Parent Handbook – T

Children from Year 1 and upwards are set Writing targets which are set at least once a term and which they have either in their English book, on display in their classroom, or both. These are shared with parents at parent consultation meetings.

Children in these year groups also have maths targets which are all based on our Multiplication Monsters approach to learning and using increasingly challenging multiplication (and addition, subtraction and division) facts as they progress in their maths learning through school. For more information on this, see the Maths section of the “How do I Help my Child?” page of our website.

Both of these kinds of targets are fairly long term aims but they sit alongside the shorter-term “targets” that children are challenged with every day. Every lesson has a learning objective to make progress to and marking will regularly give them a next step to think about and respond to – all of this helps to personalise each child’s learning experience in school.

We are very fortunate to have skilled and hardworking teaching assistants who play a key part of our staff team.

All children will benefit from working with teaching assistants at times during school. Sometimes they work one to one with children for focussed tasks and activities, sometimes they will work with groups and sometimes with whole classes to allow a teacher to work with a smaller group from within the class. Teaching assistants work with children of all abilities in supporting us to personalise learning for all and they help us to add a lot to the day to day experience at Grange Farm.

We use a texting service our one of methods of communication to parents. Please make sure the school office has your mobile phone number and let us know as soon as possible if this changes.

If parents are separated, it is fine for us to have both phone numbers on the system so that each will receive the same messages.

Children learn times-tables up to 12 x 12 as a key part of the national curriculum and also a number of related facts, e.g. knowing 8 x 9 = 72 means you can also work out 72 ÷ 9 = 8 and, 80 x 90 = 7200.

To see more about how we approach the teaching of times tables, see the Maths section of the “How do I Help my Child?” page on our website.

Trips and visits are a key part of the broad and balanced curriculum that we want all children to benefit from at Grange Farm. They form a huge role in providing memorable, inspirational experiences that help encourage children to become engaged life-long learners.

We are always reviewing the trips we offer to ensure that they provide effective learning experiences that add to what we can do in school but traditional trips from Grange Farm include to the Natural History Museum, Hatton Country World, the National Space Centre, Black Country Museum and also to places closer to home such as Coventry Cathedral.

Trips and visits are only possible because of parental contributions towards costs and we are very grateful to our parents that we are able to offer so much to children across school.

We are part of the national fruit scheme which means that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be able to have a free piece of fruit (or sometimes a vegetable) every day if they want to. Year 1 and 2 children will usually have these at break-time and Reception children sit together for theirs half-way through the morning.

Older children can bring a healthy snack (ideally fruit/veg – no biscuits) to have at morning break-time if they wish to.

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