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Parents as Partners

We believe that parents are their child’s first teacher and therefore we hold our partnership with parents in great importance.

There are many opportunities for parents to engage in their children’s learning by coming in to the school setting. These include –

•    Christmas nativities

•    Parent workshops centred on a specific curriculum area

•    Parent assemblies

•    PTA events like fairs and discos (please see specific information page for more information)

•    Parent Show and Shares

•    Parents evenings

•    Volunteering to read with children

•    Volunteering for school trips.

How can you support your child in becoming a more powerful learner?

Learning does not only happen at school, nor does it end when you leave school. If the pupils at Hoo are really going to fulfil their potential then they will need to be surrounded by adults modelling what it looks like to be a lifelong learner. There are many things you can do at home to support this:

  • Be a visible learner for your child. Let them see you learning new things, grappling with difficult ideas and making mistakes
  • Involve children in conversations. The best thing you can do is to sit down with your child over a meal and discuss interesting news items or discuss a book you are reading with them
  • Let them spend time with you while you are doing difficult things. Let them see you working things out and learning from making mistakes
  • Tell your children stories about your learning difficulties. Share your own learning journeys with your child – what did you struggle with at school and discuss what can be done to get over such learning hurdles
  • Don’t feel that you have to jump in if your child is getting stuck or making mistakes. Let them see that making mistakes is not a bad thing
  • Restrain the impulse to teach. Offer them only as much help as they need to get going again once they are stuck and don’t tell them everything. Try not to give them the answer – think with them, not for them
  • Don’t praise too much – use interest rather than approval. Young people who are consistently told they are ‘bright’ or ‘talented’ adopt lower standards of success; engage in less challenging situations and under-rate the importance of effort in learning
  • Encourage different kinds of computer use. Exercise a little ‘light’ parental guidance so that the computer not only becomes a vehicle for instant stimulation but also that the computer is used for challenges that require patient thinking and reading.