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19/10/18

Retweeted From Martin Beard

Well done to Mrs Harkness for organising and leading a fantastic trip! Thank you on behalf of our students. https://t.co/zri0KcoPLv

19/10/18

Retweeted From Kevin Briggs

Students from enjoying an excellent talk today. Great cultural experience for our students. https://t.co/DbVzJRZfSf

19/10/18

We are so proud of all our children for representing us all with so much pride! Lovely comments received from the gallery staff and members of the public. 👏👏 https://t.co/D4W8TG1LvG

16/10/18

Great to see - nice that Dad is supervising the process! https://t.co/QiiwDUZ3AX

08/10/18

Retweeted From GLF Teaching School

Are you an experienced teaching School Assistant? Why not become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and achieve the HLTA accreditation? All information is available via https://t.co/IV4qcDllY7 or email cpdtraining.org https://t.co/mvuaExMGiB

08/10/18

Retweeted From Kevin Briggs

Students today working together to calculate grid references using OS Maps. "School is so fun" I heard a student say at the end of the lesson. https://t.co/iK4QBZ6bRa

05/10/18

Just some of the images taken as part of our Performing Arts Open Evening. https://t.co/bePxPaeCL3

05/10/18

Looking to support our local community, please do look at what these organisations could offer you. https://t.co/c94GgcNt5l

04/10/18

It was fantastic to see our lovely Food Technology room being used! Developing healthy lifestyle choices. https://t.co/Ei7dZmbMZC

04/10/18

Retweeted From Kat Cole

Finally, a teaching advert that get it right. As my maths teacher once told me "I don't know why people aren't queueing up to be teachers". Best job in the world. https://t.co/1HwxhRtH9A

04/10/18

Retweeted From Robert Brooks

Pleasure! It was a lovely evening with fantastic dedicated staff and students https://t.co/6DFb1AEoY1

04/10/18

Retweeted From Longford Park School

Amazing results!! Well done to the team and to the students who have benefitted from this teaching method! 😊 https://t.co/P6pcadHQLw

03/10/18

Thank you to all our wonderful students who assisted with the running of our first Open Evening. Lots of positive feedback on how well you represented our school 👏 https://t.co/VBQ2fDTqxE

29/09/18

Retweeted From LKStrachan

Lovely feedback from our students at the end of Week 3! https://t.co/TGSjUEaLL9

28/09/18

Postcards home - our students celebrating their start to life at MPS. https://t.co/8NtjBrXNnz

28/09/18

Retweeted From Kevin Briggs

Loving working . Come and see what a great team we have. https://t.co/pZeJf4ESMk

21/09/18

We are proud to be promoting our ‘High 5ive’ values with our community. https://t.co/rY9KxHQK6g

21/09/18

Retweeted From Merstham Park School

Looking forward to showing prospective families around our new school in the coming weeks. https://t.co/ZNtVCTPKlT

19/09/18

Looking forward to showing prospective families around our new school in the coming weeks. https://t.co/ZNtVCTPKlT

19/09/18

Great for MPS students to visit the Merstham Hub and use the community Library. https://t.co/xMLOclQzEc

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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.