Useful information

CAR PARKING

If you bring your child to school or collect your child by car please stop well away from the one-way system outside the school, which is marked in yellow lines. Cars parked immediately outside the school obstruct the view of children and parents crossing the road as well as that of passing motorists. This is very important, especially on wet days.

COLLECTING CHILDREN

Please inform us if your child is to be collected from school by anyone other than you.

THE SCHOOL DAY

The morning session starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:30p.m. The afternoon session starts at 1:30p.m. and ends at 3:15p.m. Twenty five hours a week are spent on teaching during the normal school week, including Religious Education, the statutory daily act of worship and registration, but excluding breaks and lunch hours.  Children are discouraged from coming to school before 8:45 as school staff cannot take responsibility for children’s safety before that time. 

SCHOOL CLUBS

Clubs are held on most evenings after school. Some clubs are offered to particular year groups whilst others are open to the whole school. Children are able to take part in art, cookery, film, football, gardening, gymnastics, homework, pottery, recorders, rounders, scatterball, science and swimming. Parents willing to help with these activities should contact the Head Teacher.

Participation in these clubs can involve pupils in tournaments, some of which are organized by the school. The regular events in which the school takes part are Football: the Harwich District Primary Schools’ Sports Association five-a-side football tournament, the Tendring Small Schools’ Cluster five-a-side tournament the and the Constable Country League.

Rounders: the Harwich District Primary Schools’ Sports Association rounders tournament and the Tendring Small Schools’ Cluster rounders tournament.

Swimming: the Harwich District Primary Schools’ Sports Association gala.

LUNCHES

The school is responsible for providing lunches and two choices are offered each day. The menu has been changed in order to provide healthier choices with fruit and vegetables being sourced locally wherever possible. The cost of a school lunch is £2.00 and parents are encouraged to pay weekly. The cheque should be made payable to “Essex County Council”. If parents are in receipt of income support, meals are provided free and we would encourage parents to apply for free school meals. Children may bring packed lunches and all drinks should be in a plastic container.

SNACKS

Free fruit and vegetable snacks are provided mid-morning for all children up to Year Two and all children are encouraged to bring healthy snacks for break-times. Fridays are designated “Fruity Fridays” in order to promote healthy eating. Free milk is provided for children under the age of five.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS

The school has worked hard to achieve the National Healthy School Award of the Healthy School Project.

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING

It has been agreed that children will be encouraged to wear school uniform which consists of red, white, grey or black items. Casual wear is strongly discouraged as it not regarded as appropriate for school. Suitable clothing is available from any children’s clothing shop or chain store. Sweatshirts and polo shirts with the school logo are available from the school office. All children need plimsolls. We would prefer the plimsolls worn by the younger children to be either slip-on or fastened with Velcro. Shorts, preferably black, are also needed for P.E. and games lessons. P.E. clothing should be kept in a small bag. All clothing worn at school should be marked with the child’s name. Jewellery is easily lost and can be dangerous in P.E. lessons and so should not be worn at school. Earrings with the possible exception of stud or sleepers should not be worn. 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

In the first instance any concerns or complaints should be brought to the attention of your child’s teacher or the Headteacher. In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved by the staff, there are County arrangements for dealing with queries about the curriculum and other related matters. A copy of the Complaints Procedure is available in school.

PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL.

Before your child begins school, he/she should be able to do most of the following:

Go to the toilet by him/herself.

Dress him/herself with reasonable care.

Use a handkerchief or tissue.

Use a knife and fork.

Leave his/her parents or carer for short periods without anxiety.

Be able to talk about things which interest him/her.

Scribble or draw with a pencil.

Listen to stories.

Identify colours.

Learn nursery rhymes.

It is therefore advantageous for parents or carers to prepare their child for school by:

1 Reading stories; It is useful for your child to see the page being read and if you run your finger along the lines as you read, he/she will learn that we read from left to right.

2 Reciting and singing nursery rhymes

3 Watching and discussing children’s T.V. programmes together

4 Inviting other children to play or to have tea with your child

5 Leaving your child for short periods of time with relatives or friends

6 Providing plenty of opportunities for play with a variety of things: e.g. cardboard boxes, sand, water, paint and crayons

7 Helping your child to recognize his/her name

8 Giving your child time to practise dressing and undressing

THE FIRST YEAR AT SCHOOL.

If you know of, or suspect, any problem with your child’s sight, hearing or any other difficulty, please be sure to let us know at once.

If your child is suddenly unwilling to come to school, or frequently complains of being unwell, please follow it up with his or her class teacher.

It will be appreciated if the school can be informed of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible, preferably on the first morning, particularly in the case of infectious illness. Following diarrhoea or sickness children should be kept away from school for forty-eight hours.

MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.

The school nurse examines children’s hearing and sight at regular intervals. Additionally the heights and weights of children in the reception and year six are measured. The school doctor will examine children if concern is expressed by either parents or teachers.

HELPING YOUR CHILD.

1 Education is a process involving parent or carer, teacher and child. As teachers we can achieve far more with your help and support, so please contact us if you have any queries.

2 It is in your child’s interests that you take an interest in school and discuss it with him/her.

3 Your child will bring his/her reading book home. Please hear him/her read a page or two (not too much). Correct wrong words and supply any words he/she cannot read.

4 When helping your child to read never use the letter names, but use their sounds. If you want advice on this, please see the class teacher.

5 It is as important for you to read to your child, as for your child to read to you.

6 If you teach your child to recite the alphabet, it is appropriate to use the letter names.

7 Encourage your child to draw pictures which can be labelled. To avoid any confusion, it is important that your printing conforms to our scheme and that letters are formed in the correct manner:

c   o   d   g   e   q

r   n   m

u   w   t   l   h   b   k

I   j   y   p   f   s   x   v   z

Please do not print in block capitals.

8 Let your child handle small amounts of money.