Parent Guide

The best and most up to date source of information for parents and carers our welcome book, but here are some bits of information that you may find helpful.

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Learning at Home
Your child’s learning is a partnership between school and home and you can support them with this from the time they first start school. Encourage your child to talk about themselves and their experiences and set aside time to really listen and respond to them, so that they develop a sense of worth and value. Equally, help them to learn to stop and listen to others.

Encourage your child to explore and ask questions. Spending time outdoors helps children to relax and also to become more aware of their environment and nature.

It is important to encourage an interest in and enjoyment of books of all kinds. Help your child to learn how to handle books with care and turn the page correctly. It will help your child to spend time looking at and talking about the pictures in the books before you begin to read the story. This should encourage children to want to read for themselves.

Singing nursery rhymes together will also help your child develop the groundwork for learning to read. Pointing out and reading signs, labels and words that we see all around us will also help children to start to recognise words and understand how they are used.

Once new children starting in reception have settled into school, we will start sending home pre-reading books for you to share and enjoy with your child. We do not expect your child to be able to read the words at this stage, although a few children may be able to. We will explain our approach to reading at our information evening once your child begins school. Encourage your child to do plenty of drawing, tracing, colouring and painting with a range of materials.

Show your child how to hold a pencil correctly and, if they show an interest, demonstrate how to form letters correctly from the start.

When writing names, capital letters are only used at the beginning. Please teach your child to write the rest of their name in lower case letters when they are ready to write. This may not be for some time, so don’t worry if they are not interested initially.

Children love numbers! You can help by counting objects, or stairs as you go up. Counting rhymes are really useful at this stage. If they are ready, help them to write numbers. Have a look at shapes and talk about them. Talk about words such as round, square, big, small, straight, curved, tall, short, wide, narrow.

Try sorting objects such as a set of animals into groups of the same item. Play matching games and do jigsaws to help develop problem solving skills.

Creativity helps children learn to express themselves in a variety of ways. Provide opportunities for dressing up, acting out plays, singing, dancing, making things with different media, listening to and making music.

Physical activities help with the development of spatial awareness. Give your child the opportunity to run, cycle, jump around, use climbing frames and so on to build confidence. Play ball games to develop throwing and catching skills.

All children in school will have a home reading book. From Year 1 they will have spellings and other homework which will be given out weekly. Children in reception will have a small homework task once they have settled into school.

Here are some useful websites to explore with your child;

English

  • Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress (your child will have their own log in for this) www.readingeggspress.com
  • Pobble (your child will have their own log in for this) www.pobble.com
  • Phonics Play www.phonicsplay.co.uk
  • Roy the Zebra www.roythezebra.com
  • Oxford Owl www.oxfordowl.co.uk
  • BBC Alpha Blocks https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

Maths

  • Times Table Rockstars (your child will have their own log in for this) www.ttrockstars.com
  • Mathletics (your child will have their own log in for this) https://community.mathletics.com/signin#/student

Science

  • Fantastic science resources for science investigations at home. Also includes links to the best primary Science resources http://wowscience.co.uk/

All subjects

  • BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.com/education
  • Top Marks www.topmarks.co.uk
Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from less advantaged backgrounds to help them benefit from the same opportunities as other students.

The school receives £1320 per pupil (2017/2018) and uses this money to fund staff and resources targeted towards the children receiving the funding. You will find information on how we use the pupil premium on our school website.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

You can apply for Pupil Premium if you receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance benefit
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘guaranteed element’ of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided that you’re not also entitle to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on –paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

If you think you may be eligible, please apply so the school will receive the pupil premium grant to use to provide extra support for your child.

HOW DO I APPLY

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2

Please provide a parent/carer national insurance number on the School Admission Form so that the school can check and claim pupil premium on your behalf. We will write to you separately if you are eligible which may entitle you to free school meals in later school years.

Children in Year 3 and above

Applying online at www.bristol.gov.uk/fsm is the easiest way to register. The details in your application will be checked against the database maintained by the Department for Education. If we are able to confirm your eligibility through this system you will not need to provide any further information. In addition to the school receiving the pupil premium grant you will also be eligible for free school meals, a saving of £420 a year.

If you do not have a computer at home, or need help completing the application process, you can come and see us any time during the school day. We can also provide you with access to a computer in the school so that you can apply online.

Curriculum enrichment
We believe in the development of the individual and are focused on ensuring that our children leave with not only an understanding of academic subjects, but also with a strong set of life skills.

One aspect of these ‘life skills’ that we develop is that of the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. Throughout the curriculum, we ensure that we cover not only the theory but provide children with lots of practical experience and a love of physical activities too. There are also occasional school day trips to places such as Bristol Zoo, the SS Great Britain and our Summer Camp for Year 6 pupils. Each class will be notified about these during the school year.

In addition to physical education and personal, social and health education lessons we provide a range of sporting activities and clubs throughout the school year that extend the school day and further promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Popular clubs include the football, netball and gardening clubs. We will write to you when clubs are available for each year group.

Music lessons also form part of day to day life at the school, with choir clubs after school and ukulele lessons. We also have music lessons provided by the Bristol Music Service, who also provide many of the musical instruments, we will let you know when lessons start and what they may cost in advance.

Keeping Safe
Your child’s wellbeing and health and safety are very important to us. You can help keep us informed about your child’s needs by making sure that the school always has up to date contact numbers for parents or carers, in case we need to get in touch with you.

We ask that you inform the school of changes to your address as well as changes to your home and mobile phone numbers. Please also provide a number of an alternative adult for contacting in an emergency.

Qualified first aiders in school will treat any minor accidents. In more serious cases, we will call an ambulance and a member of staff will accompany your child to the hospital. In such situations, we will inform you immediately.

If your child needs to take medication during the day, please contact the school reception to ensure we are able to accept this responsibility.

If you would like us to give your child their medication you will need to complete and return an indemnity form, available from the school office. We are only able to administer named, prescribed medication, such as antibiotics.

Children who use an asthma inhaler are expected to be able to administer it themselves, with supervision. Inhalers will be kept in class and need to be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Parents should make sure that inhalers are in date and still have medication left in them. Please check your child’s inhaler regularly.

If your child has any allergies, please make sure that you let the school know. You can discuss your child’s needs by contacting the school office to make an appointment with one of our First Aid Leaders.