Becoming involved with the school will enable both parents and children to benefit from the learning opportunities at Tatworth School.
We are pleased that we are now able to reintroduce our workshops and information evenings throughout the year to show parents how subjects are taught and to help them help their children at home.
The first event will be a reading/phonics evening for parents of children in Reception Class and Years 1 and 2. This will take place on Wednesday 29 September from 5 – 6pm.
Parents’ evenings will also be reintroduced, dates will be advised as soon as the arrangements have been finalised.
The next Parents’ evenings, will be 2 March 2022 and 9 March 2022, 4.00 pm – 6.30 pm.
Additional meetings for parents of children on our SEND register will take place between 24 January and 11 February, 2022.
All children benefit from reading, the more a child reads the more fluent they will become, which in turn will help them later in life – both at secondary school and on into the workplace. They may also develop a love of reading that will give them pleasure throughout their lives. Please listen to your child read daily.
Your child may still need your support to help them catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic. The links below will take you to Government sponsored websites
Oak Academy: https://www.thenational.academy/ – where thousands of free lessons may be accessed
Government’s catch-up campaign:
https://educationcatchup.campaign.gov.uk/#catch up 4 to 16-year-olds
We have also included subject related links in the drop-down menus below. Your class teacher will advise you which subjects, if any, your child should focus on.
‘Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’ (National Curriculum)
The White Rose website is a fantastic resource to use for your maths learning whilst at home. For each lesson, there is a video to watch, then a sheet of questions to answer. Don’t worry if you are unable to print out the sheet, just do your workings and write your answers straight into your exercise book. There are answers available too!
Mathsframe is an excellent website for finding some maths games to play, once you have finished your White Rose lesson. We have not set up logins for MathsFrame as there are lots of free games on there that anyone can access without the need for a login. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/ then click on Most Popular Free Maths Games (look for the red triangle in the corner of the game), and they are good fun!
It is important that all children keep working on their recall on maths facts and their mental and written calculation methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. To understand how maths is taught please click on the following links: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.
There is also the BBC Bitesize website (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6vg9j6) where you may find Maths Karate Cats for children in Reception Class to Year 2 and KS2 Maths Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica for the older children.
Times Tables Rockstars (https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth) where children may practice their tables.
The NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) have launched an area on their website to provide support to parents.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”
(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)
Computing is a vital component in ensuring our children become competent and confident individuals who can use technological resources to learn, communicate and create.
Teaching within Computing at Tatworth encourages children to use a variety of software and hardware in their learning to become technically proficient. The children have the opportunity to solve problems and design games through their understanding of coding, recognise the internet as a positive tool but know what to do if they encounter problems and use a range of technology comfortably.
Useful Websites and Apps
The following are a selection of useful websites and apps that provide opportunities for children to practise and apply Computing learning, as well as give Parents/Carers advice about eSafety.
UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.
NSPCC – tools and advice to help keep your child safe online.
Scratch – comprehensive free coding resource for children developed by the MIT .
Media Lab Code.org – free coding platform for children with many learning activities and courses (used as part of Computing teaching at Gorsey Bank).
Scratch Jr – Introductory programming tool that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games.
Hopscotch – A programming environment that lets children explore ideas while making real software (ages 8+).
Daisy the Dinosaur – Built by the creators of Hopscotch to teach the basics of coding (ages 4+).
We encourage parents to have regular reading sessions with their children at home as this will install a love of learning and aid progression in all areas of school life.
From the Summer Term 2021 we will be introducing chapters of stories chosen by class teachers on our assemblies channel on TEAMS.
Read Write Inc
This may be accessed via TEAMS where Reception and Years 1 and 2 children will be able to access videos to help them recognise sounds. The more they practice they will recognise the sounds they know quickly and be able to spot them within words. All children bring home a storybook, the sounds that relate to the book brought home are identified by the same colour as the book. Reading the storybooks repeatedly will help them build fluency which will support their comprehension.
Please click here for a guide that includes links to free e-books and story time websites.
Some extra ideas for sharing books and reading at home
Please click here for Top Ten Tips when reading with your children.
If you are already a Somerset library user, you can log onto to borrow ebooks, e-magazines and e-audiobooks for free. If not, you can sign up and get information about what’s on offer here: www.somersetreads.co.uk .
SingUp – Singing resources, warm ups and songs with backing tracks
BBC Ten Pieces – orchestral recordings, lesson plans
Reception Class and Years 1 and 2 – BBC Bitesize KS1 – music educational videos
Years 3 – 6 – BBC Bitesize KS2 – music education videos