Links with Class Teachers
Welcome Meetings - at the start of each school year we have a ‘Welcome’ meeting - held in the first couple of weeks in September to provide an opportunity to meet the class teacher and find out about classroom routines and expectations - including PE days! It will also provide a chance for parents to ask any questions.
Open Afternoons - there is an opportunity for children to bring their parents into class to share the work they have been doing. Parents can have an informal discussion with the class teacher and are encouraged to share comments about their child’s work.
Parents’ Evening - in the autumn and spring term there will be an appointment where parents and their children will meet with the class teacher on a one to one basis to talk about learning and progress for all areas of the curriculum, particularly reading, writing and maths.
Curriculum Information - at the beginning of each term class teachers will send home an A4 sheet or a small booklet outlining what the children will be learning in class during the term - there will be ideas for projects that parents can carry out with their children at home to enhance their learning in school.
Inspire sessions - over the course of the year we invite parents into school to work alongside their child and find out more about our school curriculum. Last year we had great success with developing geography skills across school in this way.
Sharing and Supporting Learning
Class Assemblies - All classes will lead an assembly twice a year which parents will be invited to share. This enables parents to have a snapshot of the work and learning opportunities their children are experiencing during that specific term. These assemblies are usually at the start of the school day (around 9.10 am) and last for about 15/20 minutes. The dates for these are sent out at the beginning of the year and are on newsletters. Parents are then invited to stay for a coffee morning with the Family Mentor.
Open Afternoons - As stated above, in the autumn and summer terms, we invite parents into school at the end of the school day to share their child’s learning particularly their topic work.
Workshops and Inspire Sessions - at appropriate points in the year we deliver workshops for parents to learn how we teach various concepts within school such as phonics, calculations and reading. For foundation subjects, we invite parents to work alongside their child on one particular area. Look out for the letters!
Home Learning - we ask parents to read with their children regularly, practice their child’s current maths challenge and work on their home learning project. Children can also practise their ‘Learn it maths challenge’ facts. Children in Reception and Year 1 can earn prizes for completing their pre maths challenges.
End of Key Stage One to Ones - parents of pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 have a one to one meeting with the teacher after Christmas in which revision material is shared as well as progress to date and how they can support their child.
On the curriculum sheets mentioned earlier there are always activities and ideas that parents can do with their children to enhance their topic learning.
Children may have some additional tasks to complete at home in preparation for SATs at the end of the year.
Thanksgiving - In autumn term we have a harvest or thanksgiving event to which parents are asked to contribute something, which might be an item of food or fill a Shoebox for Samaritans Purse. We will also invite parents to celebrate this with us in an Early Years event and a main school concert.
Christmas - There is always a Christmas Concert in December to which parents are invited - we usually have separate concerts for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.
Easter - in the week before we break up for Easter we ask parents to help their children at home to decorate a hard-boiled egg or decorate an Easter bonnet for our Easter Parade in school.
Summer Spectacular - At the end of the Summer term we hold a Summer Spectacular concert in which the children perform songs around a theme.
Caspa - This concert is an opportunity for all of the children from Castleford schools to come together to perform songs for their families. This event, which is free to families, is often held at the Civic Centre.