Nascot Wood Infant & Nursery School
Nascot Wood Road
WD17 4YT
Tel:01923 239653
December 21 2016

Parent Forum

Ben Swain

Parent Forums are a termly forums set up by members of the governing body Parent Liaison Group plus school senior leaders. All parents are invited to come along to find out information about what is happening at school, in the curriculum and ways of supporting your children at home. Previous forums have looked at topics such as eSafety and Building Learning Powers as well as writing.

Governors try to be present at as many school events as possible, so please do come and speak to us to find out about our role in school. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions, especially for future forums. Thank you.

 Latest Forum:

How to Support Your Child’s Learning Over Summer

Thank you to everyone who came along to the parent forum on Friday 14th June.  While technology plays a huge and undeniable part in our day-to-day lives, the focus of this session was sharing learning ideas and experiences which minimise screen time.

Staff had come up with a wide and varied range of activities and outings which Pam Scragg and Ben Swain organised into PSHE/social, writing, reading and maths.  There was a huge amount ideas for all weathers (indoor or outside), interests and ages with something to capture everyone’s curiosity and attention.

The importance of reading to your child on a daily basis was a key message.  To support this over the summer Watford Library is running its annual Summer Reading Challenge.  Research shows that children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long holidays which can lead to a loss of confidence when they return to school. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get into libraries and keep up their reading skills.  This year’s theme is ‘Space Chase’ to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Children are challenged to read six books between July and September. For every two books they read, they are rewarded two stickers. Those who participate and complete the challenge will receive a medal and certificate.  Packs will be available in all local libraries from Saturday 13th July while stocks last.  A reminder of this will appear in the weekly bulletin in the coming weeks.

Another local venue which was mentioned was the D20 Board Game Café  ( on Queen’s Road which has over 800 board games to choose from. 

The slides from this presentation are available to the right and in the Learning Resources section. All in all this was an excellent session with lots of takeaways for parents.


Previous Forums:

Thank you to everyone who came along to the parent forum on Friday 29th March. Ben Swain and Michelle Nichols gave an informative and engaging presentation on Writing. As well as covering what the age related expectations are for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, they also shared some lovely creative, fun and practical ideas about how parents can help their children to develop key skills.

Writing is encouraged and developed in the Early Years Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 1 via a whole range and variety of approaches. From initial mark marking, building physical strength and gross motor skills, to starting to form the letters and improve fine motor skills.  Gradually, with lots of practice and support, marks turn into pre-cursive letters, phonemes can be made into graphemes and phonetic sentences are produced.  Moving towards Key Stage 1 more high frequency words are introduced, along with punctuation and guidance on how page layout, spacing and letter shape.  Many children are able to produce impressively detailed accounts of The Great Fire of London at end of Year 2.

It is a developmental process where it is OK and expected to make mistakes. Parents were encouraged to model writing and find fun and creative opportunities to practise at home!  The slides from this excellent presentation are available to the right and in the Learning Resources section. All in all this was an excellent presentation with lots of takeaways for parents.


Jenny Sullivan, Governor & member of the Community Cohesion Group


Parent Forums for this school year (all start just after drop-off in the school hall):