MAIDENBOWER COUNTY INFANT SCHOOL
TEL: 01293 886324
FAX: 01293 887056
The particulars contained in this prospectus were correct at July 2014. It is not, however, to be assumed that there will be no changes before the start of or during the said year or in relation to subsequent school years.
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Welcome to Maidenbower Infant School. This booklet will introduce you to our school, where we hope your child will enjoy the early years of his/her education, achieving the objectives of the curriculum.
You have until Thursday 15th January 2015 to submit your application.
CONFIDENT YOUNG PEOPLE
At Maidenbower Infant School this means that:
• Enjoys learning
• Strives to do their best even when things are difficult
• Solves problems
• Has a positive attitude when challenged
• Applies a range of strategies in a variety of contexts
• Practises their skills independently in a variety of contexts
• Understands the next steps to make personal progress
• Develops skills for lifelong learning
Therefore we provide:
• First hand memorable learning experiences
A CONFIDENT YOUNG PERSON
• Participates happily in all aspects of school life
Therefore we provide:
• Opportunities to take on various responsibilities such as ‘Playground Angel’, register monitors, librarians, school councillors
• Whole school and year group performances where every child contributes
• Opportunities to participate in community events
A CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZEN
• Is proud of their community
Therefore we provide:
• Opportunities for children to be elected by their peers to represent their class as School Councillors
School opens at 8.40am (registers are taken at 8.55am) and ends at 3.00p.m. A child will be marked late if they arrive at school after 9.00 am.
In line with government legislation there is no legal entitlement to holidays during term time. Only unavoidable and exceptional circumstances will be considered for an authorised leave of absence. School will consider each request individually taking into account the circumstances. School will request evidence to support this application, such as appointment letters, employer confirmation of holiday restrictions, confirmation of visa allocation date etc. Please note that the submission of supporting evidence may not routinely mean a request will be authorised.
The children are taught for the most part by their own classteacher in mixed ability classes with children of roughly the same age. The classteacher will get to know your child well and will be pleased to involve you in his/her life at school.
Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities which will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.
The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative, personal and social development of each child.
The core of the curriculum consists of:
English, Maths, Science and Computing
The foundation subjects are:
Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education
Together with Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education these form the basic curriculum.
In our schools today we recognise that learning consists of
acquiring knowledge understanding ideas
perfecting skills developing good attitudes
In order for this to take place the children must
become involved in things which interest them
be active in their learning
be encouraged to work with each other
make progress and be extended in each area of learning
be encouraged to think for themselves and to become independent
The Foundation Stage covers Pre-school and the Reception Year
The National Curriculum Programmes of Study are divided into Key Stages:
Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2
Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish.
We aim to give each child access to sex education according to their development, maturity and cultural tradition. Sex education is offered within a moral framework, ensuring that all children have the information they require and that they are able to ask questions and seek clarification. Children's self-esteem and self-confidence are central to their ability to develop healthy and positive attitudes and values and we place emphasis on this throughout the curriculum. The organisation of the school allows for sex education to be approached within the context of the whole curriculum in the early years. Children's questions are answered as they occur, honestly, and with sensitivity, according to the individual maturity of the child.
We are an inclusive school and welcome all children.
The school aims to foster a consideration for other people and for the environment, and recognises that good behaviour stems from a well organised, calm, learning situation. Once this is established and effective the majority of children are well behaved and develop positive attitudes towards school, their peers and their teachers. Any poor behaviour that may arise is dealt with by the class teachers initially, with the involvement of the Headteacher as appropriate. We recognise that there is usually an underlying reason for poor behaviour which needs to be identified before the child can be helped. If there is a cause for concern parents are consulted at an early stage in order to work out future strategies in partnership with the school. The partnership between home and school is vital if the common aim of developing good behaviour is to be achieved.
Our School Charter sets out our rights which are:
TO BE DIFFERENT AND TO BE ME
TO BE SAFE AND CARED FOR
TO BE HEARD
TO BE IN A CLEAN AND TIDY ENVIRONMENT
Children's progress is monitored and assessed by their teachers throughout the year and parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their children's progress by attending Consultation Evenings and Open Evening each term when discussions take place with the classteachers. If you have concerns about your child’s progress at other times you should make an appointment to see the Classteacher or Headteacher. This year the government has introduced a Year 1 Phonics Screening Check to be administered in the Summer Term. Results will be reported to parents. National Standard Assessment Tasks are currently used at the end of Year 2 to confirm our teacher assessments. At the end of each academic year all parents receive a written report of their children's progress which includes the results of the National Assessments for children at the end of Year 2.
Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the school year in which they become five.
Providing that your child is registered with a doctor/health visitor you will receive an admissions to school pack from the Local Authority in the autumn term the year before your child is due to start. (It is vital that you ensure your doctor/health visitor has an up to date address for you.)
Starting school should be an exciting and pleasurable experience. It is important that you have the time and opportunity to become accustomed to the school and to understand what we are about. In order to do this we have set up the following induction programme for you and your child:
1. Invitation for parents, carers and children to two school visits in June and July. The first for
parents, carers and children to meet the reception staff and to explore the reception unit together.
2. The second visit where parents and carers are
invited to meet the headteacher for an
introduction to our school whilst the children play
in the reception unit.
3. An induction programme at the beginning of the
Autumn Term which involves a variety of
activities to gradually introduce you and your
child to school life.
4. During the induction programme you will discuss
with the teacher whether your child will begin
school full time or part time. The decision you
make will be set until the October half term. At
half term the decision can be changed if
necessary, once you have consulted with your child’s teacher.
5. In the first few weeks there will be a programme
of workshops designed to help you find out more
about the early years of your child’s education
and the Foundation Stage curriculum
It is helpful if you can encourage your child with the following things before beginning school:
Being independent about dressing, undressing
(including coat and shoes), and using the toilet,
including urinals for the boys.
Listening to a story.
Reciting nursery rhymes.
Playing with other children.
Understanding how books "work" (left to right,
top to bottom).
Recognising his/her name.
Using pencils, crayons and scissors.
Having a conversation with other adults
Following simple instructions
The involvement of parents in the life of the school helps to develop positive attitudes in the children towards learning and links the school with the local community. The role of parents in their children's learning is highly valued and we hope that you will enjoy your years as a parent at Maidenbower Infant School.
Each term there will be opportunities for you to discuss your child's progress with his/her teacher. These occasions will usually be in the evening and you will be asked to make an appointment. There is no need to wait for a formal invitation to discuss your child’s progress; the class teacher will be happy to chat at the end of the day or to make a mutually convenient time to talk.
There are, of course, many other occasions when you will be invited in to school, such as a Christmas production, and we like to invite Mums and Dads to our Class Assemblies; we provide a crèche for pre-school siblings so that you can relax and enjoy the performance! However, do remember that these are not the only times when you can come in to school.
We are ALWAYS delighted to see you and welcome your interest and involvement at any time.
We are most grateful to those parents who offer their help in school. This may be working with a small group in a classroom, perhaps sewing or playing Maths games. It may be accompanying us when we go out of school on a visit. You might
The Governors work with the Headteacher and Leadership Team to ensure the smooth and efficient management of the school. Parent Governors are elected by all the parents of the school. We would be delighted to talk with any parents who might be interested in becoming a member of our Governing Body.
Perhaps the single most valuable way in which you can help your child is through conversation. Encourage your child to discuss experiences of every kind, such as television programmes, a visit to the supermarket, or a walk in the park. Children need to wonder why things are as they are and to think about the solutions to problems. You can point out plants, insects, birds, colours, and shapes. You can help to make your child aware of the world by the way you draw their attention to what is to be seen and encourage them to discuss what they see.
Many simple household tasks, for example, setting the table form the basis for Mathematics. Any task which involves measuring, such as cooking or dressmaking is a real learning experience which no book can offer. Car and rail journeys offer possibilities for discussing distances, miles per gallon and talk about the dials on the dashboard. So many learning opportunities abound in the child's environment.
Help your child to develop a real love for stories by reading with him/her in a relaxed, comfortable way and by sharing nursery rhymes together. Take advantage of the books your child brings home from school and enjoy "storytime" together, even when s/he has become an independent reader.
Games and jigsaw puzzles are a very useful way of helping children learn. Ideas such as "I spy" are beneficial when your child begins to learn the sounds which letters make, and later, games like "Scrabble" help children with the patterns of spelling.
Whatever you do, be encouraging, and value your child's efforts.
