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"It goes without saying that high parental aspirations, parental interest in school life and parental support at home are key to ensuring your child goes from strength to strength in their education. In fact one study proved that the impact of parental involvement and support on pupil achievement (that is showing an interest, being positive about school, supporting children with their learning at home,) without doubt, had the most significant impact upon a child’s achievement in school beyond all other factors." - Charles Desforges, 2003.

With this in mind, this page offers you advice on how you can best support your child’s learning at home. We hope you find this page useful.

If we can help you in any other way please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher. And don’t forget we run parent workshops each year on reading, phonics and mathematics. Past attendees have said these have improved their confidence and knowledge of how to support their child’s learning at home. Keep your eyes out for invitations in bookbags.  

We warmly welcome parents and members of the community into school and are fortunate to already have several adults who regularly come into school to hear our children read. If you have some spare time and are interested in hearing children read at our school or have a particular skill you are able to offer us then please submit your interest by contacting the school office on 01480 398046.

The school is fully committed to safeguarding children and therefore we will: i) ask all volunteers to have a full DBS check, ii) seek two references to gauge their suitability to working with children, and iii) ask them to read and sign to say you will act in accordance with our safeguarding policy and code of conduct. We have a coherent whistle-blowing policy in school so there are clear processes in place to report misconduct. All members of staff are vigilant in this matter.


Use the resources below to develop your understanding of the English phonetic code, which we call 'phonics'.

Don't forget every year we offer a series of parent workshops on reading and phonics...look out for our next workshop in the school newsletters.

Download our Phonic Subject Knowledge booklet for Parents/carers from the panel on the side of this page [if printed double sided it folds to create a handy booklet!] and hear how to pronounce each of the 44 phonemes by clicking here:


Hearing your child read can be a very rewarding experience for both of you, but we also appreciate that it can be quite stressful!

Please see the side panel for tips on how to successfully hear your child read and don't forget to look out for our annual reading workshops advertised in our weekly newsletter. Feedback from these events is always very positive.


 Please see the documents on the side of this page for information on how we teach writing and to download our cursive writing practice document.


At Hartford Infant School we have a whole school approach to Maths. We are currently developing our understanding of Mastery Maths with our soon to be expert Mrs Smith.

While we update this section you may find the School Calculation Policy supportive.

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