Consultation Process Relating to Change in Term Dates
Please see the message below regarding next steps in the change process:
Following the Board's decision to move to a 39 week year we now need to take some time to consider the actual times of the school day to maximise the learning taking place and make the day supportive for all concerned. On return to school in the second half of spring term, I will be meeting with a number of the Trust central team to discuss options with the intention of informing parents of school times for 2018-2019 no later than first week of March.
We will also confirm the arrangements for wrap around care at the same time.
Mrs Lesley Whittle
Head of School
Attendance Information for The Linden Academy
Regular, consistent and punctual attendance are key messages for all children at The Linden Academy. We place immense value on the support from our families in reinforcing these messages with their children as they progress through what is the first phase of their educational journey in their Primary School years.
Please click on the link below to view a summary of the school's perspective on the importance of consistent attendance. Our aim is for every child to achieve at least 97% attendance.
Primary National Curriculum Information for Parents & Carers
Please access the links below to view the official DfE document, a "Parent's Guide" to the curriculum and a Spelling & Grammar Crib Sheet for KS2 SAT's revision:
Information for Year 7 Entry for Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools
Please see the link below for information presented to parents interested in an application for their child to attend one of the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools in Year 7. The Linden Academy are fortunate to be able to have "Partner School Status" with the Bucks Grammar Schools. The benefit of this is that pupils applying may sit the entrance exam at The Linden Academy as a familiar setting.
Key Stage 2 PE Lessons
Children in Key Stage 2 should wear their PE kit to school as their uniform for the whole day on the days of the week of their scheduled PE lesson as outlined in the document accessed by clicking on the link below. If there are any variations, families will be advised in advance.
Parent Support for Learning Summer 2018
Please click on the link below to a schedule showing all the events that are currently planned to be taking place for yourselves and your children during the forthcoming Summer Term. There are a range of opportunities for you to be involved with your child’s learning, including possible attendance as parent helpers on school visits. (If you are able to help on the trip dates, please contact your child’s class teacher directly.)
We will also be contacting you separately if you have completed our Parent Skills Survey that was sent out recently, if any of our Year groups have planned an activity where the skills may add value to the learning. Please be reassured that further information on specific events will be communicated to those children/ classes/ year groups concerned as required.
There may be additions and/ or amendments to the schedule which will be advised.
We are sure that you will join us in our anticipation of an excitingly action-packed term!
Maths Calculation Policy
Our calculation policy has been written in line with the programmes of study taken from the revised National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014). It provides guidance on appropriate calculation methods and progression. The content is set out in stage blocks under the following headings: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
It can be viewed here: Maths Calculation Policy
Other Useful Documents
Article referencing E-Safety advice for Families as written by a technology expert: E Safety for Families
eylog: Recording the Learning Journey of Children in the Early Years (Reception Classes)
Please access the "Learning in the Early Years" page for information regarding the use of "eylog" for recording of the children's Learning Journey as they progress through the Reception year.
Reading Information and Advice for Parents
Accelerated Reader Programme in KS2
Family guests in Years 5 & 6 were invited into school to find out more about an initiative that has been introduced at TLA, designed to promote and encourage progress in Reading as well as engage potentially reluctant readers in a renewed and more positive approach towards how enriching and purposeful reading can be. The programme has been adopted in Years 5 and 6 in school under the guidance of Mr Moore and Mrs Brown, our English, Library and Reading lead teachers. The children are already seeing the benefits and the staff, as well as the parents and carers are able to access the programme in order to utilise it as a valuable assessment tool when judging children's progress.
Please access the link below to view the information for families about this programme.
Online Learning Resources
Modern technologies have a substantial role to play in consolidating your child's school learning when they are in the home environment. The documents below give details of links to websites that we use in school that can also be accessed from home. The documents are specific to individual year groups or Key Stages.
Local Area Parking Consultation
Many of you may already be aware of the Local Authority consultation process relating to parking in the New Town area of Luton. The school site sits just outside the boundary in question for the consultation. If you are interested in finding out more, please find below links to information from Luton Borough Council. The document and website link are NOT formulated by school. We are purely providing the links for information purposes.