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20/11/20

We are expanding our team and are pleased to be recruiting a cover supervisor. Check out this link if you are interested in joining two forward thinking GLF schools https://t.co/RvlvmDLuqm

13/11/20

On Monday 16 November we will be wearing odd socks to support Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of the importance of our main value of inclusion https://t.co/7IzNiApMav

13/11/20

🌹At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, Merstham Park remembered 🌹   https://t.co/ZG9NOcY3WT

09/11/20

More fantastic Black History Month work from our students https://t.co/n5Y2QRrAQH

03/11/20

Another fantastic piece of work completed by one of our year 8 students as part of Black History Month https://t.co/CRkyywn8Vn

22/10/20

As part of Black History Month our students have been creating poems. We wanted to share this powerful poem from one of our fantastic year 8 students https://t.co/UuVYxDnDk5

15/10/20

Oil pastel drawings being completed by year 7’s this morning in their Art lessons. Check out our website for more information on September 2021 admissions https://t.co/fpTz9eoWFC

08/10/20

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual open evening tonight. It was great meeting you all. If you have any questions please request a phone call with our Senior Leadership Team on our website https://t.co/jtuBPnnQmY

08/10/20

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our prospective year 6 parents to our virtual open evening tonight. All joining details are on our website. Here are the opinions of some of our year 7 students https://t.co/I7KKYHz1AF

07/10/20

The day has almost arrived for our virtual open evening. Here’s a video explaining Art at MPS. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night via our Google meet link on our website https://t.co/56XPGnpBuL

06/10/20

In advance of our virtual open evening on Thursday (8th October). Here’s some thoughts from one of our year 7 parents https://t.co/yI59mfw8Eg

05/10/20

We are excited to share the below opportunity at MPS. Click here to apply for the role of Chelsea Champions - Project Officer at : URL https://t.co/h7QtLY16lt

05/10/20

Our virtual open evening is on Thursday this week (8th October). Here’s some thoughts from our Deputy Head Girl. Happy Monday! https://t.co/8TY45xJdN5

02/10/20

Today is the day! Please check out our website for the information we have released for our prospective year 6 parents. We hope you find it useful https://t.co/bTgeQO0IDO

01/10/20

Today’s the day! We will be releasing lots of useful information on our website for prospective parents to view. Look out for this later. https://t.co/kCqJLE6z60

30/09/20

We were fortunate to receive a delivery of PC monitors today organised by Business2Schools. Thank you for this, the work you are doing truly does make a difference

30/09/20

Another exciting day at MPS today with some of our year 7 students developing their map reading skills in their ITP lesson. Don’t forget to check out our website tomorrow for some exciting updates https://t.co/a9Bs5jwFzS

30/09/20

Only 1 day remaining until we release a range of useful information on our website for perspective parents in advance of our virtual open evening on 8th October. Have a great day!

25/09/20

The end of another great week at Merstham Park comes to an end. This is one of our fantastic year 8 student’s work. Another day closer to 1st October where we will launch lots of useful information on our website for prospective year 6 parents https://t.co/yGJuqlRfMU

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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.