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08/02/19

Well done Mrs Cole - we are very proud of you.

03/02/19

Thank you for working with us- the students had a fantastic experience! https://t.co/lKSmaDkoaD

01/02/19

We will be opening school this morning - looking forward to World Number Day in support of the NSPCC

01/02/19

We are open today! Our site is safe to receive all students.

29/01/19

Retweeted From Mrs L Buckley

So I've been #10%braver and have successfully applied for, and been appointed into, a COO post! Which means this genuinely fantastic is looking to appoint a new SBL. It's a great school to work in - do get in touch for more info. https://t.co/3Tq38I10kS

10/01/19

Please contact the front office to arrange a school visit. https://t.co/XZUxpW9heS

20/12/18

Retweeted From Kevin Briggs

Kindness ... always a good thing. https://t.co/dja1ldU28g

19/12/18

Retweeted From HoeValleySchool

Head of Year, Hoe Valley School, Woking, Surrey https://t.co/tvixgNjQL8

19/12/18

Thank you all for your hard work and commitment this term with our children and their families 👏👏 https://t.co/X18OP011fm

15/12/18

Thank you to our families for attending our first ever Christmas Showcase at MPS! The children were brilliant. Thank you to Caterham School for the use of the Theatre too. https://t.co/IGIzm1rNdT

14/12/18

Don’t forget your Christmas Jumper today at MPS! Photos to follow!

12/12/18

So proud of our wonderful families for donations over the advent period - Merstham Food Bank will ensure this goes to many people locally who need a little help this Christmas. ❤️ https://t.co/cild3WfUkW

11/12/18

Retweeted From carole davies

Kilnwood Vale Primary School: Southgate Primary School: Forge Wood Primary School: Our West Sussex schools have one more open event each before the deadline of 15 January 2019. Look out for the attached advert on the back cover of RH Uncovered - January 2019 edition. https://t.co/a9eqx1XATV

11/12/18

Lovely article remembering the sacrifices of so many! Proud of our wonderful children. https://t.co/F8QW8FRgLZ

21/11/18

Retweeted From LKStrachan

Fantastic making links between & We enjoyed receiving our first Thank you!☺️❤️ https://t.co/zbLcWPhy9b

19/11/18

Retweeted From Ofsted

We’ve just published 'The English curriculum – bigger than the sum of its parts' by on our TES blog https://t.co/OmAgFVtFFj https://t.co/CSIITbYEiI

19/11/18

Oracy, is an essential life skill. Speaking and Listening play a massive part in our development.

19/11/18

Liam, you should go to Kevin his MA was on student voice

14/11/18

This is a shoutout to all of those people who have been bullied by cruel people. Bullying is not a good thing, so let's stop it now! https://t.co/aRYjjwMMPO

14/11/18

Just because someone looks different, doesn't mean they are different. https://t.co/qngYNxN1LN

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Literacy and Numeracy

At Merstham Park we will embed 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 will:

  • 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.
  • The Maths Department will help 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.
  • To encourage learners to think carefully when solving problems. Reminding them that the answer will not arrive straight away and that it requires deep thinking.
  • Teachers to 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.