At IBSB we value parent support in the learning process and have arranged a number of useful and informative workshops over the course of the year to help our parents and carers better understand the Curriculum of England and the various learning needs of their children. The workshops are intended to offer you insights into key areas of learning, as well as practical ideas on what you can do to better support your children at home. Importantly, you will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with other parents, to share experiences and ideas, and build friendships over a friendly cup of tea or coffee.
Workshops take place in the school lunchroom (Ground floor of the Secondary school building) and will run from 8.45am to 9.45am on the Second Thursday of each month (Terms 1 & 2 only).
We are aware that not all parents/carers can attend these sessions, so after each workshop we paste the PowerPoint Presentation or Parent Workshop Handbook summarising the key points of the presentation in the Parents’ Area of the school website for you to access at your convenience.
We welcome any feedback you may have!
Understanding the National Curriculum of England
This workshop reviews the seven key areas of focus in the EYFS curriculum, explaining the IBSB approach to learning, and the learning journey of our students from Nursery to Year 13. We review what happens in the various Key Stages, overview the various assessments our students take, what opportunities they will have available to them at each stage of their development, point out the key decisions they will need to make along the way toward their final year at IBSB, A Level exams, and university applications.
Understanding How Children Learn
The focus of this workshop will be on exploring how children learn best. Different learning modalities such as visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic will be discussed, with parents provided tools to help identify the learning style of their child and how best to support their child in learning effectively.
Social Skills Development Birth to Five
The importance of social skills and how they impact on behaviour and consequently a child’s future will be the focus of this workshop. Suggestions on teaching social, coping and problem solving skills to your children through play and other developmentally appropriate activities will be given.
Using Effective Communication with Children
This presentation focuses on effective ways to communicate with children using age appropriate language, visual cues, reflective listening skills and other techniques to enhance understanding and reduce behavioural issues.
The Importance of Play
This workshop will discuss how children learn through play and how all domains of learning can be incorporated into play activities. The focus will be on making learning fun for children, and to provide practical suggestions on how to develop learning through play at home.
Strategies for Motivating Children
No matter how hard we try there are always some children who are hard to motivate. This workshop will provide practical strategies on how to determine what’s most effective in reaching children who seem unmotivated to participate, play with others or learn new skills.
Recognising and Evaluating Challenging Behaviour in Young Children
It is often difficult to determine what is developmentally appropriate behaviour, what environmental factors may be affecting behaviour, and which behaviours might warrant the help of a child psychologist. Types of inappropriate behaviour will be discussed, with practical suggestions offered for ways to deal best with inappropriate behaviour in the short term, as well as approaches most likely to result in a long term positive change.
Red flags, Knowing When to Ask for Additional Support
This workshop will review developmental milestones, factors that may have a negative impact on typical development, and how to recognise when a child has a delay or delays that may warrant referral for special education support.
How Stress Affects Young Children
This workshop addresses the latest research findings on the impact of stress in the earliest years of childhood and how parents can recognise and reduce the negative consequences stress has on development.
Encouraging Greater Responsibility and Independence through Optimal Arrangement and Organisation of a Child’s Environment
The focus of this workshop will be on creating environments that are accessible, lead to independence and open up more opportunities for fun and learning experiences in the home.