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18/09/20

Thank you , we’ll get that sorted!

17/09/20

Great to see 7 Gatton doing so well in their Music lesson earlier today when completing ‘Master Drummer’, definitely some musicians for the future in this class

16/09/20

Would you like to join our expanding school or know anyone who would? We are looking to recruit a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) to join our hard working and dedicated team of staff. https://t.co/SCDAaZ5yV3

16/09/20

Our freshly painted lines on our multi use games area being utilised by some of our year 8 students in their cricket lesson today. James Anderson watch out! https://t.co/xVcDFuzKBD

15/09/20

Creative year 9 textiles lesson today where the students were using marbling to create cells for a petri dish display https://t.co/SYTfGmWCKF

12/09/20

Each student has a unique access code which they were given to take home this week. There is also an app available for iOS and Android. have several apps, for students, teachers and parents, so please make sure you download the parent app for your code to work.

12/09/20

Thank you to all of our parents and carers who have logged into this week. This is to become our main method of communicating with you all over the coming weeks. If you have not yet accessed the site, it can be found here: https://t.co/Oa2auA6H7t

09/09/20

More fantastic work by today as we receive delivery of some more high quality furniture to enhance our provision 👏

07/09/20

Great to have our students back in school. An example of an Art lesson today, who says the first lesson of the year needs to be boring! https://t.co/bp1QwoMV8a

02/09/20

Very busy day at MPS today as staff worked tirelessly to ensure our school site is ready to receive our students back tomorrow

01/09/20

Great to have the MPS staff back today for our INSET and looking forward to our students returning shortly. Thank you to for use of their hall https://t.co/2J07xCPJpt

22/08/20

More fantastic work by recently that we have benefitted from. Making a real difference to schools and more importantly the students in them. Keep it up!

15/07/20

Retweeted From MPS Arts

This week the students created words from photographic alphabets taken last week. This little gem was created by Isobel and a pleasure to share with the staff This has made us all smile today 😁 watch this space for more creative responses.. https://t.co/10uyTEpAWY

08/07/20

When the BBC visited MPS! https://t.co/0oCLO4tMne

06/07/20

Exciting day at MPS today........the BBC have been in school filming some footage to be aired on the news on Wednesday regarding the fantastic work Business2Schools are doing https://t.co/aBqasYwdOk

18/06/20

Thank you so much to Emily in year 7 who made these fabulous chocolate puddings for staff. Very thoughtful of you https://t.co/bBJfYYkXJX

18/06/20

Pleased to hear you liked it!

18/06/20

There should be a size guide on the order form. Yes, we would say they are true to size. Thanks

18/06/20

Many thanks for your positive feedback and comments, it means a lot. The staff are working extremely hard to support our students during this challenging time

18/06/20

Amazing work Iona, well done

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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.