Friendship Groups – these are organised groups of children in Little Heath with one member from each year group. They are led by a Year 6 pupil and they meet every 3 weeks. The sessions last for 30 minutes. The first 15minutes is spent discussing a specific school issue e.g. school rules, PSHE or playground matters and the remaining time is used to play team building games to help reinforce friendships across the year groups. Reception children do not join Friendship Groups until the spring term.
Sharing Assemblies – these are held every half term and each child takes part in one a year. You will be informed by letter if your child is taking part. They are organised and led by Friendship group leaders and the children share learning of which they are proud.
Meet the Teacher- these are sessions for parents or carers only. They are an opportunity to meet with the teacher who will outline the topics that will be covered by your child in the following term. They are not a forum to discuss an individual child’s progress.
Parents Evenings – These are held in the autumn and summer terms and are an opportunity for a parent to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. These work on an appointment system that can be booked via a letter which gets sent home before the meetings take place. The appointments last for 10 minutes.
Home Learning – Home learning is a basis for parents and pupils to work together and to understand the curriculum, reinforcing knowledge for both students and parents. Children are encouraged from their early days in school to understand that learning does not solely take place within the format of a school day. With this in mind, all children are given the opportunity to continue learning in their own home.
All children are expected to take home, on a weekly basis, a book of their own choice selected from the school’s library. Pupils from Reception to Year 2, and some in the earlier years of KS2, take home their structured reading books, which they are expected to read daily. From Y2 updating reading/learning journals is a very important part of home learning too. In Year 6 they will be expected to complete a weekly compulsory task in their learning journal.
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 have weekly spellings and spelling rules to learn. The spellings should be thoroughly learnt and practised. The learning of multiplication tables is encouraged from an early stage and pupils are expected to learn these as preparation for their classwork. In Years 2, 3 and 4 formal multiplication tests are carried out at least fortnightly.
In addition, teachers will offer children the opportunity to extend their learning at home in a multiplicity of ways. Tasks will be given out half termly and the pupils will be given up to 3 weeks to complete them. Teachers, parents and pupils will strive to make the learning creative, challenging and fun. Occasionally home learning will also take the form of follow-up work or research at home on specific subjects or topics set by the class teacher.
Newsletter – These are sent out as required and contain information which the school feel it is essential or useful for the parents to know. They are e-mailed to all parents and a text is always sent out to inform parents that a newsletter has been published. Paper copies are kept in the office for those who do not have access to a computer or cannot print them out at home.
Blogs – These are published weekly on our website and are written by all the teachers and the head. The blogs produced by the teachers are found in the ‘Classes’ section of the website and contain important information about your child’s learning. These should be checked on a regular basis but especially at the weekend. If a teacher has to put some important information on the blog a text will be sent to parents to remind them to read it. The head teacher’s blog is more general and contains information about what has gone on in school during that week or information which needs to be shared with the whole school community. The head’s blog is always published on a Friday afternoon unless otherwise informed.
Independent Learning – This encourages children to take more responsibility for their own learning so they become skilled in self-evaluation and know themselves what they have to work on to make progress in their learning. Examples in the classroom involve the children marking their own work against success criteria and at the start of a topic assessing what they already know about that subject so they do not cover learning previously taught.
Houses – When the children start the school they are assigned to a house and their book bag will be the colour of that house. Children who are in Grangewood are yellow, Thornton are green, Osborne are blue and Frampton are red. The children will take part in house competitions throughout their time in Little Heath.