed it very much.”

“Good to be outdoors, using the school grounds.”

“My child sat down nicely and improved his listening skills.”

“It’s really helpful for the children to encourage them, the children take deep interest to listen to sounds and actions.”

“Great storytelling that really engaged the children. Sitting under the tree for stories will be a lovely memory for them. Miss West is inventive and engaging, reminding us all how fun it can be to read together.”

 

Parent Learning Event - Healthy Living

 On Wednesday 18th May 2016 we held a Parent Learning Event on ‘Healthy Living’. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we looked at how we live healthy lives; eating healthily, exercising and having healthy minds. The activities that we held were; Zumba, meditation, hand massage, seed planting, smoothie making, creating healthy toppings for crackers, healthy living posters, healthy lunchboxes and creating a giant Acacias Healthy Plate. Over 140 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 will be given a certificate and a prize for their participation. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of healthy living.

“I always attend these events with my boys as they really enjoy them.”

“Watching the plant pots being made and being able to take our own plant home was great.”

“I enjoyed making food with my children.”

 

Pick Up and Play - Key Stage 1

On Monday 25th April 2016 we held a Pick Up and Play session for parents of children in Key Stage 1. The session was designed to support the parents in understanding how the children learn in the classroom.

"It was wonderful – very interesting."

"I enjoyed watching the children’s learning in action and taking part."

"I liked interacting with the children and watching them learn."

"I enjoyed seeing my child take part actively in all the activities and getting confident."

 

Phonics Information Session - Year 1

On Wednesday 27th April 2016 we held a Phonics Check information session for parents of children in Year 1. The session was used to give parents information about the upcoming Phonics check. 

“It was very informative – clear advice.”

“I liked everything – understanding phonics and more importantly how to help my daughter consolidate her learning.”

“We came to know how we can help our children for coming test and how to enjoy phonics with them. It also helped us understand how we can teach them at home in the similar way they do at school.”

“I learnt more about the very confusing world of phonics.”

 

Maths Workshop - Reception

On Friday 4th April we held a Maths stay and learn event for the parents of targeted children in Reception. At the event parents were informed about the learning that takes place in Maths. A range of activities were shared during the event, to enable parents to support their children at home.

"I enjoyed playing and learning with my child."

"I got to see the different activities the children do in school."

"We enjoyed doing the activities whilst at the same time learning."

 

Talk For Writing - Key Stage 1

On Wednesday 2nd March we held a Talk for Writing event for the parents of children in Key Stage 1. At the event parents were informed about the learning that takes place in English across key stage 1 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 modeled, to enable parents to support their children at home with the learning of texts.

"It was a very interesting talk. I have learnt a lot about talk for writing. I now would be able to do it with my children."

"Good to understand how and why the children are learning as they are. Good to know how to support their learning in fun ways. Good to chat with staff and other parents."

"I need to see what my children are learning in the school; therefore it is useful to know different strategies."

"In this way we came to know how they learn in class so we can help the children the same way at home. I enjoyed the activity of inventing the story."

 

Talk For Writing - Key Stage 2

On Friday 12th February we held a Talk for Writing event for the parents of children in Key Stage 2. At the event parents were informed about the learning that takes place in English across key stage 2 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 modeled, to enable parents to support their children at home with the learning of texts.

"Very informative. Helps to understand what the children are learning and allows us to help them more."

"I enjoyed the teacher's explanation."

"I felt involved and left the session with some good ideas and knowledge."

 

Maths Workshop - Key Stage 2

On Friday 5th February we held a Maths catch up event for the parents of children in Key Stage 2. At the event parents were informed about the learning that takes place in Maths across key stage 2 and the expectations for multiplication and division for each of the key stage 2 classes. A range of games were shared during the event, to enable parents to support their children at home with the learning of multiplication and division facts and methods, and these games were available in packs for the parents to take home. All children in key stage 2 were sent home with a leaflet regarding the expectations for their year group, and ideas for simple games.

"It’s good, interactive and interesting way to share ideas."

"It was good learning through games and making learning fun. After this I can help my child with maths."

"Some of the wording and methods were a little difficult to understand at first, however it did become easier once I understood the method."

"It was really good to learn how children are learning and ways we can encourage learning at home."

 

Phonics Workshop - Early Years

On Wednesday 3rd February 2016 we held a Phonics workshop for parents of children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The workshop was designed to support the parents in understanding how phonics is taught in school, and to give ideas of how they can support their children with learning their phonics at home.

“Interactive and informative – lots of ideas for supporting learning at home.”

“Informal, relaxed, humorous, very informative, opportunity to ask questions. Good to meet other parents. Above all it’s really helpful to know what the children are doing so we can talk about it at home and continue the learning.”

“Information and tips on how to help our children.”

“Different kinds of activities which can help me to enhance my child’s ability to learn different sounds.”

 

Parent Learning Event - Aspirations

On Wednesday 27th January 2016 we held a Parent Learning Event on ‘Aspirations and Careers’. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we  looked at different careers and what we aspired to be through a variety of activities. The activities that we held all had a ‘Be a…’ theme, with the careers covered being; emergency worker, builder, musician, athlete, poet, photographer, computer engineer, baker, scientist, first aider and artist.

Over 100 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 will be given a certificate and a prize for their participation. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of aspirations. There was also a special prize of 2 tickets to watch Manchester United in a Europa league match at Old Trafford which went to a Year 5 child drawn from the record cards returned.

During the week around the Parent Learning Event we also had people from various careers coming in to school to talk to the children, and answer questions that the children had about their job. These included a police officer, a politician, a nurse, a special care nurse and a vicar.  Some of the volunteers were parents of children from the school, as we had asked in a newsletter sent out in November for volunteers to come into school and talk about their career, following on from parent feedback about wanting to be more involved in these events.

“Participation of the children was excellent! My child really enjoyed it.”

“It give the understanding of different jobs and professions.”

“There were lots of different events about aspirations.”

 

Parent Learning Event - Celebrating Cultures

On Wednesday 18th November 2015 we held a Parent Learning Event on ‘Celebrating Cultures’. Children and their parents were invited to join us from 3.45 – 4.45 in an event where we celebrated some of the cultures represented in our community through a variety of activities. The activities that we held were; Zumba, mask making, Chinese lettering, Arabic lettering, Sari tying, using chopsticks, making Mango Lassi and food tasting (with foods from around the world). There was music in each room linked to the culture that was being celebrated.

Approximately 60 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 will be given a certificate and a prize for their participation. The stickers, certificates and prizes were all linked to the theme of celebrating cultures.

“It was a chance for children to explore different cultures through practical activities.”

“I liked that children are exploring new things and learning their names in different languages.”

 “I enjoyed the multicultural activities and different things for the kids to learn.”

“I liked learning about different religions and cultures.”

 

Nursery Transition Project

Prior to the summer holidays we began a Nursery transition project, to support children entering our Nursery in September. The transition project was led by the Parent Engagement Network, in conjunction with the Esmee Fairbarn Trust.

Each child taking part was given a mouse at their first session. They were encouraged to help get mouse ready for starting school. They attended 3 workshops prior to the summer holidays, coming in to school with their parents to complete activities and games, all around getting them ready for school in September. The activities included mark making, speaking and listening activities, story telling and dough disco - which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, and a party for mouse's birthday.

The project was a success, with parents joining us in follow-up workshops during the Autumn term, to look at how the children were learning in school, and how they could support this at home. Some of the children brought mouse into school with them when they started, and it helped them with the transition.