Parents as Partners

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement in children's learning is a priority at St. Oswald's CE Primary School. We aim to foster home-school links and to give you opportunities and encouragement to become involved in your child's learning.

Our Parental Support Adviser is Mrs McNally.  Should you wish to contact her, she is always on hand to offer support and is available in the school office.

Attendance

Attendance at school is an absolute priority for your child.  We strive for 100% attendance from all of our pupils at St. Oswald’s CE Primary School. However,  we understand that when a child is unwell it is often necessary for him or her to stay at home.  Parents have a duty to ensure their child is not absent from school when it can be avoided.  

Since the recent changes in legislation which affect attendance at school, pupils are now classed as persistent absentees if their attendance drops below 90%.  This is equivalent to 1 day off in two weeks. 

Leave of absence from school during term time in any circumstances will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Further information can be obtained from the Attendance and Welfare section of the Sefton Council website.

Please click on the link below:

http://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/attendance-and-welfare.aspx

Parental Support

Mrs. Julie McNally is our Parental Support Adviser.

Her work involves:

Supporting parents and children to attend school regularly and achieve to the best of their abilities.

Getting to know parents and children at the school.

Liaising between staff, parents and outside agencies.

Making home visits.

Organising and participating in our Walking Bus.

Helping parents who have problems or need support.

Encouraging parental involvement in the school.

Mrs. McNally is available from 8.25 a.m. until 3.50 p.m. Monday - Friday

 

R.M. Easimaths

Enjoy maths at home

Maths is a skill that can be developed both in school and at home, and can easily be made fun and engaging, even a part of everyday play. Who hasn't counted the toys in and out of the box, or tried subtracting one fish finger from lunch? And we all know that children respond more positively to something that feels like play rather than work! With RM Easimaths, parents and carers can support their children in activities and exercises that are consistent with how they learn in class and with the built-in support materials, parents and children can work through challenges together. Parents and carers can also be confident that their child's progress is being carefully monitored with the built-in reporting tools, and the work is being personalised for their child's individual ability level.

It's fun

Fun characters and a user-friendly interface make RM Easimaths feel more like playing a game with new friends rather than learning. This can be a strong motivator to keep learning and improve their skills. Keeping pupils wanting to participate, just 10 to 15 minutes per day, 3 to 5 times per week can deliver great improvements rather than concentrated, drawn out sessions. RM Easimaths is jam-packed full of fun activities that can be great for whole-class teaching or individual work The characters that guide you through RM Easimaths are colourful and quirky, and appealing to a range of ages. So the software does the hard work for you by making maths enjoyable.

To log in: www.rmeasimaths.com

Enter your username and password: You will find the on the inside cover of your homework book.

Enjoy!!

 

Read-Write Inc.

At St Oswald’s we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing. RWI is a method of learning centred on letter sounds and phonics.


Reading opens the door to learning.

A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.

A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.

A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.

The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

•           Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture 

            prompts.

•           Learn to read words using Fred Talk.

•           Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out and new (tricky) 

            words.

•           Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

•          Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.

•           Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk

•           Write simple sentences initially.

The Phonics Manager for KS1 is Mrs C Clarke.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

How can you help?

Read your child’s book with them every night for about 15 minutes. Re-read the book a few times when they have completed it to develop their fluency, accuracy and use of expression.

Here are some links that you may find useful:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

 

 

Visit the Read Write Inc. website to hear the phoneme (sounds) pronunciation guide and other parent tutorials.

http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com/teacher-support/index.html?term=pronunciation

 

Abacus Maths

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Abacus!

How to log into the pupil world

To log into the pupil world: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

1. Click the link above.

2. Enter your login details and click “Log in”. You will find these details on the inside cover of your homework book.

Once you have logged in you will arrive at your Homepage. You can personalise your home screen by choosing a world like Race World or Skate World. Which world will you choose?

“My Stuff”

This is where you can see the activities your teacher has set you. You can also see how many coins each game or activity is worth before completing it.

“My Rewards”

”My Rewards” is where you can choose your rewards after completing games and activities. You can do things like create your own avatar or decorate a tree house. There are lots of fun games to play too. Remember that the more activities you complete the more rewards you can unlock and buy!

Need help?