Uniform is not compulsory, but we strongly recommend the following:
WINTER: Boys: grey trousers/shorts, white shirt/red or white polo shirt, red jumper/school sweatshirt
SUMMER: Boys: grey shorts, white shirt/red or white polo shirt, red jumper/school sweatshirt
We recognise that cultural traditions may require children to wear specific items of clothing.
School sweatshirts, fleeces, reversible jackets, wet weather gear, hats and T shirts are available from the school office.
Ties are not worn. It is important that the children wear suitable, STURDY, FLAT shoes or sandals. Long or looped earrings are NOT allowed at all for safety reasons. Studs only should be worn at school and these must be removed for PE. Tights are permitted but may we remind you that they are expensive to replace and difficult to manage when you are five and in a hurry! Long hair must be tied back. Please avoid fancy hairbands and ribbons. P.E. kit is required. Shorts and T shirt (or leotard for girls. Leggings may not be worn) should be kept at school in a draw string bag, for this purpose. It is recommended that indoor P.E. is best done in bare feet, although plimsolls are necessary for outdoor P.E. in the Summer term from May onwards only. Long hair must be tied back.
THE MOST IMPORTANT REMINDER........PLEASE NAME OR MARK ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN'S CLOTHES!!!!!!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.
During the summer months, please make sure your child has a sun hat, preferably one with a peaked front and a flap to cover the back of the neck (available from the school office).
In accordance with our school aims all children have the opportunity to achieve in a range of high quality sporting activities. This consists of Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics and outdoor activity using our Activity Trail with the emphasis being on the development of skills and confidence. We promote and encourage the importance of being active and developing a love of sport and activity. The time allocation for these activities is two hours per week. Alongside this we work closely with other schools in our locality to provide other after school clubs and events e.g. Multi-skills club and Dance festivals.
Although no charges are made for activities which take place during school time we do ask for a small voluntary contribution of £10 per year to help us enrich our curriculum by inviting a variety of visitors, such as theatre groups, musicians and story tellers into school. You will be asked to make a contribution of all or part of the cost for activities such as school trips. It should, however, be noted that without the support of voluntary contributions it is not possible for such activities to take place.
If you have any general concerns about any aspect of your child's education you should contact your child’s classteacher and then if necessary the Headteacher. If you are still not satisfied you may contact our Chair of Governors and following that the Education Office. However we do hope that this will not be necessary and that your child's education at Maidenbower Infant School will be happy and satisfying. Full details of the arrangements for dealing with complaints are available at the school.
The following documents are available at the school should you wish to study them in detail, although a small charge will be made if you require copies:
1. The Local Education Authority's statement of curriculum policy.
2. All Statutory Instruments, Circulars, and Administrative Memoranda relating to the Education Reform Act, e.g. Charging for School Activities.
3. Schemes of work and policies used in school.
4. Local arrangements for the consideration of complaints.
5. The Local Education Authority's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
6. The Annual Governor's Report to Parents.
7. Ofsted Inspection reports
The address of the Area Education Office is:
ABSENCE: Please inform the school as soon as possible if your child is absent for any reason (including dental and hospital appointments). If the school does not receive a reason for absence on the first day a telephone call will be made to the child’s home to ascertain the reason for absence. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DfE) requires schools to note all absences and reasons for absence in the registers.
EMERGENCIES: Please ensure that we have an emergency contact number for you during the day. It is essential that you inform us of any change to this number. Please also let us know if you change your address or phone number.
HOME TIME: If you are not meeting your child from school, please make quite sure that s/he knows the arrangements and who is picking him/her up and make a note for the class teacher in the contact books held in each year group unit. We normally expect the children to be met from school.
LUNCH TIME: Children may go home for lunch, have a hot meal or bring a packed lunch to school.
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL: Medicines are not administered in school with the exception of inhalers for asthma. You are welcome to come into school at lunchtime to administer medicine to your child yourself or alternatively it is generally accepted that where medicine is required three times each day it can be administered in the morning before coming to school, when the child comes home in the afternoon and at bedtime.
PARKING: When bringing your children to school or collecting them at home time please park in the car park by the shops or at the Pavilion at the other end of Harvest Rd. The school car park is for use by staff only and you should not bring your car onto our site at all. In addition please do not park in front of the school emergency service gates or on the roundabout as this creates a very dangerous situation for the children entering or leaving the premises. If you are coming onto the school site by foot please use the gate in the playground and do not enter the site through the car park.
DOGS: Parents are requested NOT to bring dogs into the school grounds at any time.
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