An opportunity for parents to be learners within their child’s school:
- To find out about learning and watch ‘learning in action’ across a variety of year groups
- To understand approaches to learning and teaching
- To find out ways to support their child at home which complements learning at school
What is a Parent Circle and Learning Walk?
The students, teachers and educational assistants go about their normal learning and we invite you as parents to observe. During your observation, you will see the teachers and children in their natural classroom environment involved in lessons which are not altered or rehearsed for your visit. This is an opportunity for you to see the children exploring the curriculum in a variety of classrooms. The focus is on what learning looks like in practice across the school.
We have three of these sessions planned throughout the year. Each will begin with a short Parent Circle Discussion led by senior management and staff who will point out key aspects of learning that will be focussed on in the Learning Walk. Following on from this, there will be an opportunity to see ‘learning in action’ across the school by visiting at least three classrooms during the 35 minute session. If questions occur to you while you are watching, please write them down and we can address them through feedback in the Centre.The morning will be concluded by returning to the Centre with the larger group for feedback and further discussion. We know that you have busy schedules but it is preferable for you to attend the whole session so that the Parent Circle can feedback after the observations.
We hope that Parent Circles and Learning Walks become an important part of our school culture. To do this we need to find a good balance between opening the classrooms to visitors and not interrupting the learning that is taking place in the classrooms. For that reason, parents will be asked to follow a code of conduct during the learning walks. This Code of Conduct will be explained prior to the learning walk.
|8.30am||Parents who have registered online meet in the Centre|
|8.40am||Parent Circle discussion about the learning focus:
|9.20am||Learning walks through the classrooms (at least 3)
Parents will be given a focus for the learning walks which will be connected to the focus of the workshop session.
|9.55am-10.15am||Feedback in the Centre|
How to Register
An invite will be sent through the normal school newsletter with a Google form RSVP. This will be on a first comes first basis. If we get high demand (over 50 people) we may have to restrict numbers so that the volume of people in classes doesn’t disturb lessons.