Welcome to our Family Friday section.
Our Family Friday events are run every week by our Family Support Workers; Mrs Whiteside, Mrs Hodgson and Mrs Cassidy.
Each event has a different theme and audience which links in to current themes around school. Take a look at the previous activities below.
Family Friday: Times Tables with Years 2 to 6
Mrs Moses, our Mathematics Subject Leader, hosted a Times Tables afternoon with the parents and carers of children in Year 2 to 6. Mrs Moses spoke all about the importance of children learning their Times Tables and passed on a few handy tips and tricks to help simplify them!
Take a look below at the PowerPoint and Workbook used for the event.
Times Tables PowerPoint
Times Tables Workbook
Family Friday – SATS Information Talk
On 17th January 2020, some of our Year 6 parents and carers came into school to watch Mrs Moses in action – talking about SATS!
Emme’s mum said: “Interesting so you fully understand what happens over the course of the 4 days and what is expected by the children.”
William’s mum said: “Good insight into what the children need to do.”
Harry’s mum said: “Great idea so parents get an understanding of what’s going on.”
Family Friday – KS2 Maths Challenge
On 1st January 2020, we invited our KS2 parents and carers to come into school and take part in Maths Challenges with their children. Mrs Moses, our Mathematics Lead, lead the event and set up lots of fun activities and challenges for everyone to participate in.
Joshua’s mum said: “Another excellent Family Friday event! It just proves you’re never too old to learn! Thank you to Mrs Moses for the 3 times table trick. It was lovely to spend time with Joshua at school.”
Aiden’s mum said: “Brilliant maths workshop with good resources. Nice to be able to see how the children get taught.”
Family Friday – EYFS Phonics
On Friday 4th October, Mrs Towriess and Miss Parkinson (our EYFS teachers) hosted two EYFS Phonics Sessions as part of our Family Friday sessions. These sessions were planned and carried out to help our Reception parents understand what Phonics is, how to help their children practice their phonics and prepare them for their Phonics test in year 1. Learning phonics isn’t all hard work, it’s actually quite fun and the more exciting it is for the children, the more inclined they are to learn. Take a look at the photos below to see the Family Friday Phonics activities in action!
Family Friday – Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
St James’ school hall has never been busier or more full of love than it was on Friday 29th March when we celebrated Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea for all of the special ladies in the lives of our pupils. The afternoon was brilliant, the food delicious and the company even better!
Family Friday – Parent Forum 08/02/2019
Today at our Parent’s Forum we discussed how parents can support their child in regards to keeping safe online. Please see the document below regarding this.
Year 6 SATS Talk
Mrs Moses and Mrs Cassidy held a Family Friday event for Year 6 parents which went through everything to expect with SATS. Here they spoke about a variety of things i.e. the dates, times and usual school routine for SATS as well as what will actually be covered and how you can help to prepare your children. The PowerPoint used in this Family Friday session can be viewed by clicking the button to the right.
Parent’s Forum Feedback
School needed better communication with parents/carers.
So we did…
Developed the new school website and app with push notifications for updates. Also created the Family Calendar which was sent home at the beginning of the year and contains all planned events for the 2018-19 academic year.
School needed to make it easier for parents/carers to find out about their child’s progress.
So we did…
Developed a more structures parents evening with an online booking system as well as interim reports that go home to parents.