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YOU ASKED.  WE ACTED!

As part of our ongoing engagement with parents/carers, we will be holding regular surveys throughout the year.  Your views are important to us and we will use your feedback to help direct the future of The Green Infant School.

 

YOU ASKED - WE ACTED! is a new page where we will share the results of our surveys and what the school is going to do to act on your feedback.

Parking update March 2019

We are working closely with the PCSO's of South Normanton.  They are making regular visits around the school during drop off and collection times to ensure the safety of the children at our school is a priority.  They are also working with Parking Enforcement Officers and informing them of persistent illegal/dangerous parking around the school.

Support on how we can help our children at home.

 

From recent feedback and talking to parents it was clear that parents/carers wanted more information on how you could further support your child at home.  As a school we are already doing a number of things to support you:

  • We hold a new starter meeting in June for all new parents whose children are attending The Green in September.  We run through routines, expectations and paperwork at these meetings.
  • We offer home visits during June and July for all new parents with children starting in September to support with routines, expectations, paperwork and any concerns/questions those parents may have.
  • We currently hold a parents evening in the autumn term where routines can be discussed with the Class Teachers. 
  • Our website is being updated every day and you can find lots of useful support under the curriculum pages and safeguarding pages.
  • Children receive Phonics, Literacy or Maths homework weekly which supports the learning the children are doing in class.
  • Children receive half termly topic homework which supports children with their knowledge and understanding around their new topics.  Staff have tried to make the homework more independent and cost efficient for parents.  However, it is great if parents can spend 10 minutes every evening completing the homework or reading with their child.
  • We run regular themed weeks and every Friday of the themed week parents are invited in to share their child’s learning.  Parents have the opportunity to look through their book or talk to the Class Teacher.

 

However we felt we could do even more so we will be:

  • Staff are half termly updating the class pages in the ‘Children’ drawer on the website.  On the ‘Curriculum’ pages there are lots of games.
  • We have brought Times Table Rock Stars for all Year 1 and 2 children to access at home and in school in preparation for Year 3 and 4.
  • We will be holding a Phonics workshop on 12th March at 3:30pm  and a Maths workshop on 26th March 3:30pm, where we will be sharing how we teach Phonics and launching our new Visual Calculation Policy.  This will be repeated in the October 2019.
  • Phonics homework is now in line with spellings and therefore will support parents in their knowledge of which phonemes/diagraphs are being taught that week.

Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home.

Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 1
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 2
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 3
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 4
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 5
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 6
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 7
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 8
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 9
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 10
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 11
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 12
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 13
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 14
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 15
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 16
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 17
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 18
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths workshop today (26th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 19

Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019). We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home.

Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 1
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 2
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 3
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 4
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 5
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 6
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 7
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 8
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 9
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 10
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 11
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 12
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 13
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 14
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 15
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 16
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 17
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 18
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 19
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 20
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 21
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 22
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 23
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 24
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 25
Thank you to all those who came to our Phonics workshop today (12th March, 2019).  We had lots of games, resources and hand outs available to support you and your child at home. 26

Communication

 

From recent feedback and talking to parents it was felt that we needed to improve our communications with families further.

 

We currently have:

  • An up to date anomaly screen showing latest news and events.
  • Text messages for important reminders.
  • Letters
  • Monthly newsletter with key information and dates.
  • An up to date website and calendar of events.

 

We are now doing:

  • All of the above.
  • Text messages are now sent more frequently for all upcoming events.
  • Email service is available for parents to receive newsletters and letters via email.

 

We hope you feel your voices have been heard on this matter and communication has improved.  Please pop and see your child's Class Teacher or Head Teacher should you wish to discuss anything further, our doors are always open.

 

CAR PARKING

Following your comments on the parent questionnaires a number of concerns have been raised that I would like to address.

  1. Car parking continues to be a big concern for many families, especially along New Street.

I would like to invite parents to come along and have a meeting with myself on Wednesday 14th March, 2018 at 9:10am in the school hall.  This will a 30 minute meeting to come up with a plan of action that we can develop together to support the parking problems, not to raise further concerns or lay blame.  We need to work together to find a solution that will help all our parents and carers and most importantly keep our children safe from harm.

Outcomes of Parking Parent working party meetings - 2018

Thank you to the parents who turned up to help in finding a solution to a lot of parents concerns around parking.  It was agreed that mornings seem to be the most congested time of the school day.  It was suggested that maybe a member of staff could be available in a coned off section of the playground from 8:40-8:50am to enable some parents to drop and go.  There would be a small charge of 20p a day to cover the cost of the extra staffing.  This could be paid as £1 a week and parents would have to sign their child over to the care of the staff member in the morning. 

 

It was also suggested that we could start our own breakfast club from 8am-8:50am every morning, however Glebe Junior School already offer this service.

 

The council have painted yellow zigzag lines outside the entrance on Hilcote Street.  They will also be sending a traffic enforcement officer around more regularly.

HOMEWORK

Following your comments on the parent questionnaires a number of concerns have been raised that I would like to address.

  1. Homework

It has become apparent that there are lots of mixed feelings around homework.  Therefore I would like to invite parents to come along and have a meeting with myself on Thursday 15th March, 2018 at 9:10am in the school hall.  This will be a 30 minute meeting to come up with an acceptable and mutual agreement on the level and quantity of homework acceptable for each year group.  This meeting is not open to raising further concerns.  We need to work together to find a solution that will help raise the attainment of our children in a manageable and supportive manner.

Outcomes of Homework Parent working party meetings.

Thank you to the parents who turned up to support in finding a solution to a lot of parents concerns around homework.  There was a lot of discussion on how the school could best tailor the homework to the needs of the children and busy family lives.

The key findings were:

  • Less parental involvement needed
  • Differentiated levels of homework depending on the ability of the child to enable them to complete it with little support/teaching from parents/carers.
  • Regular marking by the Teacher with a target or next step comment when needed.
  • Weekly homework in a book to go out Friday and be collected on a Wednesday.
  • Termly ‘Topic’ homework to go out at the beginning of a term but have no more than 5 choices all of which can be done with limited parental involvement if needed and low cost.
  • A certificate awarded to children at the end of each term for completing 80% or more of their weekly homework.
  • Phonics homework that links with spellings.
  • Maths or Literacy homework linked to the children’s ability.
  • Option to complete an online game in Maths or Literacy alternative weeks.

 

Therefore as from 9th April 2018 homework will be:

Foundation

  • Weekly Letter formation extending to phonics in summer term – Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

Year 1

  • Weekly Phonics – Phonics teacher sets 3 to 5 HFW’s to learn and phonic sound to explore. Phonics Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Weekly Maths or Literacy differentiated to ability in book - Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.  Sometimes there will be an option to complete a task online.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

Year 2

  • Weekly Phonics – Phonics teacher sets 5 HFW’s to learn and phonic sound to  explore.  Phonics Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Weekly Maths or Literacy differentiated to ability in book - Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.  Sometimes there will be an option to complete a task online.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

 

We shall trial this new level of homework and arrange a further meeting in the Autumn term 2018.

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