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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

01/06/20

Reminder that we have a virtual INSET day for staff today. Therefore, live daily learning mentor time and work posted in Google Classroom will resume tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you all then

28/05/20

Excellent work has been produced by our Y7 geographers for their Humanities ITP. Well done to these students for superb attention to detail and use of key terms and concepts ! https://t.co/kT5a5IvtAf

22/05/20

Great to see students engaging with our weekly challenges. Here is the cover of a lovely illustrated card sent to residents at Coppice Lea Care Home and the cheese & chive scones look delicious! Well done! https://t.co/1Tm2UxqNSB

18/05/20

Fantastic VE Day poem from Iona, well done! https://t.co/yTHPz89FfJ

07/05/20

Something we have been working on to bring a smile to your face in between creating pre recorded lessons, issuing feedback, supporting students and running daily live learning mentor time sessions. Enjoy! https://t.co/OHa2QZrrvn

07/05/20

before posting it to the care home. As always, we would love to see any photos of your child attempting the weekly challenge, or any other creative task they are proud to have undertaken, on our official school twitter account. Please tag when posting on twitter.

07/05/20

Ideas of what to include in the card or letter could be writing about your experience of COVID-19, your plans for the future, books or TV shows you enjoy, and tips on passing the time. Once completed students should simply sign off with their name and ‘from Merstham Park’

07/05/20

This week's challenge is a community focused challenge. As many of you will know, as a community school, we work with the Coppice Lea care home to enrich the lives of their residents through the Arts.Your child should create a card or letter to send to a resident at the care home

07/05/20

Great work Bailey, very creative!

01/05/20

As always, we would love to see any photos of you attempting the weekly challenge, or any other creative task you are proud to have undertaken, on our official school twitter account. Please tag when posting on twitter

01/05/20

This week's challenge is related to the upcoming Victory in Europe Day (VE) day. You should create a poem to commemorate and remember this day. The following link will provide you with some background knowledge on what VE Day represents: https://t.co/JcOVLLc2b2

26/04/20

Excellent examples of our weekly PE challenges being completed by two of our fantastic students https://t.co/GRAdvSkZBV

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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.