Hampton Academies Trust Hampton Lakes Primary School A Guide to Starting School 2019
Live, Love and Learn Aim high and achieve Kind, caring and compassionate Enjoy educational experiences Strive for success
Hampton Lakes Primary School
Contents Introduction Welcome Letter
Meet the Team
Educational Visions and Values Transitions into Hampton Lakes EYFS
The first ew weeks at school
The School Day
The Curriculum Overview
Rewards and Sanctions Behaviour
School Trips/Educational Visits
Dear Parent/Carer I am delighted to be writing to you as Head of School for Hampton Lakes Primary School, and it gives me the greatest of pleasure to welcome you to what promises to be an adventurous and exciting learning journey. I believe that children deserve the very best education, and that children should love their school days. They should see each day as a fresh start to learn something new, and immerse themselves fully in motivating, fun and challenging learning experiences. I believe it is the role of educators to promote a childâ€™s curiosity, their resilience and to stimulate a determination to succeed. For children to be able to achieve this I think it is essential that they feel safe and very well supported in their environment. Children also need to know that adults believe in their capability, and as such will challenge them to take risks with their learning. I consider it to be a great privilege to have been appointed to the position of Head of School and am hugely excited to know that I will be working closely with both children and their families to grow and develop Hampton Lakes; our brand new school that will serve your evolving community. Choosing a school for your child is an important step, as you are trusting us with your most precious of people. I hope this prospectus will answer any concerns or worries you may have, however If you have any questions or would like further information about our school please do not hesitate to contact us. I hope you will consider applying for a place at Hampton Lakes, as I am really looking forward to the coming months and getting to meet with you and your families personally. Yours sincerely
Zoe Trigg, Founding Head of School
Meet the Team Miss Prodrick will be our Reception class teacher. She is a kind, caring and compassionate teacher, who thoroughly enjoys working with young children; watching them as they grow, promoting their independence, and planning exciting and engaging opportunities for them to fully immerse themselves in. Miss Prodrick began her teaching career at Hampton College Primary, and knows just how exciting it is to be a member of a team that supports a school as it grows year by year, and she is really looking forward to joining us at Hampton Lakes Primary School as our Reception Class teacher in September.
Miss Slack-Humphry is our Foundation Stage Practitioner. Lottie was thrilled to join the new team at Hampton Lakes and believes that to work in a brand new school is an exceptionally exciting experience and she has loved being part of the journey so far, she cannot wait to welcome more and more children each year. Lottie works under the guidance of Miss Prodrick to provide further support, instruction and attention for our children and believes it is important to form strong relationships with them and their families. She believes all children are unique and that they learn in different ways, as such she is passionate about the inclusion of all children.
Transitions into Hampton Lakes EYFS Children and young people naturally pass through a number of stages as they grow and develop. Often they are expected to cope with changes, such as movement from nursery to primary, but we think it is important to appreciate how these changes can impact upon the children and indeed their parents.. • Home visits • Pre-school visits • Stay and Play sessions • Welcome to School evenings • Stay and Play sessions for Reception children and their parents/carers • Welcome to the Year Group curriculum evenings Children with SEN-D and those identified as t risk of struggling at transition points, have a longer, supported transition, which includes a high degree of parental involvement.
The first few weeks at school We think starting school is a very important mile stone in the life of a child and as such we want to invest time in making sure that your child really does get to know the adults who will be working with them, helping them to feel safe, secure and settled. Our staggered approach to starting school goes a long way to securing this aim. What
Thursday 3 to Wednesday 9 September
During this week our teachers and teaching assistants will visit you at home. The children will not attend school during this first eek of term.
Half Day Sessions Am or Pm
Thursday 10 to Friday 11 September
Half of the children will attend school for the morning (8.55am to 11.25am) and the other half of the children will attend school for the afternoon (1.00pm to 3.25pm).
Half Day Sessions
Monday 14 to Friday 18 September
All of the children will attend school for the morning session only (8.55am to 11.25am).
Monday 21 September
All children will attend school 8.55am to 3.25pm.
The school day
Gates and doors to classrooms open.
