Teachers come together before the start of each term to share ideas for activities, discuss cross-curricular possibilities and plan the curriculum for the term. Any important changes to the school/curriculum and outlines are announced at the beginning of each term in either a curriculum meeting or via the Weekly News. Parents have the opportunity to raise questions and concerns and are invited to offer suggestions and donate some of their time and expertise.
Long-term and individual lesson plans for each activity outline the learning intentions, the plan, and resources needed. Evaluations of the lesson include notes of the individual child’s responses, and on how to reinforce or extend the skills learned.
A progress report is written on each child and a copy is handed to parents near the end of the last term. Throughout the year teachers meet with parents to discuss all areas of their child’s development. Notes are taken during this discussion regarding feedback from teachers and parents. Reports and notes are filed in the office.
Teachers meet weekly to share observations of children’s progress and behaviour, and to make practical changes and plans. To create the safe and open atmosphere of Inwoods, it is essential for the staff to have in-depth communication about the children and issues that occur at school.
Parent Meetings happen every other month to dialogue, discuss plans and explore core issues relevant to learning and education.