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16/06/19

Retweeted From Kevin Briggs

Students presented their original ideas for saving water to this week. Their ITP Project involved research, original data collection, team work, creative thinking, and presentation skills. A selection of their ideas are attached. https://t.co/5tpUCZGb3y

14/06/19

Well done Mrs Cole 👏🎉 MPS are very proud of you 😊 https://t.co/H3Aiw8nLbL

13/06/19

Thank you for teaching us such fun skills. https://t.co/gME9fRRmFw

13/06/19

Lots of fun taking place today as part of our Arts at MPS. https://t.co/gd33qiiAEn

11/06/19

Amazed... the quality of work in the Art department at MPS in brilliant. 👏👏👏 to our students and their fab teacher Mrs Harkness https://t.co/xea0JH0A7O

06/06/19

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28/05/19

Retweeted From Martin Beard

I am so proud of the fantastic work of our students within the Arts! Keep up the great work Mrs Harkness in helping all of our children reach beyond what they thought was possible. https://t.co/oRB38wCYfU

28/05/19

The Arts are truly valued at Merstham Park - these images just show a small element of the skill development of our wonderful Year 7 students. https://t.co/8TE3NWrpxe

26/05/19

Have a wonderful 104th birthday Sir! https://t.co/1bXHi7W221

24/05/19

Interesting comments about the success of project based learning at School 21 - sounds like our ITP! https://t.co/jPpoYzjWPM

24/05/19

Retweeted From Schools Week

Well that's a set-bacc: Ministers face renewed calls to review the EBacc after three of their claims about it are debunked https://t.co/VBX9Ry36U7

24/05/19

Hi Frank - these would be great. Perhaps you could send us contact details?

21/05/19

Great to see so many wonderful entries from our Year 7s. 👍 https://t.co/q0IeKNwxAy

19/05/19

Retweeted From Careers within GLF

KS2 teacher required in Redhill for September 2019. This is a great opportunity to join a vibrant and caring two form entry school, currently on an exciting journey of improvement. Full time, permanent and MPR. https://t.co/UT5VLTwPFj https://t.co/iO5K8zn8Pb

10/05/19

Lovely for our students to be providing a love and joy for the Arts with the local elderly home. https://t.co/Up53lpIotB

06/05/19

We look forward to showing you around our school and seeing our excellent relationships, care and guidance for our children. https://t.co/ofFcILXfj6

22/04/19

Looking forward to our third term tomorrow- don’t be late! https://t.co/gnq1hwMUvm

22/04/19

We hope that all our wonderful students have had a great break and are looking forward to starting school tomorrow? Just remember to park and stride or you helmet with the bike of a scooter! !

16/04/19

Retweeted From Careers within GLF

Teacher of Technology required for brand new six-form entry secondary school in Mersham - The successful candidate will ensure that Technology has a high profile across the School through offering vibrant and exciting learning opportunities https://t.co/7mrCS2cii9 https://t.co/lJyzxPBpvN

09/04/19

Retweeted From Integrity Coaching

If the BBC2 Documentary "School" proved anything, I believe it's that as a profession, it's time we start better supporting those that lead our schools... https://t.co/uAy8FeG1fq

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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.