Parents and Carers

We enjoy a very positive relationship with our parents and carers, and we welcome their involvement in school life. We have many opportunities throughout the school year for parents and carers to come in to learn alongside their children, work with their children and enjoy seeing them perform.

Assemblies & Productions
Throughout the year every class holds an event that parents & carers can come along and enjoy. Reception and Year 1 hold a Christmas Nativity and Mothers’ Day Assembly; Year 2 and Year 3 hold Christmas Nativity and Fathers’ Day Assembly. We also hold Carols by Torchlight at Christmas, a Year 4 ad Year 5 Production in the spring and we hold a very special Leavers service for Year 6 in their final week at Lutley.

Workshops
Throughout the year we organise curriculum related workshops that aim to help you support your child at home. Parents have benefitted from attending workshops on phonics and reading, maths calculations, relationship and sex education, SATs tests, secondary choices, and residential trips. We always take feedback from parents following these workshops to see how we can tailor the events to make then even more worthwhile next time.
Parents are also invited in to an Inspire session where they can come into school and work alongside their child.

Reading Buddies
Regularly, we have DBS cleared, reading buddies come into school.
A reading buddy is a parent, or a volunteer from a business or wider community who gives their time to help children develop their reading skills. Usually a reading buddy will be paired up with one child who will read to them for up to 20 minutes. The session should ideally take place on the same day and at the same time each week. A reading buddy takes an interest in the child and works with them for a minimum of a term so that they can develop a good relationship. Reading buddies are role models, their ultimate aim being to develop within the children a love of reading, increase the children’s confidence and self-esteem and to leave the children with a real sense of achievement.

Reading buddies provide schools with an extremely important resource – their time - and as a result they are very much appreciated and valued in the schools they attend. A member of staff initially meets with the reading buddies to ensure they are familiar with the skills they need to be developing with the children and how to record their session in the children’s planners.

Volunteers
We are so lucky at Lutley. We have parents, carers and grandparents willing to spend time in school, helping children complete tasks and enabling us all to learn from each other. By freely sharing their time, knowledge, memories and skills they enrich our learning.

Projects
In the outdoor environment, volunteers have helped with projects large and small, from redeveloping the nature area beside the school drive to supervising the sowing of seeds. Over the year, we engage with our Ground force Team, to help sustaining the productivity of the vegetable garden and the beauty and biodiversity of our school grounds.

Forest School
At Forest School, parent volunteers are essential as we must have at least five adults present to safely supervise the children. We have been blessed with great supporters who not only make up the numbers but really get stuck into the Forest School activities and make the sessions go smoothly.

Farm School
At Farm School, parents and grandparents are invited to help Year 3 with their sessions in the allotment; supervising groups and teaching them how to carry out all sorts of horticultural skills from digging and weeding, to sowing seeds and harvesting produce. Their assistance means that groups of children can be engaged in several different activities at once so everyone is busy. They present wonderful role models for the children and the children love to have their company and learn from different adults.

If you would like to know more then please contact the school office.