Here at Great Marsden St John's, we believe that the best possible outcome for our children can only be gained through partnership working with parents and carers. We aim to involve parents and carers in their child's learning as much as possible, through a number of different initialtives such as exhibions of children's work and opportunities for collaborative working in and out of the classroom. 


The Reception class welcome family members to stay and play with their child every Wednesday from 3:10pm to 3:30pm. You don't need to book a space and everyone is welcome to attend. Your child will be incredibly excited to see you and show what they can do. 


Family members are welcome to come and read with their child in  -

Year 1 : every Tuesday from 3:05am to 3:25pm.

Year 2 : every Thursday from 8:45am - 9:05am. 

You don't need to book a space and everyone is welcome to attend.

Here are what some attendees have said :

"Lovely to have the opportunity to stay and read with I. L read with us too this morning. Nice to feel involved. Both me and I enjoy this time in school." 

"It's great to be a part of my son's school life. Without Stay and Read I'd never see this part of his life. It makes a lovely link between home and school life."

I really enjoyed coming in to see I read as I find it hard to find the time to give him 1:1 so thankyou."

"I like to see him in his classroom environment and see how much progress he has made." 

"A and I enjoy reading together. She likes to ask questions while we are reading about whatever she does not understand or what she finds interesting. It gives us an opportunity to experience the classroom environment at first hand." 

And here is what the children think:

"I like spending time with my Mum doing reading." : F, aged 5.

"My Mum reads and then I read and I really like it." : F, aged 5



Throughout the year we aim for each class to invite family members in to see what the children have been working on. 

The children in year 3 invited family members in to experience their MAGNET EXTRAVAGANZA, where the pupils became teachers for the afternoon. They showcased the games they had designed and made to teach the visitors about magnetic forces. Family members and children alike had a great time playing and learning together. 

Here are some of the comments from attendees at the event:



Earlier on in the year we sent out a questionnaire asking what workshops parents and carers would like to attend with their children, or to further their own learning. As a result, we held a morning of taster sessions for parents and carers of children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 which were provided by Lancashire Adult Learning. The children loved having the opportunity to work with their parents, carers and grandparents. You can see how much fun they are having in the photos below. 


A week later we held a similar session for families with children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. We were thrilled by the response and almost 40 children took part with their family members. Lego robotics was a real hit with both parents/ carers and children alike. Below are some photos showing the things that they got up to. 



We held the first in our series of adult and child workshops last week. Children and family members from EYFS and Year 1 learnt all about the adventures of The Naughty Bus during out Storybook workshop. Adults learnt ways to engage their children with reading and the children used lego to make new adventures for the Naughty Bus to go on. Look at how we got on below. 



This course was so popular, we had to add another date so that everyone could attend! The children and adults used coding to make their lego creations come to life. Have a look at some of them in action below:



As part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, parents and carers had the opportunity to come into school and work with their children to create Royalty worthy masterpieces alongside learning more about the Royal Family and Her Majesty. 



Below are the courses which are coming up soon. If you are interested, please contact the school office on 01282 615055 for further information. 


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