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At Great Abington we work in partnership with you to create: curious, resilient, inquisitive, independent pupils who relish challenge. They need to engaged in all aspects of school life from the enriched curriculum to the extra curricular clubs. Please do come and talk to us if at any stage you are concerned about the outcomes being achieved by your child(ren). In partnership we can overcome any barriers that inhibit pupils learning and feeling safe within school. The two main areas we need your support with are: reading and developing curiosity

 

We have developed a core maths pack for parents / carers which support the early development and embedding of mathematical concepts. Below is our maths calculation policy. This document includes of the different strategies we teach. Do talk to Mr. Richards (Maths leader) for further information.

Do inform us (contact us page) of any ideas you have for helping your child at home. 

RSA ANIMATE: How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential

Ever wondered why children say they're bored at school, or why they stop trying when the work gets harder? Educationalist Carol Dweck explains how the wrong kind of praise actually *harms* young people. This short video is essential viewing for EVERYONE - from teachers and education workers to relatives and friends. At Great Abington we embrace challenge for all and use our values to support our pupils in being lifelong learners!

 

Oxford University Press Online resource: MyMaths Login

MyMaths is an interactive online teaching and homework subscription website that builds pupil engagement and consolidates maths knowledge.

  • Builds children’s skills, confidence and fluency in maths through lessons, homework, games and booster packs
  • Suitable for age 5 upwards, it includes stretching content for all Primary pupils
  • Assesses progress of every child with instant feedback for teacher and child
  • Contains a wealth of content written for the new National Curriculum in England
  • Can be used alongside any other maths classroom resource as a supplementary resource to consolidate maths knowledge
  • Provides a link between school and home, with access available for parents to review their child’s progress.

 

Login details for MyMaths are in your child's reading record / diary / planner

If using on a Tablet or Smartphone device you will need to install the Puffin Browser that enables Flash technologies to be used. Oxford University Press are planning to update the software running MyMaths - details and support can be found here

 

3P Learning Online Resource: Spellodrome Login

Spellodrome provides a safe, secure and engaging online world of learning for students. Rewards and certificates keep students motivated, with a wide range of spelling games based on a teacher-assigned custom word list.

The Spellodrome courses have been developed in accordance with the 2014 National Curriculum’s statutory requirements for spelling.

• The Reception programme includes words containing grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and some sight words.

• The year 1 and 2 programmes continue to build on phonic knowledge while introducing the role of morphology and etymology.

• The year 3 and 4 programmes consolidates digraphs, morphemic knowledge, vocabulary development, difficult spellings and words which are frequently misspelt.

• In years 5 and 6 the students study some of the more difficult spelling rules, continue to expand their morphemic knowledge and use etymological knowledge to develop an understanding of why some words have such unusual spellings.

 

The Sleep Charity - Working to ensure that children get a good night’s sleep... and so do their parents / carers!

At Great Abington we invest in areas that concern our school community. Mrs Pearl (Class 1 Teaching Assistant) has attended a two day course on improving sleep. The following resources can support you in understanding more about sleep and will compliment our 5 week programme for parents and carers. Please do contact the school if you have any questions or would like information on the 5 week programme - PDF poster.

Web based Resources:

Sleep Charity Website | Sleep Charity Facebook Page | Sleep Charity Twitter Feed 

BBC iWonder Enough Sleep?BBC iWonder Risks to Sleep?BBC iWonder Food and Sleep? | 5 Live Short Sleep 

BBC Panorama: Sleepless Britain

 

Helping with Reading
Following on from our reading information meeting for new parents and carers you will now find copies of the presentations below.   Do contact your child's teacher if you would like any further advice.   Information about the Year 1 Phonics Test is also available, following the meeting for parents and carers in June each year.
 
Helping embed Values Education
Our school values are:  respect, caring, understanding, honesty,  cooperation, responsibility, motivation, resilience and confidence 
Values education is at the heart of everything we do at Great Abington Primary School.   To help you  develop an understanding of Values Education, we intend to build a library of information in the documents lists below.   All documents relating to Values begin with "VBE".   There is also a link below to the official website of the Values Based Education organisation here - VBE Website.   We hope you enjoy finding out more about this area which is central to life at Great Abington School.
 

Maths Calculation Policy and Examples

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