We believe that the education of any child involves their experiences both at home and at school, so we hope to build strong links between the two. If the children are aware of these links, which are continuous and consistent, then it is they who should benefit.
The learning activities that we provide should help to prepare your child for the experiences, opportunities and responsibilities they will meet in everyday life.
As far as possible we will ensure that the activities are challenging, varied and well suited to your child's needs. After their time at Hartford we expect the children to emerge as willing and able learners who are self-disciplined and self-motivated, well equipped for the next phase of their education.
We hope that parents will, as far as possible, become involved in the life of the school, not only to gain an understanding of how we aim to educate your child, but also so that children can see parents and teachers working together, sharing the same expectations, values and attitudes. There are a number of ways in which parents can do this.
At home parents can talk with their children about their interests in school, the activities they have undertaken - the responsibilities they have been given. Alternatively, sharing reading books, newspapers and magazines, where you read together or each of you reads a part, can do much to help your child become a better reader. At our school we operate an established scheme known as CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoying Reading) when all the children are encouraged to take reading books home from school.
There will be assignments involving spelling, number work or topic work which are brought home, that can lead to shared activities.
Parents are also welcome to spend some time in school each week, assisting the teachers with general duties, helping in classrooms with activities such as reading, art and craft and cookery, or outside with P.E. lessons. We also value the involvement of parents who can accompany children on educational visits. Recently parents have helped to run a number of after school clubs.
In addition to these events, the school organises open days and/or open evenings when parents can visit the school to learn more about the work that the children do and the methods teachers use.