We believe that a strong relationship between home and school supports children’s learning. We work hard to ensure that we have good relationships with children’s families, with a wide range of activities and opportunities for parents to learn about life at school and for the school to get to know families. These include:
Induction Events: Before children begin school we offer a carefully planned induction, including an induction event for families, information evenings for parents, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for children and their older or younger siblings and story times.
Home – School Communication: regular Parent Consultation Evenings, Curriculum Workshops, Curriculum Newsletters and Federation Times keep parents up to date. We appreciate that parents have busy lives and we use text updates and e-mails as well as the usual paper communication to keep parents advised of what is going on at school.
With an approachable staff team who are keen to develop strong partnerships with their children’s families, we offer a number of ways of communicating with your child’s class teacher. Parents are provided with their child’s teacher’s email address and teachers are available at the beginning and end of each day to speak with parents.
Federation Family Events: Alongside our weekly Federation Assembly, which gives children across the Federation a chance to come together and share achievements and to which family are always welcome, we also hold a number of Federation Family Events, these include our annual Sports Day as well as Female Friday and Father’s Friday (days when Mums, Grandmothers, Aunties and Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles or any other significant male or female in children’s lives) are welcomed into school for all or part of the day, taking part in lessons, playtimes and lunchtimes. We worked closing with the University of Bath regarding the Father’s Friday inititive and please do take a look at the film which they made following their time with us at school on the following links:
Parent Helpers: We are always grateful for help from parents, be it by listening to children read, cooking, gardening, help with art and craft. Children really benefit from this experience and support. If you are a parent (or grandparent or other relative) and you would like to help in this way, please see your child’s class teacher.
STEP: In our schools we talk about STEP time, time for us all to share with, talk to, encourage and praise our children. We have held successful sessions with parents sharing information about STEP time and what it can look like in families and we have had some great feedback from these sessions:
“…. the curriculum and other information that was given out was really helpful and has given me some ideas of things I can help my daughter think about and opportunities for linking in our home experiences with her learning. Great stuff! If you do your STEP presentation again, in a later slot, I will make sure I send my other half along!”