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For Parents & Carers

Supporting at home

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We believe that the best way to educate our children is in partnership with parents and carers.

Research across the world supports this view and shows that children who benefit from a close partnership between school and home perform much better at primary school and consequently do well at high school, achieving the best grades. Our own experience bears this out- children whose parents are able to spend time with their children reading to them, hearing them read, taking them to the library or helping them research topics that interest them- tend to do much better at school. We have talked at length with staff, parents and children about the best approach to supporting parents with learning at home and hope that our new home learning strategy is successful in achieving this.

We have produced a Reading Strategy Guide for Parents, which provides information about our Reading Bands, what we do at school and what parents can do to support at home.

Reading Strategy Guide for Parents >

At the beginning of each term, the teachers will send home a Term-on-a-Page, outlining the topics that are being covered in English, mathematics and in topic work, suggesting activities that you could do at home to support and extend your child's skills and knowledge.


Supporting your child with Read Write Inc.

Learning to read is the most important thing that we teach our children at Gresham Village and our aim is to have every child reading by the time they leave year 2. To do this, we use a very structured programme called Read Write Inc. We have been using it for over ten years now and it has proved that it gets children reading quickly and well.

The support that you give at home is absolutely vital in helping your child to read. It has been proven that children who get regular support at home make the best progress and this is borne out by our own experiences over many years. In normal times we would invite you into school to experience a Read Write Inc lesson with your child and we still hope to be able to do this soon.

The pandemic has definitely had an impact on children’s reading progress, as we would have expected most children in year 2 to have completed Read Write Inc by now. Some have and have moved on to Guided Reading, others, despite making very good progress last term, still need to continue with Read Write Inc.

These notes and the video that Miss Neylon has made to support them have been made as a response to parental requests for more guidance, so we hope you find them useful and help you to support your child with reading, so they make speedy progress. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Supporting your child with Read Write Inc in Y1 and 2 >


Watch Miss Neylon’s video


Terms-on-a-page

Spring 2022

We understand the importance of preparing the children for the rigours of high school homework, so children in year 6 are given additional English and mathematics homework, which we will mark. This might be part of after-school booster sessions.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.