How will both the school and I know how my child is doing, and how will staff help me support my child's learning?
At Muscliff Primary School, we are continuously monitoring and reviewing each individual child's progress. We do this throughout the day, informally, and use our observations to inform the planning and delivery of subsequent learning opportunities. We work as a team at Muscliff and any concerns around a child's progress are always shared with parents as we know that this is the most effective way to support your children. We seek advice from each other as a staff team and support each other with our respective areas of strength - sharing good practice. At the end of each term, we formally record our assessments of each child in the key areas of reading, writing, maths and science. This information is closely monitored and analysed by our teachers, year group teams, senior leadership team and Headteacher. Regular meetings between these groups ensure all of our children are closely monitored and provision for them is under constant review.
There are a wide range of ways that you will know how your child is doing at school:
- Your child will tell you! We support the children in understanding their progress, next steps and successes. In the key areas of reading, writing, spelling and maths your child should have a good understanding of their own progress. They may well run out to you at the end of the day to show you a special award/sticker or share some positive words of praise. They may show you the new sound they recognise when reading or the latest calculation strategy they've mastered!
- You will see it! At home, in the car, at the shops…your child's learning should be apparent to you as they meander along and chatter away in their everyday life.
- We will tell you! There are many ways you will communicate with your child's class teacher:
*At the end of the day your child's class teacher is at the door.
*Appointments can be made to meet to discuss your child's progress at any stage during the school year.
*More formal 'Parents' Evenings' are arranged twice yearly.
*An annual report is sent home with detailed information about your child's progress.
If your child has special educational needs and/or a disability there will also be regular reviews to closely monitor and discuss their progress - this may also involve any other professionals working with your child (e.g. speech & language therapists, educational psychologist etc…). These meetings can be called 'Team Around the Child - TAC' meetings or 'Team Around the Family - TAF' meetings. You will also meet to review your child's Individualised Education Plan (IEP) at regular intervals. This will enable everyone working with your child to contribute towards understanding their successes and potential next steps.
If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) they will also need an Annual Review, which is a formal review of the year gone by and planning for the year ahead. This should be attended by parents/carers and all professionals currently involved with your child. In many cases, the child also attends for some or all of the meeting.
These meetings will usually be organised by and take place in school. The notes and outcomes from the meeting are formally recorded and are used to shape future provision for your child. You will receive all of the paperwork produced for your own information and files.
How can I support my child's learning?
- Read the topic overviews sent out each term to see what your child will be learning about.
- Read the school newsletter to find out what is coming up - talk to your child about it to prepare them for future events.
- Support your child with their home learning (not do it for them!). Structure a time and space for them to complete their home learning at regular times in the week - a predictable, structured routine will support them in developing healthy and positive learning approaches and habits.
- Do be positive and avoid confrontation around home learning - please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any concerns around this.
- Look at your child's learning targets and find ways to look at them throughout the day, e.g. spotting letter sounds in shop signs, practising times tables in the car, helping lay the table for dinner to practise following sequences of instructions etc...
If your child has an IEP be clear about their targets and ways to help - this should come from the meeting you have with their teacher.
If your child has an EHCP be clear about their objectives and ways you can support, again this should be apparent from the review meetings.
General tips when a child has a learning difference:
- Be predictable, clear and have routine - this will help them understand and know what will happen next and what is expected at given times.
- Provide an uncluttered, distraction-free space to complete any focused tasks.
- Perhaps they would respond well to a visual timetable to support their understanding of what the evening/morning/day will 'look like'.
- Speak to your child's class teacher about their specific learning profile, e.g. do they need information in very small chunks? Do they need frequent, short breaks? What equipment should be available? How long can I expect them to spend on this?
There is information on this website about ways to support your child further, plus signposts to internet material which is engaging, fun and educational. Check out your child's class page to see what's been going on and pick up any year group news!