If you are having trouble using the pupil world, help can be found in the Help Section of ActiveLearn (in the top right-hand corner of the login page).

Please note: Abacus strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers with ActiveLearn. If you prefer to use Internet Explorer, please check you have at least IE9 in order for everything to work as it should.

Please ensure ‘pop ups’ are allowed for the ActiveLearn site as each game will open in a new window.

     

TT Rockstars

It is imperative that all children learn their times tables, the curriculum states that by Year 4 all children should know all their times tables from 2 to 12, in order, mixed up and as divisible facts.  To help we have purchased “TT Rockstars”, which is a programme that all children can use at home. 

All children have been given their user names and passwords.  We would be grateful if your child could use this at home and practice, awards will be given to all those who know their tables.                                         

IXL

On IXL, maths is more than just numbers. With unlimited questions, engaging item types, and real-world scenarios, IXL helps students experience maths at its most mesmerising!  All children have their unique logon and passwords.  If they have lost this, they will need to ask their class teacher who will be able. to help.

 

School Uniform

At St. Oswald’s we expect pupils to wear our school uniform, and be correctly dressed.  We believe our uniform adds to the ethos of the school assisting with good behaviour and fostering a strong feeling of belonging amongst the children. School uniform is worn by all the pupils and is welcomed by the majority of our parents.

Our school colours are red and grey.

School uniform consists of the following and can be purchased from the school office:

Nursery

Red jogging suit for girls and boys. Pupils have pumps in the Nursery which they change into on arrival and change out of on departure. Earrings are not allowed to be worn in the Nursery or in any other year group.

Main School (Reception class to Year 6)

Boys- Black trousers, grey school sweatshirt, red school polo shirt. Black school shoes (not trainers.)

 

Girls- Grey skirt, pinafore, culottes, or trousers. Grey school sweatshirt/cardigan with red school polo shirt. Flat black shoes with white socks. Girls should have long hair tied up with red ribbons or other sensible decorations.

 

It is important to stress that students have to wear plain black footwear and a school jumper or cardigan.

 

A red school fleece or waterproof coat are also available.

 

Earrings are not allowed under any circumstances in any year group.

 

Optional Summer Wear

Boys – grey shorts

Girls - red gingham dress, white ankle socks, full, flat sandals

 

Indoor Physical Education

All pupils – White school t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps (not trainers.)

 

Outdoor Physical Education

All pupils – Pupils may wear a jogging suit and trainers for outside PE lessons, an indoor kit should also remain in school.

 

Swimming

Boys – Trunks not shorts.

 

Girls – Full swimsuits.

 

All pupils must wear a swimming hat for reasons of health and safety.

All pupils must bring a coat to school on swimming lesson days.

 

Hairstyles

St Oswald’s CE Primary School does not permit extreme fashion hairstyles such as tramlines, decorative shavings, Mohicans or beaded hair.  Extreme use of colour is also not allowed in school.  Long hair should ALWAYS be tied back for health and safety reasons.

 

Equal Opportunities

The school is committed to equality of opportunity regardless of social background. In order to enable all pupils to access school uniform the school will provide uniform for pupils whose families may have difficulties in purchasing a uniform.

Parents having difficulties should approach Mrs McNally (Parent Support Advisor), Mrs Erskine (Bursar), or Mrs Ford (Assistant Headteacher for Pastoral Care / Home School link.)

 

Breakfast Club

We want every child at St. Oswald’s CE Primary School to start the day with everything they need in order to learn effectively; a fundamental element of this is a healthy, filling breakfast.

 

The chance to socialise with peers & adults, to keep fit & play a variety of traditional board games and construction equipment also play an important role in readying children for the day ahead. 

 

Children can arrive at Breakfast Club any time from 07.45am. They will be offered a selection of healthy breakfast options: a variety of cereals, toast,  fresh fruit, yoghurt, milk and cordial. A great way to start the day! 

 

On Fridays, we also offer a special treat, but you will have to come along to find out what it is.

 

Breakfast Club is £2.50 per pupil per day and if there are more children in the family, the charge per family is £4.50. Payment should be made on the day as your child arrives for breakfast club, or on the first day of the week in advance.

 

For more information please contact the school office.

 

Volunteering at St Oswald's is rewarding and fulfilling.  For more information, please contact Mrs Ford.

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