Gates closed. Registration.
Gates to school open.
End of school day.
The Curriculum At Hampton Lakes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, of which there are four guiding principles, These are: • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confide t and self-assured • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers • children develop and learn in different ways (and at different rates)
We believe that all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: • communication and language • physical development • personal, social and emotional development
We also support children in four specific a eas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific a eas are: • literacy • mathematics • understanding the world • expressive arts and design • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confiden e and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confiden e in their own abilities. • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. We use “Letters and Sounds” to deliver a daily 20 minute phonic session.
• Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure. • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about peopl , places, technology and the environment. • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
During the school day your child will be able to choose from a range of child initiated or adult led activities. The teachers and TAs will encourage the children to choose from a range of different experiences both indoors and outdoors and will monitor the children’s interests. At all times the children will be supervised by the Reception staff, but the level of adult involvement in their playing and learning will vary from day-to-day and activity-to-activity. Some activities will be completely child initiated, enabling the children to choose their own resources and toys to engage in play and learning; some activities will be adult guided or led, including phonics and reading sessions, teaching new knowledge or skills and some activities will have a balance of child initiation and adult support or guidance. During the day the children will have the opportunity to use the outdoor learning environment, which presents a different range of experiences, activities and challenges to the indoor learning environments of the classrooms. The outdoor area, or garden, is used by Reception children, however the children in Reception may also use the playground or school field for some of their outdoor learning experiences. 5
All children in infant classes (EYFS, Y1 and Y2) are entitled to a free school meal. Cucina provide our very tasty school lunches, offering from a selection of hot and cold options, the choice of either a meat or vegetarian meal, including a delicious desert and a drink. Our meals are served in the school hall, where we shall join the children of Hampton College. Children are encouraged to develop independence with making choices, cutting up their food and tidying away after themselves. Our team of adults support the children in the hall at this time.
At Hampton Lakes Primary School we will register with the Cool Milk Scheme and the National School Fruit Scheme to promote healthy eating in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. We do not provide children with nuts or nut based products, and ask that children do not bring them into school.
Our school uniform is shown below and we encourage all of our children to wear their Hampton Lakes uniform with pride. This can be purchased with Total Promotions Our school uniform
Bottle green logo sweatshirt White polo shirt or *White logo polo shirt (*optional) Bottle green polo shirt or *bottle green logo polo shirt (*optional) Grey/black trousers or skirt/pinafore dress Grey shorts/green checked summer dress Grey socks (boys)/grey tights or white socks (girls) Black shoes (no trainers), Black or White sandals (closed toe and back, no heels) House colour book bag with Hampton Lakes logo and small general bag for carrying sundry items
Clothes for indoor
*Bottle green logo drawstring PE bag (*optional) Plain white t-shirt or House colour t-shirt Bottle green, navy or black shorts Black plimsolls
Bottle green logo reversible coat/flee e/black coat Wellington boots 6
Rewards and Sanctions Behaviour
At Hampton Lakes we expect high standards of behaviour at all times. Children have the right to learn and staff h ve the right to enjoy their working day. It is important that we recognise there is always a reason for poor behaviour and that everyone can improve. We strive to create an environment that promotes positive behaviour and attitudes towards learning and as such there are many opportunities to reward our children: • • • • • • •
Verbal Praise: Praise for good work, trying hard, achieving, being helpful and kind Wow Awards: Public recognition of work out of school for example, sports, clubs, challenges Head of School Awards: Achievement Assembly House Points: Collective approach to achievement, celebrated by individuals initially followed by a collective Lunchtime Awards Stickers Attendance Awards: Termly recognition of 100% attendance and improved attendance.
