Home School Partnership

Home School Partnership

Understanding how important is it to have support at home as well as in school is a huge contributor to the success of your child's education. This page on our site describes how our Home School Partnership works and how we help your child by working together to support your child's development.

You are your child’s first and most important educator. At Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School we value and appreciate the important role you have to play in supporting your child in developing a positive attitude to school and learning. Studies have proven that children learn best when home and school work in partnership.

At Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School we offer a range of opportunities for parents to actively participate in supporting their children at school. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their help in classrooms on a regular rota basis, or on a more occasional basis by arrangement. CRB checks will need to be completed and further details are available from the school office.

Please note we also have many links with the community and encourage all pupils to become involved in projects that strengthen these links. For example, at Harvest time our children deliver groceries to local senior citizens. Children also visit local buildings and facilities to enhance the curriculum. We frequently welcome visitors and students to school.

Homework

Homework is set across the school. In setting homework we aim to:

  • Promote positive attitudes to work and school
  • Raise achievement of all pupils
  • Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy and across the curriculum
  • Encourage independent learning
  • Increase self discipline
  • Develop home / school partnership
  • Prepare children for transfer into each year group and the Junior School

A variety of types of homework are used depending on the age and ability of the children. These include:

  • Reading
  • Learning spellings / Finding words
  • Maths tasks
  • A piece of research on a familiar or a new topic
  • Other work agreed with parents to consolidate learning

How you can help Your Child at Home

Helping your child in his or her learning is really valuable and you can gain a several benefits at the same time! Below are downloadable files that describe how we teach your child at our school. Each download is described clearly to help you to choose the right resource. These download files are also accessible on our "Downloads" page.

School Newsletters are sent out as and when needed. They keep parents informed about what is going on and future dates. (They are also posted on this school website). In addition, year groups send separate letters about activities specifically related to their themes and topics and these wil also be found on this website. We can send most information electronically if you register with our ParentMail service (registration form available from the school office.)

Parent and teacher consultation evenings are held twice a year and a formal written report goes out to parents in July. In addition, over the year there are a number of evenings and talks for parents to attend.

Teachers are available after school to discuss any immediate concerns with parents on an informal basis. Teaching Assistants are available in the morning to take messages for teachers. They will also locate staff to have a personal word in emergencies. The reason why we have this system is that first thing in the morning teachers are extremely busy welcoming children into the classroom and preparing for the day ahead. Alternatively you can ring the school office to make an appointment. Please do let us know about any ‘ups and downs’ in your child’s life so that we can provide help and support. If you or your child have problems please contact the class teacher, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher so that they can be resolved. In the same way we will, of course share with you any concerns we identify - little worries are more difficult to sort out when they have grown into big ones. Of course, we will also share with you all of the great successes that your child has too!

The school has a Parent Support Advisor who is available to provide support on a wide range of issues including how to access help from other organisations such as Social Services or Health. She also provides a listening ear for parents. Her contact details are available from the school office.

Open Access to Records

As children are admitted to school we ‘open’ an LEA folder-file. This folder will be added to and reviewed annually, and will be passed to the child's future schools. The folder will hold the following information:

  • Name, Date of Birth, Address, Doctor etc.
  • Information concerning the child's personal circumstances
  • Reports and Records of the child's achievements

Please note that it is the Authority's policy to provide Open Access to all records of employees and pupils. Parents may, therefore, if they wish, ask to see their children's records by appointment with the Headteacher. Records will be confidential to all except those who have a rightful access to them. Parents should note that information concerning their child is also stored on computer systems and is subject to the Data Protection Act. A copy of the computer data is sent annually to parents, for checking and amending.

The school’s detailed curriculum planning documents and policy statements may also be viewed by parents at the school.

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