For those of you that don't know me, my name is Donna Long and I have been the Family Support Worker based in school since November 2008.
My working days are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
My role is to support parents/carers, helping you to engage in school via a number of events, courses and coffee mornings.
Over the years we have had a variety of courses in school for Parents/Carers ranging from Computers for beginners to Intro to Nail Art. If you are interested in finding out any information about college courses whether full or part time, please contact me and I can help get the relevant information you require.
We have regular Family Learning in school for English and Maths where you could gain a Functional Skills qualification. Throughout the academic year we have numerous courses and events, all being very popular in attendance so look out for further information.
My role is to support families so if you would like support in any area whether that be completing any forms or contacting the school nurse I am here to help. I am an Advice Champion with Advice Nottingham so I am able to support with benefits advice, debt management or any day to day issues you may face.
I am usually on the playground in the morning but should you wish to contact me my
email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively you can ask at the school office.
Life Education Centre came into school for 8 weeks to deliver a course around positive parenting. Each week we covered topics including behaviour management, praise and sleep. On the last week we had an Aromatherapist come in and teach the parents about Aromatherapy and how to hand massage. Plus every parents that attended got a free gift every week.
Today some of our Reception children were joined by their grown ups for part of the morning to have a light breakfast together and enjoy some time reading. During the session our families also had a look at our Spanish Library. As you can see from the pictures below it was a very busy session but very relaxed and enjoyable.
Some of the feedback received:
Today Katie from the Nutrtion team came into school to deliver a session to Year 1 parent's and their child around being Sugar Smart. They were shown how to read food labels, the daily recommended sugar allowance and when the children joined in they played some games and did some food tasting.
All of the children tried a new food to them. The children and the parents really enjoyed the morning and learned a lot.
For 4 weeks in school on a Wednesday afternoon, Life Education Centre come into school and deliver a course Family SEAL.
The parent/carer attend for 2 hours with the child coming in for around 30 mins.
The aim of the sessions are to give parents/carers ideas and strategies regarding behaviour, Moving on, Getting on and falling out amongst other topics.
When the children come into the session they take part in a fun activity. Below they making feelings cookies, They answer a question and make a face on the cookie to describe the answer. I think they enjoyed the part when they got to eat it too!
Throughout the academic year we have had Parents and carers in school to have lunch with their child. Every year group from Reception to year 6 was very well attended and the children really enjoy it when their grown up comes into school over the lunchtime period. Not only do they get a tasty roast dinner ( and delicious pudding!) but they get to go outside to play after.
Today our school councils reps came along to the Local Area Group meeting at Top Valley Academy. Both Sebastian and Leah have attended the meeting before. We discuss local issues with representatives from the local community including the Local Councillors, Rise Park Action group, Top Valley residents Group, Police and the church.
We feel at Rise Park that it is important to give our children a voice in the local Community.
A huge thank you to all who came along and supported our annual Summer Fair.
This year our theme was Being a Rise Parker in Britain.
With your support we managed to raise over £4000!
The money will be used to support your child and purchase equipment for them to use in and around school.
For 5 weeks some year 5 and 6 pupils came along in the evening with parents and carers and took part in a course Values, money and me. The sessions were run by Bluebell Hill Trust and the Nottingham Panthers and took place at the Nottingham Ice Arena.
9 families came and learned about budgeting and basic money management. The classroom session was for 1 hour and then the families went onto the ice for the final hour following the Skate UK programme with an Ice skating instructor.
At the end of the course the families had a full back stage tour of the arena, including the dressing rooms to the stars and the Nottingham Panthers.
On Wednesday May 4th we had Parents/Carers in form Year 1 to come along and have breakfast in school with their child. Whilst here they had a lovely time reading with their child whilst enjoying a scrummy breakfast.
As you can see the children really did enjoy the session and I hope to repeat this in the next academic year.
Today we had 34 dads, grandads, uncle, step dads and and male role models from years 3 and 4 in school to take part in a lovely session with their child.
They drew a gingerbread man and coloured him. The children then looked for Spanish words to describe All about me. What they liked to do, eat, play etc.
It was a really positive session where children got one to one time with their grown up doing a lovely activity.
I have ran these sessions in the past and they are always very well attended and the feedback is extremely positive.
Parents evening this year we offered tasting of healthy snack ideas. The children were really brave and tried lots of new food. Miss Walden from Top Valley Academy came along to chat with parents about transition to senior school.
Miss Ricmond and Mrs Morledge along with some year 6 helpers ran a most successful book fair.
