Back to school for Gaywood parents

Gaywood Community Primary School.

Gaywood Community Primary School. - Credit: IAN BURT

Parents will be invited to return to school for literacy and numeracy lessons – so they can keep up with what their children are doing.

As pupils return from their summer holidays in September, mums and dads in King's Lynn will also join a 10-week course run by the Norfolk Adult Education Course.

During the two-hour sessions in the mobile classrooms at Gaywood Primary School, they will be shown everything that their children learn between the ages of four and 11 so they can see for themselves how their children are taught to read and write or memorise multiplication tables.

Although the course is called Keeping Up with the Children, Gaywood Primary headteacher Paul Shanks said it was more about parents trying to get an insight into learning in the modern age.

'Parents were saying that they'd like some help supporting their children when it comes to reading, writing or mathematics so they could help children with their homework,' he said.

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'Teaching has changed a lot in recent years and parents didn't quite understand how we taught things. They don't want to teach their children anything that will confuse them. This helps show them the right way.'

Gone are the days, for example, when pupils would learn from a teacher writing on a blackboard.

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Even the more modern whiteboard and overhead projector have become dated as many schools now use interactive whiteboards.

Laptops and iPads have become more a feature in youngsters' learning – Gaywood Primary has its own set of iPads for classes to use, for instance.

Before the end of term, the school even took delivery of its own television and radio studio, which is designed to help pupils show their work and even make videos which they can access online to help them with their homework.

Mr Shanks reassured people that the old ways of learning have not died completely.

'We're still using paper and pencil calculation methods,' he said of maths lessons.

'We want children to be able to do mental paper and pen calculations. It is probably one area where we don't want technology!'

For more information, call Gaywood Primary School on 01553 774147.

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