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.

To see what we've done in the past, please click here.

If you would like to discuss our parental involvement further, and have ideas of how to make it even better, please contact Mrs Riley or Miss Tilt, our parental involvement coordinators, 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.

 

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 Lower Key Stage 2, and once a term in Upper Key Stage 2. Please see the calendar for dates.

 

Recent events

Celebrating Cultures Themed Week

In the week beginning 12th November 2018, we had a themed week around Celebrating Cultures. A huge thank you to all of the parents who came in across the week;

  • Mr Cervantes Lara came into Year 5 to talk to them about Mexico, and worked with them to Skype a school in Mexico.
  • Mr and Mrs Boutin came into 5Y to talk about their family history with the creation of French cheese, Camembert.
  • Miss Crawford came into Year 1 to talk to them about Kente patterns and share food with them.
  • Mrs Ahmed came into Year 2 to talk to them about Pakistani culture.
  • Miss Paul came into Reception to talk about St Lucian culture.
  • Mrs Tahir came in to make potato kebabs with Reception.
  • Mrs Hossain came to the Parent Learning Event to show us how to tie sari's.
  • Mrs White came into Year 1 and Year 6 to talk about Christian culture.
  • Ms Durand came into Nursery to talk about French culture.
  • Ms Ahmad came into Nursery to share Pakistani food.

Also, during the week;

  • Year 2 Skyped a school in Japan
  • Year 3 visited a pop-up Egyptian museum at Levenshulme High School
  • Year 3 had Samba drumming workshops

Celebrating Cultures Parent Learning Event

As part of our Celebrating Cultures themed week, we held a parent learning event looking at aspects of various cultures, inlcuding Ceilidh dancing, mendhi patterns, sari tying, using chopsticks and French foods. Over 100 pupils and their parents joined us for the event. Any pupil who attended the event and participated in at least 6 activities recieved a certificate and prize following the event.

"It was really fun - we enjoyed it so much!"

"Thank you for having this event - we all had a great time."

"I enjoyed the taste test."

"I loved it all. Amazing. Thank you."

"I enjoyed the whole event, especially looking at Diwali and where vegetables come from around the world."

"It was very nice."

"I loved it!"

"Absolutely brilliant."

Key Stage 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 9th November, Key Stage 1 held their shared learning which focussed on the teaching of maths, looking at how concrete apparatus and simple games can be used to support this and how this can be done at home.

"I loved the shared learning event! I can tell that my daughter and the class as a whole loved the lesson too! As a person who grew up fearing maths I am ever so grateful that you are fostering a love of number. Mrs Stanley was inspirational, her enthusiasm rubbing off on the children and the parents."

"Seeing the games was great."

"A good session - very interesting."

"Good to see the way games and activities were used to help learn skills."

"Everything is nice - seeing the games was very good."

"It was good to see how 2-digit addition is taught."

"Great to see how many of the children contributed and had their hand up. We now have lots to talk about at home."

"Enjoyed seeing how the children learn and also how to implement at home."

 

Lower Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

Lower Key Stage 2 held their Autumn 2 shared learning event on Wednesday 7th November. The classes focussed on English, sharing with parents how aspects of English are taught in each class.

"I enjoyed sharing the lesson with the children and their interaction."

"Amazing interaction with the children - all were really engaged and enjoyed it."

"I really enjoy these sessions - it's great knowing what the children are learning and how they are in their classes."

"It was great. I lvoed to see the children and how well they are understanding."

"It was good to sit in a lesson to experience what the children learn."

Year 5 Assembly

Year 5 held a performance assembly on Wednesday 31st October, sharing with their parent/carers some of their leaning from across the half term, including some of the songs that they've been learning in Music.

 

Year 1 Phonics Workshop

On Monday 15th October we held a phonics workshop for parents of children in Year 1. This was to show parents how the teaching of phonics changes from Reception to Year 1, to demonstrate ways in which phonics is taught in school and to provide strategies that can be used at home to support childrn with their phonics.

 

Nursery and new Reception Coffee Afternoon and Morning

On Monday 8th October, in the afternoon, and Wednesday 10th October, in the morning, we held coffee afternoon/morning, to give new parents the opportunity to come and talk with the parental engagement team about the school, raise any concerns and ask any questions. There was a lovely atmosphere, and it helped parents to know more about the school.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

Upper Key Stage 2 held a shared learning event on Thursday 4th October. Year 5 did a carousel of activities to enable pupils to gather information about Victorian workhouses ready for using in their non-chronological reports that they were writing. Year 6 looked at poetry, performing poetry in groups.

 

"I enjoyed spending time with my child."

"I enjoyed taking part in the poetry performance."

"I enjoyed getting involved. You're the best."

"I enjoyed finding out how to make a good poetry performance."

"It was good seeing the children interact in class."

"I liked the children's interaction and level of interest in the topic."

"It's really helpful to interact with children during class sessions."

"It was nice to see children in class environment, to be part of what they are learning."

"It was good learning new information and also contributing what I learnt when I was at school."

"I liked seeing my child in the classroom environment and the methods of learning. I especially liked how confident the children were in asking questions. The staff are very approachable. Keep doing what you're doing."

 

Year 6 Assembly

On Wednesday 3rd October, Year 6 held a performance assembly, sharing some of their learning from across the half term with their parents/carers.

 

Year 3 Assembly

Year 3 held a performance assembly on Wednesday 26th September, sharing with their parent/carers some of their leaning from across the half term.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 Shared Learning

On Monday 24th September, Lower Key Stage 2 held a shared learning event. During their event, they looked at maths across the key stage. They demonstrated activities that can support the children with learning their times tables, along with other activities used in CLIC sessions and problem solving activities.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

To support the great work that Macmillan do throughout the UK, we held a fundraising coffee afternoon on Monday 24th September. Staff kindly brought in homemade (and some not so homemade!) cakes for parents and carers to come and enjoy, along with a cup of tea or coffee and some time to chat. We raised just over £170, so thank you to everyone who came and donated.

Key Stage 1 Shared Learning

On Friday 21st September, Key Stage 1 held a shared learning event, where they focussed on the teaching of phonics and reading, sharing with parents different ways in which this is done. In Year 1, they looked at using phonics to help with reading words, looking at segmenting and blending to help us. In Year 2, they did a shared reading of the story Avocado Baby, looking at breakdown strategies for understanding unknown vocabulary, predicting what may happen in the story and how we can use our background knowledge to help to understand the story.

 

"I enjoyed understanding how my child is being taught at school, so I can help at home to improve their reading."

"I got a much better understanding of how they are being taught and how to work with them at home."

"It was informative. I liked the way the teacher explained split digraph."

"I enjoyed seeing what activities the kids do in class."

"I liked how calm the class was."