Today we had a special assembly with Sam Oakford and Rob Lachowicz. They both play for the Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey team.
We had a whole assembly quiz and the children got to ask them some questions. After they went to visit our Nursery children.
On Wednesday March 2nd Kate and Amy came in to school from the Nutrition team at Nottingham City Care.
The session was to talk about Healthy snacks and Sugar in food.
The parents did an activity where they had to guess the amount of sugar in different food and drinks. We were all a little surprised to find out the sugar contents in our daily food treats.
The Year 1 children joined their grown up and became food detectives for the morning. They had to discover different fruits and guess how they grew.
During the session the children all got a chance to try some yummy healthy snacks. They tasted rice cakes spread with light cream cheese(They went down very well!!). There were carrots and cucumber sticks to dip in humus. Apple slices and pineapple chunks. Every child tasted the snacks and all were rewarded stampers for trying something new.
The session was a great success and following feedback from the parents we will be running other sessions during the year.
Visit from Red Watch 05/02/2016
Today we had a visit from Red watch from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.
Some of the crew had a talk to parents and carers about fire safety in the home. The other members of Red Watch showed our Foundation children all around the Fire Engine. As you can see from the pictures below a great time was had by all!
During the academic year we serve a nice healthy treat in the KS2 hall. During spring and summer we serve fruit smoothies. Autumn is milkshakes and Winter is Hot Chocolate.
Each morning during break Miss Brady and Miss Richmond serve these lovely treats to the children. Each year group know which day is their turn. Today it was year 5. As you can see, it goes down very well!
Our reception children had a nice treat this week when I went into class with them to make smoothies.
As you can see, the treat went down very well!
We invited parents/carers into school to find out more about our reading initiative in years 1, 2 and 3.
There, we talked about the importance of reading with your child and getting them interested in books. We discussed the different ways of encouraging your child to read and different materials they can read besides their school reading book.
Also we discussed how the children can earn their R.E.D T.E.D bear and clothing and also the ultimate treat, afternoon tea with Mrs Slack and Mrs Kelly.
Intro to Hair and Beauty
Parents/Carers came into school for a total of 5 weeks with NCN to take part in a taster course for Hair and Beauty. They had lots of fun and learned new skills.
On October 14th we had 35 dads, grandads, uncles and many more male role models in school to take part in a KS1 SEAL session with their child.
SEAL is Social Emotional Aspects of Learning. The aim of the session was to make a poster/picture about the child and what they enjoy.
The aim of the session was to promote positive engagement with male parent/carers in school and to join with an activity. As you can see from the pictures below the session was a great success and enjoyed by all.
We received extremely positive feedback from the session which has been placed on the Parent/Carer section of the website.
Top Valley Academy in school.
On Wednesday 15 July we had Mr Shaun Kelly the Head Teacher and Miss Amy Walden, Head of Transition from Top Valley Academy in school for the morning to talk to parents regarding their child's transition to senior school.
We invited year's 5 & 6 to ask any questions they have regarding applying for the school to what do the year 7 children do on their first day.
It was a very successful morning and I hope to invite them back again next academic year.
Two representatives came into school to talk to parents/carers about the application process for a senior school place for their year 6 child.
Feedback from those who attended was very positive and I shall be inviting them again next academic year.
Come and take part in our brilliant workshop on June 19th for years 4 & 5. Work with your child based around English making board games. Make the game, write the instructions, make the counters and dice.
It will be a great session and all FREE!!
Look out for details...
Starting March 3rd we have Keeping up with the Children Numeracy.
Come along and learn skills to support your child with their learning and also you could go on to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Open to Parent, Carer, grandparent, siblings or anyone who is involved with your child's learning.
Look out for more details...
We have had a couple sessions now the Health Visitor regarding toilet training for pre school children. Parents come along and meet with the health professional to discuss any issues they may have mainly to do with toileting. I will be running these sessions throughout the academic year but if anyone feels they need supoort urgently then please do not hesitate to contact me
In the new Academic year starting September 16th we have Keeping up with the Children Literacy.
The course will run for 6 weeks and is completely free of charge.
The aim is for you as parents/carers to learn the "jargon" that the children are taught in school for example Phoneme, Phonic and many more. This will enable you to support your child with their learning whilst at the same time you could go on for a total of 16 weeks and gain a Level 2 qualification.
We had a lovely morning on Wednesday 9th July with 55 dad's in school for breakfast and to read with their child. Everyone had a lovely time and we will definitely run the session again.