Home School Agreement
Partnership between home and school
We believe that the partnership between home and school is vital to the wellbeing and progress of each child. Parents and staff need to have a shared understanding of the aims and purposes of the school and good communication between us both is essential. You are always welcome to come into school to learn more about your child’s work, take part in activities, and to explore ideas about how we can work together. We employ a Child and Family Support Worker to enhance this work and carry out ELSA (Emotional, Literacy Support Assistant) to further support children. Partnership between us all is essential. We are further supported by outside agencies including MASH, Early Help, The School Nursing Team, Operation Encompass, Speech and Language and Learning Support. Together all these teams help to safeguard children, support us to help with children’s learning and provide them with the best possible outcomes.
Home School Agreement
This is an important agreement which sets out what parents, teachers and children can expect of one another while at Chidham School. We will share this agreement with you at the time your child starts at the school.
Consultation with parents and school reports
Opportunities are provided for parents to meet more formally with class teachers to discuss their child’s progress in the Autumn and in the Spring Term. In the Summer Term we hold a further ‘Celebration of Work’; this is an informal opportunity for each child to bring along their own family to share their work from the year. At about the same time a written report will be sent home with each child. Parents are invited to arrange a meeting should they wish to discuss either this report or the outcome of Key Stage 1 & 2 Assessments. Parents are more than welcome to talk about their child’s progress at any time, please speak with us at the start or close of the school day and we will happily make an appointment to meet with you.
We closely track the progress of each child as they journey through the school. Ongoing assessments enable us to see how each child is progressing and to target the next stage in their learning.
Reading Folders and Diaries
Reading materials are brought home in a school reading bag with a Reading Diary. The Reading Diary is a record of books borrowed and individual reading taken place. Please remember to add you your own comments when you read with your child at home. The bag will have your child’s name on and we ask you to help maintain and replace these bags as necessary. Replacement bags are available from school at a small charge. Parents are urged to support their child by sharing reading at home and by using the reading record in the same way as we do in school. Reading bags are needed in school every day so please try to remember to bring them back when they go home.
Parents are expected to support their child with ‘home learning tasks’ which start in the reception year. Children in most year groups will be expected to learn spellings and tables as appropriate. Work in other curriculum areas is set and there is a move towards more formal homework as children progress through the school. Each class teacher determines the programme of homework activities for their own class and this varies throughout the year and according to different cohorts of children. We have a comprehensive homework policy that is available on request.
Helping in school
Parents, governors and friends are involved in the work of the school community in various ways. Activities include sports activities, transporting or accompanying classes on visits, hearing children read or helping with craft work, cookery, gardening and even decorating! Parents interested in helping us in any of these ways are urged to contact the Headteacher or their child’s class teacher. We are especially interested if you have a particular skill or subject knowledge, which you would like to share with us. e.g a nurse might come to talk about healthy bones. All volunteer helpers with unsupervised access to children are required to undergo an enhanced police check.