Parent Handbook – H

When teachers talk about children’s writing ability, parents sometimes assume we are just talking about their handwriting whereas “writing” is a broader term describing all aspects of the skills is takes to produce a whole piece (e.g. sentence structure, text organisation, writing for a purpose, spelling and more).

However, handwriting remains a key skill and expectation within the National Curriculum. Children cannot achieve certain levels of attainment without meeting expectations in handwriting.

For more information about how we teach handwriting in school, follow this link to the “How do I Help My Child” section of the website.

The days of the “Nit Nurse” are long gone but, unfortunately, the headlice themselves remain and do make an unwelcome reappearance from time to time. Headlice cause no direct harm but they are unpleasant and a nuisance.

Advice to parents is to check your children’s hair carefully and regularly. If they do have headlice it is very important to go and get a medicated treatment from a pharmacy and to carry out the instructions thoroughly. Headlice are not easy to get rid of and if even one egg remains, they will come back. If you need more advice, we would recommend getting it from the NHS website.

If you become aware that your child had headlice, please let school know immediately (we will let you know if we spot any). We will then inform parents of all children in your child’s class that a case has been identified.

As headlice cause no medical harm, there is no expectation that children need to be away from school if they do have them. However, we do ask parents to ensure that children have been treated thoroughly as soon as they are aware that headlice are present and a short absence from school (it may only be an hour or two) is preferable to spreading headlice across a whole class of children.

Health and Safety of the children, staff and visitors is something that we take extremely seriously at Grange Farm.

Risk assessments are completed at least annually covering all areas and activities on the school site and all statutory duties are carried out with the support of professional advice from a Local Authority adviser.

Health and Safety inspections are carried out each term – these involve a governor who reports back to main governing body meetings.

Staff are made aware of their responsibilities regarding health and safety and clear lines of communication are in place to enable them to report any issues. Children are also taught appropriate aspects of health and safety through the curriculum and we would always encourage parents with any concerns or issues to make us aware of them as soon as possible.

We ask parents to sign up to our Home/School Agreement at the beginning of their child’s time with us at Grange Farm (whether that is at the start of Reception or if they join us later in their school career). We also re-send it to every parent when we ask for updated contact details at the beginning of each new school year.

The Home/School Agreement is available here to view. We do review and update it from time to time but the essential ingredients remain the same – all about the importance of the partnership between home and school that enables children to flourish in every way during their time with us.

Homework can provide children with valuable opportunities to embed, reinforce, practise and develop their skills and understanding away from the school environment.

The amount and frequency of homework will depend on the age of the child. We would expect children to be Reading regularly (ideally every day) in all year groups and as they get older this is added to with Phonics/Spelling, English homework, Maths homework and occasionally homework from other subjects.

The older the children are, the greater the amount of independence we expect of them. Children are not given homework to do over any one night to enable them to be able to come in and ask if they attempt it for a first time and then need help. Our intention is for the children to develop good habits to take with them to secondary school.

If your child is having difficulty with homework, please talk to their class teacher as soon as possible. Whilst it is not uncommon for children to need some persuasion to do their homework, it should not be an excessive cause of concern and we would rather discuss this with you than have it become something that is detrimental to their learning in general.

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