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Great feedback from parents to start the term!

Despite School closure due to ceiling collapse, parents still wrote into school to celebrate their view on what has made their child a Champion Learner in 2016. All will be celebrated in Assembly, those whose parents contributed have their views collated below and their child will receive a £5 book token. Thank you for being such involved partners in your child's learning.


What aspects of your child’s learning does he / she enjoy most?



R - Enjoys doing number work the most.

K – Enjoys every aspect of life/learning! Always full of questions and always ready to learn.

R – English, Reading, Maths


Year 1

R – Music

M – Loves puzzles and patterns. Very independent in  that M only needs to be shown once or twice and then largely own.


Year 2

R - Enjoys maths and really enjoys the ‘hands on’ learning (Live Learning we made a complete circuit in science)

M – Hands on learning – using objects to explain stories and solve problems

M – Maths – times tables

G - Maths


Year 3

C – Enjoys reading and writing and interactive practical work.

M – Enjoys outside learning or PE

D – Enjoys Reading, Maths and specifically Science which D is curious about the technical side of how things function.

A – A enjoys researching things on the computer. A also enjoys Mathletics challenges and the schools themed weeks/days.


Year 4

L – Enjoys structured challenges based on learning that has been modelled in the classroom.

F – Loves art, maths and English, his favourite part are wonder days.

G – G enjoys maths the most as G enjoys the challenge. G also enjoys reading and science.


Year 5

A – A enjoys reading and exercises on maths. A also enjoys recorders.


Year 6

R – Loves creative writing. He produced some amazing pieces of work this year. R also enjoys fractions and has recently learnt strategies to overcome maths problems.

C – Maths, Geography, Science & History




How do you support your child with learning at home?



R – Lots of reading, bedtime stories and home reading, drawing and writing, basic adding up.

R-  I give my children a very wide spectrum to see beyond things. I get ideas from teachers, workbooks, other parents, internet. We learn together, we experience together.

E – I spend time with E when reading and help with words and I practice adding.




Year 1

R – We encourage reading at home

I – We support little as we have little English language ourselves.

M – Encouragment to inspire confidence. Bought phonics reading books kept in the living room where A can read at any time. Reading Eggs On-line Programme. Used Mathletics at home on weekends.


Year 2

R – Uses his l- pad with learning games and activities and lego to help with imagination and creativity.

M – We do lots of reading and our times tables.

M – I spend a lot of time with M when learning. I motivate and explain if M doesn’t understand.

G – We practice times tables and teach G methods of calculation at home. G also reads books in the morning and after school.


Year 3

C – I regularly help C with reading and writing or question and answering.

M – We read books and also research any topic on the internet.

D – Supporting with literacy and maths and encourage him to read and get the homework done.

A – I like to sit with A quietly and be there to support A if needed. In addition to the school reading book we enjoy reading other books taking it in turn to read pages.


Year 4

L – Reads at home to an adult every night and we read to her each bedtime. We visit places of interest at weekends and make things together. We try to visit places relevant to her learning themes.

F – reads to me on a daily basis. I have also put up posters of times tables. We watch a lot of educational programmes and take F and his siblings out to learn too.

G – We help G with her home learning and do regular challenges with her maths and English.


Year 5

A – We read and review together the stories and support with maths when needed.


Year 6

R – Has had English and maths tuition this year. R has communication and learning problems and the extra input with EN in regards to mind maps have helped. I have regularly listened to R read and have done extra work. I have always supported his home learning.

C – Read a wide range of books at bedtime and do extra exercises relating to homework. We teach him to be positive.


  • When you meet with staff, how useful is the conversation relating to your child:


  • As an individual



R – Helps me understand what R has been learning at school and what progress he has been making.

R – I am very pleased to see how staff knows my children therefore every conversation is very useful and up to date.

E – It is very helpful as I like to know how much progress has made.


Year 1

R – my child’s teacher has always been amazing when it comes to any issues we have had. They have formed a great bond.

I – Reading and writing

M – Give a general idea of what A has been doing and needs to work on.


