Please look at our updated curriculum information under the ‘Our School’ tab. We are gradually adding more information to this. Today you will find an English overview with recommended reads, websites and educational visits to support your child’s learning. Watch this space for a science update!

Read Write Inc. Phonics Parents’ Meeting – Powerpoint.

Spelling Information

Colour coded useful spelling patterns and word lists

Here is a colour coded list of the most important spelling objectives taught to the children between Years 2 and 6. The colours tell you which year group the objective will be taught in, based on current curriculum expectations (although there is some overlap). The list is not exhaustive by any means, but it does detail the words that come up most frequently in standardised tests and those that the children use most frequently in their writing. The sheet is intended as a guide, not a list of spellings to learn by rote. If you would like to work with your child, please use the list as a starting point to investigate words that come under the objectives noted. Perhaps work together to create word clusters (a group of words that all contain the same letter string or spelling pattern). In Year 6 the children can be tested on any of these words. Usually the test is roughly split into thirds with a third (sometimes more) of words taken from the objectives from Year 2 to 4, a third or more from the Year 5 curriculum and then a scattering of tricky words and homophones from the Year 6 revision curriculum. The English language is complicated, so the children have their work cut out!

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You may recall that Mrs Morley collected some feedback at the last Parent Consultation meetings. We have been looking carefully at the feedback and we wanted to celebrate some of the things that you have told us you are pleased about, including some lovely quotes. We also wanted to let you know what we are working on in response to your feedback.

What’s going well

* 100% of parents agreed that their children are well cared for in school and feel safe. ‘I have always felt this way about my children here. Staff are always caring and sympathetic to concerns.’
* Over 90% of parents feel they are kept well informed. ‘The newsletter is good and the website. The Parent Forum is a good forum for the exchange of ideas and information.’
* 96% of parents report that they feel able to approach teachers if there is a problem or they have a question. ‘Lots of opportunity, especially after school. They have been prompt to answer questions by phone or make an appointment.’
* Particularly in KS2 parents noted their appreciation of the range of extra-curricular provision on offer. ‘Amazing cross curricular opportunities – huge thanks to the teachers.’
* 96% of parents agree that children behave well at Killigrew. ‘Just watching the children in assemblies is very impressive.’
* When responding to a question about how the school responds to bullying, parents either agreed that any incidents of reported bullying were dealt with rapidly and effectively, or noted that they had never had cause to report any incidents.

Feedback we are working on

* Parents asked to be given more notice of music assembly dates – our music subject leader is meeting with our music teachers to plan music assemblies at least a half term in advance. Dates will be published early.
* Website information – some parents asked that we use the website more for information. We are working with our IT lead and office team to ensure that all letters sent out are uploaded to the website. We will update the website after every whole school event.
* Additional challenge in some lessons – we have all attended staff training to discuss and explore how we can enrich our existing curriculum provision. We want to offer additional challenge to all children throughout the lesson and in the home learning we set.
* Attainment and Progress – some parents wanted more information regarding their child’s attainment and progress throughout the year. We have changed our report format to give this information clearly with supplementary guidelines detailing how parents can support their child’s progress at home.
* Other changes linked to the school curriculum – we have made sure that all curriculum areas are represented in interesting and colourful displays around the school. We are also working on making sure that the children’s homework in all classes links directly to what they have learnt in class that week. We would like children to have the choice to access home learning at different levels depending on their confidence with the topic.

Thank you to all the parents who completed the forms.

Read Write Inc. – Information for parents
Below, you’ll find a series of information and tutorial videos explaining the basics of Read Write Inc. Phonics.
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ 

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eSafety

eSafety information afternoon –  Herts for Learning eSafety for Parents  information