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Family Support Worker

My name is Donna Long and I have been the Family Support Worker based in school since November 2008.
My role is to support parents/carers, helping you to engage in school via a number of events, courses and coffee mornings.
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.  

Should you wish to contact me my email address is fsw@risepark.nottingham.sch.uk, alternatively you can ask at the school office.

 

Donna

 

Today parents of our years 3 & 4 children jojned us for lunch. They were served a lovely roast gammon dinner followed by a chocolate cup cake. Below is some feedback from the lunch:

  • Lovely balanced meal with a good portion size
  • Very well organised as usual
  • Dinner was really nice, roast spuds were a dream!
  • Another fantastic lunch, thank you
  • It was really nice to see the teachers interacting with the children and parents .Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have lunch with my grandson
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Year 1 parents/Carers in school for lunch 02/5/2018

Today the parents and carers of our year 1 children joined their child for lunch. They had a yummy Roast beef dinner with a delicious Lemon drizzle sponge and custard. Feedback from the lunch was really positive as you can see;

  • I really enjoyed having lunch with my son
  • Lovely food, lovely company
  • Really enjoyed lunch with my son and his friends
  • What a brilliant concept inviting parents in for lunch
  • A lovely atmosphere
  • Pudding was amazing!
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Reception Parents in school for Lunch 25/04/2018

Parents of our reception children came into school today to join their child for lunch. The parents and children really enjoyed their lunch, as you can see, especially the chocolate cupcake for pudding!

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Year 1 Reading Breakfast 22nd March 2018

 

Today we had a reading breakfast for parents & carers of our year 1 children. The parents & carers joined their child for a light breakfast and then read a selection of books. Also out was a range of phonics activities for the children to play in preparation for their phonics screening in June. As you can see from the pictures we all had a lovely morning.

Some feedback from the session :

  • I loved reading with my son in school, he was so confident.
  • It was really nice to spend one to one time with my child in school
  • I have really enjoyed spending time with my son in his school environment
  • What a great range of activities!
  • We have both had a relaxed and pleasant reading time together this morning
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Year 3 Dad Session Nov 22nd 

23 Dads, Grandads and Uncles came into school today to take part in a lovely session with their child in Year 3.

10 questions had been put up around the hall, the children and their adult had to find the questions and answer them. All of the answers were in a booklet that the children could refer to on the subject of Skara Brae.

After we had checked the answers the children and adults did cave drawings on a  long sheet of paper telling their story. Some did their family, some their friends, others their hobbies. The pictures are now on display in the year 3 corridor.

 

We had some wonderful feedback from the morning;

  • Enjoyed spending time in school with my niece
  • Loved doing the cave drawings
  • It was better than I thought it would be!
  • Enjoyed the way everyone was involved
  • The session was run really well
  • Loved the interactive questions
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Picture 3 Iain and his dad concentrating very hard
Picture 4 The children telling their story stone age style
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Reading Breakfast Reception Year group Wednesday 15th November 

We invited parents and carers from our two reception classes to join us for  a light breakfast with their child and have some time reading together. We had 29 parents and carers join us for breakfast with their child where they enjoyed, croissants, Brioche, muffins and fruit. The children were very excited and really did enjoy reading with their grown up in school.

Whilst they were here we also talked about the importance of filling the home school diary everyday.

As you can see from some of the feedback, we will definitely run the session again.

  • Really Enjoyed the session with the children, they had beaming faces and they loved the breakfast
  • I personally enjoyed the whole experience reading with my grandson with everyone around us
  • I enjoyed the format and the excellent way it was presented by all of the staff
  • It was lovely to spend time with my son in school
  • Reading together was great but I enjoyed telling him about my experience in the hall when I attended this school
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Coffee Morning with an Emergency Paramedic Wednesday 8th November

Today we had an Emergency Paramedic come into school  to talk to our parents and carers about emergency first aid in the home. Paul covered topics such as choking, burns, high temperature and croup. All of those that attended said they felt they had better knowledge on how to deal with a first aid emergency in the home.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning September 29th 2017

Today we held our Annual Macmillan Coffee morning helping to raise vital funds for this worthy charity. 

The school council help  organise with Mrs Mee and Mrs Long. They make it a whole school event.

The children and staff donated cakes for the coffee morning. It is open to the parents and carers, and the school council sell the cakes and raffle tickets.

At break time the children come in to the hall to buy their cakes. Altogether this year we raised over £500!

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Picture 3 Megan helping Miss Scholten
Picture 4 Our lovely raffle prizes
Picture 5 Miss Rose and Mrs Husbands can't resist!
Picture 6 Yummy homemade cheesecake
Picture 7 Chace about to tuck in
Picture 8 Our lovely parents and carers

Whole school reading week.

This week we opened our school up for a week for parents and carers to come into school and take part in reading based lessons in the classroom. During the week we also had a sponsored read where children either read or listened to stories and raised money for some much needed reading books for school.

We had different year groups on different days and the feedback from the parents was very positive.

