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Reading – We hope that parents will read to and with their children and listen to them preparing their school reading for the next day. Please make this reading time enjoyable and relaxed so that children regard the reading of books and stories as a pleasurable experience.
Parents often ask us how they can help their child to settle down and get on well in school. Children do need help from home, both before they enter school and during their school life if they are going to make the most of the educational opportunities.
Before your child starts school you can help by seeing that they have the skills they need. Eating with a knife and fork, dressing and undressing and dealing with their own toilet needs are all things they need to be able to do.
Please always read letters we send home. We keep them to a minimum and make them as short as possible, but when we do write it is because there is something you need to know and it shows your child you value their concerns in school if you take note of the letters. We also send home a half termly newsletter, which parents find invaluable for keeping up-to date with school activities.
In the same way, when your child brings home a piece of work – drawings and paintings are work also – take time to look at it and talk about it. Children need to know school is important to you. It fills a large part of their day.
Parental/community involvement is an important aspect of children’s development. This involvement is invited and actively supported at all levels of the curriculum and associated life of the school. We would like as many parents as possible to work alongside children in the school. Parents wishing to see teachers can make an appointment any day after school. Open evenings are held three times each year. Parents are encouraged to accompany children on outings and school trips and are invited to performances by the children, to celebrations of festivals and to curriculum meetings. In the interest of maintaining the highest standards of Safeguarding we ensure that all parents/carers who help at Scientia Academy on a continuous basis complete a Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) formerly known as a CRB. For those who help out more infrequently we will ask them to complete a List 99 check.