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Home, Parents & School




HOME - SCHOOL AGREEMENT 

We have a written Home School Agreement, drawn up in consultation with the parents.  It spells out the responsibilities of the school and the parents and what our school expects of its pupils.
The agreement covers such areas as:
· The Standard of Education  provided
· The ‘Ethos’ of the school
· Attendance
· Discipline and behaviour
· Homework
 Parents are asked to sign the agreement to show that they understand­ and accept it.   

The school will aim to:

Encourage children to strive for personal excellence in everything they do.
Aim to achieve high standards of work and meet the individual needs of all children.
Keep you informed about general school matters and about your child’s progress and behaviour.
Provide a balanced curriculum, with strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy.
Ensure that all children follow the School’s policy on Behaviour.
 

The Family will aim to:

See that their child attends school regularly, on time and provide a note of explanation if their child is absent.
Make the school aware of any concerns or problems which may affect their child’s work or behaviour.
Support the School’s Policy on Behaviour.
Support their child in homework activities.
Attend parents’ evening and discussions about their child’s progress.
 

PARENTS

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 during literacy or numeracy hour, 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. 
Please note everyone who comes to help in school is required to be police checked. This is a simple procedure which Mrs Noble, our administrator, will complete.
 

COMMUNITY CURRICULUM

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.

HOMEWORK

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
· spellings
· research 
· 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