  • Was great to see the teacher in action!
  • Seeing my son’s little face when I walked into the classroom
  • Today’s session was fantastic! A great bonding session in my son’s classroom environment.
  • Was lovely to see my child enjoying school.
  • Enjoyed the one to time with my daughter and looking around the classroom.
  • Was nice to see how they learn they class. I would really like to take part in anything that helps the school and learning of the children.
  • This morning was lots of fun, thank you.
  • Was nice to spend time with my child without any distractions at home.

 

 

As you can see from the pictures the turnout of parents and carers in to school was phenomenal.

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Feel Good Families with Life Education Centre

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. Every parent that attended received a free gift every week.

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Reception Reading Breakfast 27/01/2017

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:

  • Really enjoyed spending time on school with my child and other parents
  • Reading together one to one was lovely
  • Was great to get more of an understanding of the reading diary
  • A lovely breakfast and quality time with my daughter
  • Was very interesting and good for the children to see parents in school
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Sugar Smart Session with Year 1 January 18th 2017

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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.

Family SEAL reception and year 1

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!

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Parents/Carers in for lunch 

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.

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School Council attend Local Area Group Meeting

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.

 

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Summer Fair June 24th 

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.

Year 5 & 6 Values, Money and Me skating programme with parents, Bluebell Hill Trust & Nottingham Panthers

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.

 

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Picture 2 Away she goes!!
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Picture 4 Megans' mum showing them how its done.
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Picture 6 Megan helping Leyton stay upright.
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Picture 8 Cody made it round.
Picture 9 Rhys skating on his own
Picture 10 The children having a lesson with Ryan
Picture 11 Chloe feeling confident
Picture 12 Play off and Challenge cup Nottingham Panthers
Picture 13 Emres' mum gets beginner
Picture 14 Megan and mum get Level 2
Picture 15 Rise parkers!

Year 1 Reading Breakfast with Parents/Carers

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.

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Dyslexia Coffee Morning April 27th

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Today we had a coffee morning for parents/carers of children with Dyslexia. The session was to give information to families to help support their child at home. We have now agreed to try to have a session every month. For more information contact Miss Page or Mrs Long 

Dads session yrs 3 & 4 All about me linked with Spanish March 16th 2016

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.

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Picture 2 The children working hard with thier grown ups
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Picture 4 Anthony and his daddy using the Spanish dictionary
Picture 5 Bethany and her daddy working on their Spanish
Picture 6 Scarlett and Grandpa Joe
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Keeping up with the children Maths

Every Tuesday morning we have a tutor from New College Nottingham in school to teach parents and carers Maths. Lynn runs the course for a total of 15 weeks where students can gain a Functional skills qualification equivalent to a GCSE grade.

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Parents Evening March 9th 2016

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.

Picture 1 Ms Richmond & Mrs Morledge with Yr 6 at Book Fair
Picture 2 Lilli and Leo with Mrs Bird
Picture 3 Starr tasting our healthy snacks
Picture 4 Ravinder guessing how much sugar
Picture 5 Chatting with Miss Walden Top Valley Academy

Nottingham Panthers assembly visit with Sam Oakford and Rob Lacowicz March 10th 2016

 

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. 

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Picture 2 Dressing Courtney in the kit
Picture 3 Having a quiz in assembly
Picture 4 Courtney dressed in Panther kit
Picture 5 Sam & Rob came into nursery too

Sugar Smart Session for Year children and their Parent/Carer

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. 

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Picture 8 A fun looking healthy snack
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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!

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Hot Chocolate

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!

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Picture 2 Marley and Cienna with the finishing touch...yummy
Picture 3 Chocolate caliente!!

Smoothies!

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!

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R.E.D T.E.D Coffee Morning 06/01/2016

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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.

 

Christmas hair and Make-up 5 Week course in school

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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. 

 

Dad's SEAL session October 14th 2015 KS1.

 

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.

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015 Thank you for your support over £550 raised...

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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.

Money Matters with Advice Nottingham

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We had a great 7 week course run by Advice Nottingham. The aim of the course was to make sure people are aware of entitlement to benefits, debt advice, fuel debt, saving, borrowing and much more all based around money matters. On completion the learners have gained 3 credits towards the AIM award and all got a £10 Tesco voucher.

Year 5 session. Famiies information Service regarding transition to senior school

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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.

Dad's English workshop Year 4 and 5

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...

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Our Tree of Thoughts

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Our Tree of Thoughts displays feedback from parents/carers who come into school for open mornings, parent/carer sessions. It is nice to read all of the positive comments.

All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th

All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 1
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All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 5
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 6
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 7
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 8
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All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 11
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 12
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 13
All about me- A lovely craft session with Year 2 & 3 Dad's, step-dad, uncle's and Grandad's in school November 19th 14

Toilet Training

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

Keeping up with Children Literacy

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.

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning September 26th

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Coffee Morning with Green Watch from Notts Fire Brigade

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Coffee Morning with Local Police

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Breakfast with Dad

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.

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