We believe that reporting on learning and progress is an ongoing conversation with parents and carers, which includes sharing curriculum overviews, written reports, consultation appointments, online communications and ad hoc meetings.
Curriculum overviews (August, October, January, April)
As part of our planning arrangements, class teachers produce a termly curriculum overview that sets out the broad learning that each class will explore over the coming weeks. Sharing this information with parents and carers is an important part of understanding the ‘learning journey’. Of particular importance is the ‘how we can work together’ section of each overview that details home-learning tasks and activities.
Consultation appointments (October, February and May)
The three face-to-face consultation appointments provide a formal opportunity for parents to speak to class teachers about their child’s learning. The first meeting, in October, is an initial ‘setting the scene’ and sharing initial insights. The second and third meetings, in February and May respectively, are focused on core learning, and supported by the written report.
Written reports (February and May)
The information contained within each written report is a snapshot of a child’s learning. We invest more time in meeting with parents and carers to discuss learning. The written report is, therefore, more streamlined but we believe time in conversation about your child is better spent.
The written report contains information about each child’s learning in Literacy, Numeracy and Health & Wellbeing. For each area, we identify specific strengths that each child has been displaying and an area for development. We also reference how each child in progressing in relation to ‘age-related expectations’ – how their learning is progressing compared to what we would expect of a child of his or her age.
It is our intention that, through sharing this information, parents and carers will have insight into what their child is doing well and what they need to focus on to improve.
Online communications (Continuous)
- School website – this is used to host the core information about the school.
- Facebook – this is used to share daily insights into school life, including examples of children’s work, group projects or special events. This is primarily aimed at families.
- Twitter – this is also used to share daily insights but is primarily aimed at other educational professionals.
- Class blogs (a work in progress) – these are used by individual classes to share learning. Parents are given the web link for specific blogs and can follow accordingly.
Ad hoc meetings (As required)
We have an ‘open door policy’ here at Edenside and strongly encourage parents and carers to get in touch with any questions or queries related to a child’s learning. The school email address is an easy option or just pop into the school office.