Sanctions We have the motto “It’s Good to be Green” and all children will start the day on green, however sometimes things can go wrong, and whilst staff need o teach children about right and wrong children also need to take responsibility for their behaviour and we will teach the motto “up to you”; allowing for three chances. If a childs behaviour is distracting learning they will be asked to stop, and moved onto yellow. They will be reminded that it is “up to you” but if the inappropriate behaviour continues and the child continues to disrupt learning they will be moved down to orange with the message that they are at risk of removal. If they continue to disrupt the learning they will be removed from class to another class where they will have refle tion time and will be asked to produce a piece of work appropriate to their age and development, and will be informed that this will now result in a letter home. The class teacher will complete a standardised letter tailoring it to the specific incide t that has occurred. Copies of all letters will be kept in the Pastoral Folder. It’s Good to be Green
Behaviour is distracting – Ask to stop
Behaviour continues to distract – Risk of removal
Behaviour has a negative impact on learning – Removal from class
Behaviour is your responsibility…it’s
LAKES Code We will work with our children to embed the Hampton Academies Trust Values, using a language that the children will understand, and will develop them into what we will know as our Lakes Code. Live, Love and Learn Aim high and achieve Kind, caring and compassionate Enjoy educational experiences Strive for success
Safeguarding Hampton Lakes Primary School strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children in an educational setting that has a safe and welcoming environment where all children are respected and valued. We expect and will ensure that all staff and visi ors to Hampton Lakes Primary School will be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection. We think you should know that the law requires all school staff o pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare; including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Where possible, any concerns raised will be discussed with you as parents or carers and the identified a tion will be shared. Where the school believes that a referral should be made to Children’s Social Care this will also be discussed with you, except in circumstances where such discussions may place the child at increased risk of significa t harm. We will take advice from Children’s Social Care when school staff h ve reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significa t harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. We appreciate that this can be distressing for families but hope that you will see that our staff will only e er act in the best interests of our children and that our main priority is to safeguard our children and ensure their wellbeing.
School Trips/Educational Visits We think that an enriched educational experience is a fantastic way of bringing learning to life. We will aim to have a variety of visitors to the school as well as finding xciting opportunities to take the children out and about in their local community and slightly further afiel . We will always inform you of these intentions and on occasion may ask for a voluntary contribution to help cover the costs of transport, entrance fees and expertise.
Medicine If, following a bout of illness, your child requires medication (e.g. antibiotics) this can be administered in school by our staff. We can only accept medication which has been prescribed by a doctor to be administered four times a day. Medication must be handed in to the school office in the morning, in the original prescription bottle. You will then need to complete a form to give your consent for the medication to be administered in school. 8
Attendance We hope our children will love their learning experience so much that they do not want to have time off school as we know that strong attendance ensures our children have every opportunity to achieve their potential. Good attendance will enhance your childâ€™s ability to make good, close friendships, and will ensure that they do not miss out on the valuable learning that takes place whilst they are in school. Ultimately it prepares them for further study and eventually the world of work. In accordance with government guidelines, no absence will be authorized except in exceptional circumstances such as bereavement. No term time holidays will be authorized. If you do experience difficulties with getting your child to come to school please do come and talk to your class teacher, who will be able to provide an avenue of support for you. Where attendance falls below 90%, letters will be sent home to parents to engage them in boosting this figure again. If there is no improvement, attendance meetings are held. For your information the term dates have been set in line with all Hampton Academies Trust School and can be found below.
School Term Dates 2020/21 Autumn Term 2020 Autumn Term Opens
Thursday 3 September
Reception Children Start
Monday 21 September
Autumn Half Term
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October
Autumn Term Closes
Friday 18 December at 12.30pm
Spring Term 2021 Spring Term Opens
Tuesday 5 January
Spring Half Term
Monday 15 to Friday 19 February
Spring Term Closes
Friday 26 March at 3.25pm
Summer Term 2021
Summer Term Opens
Monday 12 April
May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 3 May
Summer Half Term
Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
Summer Term Closes
Friday 16 July
Key Information Look on Peterborough city Council website for more information on starting school in September: https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/schools-and-education/school-admissions/starting-school-in-reception/
Register for your school place for children born between 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 to start school in September 2020 before the national closing date of 15 January 2020.
You will be informed by Peterborough City Council the name of your allocated school on National Offer Day, Thursday 16 April 2020.
Hampton Lakes Primary School Clayburn Road, Hampton Vale Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 8GL Tel: 01733 246821 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hamptonlakesprimary.org.uk