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25/02/21

Another huge thank you to for their kind and generous donation of Lenovo think pads to MPS. They are amazing and will really benefit our students. Thank you as always to the fantastic work of as well who make it all possible

23/02/21

Foundation expands Chelsea Champions programme to six secondary schools https://t.co/E9OAsTmu2d via

22/02/21

Well done to all our students for their brilliant efforts in our crêpe making Daily Challenge. Here are just a few of their creations. They all look delicious! https://t.co/HnxqeWIskv

22/02/21

Retweeted From Merstham Library

Have you seen our window display, showcasing new books? Opening hours are 10-1 Tue Thu Fri Sat https://t.co/LMKk9JvZZu

18/02/21

Thank you so much to for organising another generous donation for MPS

10/02/21

Retweeted From Reigate & Banstead

🎉 R&BE ACTIVE AT HOME! 🎉 We won't let lockdown stop our much loved half term R&Be Active activities. Book your child a space on one of the brand new dance and drama workshops via our website. All activities take place via zoom: https://t.co/9aZMbCooje https://t.co/pOqKNvmmLk

03/02/21

Retweeted From Voluntary Action RB

💻 Do you have an unused laptop that you could donate to Level Up? The scheme provides refurbished laptops to local children who currently don’t have access to one. 📎350 pledged - 150 more to find! https://t.co/mRPZDlF8gq https://t.co/KeRPZg0Z5d

03/02/21

We are encouraging all MPS students to create a patch for our patchwork quilt that we will present to Coppice Lea for them to hang in their communal area to brighten up the residents days https://t.co/56P1Trq4BZ

03/02/21

MPS community work in action again. Despite Covid, we are continuing to work with Coppice Lea, as we have for the past three years now. https://t.co/uBZvThsIj2

03/02/21

Very proud of our MPS students who have risen to our challenge of completing a random act of kindness. This is just one example of this where it was so well received at the hospital it brought tears to everyone involved! Keep up the fantastic work all https://t.co/v5LkIhl0CV

03/02/21

Retweeted From Business2Schools

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03/02/21

Retweeted From GLF Schools

Half way through this half term. The resilience of our 2300 staff and our 16300 children and students (and their families) has been simply remarkable. . Thank you all.

02/02/21

Well done to Year 8 for producing some excellent past tense pictures stories last week. Here is an example of their amazing work. Bravo! Bon travail tout le monde! https://t.co/iKq4ZXbjxm

02/02/21

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Teacher of Science to join our growing secondary school. Please click on the link to apply https://t.co/Jlj3mysBuq

22/01/21

Another fantastic week of virtual learning at MPS and the staff were treated to a surprise chocolate brownie to thank them for their continued hard work and commitment https://t.co/ie5ZQcgFVi

22/01/21

Love this- especially your photo with Lando Norris!!

22/01/21

Retweeted From MPS Arts

Year 7 students learning about mark making and Van Gogh through pastiche work. Developing their skills in observation, tone and linear work. Huge well done for the time and efforts demonstrated here!! Beautiful work! 🖊 🖼 👍🏻 https://t.co/9D94gi9oJH

21/01/21

If your appointment was before 5pm, staff will call you tomorrow. Thank you for your patience and understanding,

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Literacy and Numeracy

At Merstham Park we have embeded the following core principles to support Literacy and Numeracy development of every student:

 

Writing

  • High expectations of the presentation of written work. “Every page is your first page”
  • Provision of writing frames to assist students scaffold their own work.
  • Clear modelling of writing techniques by teachers and sharing of best student practice.
  • Clear strategies for planning or redrafting written work.
  • Teaching of subject specific essay writing skills.
  • Spelling strategies are taught explicitly in the classroom when appropriate.

Reading

Integral in developing pupils’ wider reading and reading for enjoyment is how teachers facilitate reading for meaning through using a range of teaching methods and approaches. Therefore:

  • Reading material in all subjects is of high quality, up-to-date and relevant.
  • Reading and deconstructing of texts (beyond reading instructions / questions) is regular throughout the curriculum.
  • Reading material in all subjects is appropriate for the age and ability of the students.
  • A range of Directed Activities Related to Texts (DART) activities are used to teach students to skim, scan, select and take notes from texts, as well as the skills of inference and deduction.
  • All students are assessed for their reading age.
  • Students with low reading ages at KS3 access regular support to improve their reading.
  • Students with very low reading ages access Reading Support from the SEND Team.
  • Students are encouraged to read for pleasure through the Accelerated Reader Programme.

Speaking and Listening

  • Use of basketball questioning and Bloom’s Taxonomy to develop talk that questions, hypotheses, speculates, evaluates, solves problems and develops thinking about complex issues and ideas.
  • Students should be challenged to redraft verbal responses and speak with conviction every lesson (failing to do this lowers expectations of oracy and encodes bad habits).
  • Ensuring a range of opportunities to use the spoken word to work collaboratively with others, and express ideas, feelings and opinions.
  • Create opportunities for students to listen for a specific purpose.
  • Use specific strategies to ensure students learn to listen to others, and to respond and build constructively on the ideas and views of others.

Numeracy

At Merstham Park, we understand that Numeracy is not synonymous with Mathematics. All our students need to be numerate so that they can calculate in real-life situations, so that they can work logically to solve problems and so they can interpret commonly used representations of data.

Therefore, we strive to:

  • Ensure that all students know their times tables up to 12 × 12.
  • Recognise the importance of Numeracy in all subjects across the curriculum.
  • Be proactive in familiarising ourselves with standard methods of calculating and representing data. Be proactive in ensuring that we have the necessary numerical knowledge to support students with any numerical work relevant to our subject.
  • Ensure the Maths Department help to provide support to teachers who seek advice/revision.
  • Ensure that numerical concepts / methods are taught with a common approach across all subjects.
  • Ensure that we talk positively about ‘Maths’; the culture permeated by the media that Maths is difficult and only for a select few is very damaging to students’ mind-sets. Support parents and carers and home to use the same positive language around Maths.
  • Encourage learners to think carefully when solving problems. Reminding them that the answer will not arrive straight away and that it requires deep thinking.
  • Use Growth mind-set language to encourage students to be resilient.
  • Verbalise our thought processes when modelling numerical concepts, and/or solving problems.
  • Give students the opportunity to discuss different ways of doing a calculation that all give the correct answer. e.g. there are several different ways of thinking about calculating 24 × 5 (24 × 10 ÷ 2 , 12 × 10, ).
  • Give students understanding of measures by highlighting units used and conversions between them in practical subjects.
  • Raise the profile of Numeracy throughout the school promoting the use of numbers and measures whenever possible.