FAQ

FAQ's

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Where does my child go after Year 4 at Barley School?

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Our school is part of a cluster of First Schools which feed into the Royston Middle Schools, Roysia School and Greneway School. Some of our children go instead to Edwinstree Middle School in Buntingford or Ralph Sadlier in Puckeridge.

Children begin to consider the choice of their middle school in the autumn term of Year 4. Open evenings are held and there are activity days for the children to attend at the two Royston Schools. Applications are made to attend your child’s preferred middle school in November and the places are confirmed in February.

In the summer term of Year 4, children take part in a literacy transition unit. The work they complete is taken with them on the summer visit day to their new school. The unit also forms the basis of the work at the beginning of the new autumn term. The transition unit is proving to be a very positive way of bringing children of different schools together, ensuring that children’s confidence is boosted before entering the new school.

A paper copy of the information contained on the website is available from the school office.

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Will our child receive sufficient and meaningful homework?

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All children are given homework. This progresses from reading and sharing books in the nursery to formal homework in Years 3 and 4. The purpose of homework at Barley is to support the learning done at school through giving children responsibility for independent learning and practice. Spellings are taken home to practise as are times tables. We are delighted with our positive partnership with all our parents at our school who enjoy hearing their children read and seeing them make progress.

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How will I know that my child is making progress?

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Targets for achievement are set for each child in the school in English, maths and science on a regular basis and progress is tracked frequently. Where targets are not being met, we look at why and what can be done about it. Children are encouraged to monitor their own progress in partnership with the teacher, and to understand how they can improve their work. In addition to the continuous and daily assessment in the classroom, there are half-termly written assessments in maths and literacy in Key Stages 1 and 2. Children’s levels are monitored using Assessment Manager 7, software that enables teachers to track and analyse the progress of each pupil.

As a parent, you are invited to come and discuss your child’s progress each term and a formal written report is sent home at the end of the academic year. We are proud of our open door policy and welcome parents into our classrooms to discuss any matters that may concern you about your child’s progress, should the need arise.

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My child is bright. What will you do to stretch them to achieve their full potential?

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We make no apologies for setting high standards and stretching all children.
For those who are particularly able or have a talent we make extra provision. These children are made aware of the higher levels of achievement and are supported in a variety of ways including more advanced work in class, learning to prove and justify their understanding, and differentiated questioning.