I’m delighted to welcome you to our website. My name is Shirin Masud and I have the privilege of being the Cedar Family Leader. This is my second year in this role and I look forward to working with both yourselves and the children of Cedar once again.
Our Cedar Family consists of six classes based in the Cedar block:
We also have a great team of Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants and Play Leaders who are all working exceptionally hard to support your children.
Our motto at Honilands is ‘We Are One’. This is an illustration of how our school operates. We believe that children work best when learning together and with your help, we can strive to be the best school that we can be. Communication between yourselves and the school is vital. Every term we send home a curriculum letter which includes news about visits and reminders about school dates. Please remember to ask your children for it.
It is my belief that learning is crucial for children to become successful, confident and responsible citizens. With our new and exciting curriculum, our aim is to make learning engaging, challenging and meaningful. Through weekly assemblies our Learning to Learn skills encourage children to be resilient, reflect on their learning, be resourceful, take risks in learning, be responsible and develop positive relationships with adults and peers alike. I hope that our approach, together with the learning environment that we create at Honiland’s, will foster a love of learning and the desire to learn independently.
Our school challenges this year are to develop cursive handwriting as well as reading and learning times tables. Please remind children to read regularly at home and take the time to write a comment in their green Reading Log. Encourage them to practice their times tables too as there are many prizes and vouchers to be won at the end of each half term!
As Family Leader, I expect our children to follow the Golden Rules at all times. Children are reminded of these weekly in family assemblies and are learning to look after property, listen in school, be gentle, be kind and helpful, be honest and, most of all, work hard. I look forward to having your supporting in encouraging these skills as they are crucial for children’s development.
Finally, if you or your child has any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me directly. This can be done by contacting the School Office and we can arrange a mutually convenient time.
Mrs. Masud (Cedar Family Leader)
My name is Elizabeth Newport and I am the Hazel Family Leader . I am in my fourth year at Honilands, which is a wonderful place to work. The school is made up of an excellent team of teachers and support staff who care about the children they work with and who work tirelessly to help them fulfill their potential. The Hazel family is made up of 6 classes, from Year 1 to Year 6, and most of the classes, apart from Year 1, are in the same part of the school building. Hazel Family is accessed from the Willow Playground accessible via Kempe Road. The Hazel teachers are:
At Honilands we teach a creative curriculum, using topics that aim to engage and stimulate our children, often chosen by our children. As well as picking stimulating topics, as a team we aim to create confident, independent and resilient learners who develop a thirst for learning. As part of this aim, the children are taught the 6R’s: responsibility; resilience; resourcefulness, risk taking; being reflective, and building positive relationships. We believe these skills are as important as the knowledge that children acquire and will allow them to grow into successful adults.
Although there are weekly whole school assembly, we also have a weekly family assembly that helps to our children create a strong bond within their family. The themes of our family assembly often relate to our schools Golden Rules, re-enforcing our expectations on behaviour and how we go about making the right decisions. These Golden Rules are displayed in classes and children who embody them are rewarded in assembly, acting as role models to others.
Learning doesn’t just happen at school and at Honilands we encourage strong links between the school the home. This begins at the start of the year with our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions and continues through the year with our invites to visit college, to being able to meet and talk to teachers at home time each day. We encourage parents to support their children with their learning, reading on a daily basis at home, as well as learning their spellings and timetables. Guidance on how to support your child in their reading can be found on our website. Teachers monitor home reading records and identify children who have been regular readers and who have made outstanding efforts; a child from each class is selected to pick a book as a reward in the final Family Assembly of each term.
If you have any concerns or questions then please contact your child’s class teacher or ask at the school reception and I would be more than happy to talk with you.
Elizabeth Newport (Hazel Family Leader)
My name is Mrs Megan Gibson and I am proud to be the acting leader of the Oak Family. I am fortunate to have a fantastic team who all have high expectations for your children and their achievements. The Oak Family is made up of 6 classes across Nursery and Reception. Nursery are located in the Acorns building and Reception are in the main school by Cedar Family. Both year groups can be accessed via gates on Kempe Road.
The Oak Family staff:
In the Foundation Stage the children learn best through play based activities and first hand experiences. Every child deserves the best possible start in life. In the Foundation Stage we do this by observing what the children can do and supporting them to fulfil their potential. Children become independent learners through the provision of a balance of child-initiated and adult-led experiences.
At Honilands we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which will enable each child to develop socially, emotionally, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential and at their own pace. Each child is unique and is valued as an individual.I believe for this to be successful we need dedication and commitment from staff and parents working together in partnership. There will beplenty of opportunities for parents to get involved in the early years from supporting us with getting to know your child better, joining in workshops, celebrating your child’s achievements, curriculum talks and much more.
Both our Nursery and Reception children are expected to follow the school’s Golden Rules and these are embedded during the children’s daily learning. Certificates are awarded to children who are following these. Please continue to encourage your child to follow the golden rules and expectations of our school.
Please find a copy of the EYFS Curriculum Guide here: EYFS Curriculum Guide (PDF)
We are here to support parents as well as the children and if you need to see a member of staff with any concerns or questions then please do so. If you would like to meet with me, an appointment can be made in the Acorns building where I am based. I look forward to working with all.
Mrs Megan Gibson (Acting Oak Family Leader)
My name is Chris Shaw and I would like to introduce myself as the Willow Family Leader. I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of teachers and support staff who all work incredibly hard to ensure that your child is happy and successful in school. The Willow family is made up of 6 classes, from Year 1 to Year 6, and these are located together in the Willow building. We have our own entrance and playground accessible via Kempe Road. The Willow teachers are:
We work closely as a team to encourage our children to become confident learners who achieve their full potential and develop a love of learning. Through delivering a fun and exciting topic based curriculum, we teach key skills and promote the 6R’s. These are: responsibility; resilience; resourcefulness, risk taking; being reflective, and building positive relationships. We believe that these are essential skills for becoming a successful, self-motivated learner.
The Willow family meets weekly for an assembly where we use the theme of our Golden Rules to celebrate children’s successes. We have high expectations for our children and they regularly display these positive qualities, making our school a great place to work and to learn.
I believe that children achieve their best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. You can encourage your child to gain the most of their time with us by helping them to learn their times tables and weekly spellings and by reading with them daily. Every half term we have a reading challenge where those children who read regularly at home, and fill in their green reading record, may win a prize. We also have a termly maths challenge for the children to complete.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with your child’s class teacher or you can speak directly to me. I look forward to working with you all this year.
Chris Shaw (Willow Family Leader)