Guys 'R' Us
Guys ‘R’ Us is an initiative to get more male role models involved with the learning and development of the children at Willesborough Infant School.
Are you a Grandad? A Dad? An Uncle? A Step-Dad? A father figure? An important male figure in one of our children’s lives? Would you like to get more involved with your child’s/children’s development at Willesborough Infant School? Guys ‘R’ Us could be just what you are looking for!
As a school, we understand how busy parents are with work commitments and life in general; therefore, these sessions take place on Saturday mornings between 10-11:30am; parents and grown-ups felt that this was the most appropriate time for these sessions to take place and due to popular demand, we now offer these sessions once every term (six times per year). We offer a range of activities for you and your children to take part in, including:
* Sporting activities
* Art and craft activities
* Food making
Please keep an eye out for the termly Guys ‘R’ Us letters if you are interested in attending. In the meantime, take a look at some of the photos from this term’s event.
We look forward to seeing you at a Guys ‘R’ Us event soon!
Take look at some of the photos we took at our recent event!
We always welcome ideas and feedback from parents
Please come in or get in touch at any time if you have an idea, a question or something you would like to discuss. Our Office staff will point you in the direction of the best person to speak to.
Fran (Headteacher), Kitty and Tom (Assistant Headteachers) and Emma (Parent Support Advisor) are always available on the playground at the start of the school day. Class teachers and Teaching Assistants enjoy daily face to face contact with parents too.
Please don't hesitate to ask a question or talk to us. If you are a working parent we can always talk to you over the phone or arrange to meet you later in the day (at a time that will suit you - we don't finish at 3pm).
If the matter you would like to discuss is concerning your child, it is always best to speak to your child's class teacher. She, of course, knows your child best and is most equipped to help.
Opportunities to come into school
We want to work with you as parents and carers to ensure that you have as many opportunities as possible to engage with school and work with us to support your child in their learning.
In addition to a great range of parenting courses and workshops, there are many opportunities for you to visit us:
These are held three times a year. This is a formal opportunity for you to meet with your child's class teacher and discuss the progress your child has made. An integral part of this discussion is your child's next steps for learning and how you can support them in achieving these.
The Big Breakfast
This takes place on the first Thursday of every term. You are invited to come into school at 8.20am and enjoy eating breakfast with your child in the school hall. After breakfast you can come into class with your child and share a short learning session with them.
Walk in Wednesday
These take place on the last Wednesday of every term. You are invited to come into school with your child at the end of the day to tour the school, view their learning environment, view the work your child has covered and informally chat to the teachers.
Birthday celebration assemblies
Always take place on the last Friday of every month. In the month of your child's birthday, you are invited to come into school to celebrate their birthday in a short assembly in the school hall.
There are several other opportunities for you to come in and celebrate special events with your child.
Information regarding all the opportunities we offer are provided on our events leaflet and detailed on weekly newsletters.
Coming in to school to help is not just beneficial to the children, it's fun and rewarding and it gives you a good insight into what goes on.
You may be able to come in every week or you may like to come in on an occasional or 'one off' basis to help with a special event. We hold a parent helpers meeting at the start of each year and a celebration tea party at the end. You can join the team at anytime. Tom Head and Kitty Healy our Assistant Headteachers, co-ordinate parent helper provision. Get in touch with them via the school office or catch them on the playground to find out more.
Helping Hands is a parent group set up by our Parent Support Advisor, Emma Bains, which spans both the Infant and Junior Schools. They meet every Monday in the Acorns room at the Infants to help make resources for all the classes across all year groups. If you would like to join this group of valuable helpers, please give the Infant school office a call and they will forward your name on to Emma.
Helping Heroes is also now up and running. If you can't come in to school, perhaps you would like to take some resources home to cut for us? Visit the office to sign up and see what resources you can help with.
Parent Workshops and Courses
We offer a range of workshops and courses for parents throughout the year.
Some are run in partnership with the Junior School.
The following are a few notes of feedback that we received from parents:
Thank you very much for all of the time and giving us lots of
knowledge about the learning process. It’s really helpful for parents.
Well-presented and explained.
Liked the tools we were given to put into practice at home.
Very informative and well presented. Great to have the manipulatives to take away.
Reception Maths Workshops
These workshops have supported the parents in understanding how to teach their children the fundamental mathematical skills of:
- counting (more or less)
- linking objects to numerals
Watch Our Maths Workshop:
As part of the maths workshops, the children attended and carried out a range of activities with their parents.
Here they are enjoying a range of maths activities:
Reception Phonics Workshop
Mrs Rusbridge delivered a phonics workshop to Reception parents. This workshop supported the parents understanding of teaching early readers. The parents had lots of fun learning the skills for supporting their children to develop their reading skills and understanding. The children had the chance to share stories with their parents and participate in a range of reading activities.
Guide for home reading.pdf (please click link)
Reception Reading Workshop
This workshop supported the parents in understanding how to support their children in learning to read using the following strategies:
- phonics (letters and sounds they make)
- tricky words (words that cannot be sounded out)
- repeated phrases, context and story knowledge
Further Workshops taking place later in the year
Literacy Workshop Evening (Run by all the staff)
Be the children for the evening, take part in their lessons and find out what really goes on. Takes place in the Autumn and Summer terms.
Maths Workshop Evening (Run by all the staff)
Be the children for the evening, take part in their lessons and find out what really goes on. Takes place in the Spring and Summer terms.
Literacy Workshops for Reception Parents
Two sessions that give you the opportunity to explore how your child learns to read and write will be taking place later in the year (term 6) for new Reception children starting school in September 2019 . The content of the second session is led by what you have asked to find out.
What do you think about your child's school?
In addition to feedback and suggestions welcomed through our Open Door Policy we are eager to receive parents views on how the school is doing via Ofsted's Parent View website. Go to www.parentviewofsted.co.uk. to register or login and follow the onscreen instructions to give your views of your child's school.