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You are here Parents Survey of Parents on Literacy & Numeracy March 2013

 

Thank you to all our parents who have returned our survey on literacy and numeracy in the school. We are delighted to see how well our pupils are getting on and in particular how many like reading and mathematics. The results will encourage pupils, parents and teachers to continue with our work to improve standards.

However, just because the vast majority of parents are very satisfied with both teaching and learning, this does not mean that we cannot improve! Many very worthwhile suggestions have been given to us and we will work to implement as many of these suggestions as possible over the coming months and next year. The school wishes to acknowledge the dedicated work of the pupils and teachers in the school who deserve recognition for the hard work they do.

To see the results of the survey from our pupils click here

A summary of the responses is given for combined class groups: Infants, First & Second, Third & Fourth and Fifth & Sixth after the bar graphs on Literacy & Numeracy. (Analysis of this information is still ongoing)

 


Written Comments from parents of pupils in Infants

Is there any way the school can help with English (spoken, reading, writing or spellings)?

More written homework for infants
More handwriting for homework
Catalogue what books are given and progress in them
Challenge the more able pupils more
Make it clear what homework pupils have
More higher level books for pupils
More help from Support Teacher

Is there any way the school can help with Maths?

More challenging work for more able pupils
Increase the level of difficulty in Maths
Request that Maths homework be given each night
Daughter enjoys the Maths she is doing at school
Maths system works very well

Is there any way the school can improve its approach to homework?

Homework is given in a very organised and structured way
I find everything all right at this moment
Feedback system for homework, perhaps a journal for infants like used in rest of school
More homework!
Less homework!
Restart the early finishers homework
I feel the approach & system work very well

Any comments or suggestions?

Very pleased with both teaching and learning
School is doing a great job
Give parents suggestions for suitable books to be read for each class level
Give out target of what child is expected to know by the end of the year
Perhaps a second P/T meeting
A note to parents every so often updating them on child's progress
My child seems to be getting on very well and loves learning
Both of my girls are already getting great help with English and are really benefiting from it

 

 

 

Written Comments from parents of pupils in First & Second Classes

Is there any way the school can help with English (spoken, reading, writing or spellings)?

More emphasis on handwriting
More guidance on written assignments
Encourage pupils to prepare work for local horticultural show
More challenging reading material
Boost self-confidence to eliminate the fear of getting something wrong

Is there any way the school can help with Maths?

More Maths homework but with more variety and challenge
Continue the emphasis on learning tables
Inform parents of targets child needs to achieve by the end of the year
More time given to new topics if possible

Is there any way the school can improve its approach to homework?

Just give less!
Reduce significantly the amount of colouring in
More interesting topics for projects
Some homework is repetitive and boring - need more creative options
Wish to see pupils asked to put new Irish words into sentences
Perhaps reduce other homework on 'essay night'
More emphasis on handwriting
More understanding by the teacher that a great effort by pupil may not be reflected in the end result
No problems with homework and gets enough to cope with
Less - as we both work its a struggle to get stories, competitions, poems etc completed. When this happens we find ourselves doing homework all night!!
Encourage neat and tidy writing in homework journal

Any comments or suggestions?

More music or drama - fun and can boost self-confidence
Second P/T meeting
More homework
Progress reports every 2/3 months
Ensure spelling is fully corrected in written assignments
Maths Challenge is great
Continue to praise the pupils
I am very happy with how my child is getting on

 

 

Written Comments from parents of pupils in Third & Fourth Classes

Is there any way the school can help with English (spoken, reading, writing or spellings)?

More challenging spellings
More emphasis on common spelling mistakes
More emphasis on creative writing
Pupils should keep a Grammar/Vocabulary Notebook which could be added to as they progress through the school

Is there any way the school can help with Maths?

More challenging work required
More hands-on approach
Even greater work explaining problems
More problem solving
Help for parents as methods have changed since they were in primary school!
Very happy, he already gets great help

Is there any way the school can improve its approach to homework?

Less homework
Unfinished class work should not be given as homework
Greater emphasis on problem solving
Less written work and more reading
More Geography
Homework should be evenly spread so that there is no overload on any particular day

Any comments or suggestions?

More time for slower writers in spellings tests
Progress reports every so often
Pupils should be tested on learning homework
Essay on Mon/Tues perhaps when pupils are fresher
Spellings given only by relevant Literacy teacher

 

 

Written Comments from parents of pupils in Fifth & Sixth Classes

Is there any way the school can help with English (spoken, reading, writing or spellings)?

Oral delivery/presentation of assignments excellent idea
Book Club/Reading Circle great idea
More Public Speaking
Handwriting needs more attention
Allow pupils to take more than one book from the Library
Read more newspaper articles
Excellent curriculum in English
More time on writing, comprehension & grammar
Very happy with the standard of English & Maths taught
School has a very good standard of English & Maths with students doing well at a level they are comfortable with.

Is there any way the school can help with Maths?

More differentiation between strengths and weaknesses in Maths
More problem solving
More challenging work
More examples of problems for parents

Is there any way the school can improve its approach to homework?

Spread homework evenly throughout the week
Perhaps give 'essay' on Monday for handing up on Thursday
Not so many of the same type of sums at once
Routine of homework is very good and parents appreciate the work teachers put into it
A little less perhaps
Encourage pupils not to leave oral learning until last, perhaps a 'How to Study' session at the start of the year/term
I like the way the school has homework classes
No - I would say you are doing everything just right
Very happy with the help and support she receives
Perhaps practice public speaking more

Any comments or suggestions?

Streaming to accommodate the needs of all children is a very good idea
Weekly/monthly comment perhaps in homework journal
Great that the teachers can individualise learning to the pupils
Keep up the good work
School is doing great as it is
Irish Club was great and loved by pupils