Year 2

R – It is really good as staff listen and take on board our views and opinions.

M – I can find out my child’s strengths and weaknesses and use them in home learning.

M – It is very useful because I like to know what progress my child has made.

G – The class teacher lets us know G’s situation and how to work in school.


Year 3

C – The staff are very helpful and keep me updated on C progress.

M – M’s teacher has always been helpful and M has come a very long way in Year 3. The teacher is caring and approachable and this has been shown in M’s progress.

D – Very useful with advice on how to support D with his progress.

A – Very useful. I think the class teacher really took the time to understand A and support A through Year 3.


Year 4

L – Very useful – members of staff know L very well and their perspective can shed light on our own thoughts.

G – We find it extremely useful to know how G is progressing through the school.


Year 5

A – Very welcome and open, always receive information when needed.


Year 6

R – Miss Daniels and Mrs Garg (Miss Cooper when she was here) have fined tuned support for R which I feel have benefited him, in turn boosted his confidence.

C – This helps to see and discuss my child’s progress



  • In specific to learning ‘next steps’



R – Helps me understand the areas R struggles with so we can work on them at home as well especially with his speech therapy

R – I would like to get more information on a weekly basis as to what extra work I could do with my children at home to help with their learning.

E – I can practice with E new things.


Year 1

M – If I had a plan of what would be taught. I could support home but still not sure of all activities done while in class.


Year 2

R – After conversations they take on board views etc. and the create plans and ‘next steps’ to help R move forward with his learning and school life.

M – My child has become more confident in his learning and had a great school report.

M – I can practice things with M.

G – Needs help to read. We read together at home


Year 3

C – The staff let me know when I need to provide extra support at home.

A – The class teacher offered advice and tips on how to hep A and helped me to understand Yr 3 study requirements. The extra support that A has been receiving for reading really helped and the last few months I think it really ‘clicked’.

Year 4

L – We trust the staff in their assessment of her learning journey. We look forward to hearing about her progress and are interested to hear advice about other ways to support her at home.

F – I have always found it very helpful and always been given great advice when needed.

G – We found it useful but maybe could have been a bit more informative as we didn’t know how well G was doing, we thought she was just meeting average s and need to improve more.


Year 5

A – Keep reading, work more on English grammer and keep focused on maths




Year 6

R – I was told at consultations ‘next steps’ but I felt there was no follow up / guidance to see if these had been reached / achieved.

C – Very useful to see the potential within my child and help work towards a target.



  • Any other comments:




Year 1

R - has come a long way this term and we are very proud of him. The teacher and TAs in class have helped R grow, we can’t thank you enough.

M – Previously M was doing Kumon maths which helped her but I had stopped because of the amount of work and work frequency which were getting upsetting for M. But am now considering restarting Kumon as M seems a little behind her other friends from other schools. Cursive writing for instance M has not started and I am helping to introduce this at home.


Year 2

R – Has improved greatly this term and we are grateful for everyone who has helped him this term.

G – We don’t speak English at home, G needs help listening and speaking at home.


Year 3

C – I am very pleased with the progress C has made at Howe Dell School.

M – We are very proud of M. She has improved in many areas of her learning and also become much more confident in herself. Thank you to the class teacher for bringing the best out of M this term.

D – We are happy with Ds progress this year and we thank the staff especially the class teacher for supporting and helping D.

A – I am very proud of A’s achievements and would like to say a big thank you to the class teacher and TA. I know that A will miss them very much.


Year 4

L – Despite certain challenges L continues to make progress at Howe Dell and we greatly appreciate the hard work and support offered by the staff.

F – I always ask for different ways in which F could be helped. I am always given different websites that I can download from which are brilliant for F progress.

G – We are both very proud of G and her learning, her confidence and how much she enjoys school.


Year 5

A enjoys the school and would like to thank Howe Dell for that.


Year 6

R – I am really happy how far R has come this year in conjunction with strategies implemented,  a new found confidence has also helped. I thank all staff for all the support R has received.

C – Wonder Days and Afterschool Clubs are a great way to learn extras in a fun way.