Home, Parents & School
Raise standards and contribute to school effectiveness by providing a framework for partnerships between parents, children and teachers.
Yew Tree Primary School is committed to making every effort to ensure that there is an effective and proactive partnership between home and school in order to provide the best possible care and education for all children. This agreement encapsulates our belief that parents are a child’s first and most important educators. It is designed to help secure the highest possible standards of achievement for all children and in all aspects of school life, through close communication and effective partnership with parents.
The agreement covers such areas as:
- The ‘Ethos’ of the school.
- Discipline and behaviour.
The active involvement of parents both at home and in school is a crucial aspect of your children's education. At home you can become involved by encouraging your child to talk about school, listen to them read, work on maths assignments with them or perhaps by being involved with research related to work being carried out in school.
Parents can also become involved in school by helping in the classroom with groups or individuals, other curriculum work, displaying work and helping with the organisation of major projects such as running the libraries etc. You can be involved after school, running or helping with class or community groups, organising or helping at school social or fund raising events, such as fairs and jumble sales. We also have a number of parents on the school governing body.
Whatever form it takes, the involvement of our parents is crucial, it enables you to find out about school but most importantly it offers encouragement to your child through the knowledge that his/her teachers and parents are working together.
The school offers a community curriculum. This means that teachers are aware of the physical and social environment of the school within the community it serves and they take every opportunity to incorporate this into the children's learning experiences. To this end, we spend time away from the classroom in and around the neighbourhood, using the community to help us learn and we take every opportunity to bring members of the community into school to give an extra interest and dimension to our learning.
We do give homework throughout the school and feel that it is important for the following reasons.
- It develops an effective partnership between school and home
- It helps children to consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy
- It encourages the children, as they get older, to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study on their own, and to prepare them for the requirement of secondary school.
Homework for Key Stage 1 children 4-7 years
Reading books are sent home with reading diaries for parents to comment in. We encourage the children to read for 10 minutes each night from their reading book and phonic sounds and words. In year 2 weekly maths homework is set including learning multiplication tables.
Homework for Key Stage 2 children 7-11 years
Reading books are sent home on a regular basis with a diary for parents to comment. The range of homework widens and the children are encouraged to study on their own to develop self discipline and confidence.
The range of work includes:
- handwriting practice
- completion of tasks
- book review
- learning log
- written assignments
- multiplication tables
The amount of homework increases at times, particularly for year 6 pupils when they are revising for Statutory Assessment Tests