In response to feedback from pupils, parents and teachers a decision was made to increase the range of titles across many colour bands in the Danesfield reading scheme ready for March 2018. These new colour banded books, were put in place during the last few weeks of the spring term, and it was clear from the comments made by pupils that they were very eager to get their hands on them! We have also added a brand new colour – black – for children who are at the top end of the reading bands so that they can still access high quality material, including well-loved novels.
The books are from a variety of authors and publishers, however all have been categorised into the appropriate level in the National Book Banding Scheme, which starts at Pink and progresses, through 19 levels, to black. Once your child’s teacher has assessed your child’s reading ability and allocated them an appropriate colour they will be encouraged (with guidance) to select their own home reading book from the book shelf of their colour. Not only does this help to develop your child’s independence skills, it will also ensure they are bringing home books which they are genuinely excited to read.
Pupils will not have already read their home reading book with their class teacher, so when they read it to you it may well be the first time they have read the book. For this reason it is important that you give your child the opportunity to discuss the book with you at various points during the reading session. For more guidance on how to do this, follow the link: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/parents/ten-tips-on-hearing-your-child-read
In addition to the home reading books, children will take part in reading activities every day during their class reading sessions. These sessions enable teachers to focus on teaching the key skills for becoming an excellent reader. During these sessions children will be divided into groups of no more than 6, by their National Book Band colours, which enables teachers to select texts appropriate for the pupils reading ability and tailor their teaching to the specific needs of the children in each group. Over 30 new sets of books in each book band colour have been purchased to ensure children access a variety of high-quality fiction and non-fiction books during these sessions.
The internet is an extraordinary learning resource and is a whole world of fun for our children.
Paul Hay, an expert on internet safety came to our school to talk to the children, and then to parents in the evening. He is more than happy for staff and parents to email him with any questions they may have: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following guide was handed to parents at this talk, and was also sent home in bookbags the next day: http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
Here are further resources to help you make sure your children are safe online:
• Think you know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
• Childnet - http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
• Get Safe Online - http://www.getsafeonline.org/
• CEOP - Report Abuse Site - http://www.ceop.police.uk/
• UK Safer Internet Centre - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources
• Microsoft Family Safety Site - http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety
• Facebook Safety Advice - http://www.facebook.com/safety
• Report Illegal Content - http://www.iwf.org.uk
• Create a Family Agreement - http://www.digizen.org/digicentral/family-agreement.aspx
• Useful "How To" Guides - http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/howto-guides.html
• Setting up restrictions on iPad and iPhones - http://www.theinstructional.com/guides/parental-controls-with-ios-restrictions plus click here to see a short video made by our IT savvy Chair of Governors
• Setting up controls on Andriod devices - http://www.geeksquad.co.uk/articles/set-up-parental-controls-android
• Setting up controls on Amazon Fire Tablet - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201540610
• NSPCC advice for parents - here.
Times Tables at Danesfield
All pupils will take part in a weekly Times Tables quiz to earn certificates. They have to try and correctly complete their Times Table grid in 10 minutes in order to achieve the award. To move onto the next award, pupils have to beat their time in three consecutive attempts, to ensure quick recall of the times tables in their award. The pupils will have the chance to self assess their own performance once the quiz is finished and marked, to see which times tables they need to work on for next week.
In addition, all pupils will have login details to the PiXL times table App, where they can challenge themselves on their speed of recall. The app is monitored by their class teacher, who can track progress and see results.
See below, for a Maths booklet which includes useful ways of supporting your children/child to learn their times tables as well as the examples of the different certificates then can be working towar
Contact: Karen DiMascio
Telephone: 01628 483031
'Danesfield Den' direct number: 07469 759719
Address: Henley Road, Medmenham, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2EW Location map
Mrs S Morgan
Chair of Governors
Mr S Collins
Click here to download our recent Ofsted report