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18/10/19

The alarm has been deactivated- sorry that it has caused an distribution to your evening. https://t.co/b5WikkMU1P

18/10/19

On route to check and deactivate- apologises https://t.co/6AZ9j2aVHt

11/10/19

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Thanks to colleagues, governors, families and - of course - our children and young people, past and present, for their work and support since 2010.

08/10/19

Retweeted From Mousey

I like this type of https://t.co/hnuHTN79I3

05/10/19

Retweeted From Martin Beard

It’s always our pleasure to welcome you to our school⭐️ https://t.co/3CEDpOIw2y

03/10/19

Retweeted From Frank Kelly

I have had the pleasure, it is a friendly, welcoming school.

02/10/19

Retweeted From Martin Beard

A school is not the buildings - it’s the children, staff and families that make it great! Come and see our wonderful school. Call the office to book a tour. https://t.co/ssCPfjFKwS

02/10/19

Look out and up to see how our school will grow and flourish on our 22acre site in Central Merstham. https://t.co/6kY8s0Bovx

02/10/19

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Standing room only at the first Head’s talk ⁦⁩ Open Evening! ⁦#growlearnflourish https://t.co/QJKbTg1jlb

02/10/19

We feel so proud of all our students, but those who helped last night were amazing - thank you to everyone for making the evening a great event! https://t.co/sUi0cGiq1R

27/09/19

Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Great opportunity for SENDCOs https://t.co/F9yNhrG0Dk

25/09/19

Well done to the school football team on their win tonight against Oakwood 👏👏

17/09/19

Retweeted From Barking Dog Media

Ignite a passion for learning and visit an open event https://t.co/3waW1y4Aux https://t.co/8DYWW4QLRP

11/09/19

Retweeted From Integrity Coaching

I loved the school, the staff & the pupils but why does leading have to be at such a great personal cost? https://https://t.co/wnub48Ev8a

06/09/19

With 5 schools serving the Merstham and wider community it is a shame we have not received adequate communication too. Happy to discuss if that helps? https://t.co/WBz5NhMrNB

06/09/19

I think the community has been let down through a lack of communications and planning. With a six week holiday - ehy agrre for the work to start a week before schools return knowing works will last for three? 1/2 https://t.co/WBz5NhMrNB

06/09/19

Retweeted From Meridian High School

well done to our young triple scientists for embracing the challenge! https://t.co/0jqgjrnqXW

06/09/19

Retweeted From Barking Dog Media

We have 9 reasons to join but there are loads more. Come to an open evening and find them https://t.co/SOlt5UUOxr https://t.co/XXPyAtmrR3

06/09/19

Looking to make a difference then join the team at GLF https://t.co/VE1wlgy0ay

04/09/19

Retweeted From Meridian High School

Our new restaurant opened today with staff getting a yummy preview. Look forward to Year 7 & 11 tasting the wonderful food available from tomorrow! https://t.co/JI31S6Y1Pj

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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.