Parents Q & A’s

What happens if my child is on a course of prescibed medication, can the school staff administer on a parent's behalf?

Yes we can, so long as you fill in the 'Request for the School to Administer Medication Form'. Click here for the form.

Will my child have homework?

Homework is encouraged throughout the school, where appropriate, according to the needs of the individual child.  This may take the form of reading to parents, committing to memory, research, collecting, completing unfinished or repeating “poor” class work, data survey, etc.  All of the activities will be appropriate and worthwhile. Homework provides a valuable link to home and school partnership.

Government guidelines suggest the following equivalents:

 Year 1 & 2 - I hour per week

Year 3 & 4 - 1.5 hours per week

Year 5 & 6 - 0.5 hours per day

What are the arrangements for my child for Collective Worship and Religious Education?

Arrangements for the act of collective worship and religious education are made by the school in accordance with the requirements of the 1944 Education Act and the Education Reform Act, 1988. In this Voluntary Aided School, collective worship and religious education are in accordance with the Church of England faith. Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their children from the arrangements for worship and religious education. Such requests should be made to the Head Teacher in writing. The Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education has been adopted by the Diocesan Education Committee. The Suffolk Agreed Syllabus requires that children will also study other faiths as part of the curriculum.  A copy may be seen in school.

What is the Foundation Stage?  

When children first join the school for the year in which they are five years old, they will be taught from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which concentrates on establishing a secure platform from which to develop the National Curriculum.

What is Key Stage 1?

Key Stage 1 is from age 5 to age 7 - In the infant section of the school we work on a termly or half-termly cross-curricular basis.  Reading is the key to all future learning and as such has the highest priority.  Our school, in common with many other schools has adopted the revised National Literacy Strategy, whereby reading and the other key necessities are taught for at least an hour per day. A wide spectrum of skills is learned through a broad variety and combinations of techniques. No one method is adopted, rather a number of word attack strategies. When a child starts school, they begin to read by taking books home to share and enjoy with the rest of the family. The reading scheme used throughout the school is ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’, with other books used when it is felt appropriate.  These reading books are kept at school to work at with the teacher in the Early Years Foundation Stage. However, as the child moves up to the next class, and their reading skills develop, the “reading” book is then taken home to be heard by someone in the family. The children have many opportunities to develop their ability to listen and to express themselves in both individual and group activities. The revised National Numeracy Strategy is followed in all classes.  Children are taught a variety of methods to apply when solving numeracy tasks.  We always use practical mathematics to explain and reinforce what is being taught and much of a child’s “play” involves mathematical ideas.

What is Key Stage 2?

Key Stage 2 is from ages 7 to age  11. During Key Stage 2 the children continue to build on the foundations established in Key Stage 1. The work is carefully structured and is of increasing complexity and rigour. As the children progress, an increasing emphasis is placed upon them becoming confident, independent learners.  Before they leave for the High School and Key Stage 3, they will all have been given the opportunity to acquire and exercise these learning skills. Under the umbrella of the National Curriculum and its individual areas, the school has developed and initiated a programme of topic studies. These studies will be followed by all pupils at a given period of time, but from differing approaches, and to a differing depth of study. Investigative tasks and collation of material may involve work at home in addition to tasks that may be established as either regular or irregular homework.

Which High School will my child go to?

Children from Stonham Aspal, Little Stonham, Crowfield, Pettaugh, Mickfield, Coddenham and Coddenham Green are likely to be offered places at Debenham High School.  Parents have the right to make application to High Schools other than those to which their children are offered places, subject to various conditions.

How will I know how my child is doing at school?

Parents’ Consultation Evenings are held twice a year, in the Autumn and Spring Term, when parents may discuss issues with class teachers.  The Autumn Term meeting is used as an opportunity for parents to discuss how a child has settled into their new class and the Spring Term meeting is a more formal meeting when pupil progress can be discussed. Per term there are also share afternoons when parents are invited in to school to spend time with their child looking through the work that has been produced.  A detailed written report is provided at the end of the Academic Year in the Summer Term, with briefer interim reports being issued towards the end of the Autumn and Spring Terms, with the opportunity to discuss the contents of these reports upon request. At other times the Head Teacher and staff are always willing to meet with parents who wish to discuss any matter concerning their child and are often available for informal comment and discussion after school has ended. If this is inconvenient, please telephone or write for an appointment.  There are  also regular Headteacher drop in slots offered to parents and carers each term these are advertised in the newsletters which can be found on our website.

What are the 6 life and learning skills and how do these work in school?

You may have heard the children talk about colouring in a piece of their jigsaw at home and wandered what that meant? I thought it would be helpful to explain to parents and carers why this is. We use 6 key life and learning skills which are; Independence, Motivation, Perseverance, Aim High, Creativity, Teamwork. In  weekly assemblies through stories and real life experiences we talk about these skills, how valuable these life skills are and how they will help them to succeed not just in school but in their adult life as well. We have overtime looked at a wide range of careers and every time the children felt they would need to use the 6 skills to help them to be successful. There are of course other important skills which I am confident will develop alongside these core skills.

To help the children to work on developing these skills each child has a recording sheet in their class. When they demonstrate using a life skill to help them to be successful they colour in a piece of their jigsaw.  When a child has completed a section this is celebrated in class and when all the pieces of all 6 skills have been completed, school council have come up with some great ideas for how this can be celebrated! These skills are often recognised by the teacher awards that are given out during our Friday celebration assembly.

To find out more about our Life and Learning Skills, please click the link below.

Life and Learning Skills


What is Mathletics?

Every child currently in school has been given a log in to Mathletics. This is a maths site specifically designed to give children an opportunity to develop their maths skills. They can complete skills task, they can develop their times tables knowledge, they can compete with each other or can safely compete with children around the world.

Please can I encourage all parents and carerrs to support the school in helping your child(ren) make the best possible progress in maths. You can do this by supporting them with their maths homework, but you can also do this by building-in regular mathletics slots during the week. It does not have to be long, but by doing this you will be developing your child’s maths fluency which will mean their confidence and accuracy will improve in all of their maths work. Certificates are handed out in our celebration assembly every Friday for the children who have achieved either a bronze or silver award.

What is the school spelling programme?

At Stonham Aspal CEVA Primary School, we set high expectations for our pupils. We feel that it is especially important to set high expectations in writing and therefore handwriting and spelling will continue to be key priorities throughout the whole school.

Every child will receive a booklet of spelling lists (stages). The children will be tested in school to determine a starting stage for each child. They will work their way through learning the initial 25 spelling stages, from their individual starting points. All the spellings in these stages are high frequency words which come up frequently in children’s writing. Children will be tested at least two times a week and the expectation is that once a word has been spelt correctly three times (over three tests), that word will be removed from their spelling list. This system is designed to better embed the learning of spelling words. They will always be learning a maximum of ten spellings and, as words are learned, they will be replaced by the next words on the list. Once a child has completed the first 10 stages they will receive a certificate in assembly and a pencil. When they have completed the 25 spelling stages, they will be presented with a special certificate in assembly and awarded a highly prestigious wristband. Their achievement will also be celebrated on a class display. 

When you receive your child’s spelling booklet, please start learning the first ten words of the stage indicated because these will be the first tested. Please do not write in the booklets – your child’s teacher or teaching assistant will maintain these records and you will be able to see their progress. If you wish to commence learning the next few words of each stage in preparation for when they will be tested, please do so.

Where does the children's fruit and veg for Yrs R, 1 & 2 come from?

Click here for the Schools Fruit and Veg Scheme newsletter