Parent Handbook – R
Grange Farm Primary School is committed to an inclusive ethos including respect for, and celebration of, ethnic diversity.
The school strives to prepare all pupils to value and live within a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.
The school will strive to promote race equality in all dimensions of its life, curriculum and community.
- Take positive action to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment
- Promote equality of opportunity for all members of the school community
- Promote good relations between people of different racial groups
Our policy can be found below.
Reading is a core element of our curriculum – learning to read is a life skill and much time in school is devoted to children how to become confident readers.
In earlier years, children spend much time learning how to actually read the words on the page, using their growing knowledge of phonics to read text out loud and in their heads.
As they progress through school they spend longer on reading comprehension – studying text for understanding of the literal meaning, clues to hidden meanings and also to explore the choices authors make to write effective texts for different purposes.
Being a great reader is a key part of becoming a successful writer. We focus a lot of time in reading at school but we also encourage children to read at home every day (preferably with an adult, even as they get older, because the discussion about what they are reading is just as important as the fact that they can read the words).
As well as reading for academic purposes we also want all of our children to develop a lifelong habit of reading just as an end in itself. Reading can be huge fun and we try to give all of our children a wide breadth of experience so they can find the sort of texts that interest them.
To find more information about how you can support your child with reading at home, see the Reading page in our “How do I Help my Child?” website section.
Parents receive end of year reports towards the end of the school year, usually in July. These give information about the children’s attainment, progress and attitude during their time at school.
We would always hope that nothing in reports should come as a surprise because of other forms of communication throughout the year. However, if ever there is anything parents wish to discuss as a result of reports, we will always organise parent/teacher meetings to facilitate this.
The acronym “RSE” standard for Relationships and Sex Education.
We follow an RSE curriculum in school which is covered partly through the Science curriculum and partly through the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum.
The aspects covered in the Science curriculum are concerned with life cycles and are statutory – a required element of the national curriculum.
The aspects covered in the PSHE curriculum are more concerned with developing healthy relationships and social and emotional development and this develops into learning about puberty, reproduction and sex as children move into Year 5 and 6.
We always deliver RSE units consecutively across school and will let parents know when this is going to occur, including giving information about what we will cover. Parents in Year 5 and 6, in particular, are invited into school to view materials that will be used.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from the Sex Education elements of these lessons that occur in Year 6 but we would always encourage all children to take part and would reassure parents that these topics are addressed in a very sensitive, age appropriate style.
You can see more information about what we deliver, how we deliver it and when by clicking on this link which will take you to a presentation about statutory changes to RSE from the academic year 2020/21 onwards.