Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents who attended one of the three Inspire workshops last week. The events were fantastic and it was great to have so many visitors in school!
Please read on for a brief description of the sessions, links to the short films we watched at the start, and small selection of your kind feedback comments.
These Inspire sessions had a similar structure to a Maths lesson and introduced the parents, carers and grandparents who attended to the ‘Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving’ model used at Strawberry Fields, as well as to the level of expectation in the Maths curriculum for years five and six. Afterwards, the parents, carers and grandparents went to the children’s classroom where the teachers had organised a short presentation of some of the term’s Topic work, themed around Brazil. There was then an opportunity for the adults to look at the children’s books, talk about the work and raise any questions with staff.
At the start of the session, the parents were shown the following films, both of which were discussed in the context of the ‘Growth Mindset’ we try to encourage in all our children.
FEEDBACK ON THE SESSIONS
Did you enjoy the event? If so, why?
“Yes – it gave me insight into how and why you use teaching methods.”
“Enjoyed it very much. Lovely school. Kids seem very happy. Wow!”
“Yes. The welcome, organisation, initial briefing and the overall relaxation of the group. This continued into the classroom session and the opportunity to see his work with him explaining.”
“Yes. It was great to see the kids working and trying it ourselves.”
“Well organised, very informative and enjoyable. A great way for the school and pupils to showcase their work and teaching strategies.”
“Yes. I enjoyed the interaction and to learn the school is allowing children to thrive with no limits.”
“Really enjoyed every minute.”
“Very informative and well planned.”
“I learned a lot more about the type of Maths taught and as a result I now know how to help.”
“It was great to see the techniques you use with the children.”
“I really enjoyed spending time in school with my son. It is great to see his work improving.”
“Yes – a good insight and helpful tips for supporting learning.”
If we were to do another Inspire event in the future with a different theme, would you attend again?
“Anytime, different subjects would be great to see.”
“Yes. It was good to see the actual work they are doing and it was good to visit the classroom.”
Do you feel that you learned more about your child’s educational experience at Strawberry Fields?
“Very much so.”
“Yes. It was good to see the work and how they have to explain their reasoning, not just work out the answer.”
“Yes – it was interesting to find out about the Strawberry Fields methods used in lessons.”
“Yes – I realised how hard the Maths is!”
“I have learned a great deal about their experience.”
Did you find the films at the start informative/interesting?
“Yes – I will be looking at these again.”
“Yes. It was good to see that children no matter what level are all encouraged to develop and improve.”
“Both set the scene and directed our thoughts appropriately.”
“Yes – the content was thought-provoking.”
“Very. It helps explain the reasons for the approach to teaching and reinforces positive mental approach to all things we do in life.”
“Yes. Pleased to hear the children get to see programmes that breed confidence.”
Do you feel better able to support your child with their Maths learning as a result of attending the session today?
“Yes. It is good to know what standard of work is expected and how to get them to learn the same as they do at school.”
“Yes – even just in a questioning/reasoning nature as to why that is the answer.”
“Yes. We can make games relevant and reinforce their learning.”
“Yes, knowing the structure used to help the learning will help with supporting my child’s learning.”
“Yes – applying the learning to everyday situations.”
Do you have any further comments?
“We loved the dice games and will be playing these at home with our grandchildren. A great eye-opener.”
“I would like more chances like this.”
“Inspire mornings are always enjoyable, great to come to.”
“Would be happy to attend again in the future.”
“Keep these type of events running. Fantastic to get involved in our own child’s learning.”
“Good to see all the hard work by all.”
“Experience of the school was relaxing and friendly.”
“A good morning, and good to look at the school work in class.”