Stay and Learn
Each term we hold a 'Stay and Learn' session. The sessions are an opportunity for parents and carers to join in with the learning in their child's class.
Sadly, with the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been unable to hold Stay and Learn sessions since 2019. We are hoping to reintroduce them as soon as restrictions allow and will look forward to welcoming parents into class once again.
On Thursday 28th March 2019 we held a very successful Stay and Learn session with a focus of 'Wellbeing'. Parents joined in with activities in their child's class centred around the five themes of wellbeing:
- Connect with the people around you.
- Keep learning - try something new.
- Be active
- Take notice, be curious.
- Give - do something nice for a friend, or a stranger
It was fantastic that so many of our parents were able to join us. After the Stay and Learn session parents moved into the hall for a coffee morning which extended the wellbeing principles even further! Parents brought food to share and it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know someone new.
Here is some feedback from parents following Stay and Learn:
"The learning environment for the kids is so lovely, the delivery is sound, great work by the friendly teachers" Year 1 parent
"I am now aware of my child's weak areas and try to help him at home" Reception Class parent
"It's brilliant that kids are exposed to a different way of learning new skills apart from the usual academics. It is also good to learn relaxation and being active" Year 3 parent
"I was really impressed by today's lesson because it will help the children grow into reasonable and responsible adults in society who will connect with others" Year 4 parent
"Really enjoyed stay and learn - it was lovely getting together in the hall to share food and speaking to people we wouldn't normally see" Year 3 parent
Below are some photos from the event:
On Thursday 14th June 2018 we held a Stay and Learn session with a Rights Respecting Schools focus. The session centered on the plight of refugees and children thought about how they would feel if they were forced to leave their homes suddenly and travel to a new country. Parents and children joined in an activity of "what would you put in your suitcase if you were forced to flee suddenly".
We were delighted with the response to the event - a large number of parents attended and some excellent feedback was received. Some examples were:
"Interesting topic as children need to have broad knowledge of how people flee from one country to the other." Year 4 parent
"I was impressed at how the children responded in a very interactive manner, they shared their ides and this shows the children are carried along. I am impressed with all that I saw today." Year 1 parent
"Thought provoking element of learning for children and parents alike. Very enlightening and interesting session that was very nice to be part of." Year 4 parent
"It's great that the children are learning about the feelings of other less privileged children from war zones and under developed countries." Year 2 parent
"All the learning activities impressed me. Very interactive and educative session."
Year 1 parent
"I have enjoyed all the stay and learn sessions through all the years. Thank you very much." Year 6 parent
On 9th February 2018 we held a Stay and Learn session with the focus of Online Safety. Parents from all year groups visited classes and joined in with games and activities around the subject of online safety.
We were delighted to receive some excellent feedback from the session - some examples are shown below along with photos taken.
"I was impressed by the level of discipline and the system of making the kids independently." Class R parent
"The activities in the class help the children understand what they watch on teh computer which was good." Class R parent
"I am impressed with the teaching about safety especially for children." Year 1 parent
"Stay and Learn is an interactive way for parents to know ways information is passed to the children and I am happy this avenue is made available for us parents." Year 1 parent
"I feel the stay and learn sessions are very beneficial to parents so we have an insight of how our children are taught - happy with Northwood." Year 1 parent
"Very pleased to see Leyo is happy and learning at a good level in Year 2." Year 2 parent
"I am impressed with what I saw today. It was a very interactive session and all fun." Year 1 parent
"It was an amazing session." Year 2 parent
"I enjoy the stay and learn sessions to interact with my child's learning." Year 2 parent
"I learnt a lot about computers and what children can do on them" Year 3 parent
"So pleased to stay in the class and see how kids are nice and quiet when the teacher is talking." Year 3 parent
"I found it very informative and made me aware of the benefits to kids." Year 4 parent
"Great time again this morning! Its always fun being here, no matter the topic of the day. Thank you Mr E." Year 4 parent
"I enjoyed the communication about Facebook and am very happy that I didn't miss it." Year 5 parent
"I always enjoy coming in these lessons and can't believe after ten years they are coming to an end and I won't be coming any more." Year 6 parent