At St Margaret Ward we value the important role you as parents and carers have in helping your children to achieve their full potential.
We are therefore very keen to continue to develop ways of working with you to get the best outcomes for your children. This is why we have a Home/School Partnership Coordinator, Irene Murphy, in place.
Part of Mrs Murphy's role as Home/School Partnership Coordinator is to support you as parents and carers to reinforce your child’s learning at home. This means she can:
- arrange sessions/workshops for you to find out more about what your children are learning in school and the things that you can do at home to enhance this
- arrange classes for parents who want to brush up on skills such as maths, English or IT so that you feel more confident to help with homework etc
- arrange fun, interactive family sessions for you and your child to enjoy together
- coordinate other agencies to deliver services at school for children and families e.g. school nurse drop-ins, work skills workshops etc.
There are lots of other ways you can get involved in school life, for example by volunteering. We are very fortunate to have some wonderful volunteers who currently help with knitting club, Gardening Club, listen to readers and run the school library.
If you have any thoughts on how we can help you to support your child at home, or if you would like to get involved at school, please come and find Mrs Murphy in school or give her a ring for a chat.
The other part of the Home/School Partnership Coordinator's role includes:
Seeking parents views about school
Managing Bright Stars (our after -school club facility)
Watch out for posters/flyers and texts from school and get involved in as many ways as you can! We look forward to working in partnership with you.
You'll find lots of useful tips, links and ideas for things you can try at home on your child's individual class pages.
Another resource you might find useful Go-Givers which offers lots of ideas on how families can help children become caring and concerned young citizens, as well as advice on how to support children with common personal and social problems. There are games for your children to play too! Just follow this link:
Oral Health Nurse Visit
Ann Donnelly from Trafford’s Oral Health team came to talk to children in Nursery and Reception about how to look after their teeth including making healthy snack choices and good oral care in general.
She brought along her puppet Alex the Alligator and the children had a go at brushing his teeth whilst chanting “Brush, brush, brush and…spit!” Ann gave us all lots of tips on the amount of toothpaste to use, how long to brush for and we all learned not to rinse our teeth after brushing!
In recognition of the important role parents play in their children’s oral care we invited Nursery parents to join in with the session which the children loved! Parents said they found the session both informative and enjoyable.
At the end of the session, the children were able to ask questions and were all given leaflets to take home and details of how to find their local NHS dentist- they were also delighted to receive a sticker for good listening and participation. Many thanks to Ann and to the parents and grandparents who were able to make it!.
Letters & Phonics Sessions for Parents September 2016
Parents were invited, early on in the term to come into school for two brief sessions: the first was on letter formation, the second looked at phonics .
The aim of this session was to share with parents the stages children go through in mark-making; why the correct letter formation is important and how it links with writing later on in school; ways to encourage even reluctant writers to mark-make including using resources such as shaving foam, coloured sand etc; introduce the letter rhymes we use in EYFS so that parents can use the same rhymes at home to encourage correct formation eg: ‘All around the orange’ for the letter ‘O’.
This session shared with parents: the stages children go through in learning to read and spell; it explained why we teach phonics the way we do and what is taught during phases 1 and 2; we also shared the resources we use in school e.g. Jolly Phonics alphabet actions for parents to use at home.
Feedback was very positive with parents commenting how nice it was to come to school and see how their children learn.