How do I know what my child is doing at school?
Learning letters are sent out via parentmail every half term. They include an overview of the areas of the curriculum that your child will be covering over the half term and some ideas of what you can do to help them. All learning letters can be found on the school website under the Learning tab.
The school newsletter is written weekly and is sent out via parent mail. Hard copies are also available from the school office. The newsletter acts as an information point for school activities, informing you of what is coming up. It also celebrates the Ambition, Adventure and Achievement that is going on at school as well as advertising community events.
Information about the curriculum and different school activities is available on the school website. The school website can be found at www.ladysmithfederation.net
Half termly open evenings are held on the last Wednesday of every half term. Teachers will be in their classes from 3:30pm until 5pm. This is a great opportunity to come in and have an informal chat with the teacher about the curriculum or your child’s progress. You can also look at your child’s books and see some of the other activities they have been doing.
Throughout the year we will be holding a range of parent workshops. These will be designed to give you an insight into what your child is learning in specific areas and how things are taught.
How do I know how my child is doing at school?
Formal parents meetings will take place twice throughout the year. The first will be in October which is a good chance to ensure that teachers and parents have met if they haven’t already. The key focus of this first meeting will be to share information, discuss how your child is settling in to the new year group, discuss any concerns you may have and to look at their progress so far. The second meeting will take place in the spring term a week or so after their written report has been sent home. This meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the report and any concerns, look at progress so far and areas to work on for the rest of the year.
The half termly open evenings are a great opportunity to come in to your child’s class and let them show you their books and work and explain what they have been learning about. The class teacher will be there to answer any questions you may have about your child’s work and progress.
At the end of each term, a paper report will be sent home with your child. In the autumn and summer, this will give you a brief indication of your child’s attainment compared to Age Related Expectations, a snapshot look at their effort and attitude and their level of attendance. In the spring term, as well as informing you about the progress that your child is making, it will also celebrate their achievements, give you information about their attitude and approach to work and let you know some areas for development.
If you have any questions after viewing this or it raises any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
Informal Drops ins or Arranged Meetings
Teachers are around after school on most days if you need a quick chat or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss a concern. Please either pop in to class to see the teacher directly, or call the school office and ask for the teacher to call you back to arrange a meeting time.
What can I do if I am worried about my child’s progress?
If you are concerned about your child’s progress the first step is to make an appointment to see their class teacher to discuss your concerns and look for possible solutions. If you still feel worried after this, please feel free to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team:
Infant and Nursery School
Dave Broad – Head of School – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran Collinge – Assistant Head of School – email@example.com
Neil Williams – Head of School – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Deer – Assistant Head of School – email@example.com
For concerns relating to SEND, please contact:
Helen Keenor – Federation SENDco firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Williams – Assistant Head of School – SEND and Inclusion SEN@ladysmithfederation.net