Maths Information Evening
Summer fayre fun
PTA bonfire organised for the school community
We welcome parental involvement in school life. You know your child best and we want to form strong home-school partnerships with all our families.
At the start of a child’s school career we visit you at home so that you can tell us anything you want us to know about your child. There will then be formal and informal opportunities to be involved.
In the Autumn and Spring term we have parents’ evenings for a more formal chat about your child’s well-being and progress in School. In the Summer term we send home a written report about their progress and attainment over the year and there is then an opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher if you would like to find out more.
Each year we are committed to providing information for parents on an aspect of the School curriculum. In January 2016 we provided training to every parent about the English curriculum and how to support children in reading and writing. In February 2017 we invited all our families to attend a Maths Information Evening about how we teach Maths and some of the mathematical terms we use with the children.
We have parental consultation opportunities each term. In the Autumn term 2016 this was through an open meeting led by the Headteacher which was about how parents would like us to communicate. In Spring term 2017 this was through a written parental survey. You can see the results and our response by clicking Parental Survey Feedback 2017. In the Summer term 2017 we asked parents about visits and how they felt about cost, contribution to the curriculum and pupil engagement. In Autumn term 2017 we shared our PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) curriculum with parents and provided an opportunity to look through our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum.
Click How-to-Help-Children – questions parents can ask for some great questions and tips about how to ask your child about their school day and help them to reflect on their learning.
Red Class Reception parents are welcome to come in for Stay & Play sessions on Wednesdays. There are also other opportunities which are advertised in the Friday Letter such as parents’ lunches, open mornings to see children at work and coming to support sports teams when they play sporting fixtures.
Informally, we seek to be a friendly, welcoming school where parents can always speak to someone if they have a concern or something their child has done which they would like us to celebrate! We love hearing about out-of-school achievements. The Headteacher is at the Main Entrance every morning welcoming children and families and is available for a quick chat. Class teachers are available again at the end of the day by the Main Entrance.
If you would like a longer appointment we are happy to arrange a mutually convenient time. We would aim to see parents who need to talk to us urgently, the same day, but hope that you appreciate that as a school with a Teaching Head, it is not always possible to see the Headteacher that day and you may be asked to come in for a before or after school meeting instead or make a time on one of the Head’s non-teaching days.
The PTA are our wider school community who work together to enrich our children’s lives. If your child comes to Christ Church CE Primary then you are part of the PTA, together with teachers and other friends of the school. The PTA is a properly constituted Parent Teacher Association with a committee led by a Chair, currently Laura Aston with a Secretary and Treasurer who prepare accounts and minutes of meetings. Anyone is welcome to come to committee meetings and they are advertised on the Friday Letter.
The PTA do two linked and very important jobs. Firstly they organise community building events which are great fun and help children and families to get to know each other and develop links and friendships. Having a family-like feel is part of what makes us special and so we value the fun and laughter of our fayres, discos and social events. Secondly they raise funds to enable us to buy important resources for children’s learning. In these times of straightened budgets this role has been essential. In the last year, among many other contributions the PTA have bought 6 iPads, the new Inspire Maths Scheme and resources for Science. We would not have been able to buy these items out of our normal school budget. But with the help of the PTA, our children are not missing out on curriculum developments which are easier for larger schools to afford.