Nascot Wood Infant & Nursery School
Nascot Wood Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 4YT
Tel:01923 239653
admin@nascotwoodinfants.herts.sch.uk
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: 

Maths Curriculum at NWI (07.10.21)

Our most recent Parent Forum took place remotely and was on the topic of our Maths Curriculum. Over the course of the forum, Jude Scott (our Maths subject leader) provided information for parents to enable them to gain a better understanding of how our Maths Curriculum is constructed and the key aims and intentions for the Maths Curriculum. A copy of the slides can be found on this page under ‘Parent Forum Handouts’.

Previous Forums:

Building Learning Powers (26.02.2021)

Information to follow.

Online Safety (27.11.2020)

Many thanks to all who could attend our first ever online Parent Forum on Friday the 27th November with a focus on Online Safety presented by our Deputy Head Ben Swain.

Ben took us through a presentation about protecting children online provided by Thinkuknow which is part of the education program provided by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command)

The presentation had a wealth of information on what children can do online, what parents or carers can do to make that experience a safe and secure one and importantly if there are any concerns what to do, providing links to resources, informative videos for children and practical ideas to help.

The presentation revolved around 4 key concepts of understanding online activities our Children will be presented with, highlighting areas of concerns & what you as a parent or carer can do. This informative presentation and a recording of this session can be found on this page in the ‘Parent Forum Handouts’ section. To reiterate, it provides a wealth of information and links to resources should you require them. There is also additional online safety information available on the Learning Resources page.

Many thanks again to Ben for his time in presenting at this terms Parent Forum.

As mentioned on Friday the Parent forum, which is run by members of the Governing Parent Liaison Group, is a termly event providing parents with information about what’s happening at school within the curriculum and ways to support your children both in and out of school.  We try to cover topics that parents are interested in hearing more about and as we finalise this year program for Parents Forum please email any topics or ideas you would like us to try and cover during these sessions.

Thank you
Greg Longmore
Governor & member of the Parent Liaison Group

Phonics (17.1.20)

Thank you to everyone who came along to the parent forum on Friday 17th January. The focus of this session was phonics and was delivered by Lisa Morris, our Literacy Leader.

Lisa talked through the different phonic stages from initially developing listening skills in Nursery to applying spelling rules and understanding split digraphs in Year 2. There are many ways to support your child at home and cultivate an early love of reading. One of the most important being to continue reading to your child for enjoyment.

A key takeout from the session was to understand how phonics are taught and learned so that parents can support consistently from home. Key terms that children use regularly were clarified, common exception or ‘tricky’/‘sight’ words discussed and the importance of using soft sounds for letters and not the name of the letter was explained, eg: ‘ffffff’ and not ‘f-uh’ or ‘eff’.

The slides from this presentation are available to the right and in the Learning Resources section. This was a very informative session with lots of practical tips for parents.

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

Jenny Sullivan, Governor & member of the Parent Liaison Group

jenny.sullivan@nascotwoodinfants.herts.sch.uk

Dates for academic year 2019/2020:

Friday 20th March: Building Learning Powers

Friday 1st May: Wellbeing

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  (www.d20cafe.co.uk) 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.

 Writing
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):