CONTENTS A Letter from the Headteacher
Uniform PE Kit Admissions
Organisation and Approaches
Reporting to Parents
School Holidays 2017-18
A Letter from the Headteacher Dear Parents, Welcome to Shiremoor Primary School. Our school is a happy, purposeful place to be and all children, regardless of their individual needs, are encouraged to find their areas of strength and achieve their full potential. Shiremoor Primary School is very well-known for the excellent behaviour our children display. Children work hard and are motivated to learn. We teach them to have good manners and respect for others and ensure that all teachers have the same high expectations and consistent approach. Children receive a variety of whole school awards to congratulate them for their efforts. As a result of our recognition in this area, we also provide guidance for other schools and training providers such as Northumbria University. Reading is a our main priority in Shiremoor Primary School and all children have a range of reading opportunities daily. All classrooms have book areas and children learn about a range of authors. We have strong links with the local library and children can borrow books when they visit with their class. A key feature of every school year is our annual themed Book Week. Across Key Stage 1, children read from the Ginn sight vocabulary scheme, whilst in Key Stage 2 children generally progress onto Accelerated Reader. We have a strong focus on learning basic skills which children are expected to apply in all subject areas. Children are taught how to present their work and to take pride in doing so. They are provided with a huge range of learning experiences each term. Parents are provided with homework information about what their child will be learning and our website, a continuing work in progress, will offer regular updates. All information can be streamed through our School App available from the Apple and Android stores. Our committed staff team all offer at least one extra-curricular club, in their own time, so that children can access wider opportunities to help them develop socially. We offer a huge variety of these activities although there is an emphasis on sport which, as well as being crucial to physical development, supports children with team and competitive aptitudes whilst also developing their confidence. A strong emphasis on â€˜Careersâ€™ and skills development motivates children to consider why learning matters and how they may shape their future lives. Children help in the creation of their own targets and are also involved in evaluating their progress towards these targets so that they are always clear about what they need to do to make progress in learning. Children are involved in decision making about school through our School Council, Shiremoor Voice, which actively meets each half-term with an agreed agenda around whole school issues and priorities. A small budget is set aside and pupils provide representation to Shiremoor Voice over how this should be spent. A news board in the entrance keeps parents informed of school priorities and updates. Twitter is also a useful source of daily information. At Shiremoor Primary School we are determined to ensure that your child is safe, happy and making progress in their learning and development. As a parent of Shiremoor Primary School, you will regularly be asked for your feedback about how we are supporting your child and we hope to work in partnership with you in the best interests of your child. All members of staff and anyone working in school who comes into contact with children is well-briefed on safeguarding. The corridors all have security access points and CCTV provides good coverage to school access points. The information in this booklet is just a snippet of the excellent opportunities that we offer and further information is available on the school website or by making an appointment at the school office to speak to a member of staff. We look forward to another very successful year at Shiremoor Primary School. I will be updating parents each half-term about all of the exciting events we have and any other information required. Yours sincerely, Mrs. Middleton Headteacher Lead Safeguarding Practitioner
Miss Welsh Head of School Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms ElSaghier Acting Deputy Head Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Our Aims The children in Shiremoor Primary School can expect to: 1.
Learn in a well-ordered, attractive, friendly and stimulating environment.
Be respected for their personal qualities, valued for their achievements and acknowledged for their individual needs.
Be encouraged to become confident, enthusiastic, self-motivated and independent learners.
Have well planned, organised and balanced learning opportunities in which high standards will be encouraged.
Be expected to keep the school rules, show understanding and respect for others and be a worthwhile member of the school community.
Our Rules 1.
We keep, hands, feet and other undesirable objects to ourselves.
Quiet voices – we do not shout or use bad language.
We are always in the right place at the right time.
We follow helpers and teachers instructions.
We follow the rules of each area.
We care for the school environment.
Our Vision The community at Shiremoor Primary School are committed to provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment where all children will become confident learners reaching their potential and becoming fully equipped for the journey ahead.
Removing learning barriers
Maintaining a high quality learning environment
Building future foundations 4
General Information Uniform Children must wear the school uniform, which consists of: •
Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
Yellow polo shirt
Grey trousers/skirt or pinafore
Blue summer gingham dress
Sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, t-shirts and P.E. bags can be purchased at the school office. A lost property container is situated in school. All items of clothing must be named for easy identification, as the children do not always identify their own clothing easily, particularly when they just start school. Sensible footwear should also be worn. No jewellery should be worn in school.
PE Kit Children participate in indoor and outdoor physical education and it is important that children are dressed appropriately. P.E. kit can be left in school on the child’s peg. •
Indoors—White plain t-shirt, navy blue or black shorts and sandshoes.
Outdoors—Blue or black tracksuits.
No logos or football strips.
Admissions Shiremoor Primary School follows North Tyneside Council’s Admissions Policy, which is fully explained in their own brochure and is available from the school or local libraries. The admission number for Shiremoor Primary School is set at 60 and 52 part-time pupils in the school nursery. This has been agreed by the Governing Body. If you have a child whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you should complete an application form available from the school office and return it to The Access Team, Floor 3, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant West, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. You can apply for a place online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/schooladmission. 5
Awards Sash A yellow ‘Excellence Sash’ can be worn by children in special half-term assemblies, these are to display any awards that children achieve such as attendance, behaviour or learning awards. Children should be encouraged to buy these with their pocket money to encourage them to be more motivated to collect awards.
Behaviour Awards At the beginning of each year, children are encouraged to work towards their Bronze Consistent Good Behaviour Award. When children achieve this, they work towards Silver. Children are strongly encouraged to valueachievement of the award. Each term, a special assembly is held to celebrate the presentation of awards.
100% Attendance As you are aware, attendance is a vital part of a child’s success in school. Children learn every minute of every day and we do not waste any time—every minute really does count in a child’s education. Good attendance and being punctual are all essential life skills, which we foster in children in order to prepare them for work commitments they will face in their future. We recognise 100% attendance with certificate and badges that children can collect. Children are also expected to be punctual as we are preparing them for the world of work.
Organisation and Approaches At Shiremoor Primary School we have an exciting curriculum that is relevant to our children. Work is planned across year groups to ensure that the National Curriculum subjects are well organised and fulfil all requirements. Our main focus at all stages is ensuring that we teach children basic skills for success with the highest priority given to the core subjects whilst ensuring that children have a broad range of exciting learning opportunities across all subject areas. The school is organised into teams as follows:
Assistant Headteachers Mrs. Pearson
Acting Assistant Head Key Stage 1 Lead Management from 2 to 7 English Lead
Senior Manager Pupil Premium Lead Sports Premium Lead
Senior Manager Maths Lead Curriculum Lead
Lead Learning Mentor Parent Liaison Officer Deputy Safeguarding Lead
All of the above staff are available to ensure that any queries you have can be responded to and to make sure that standards are high. All class teachers and senior staff are happy to be seen by appointment. This is to ensure they can have time set aside for you when they are not responsible for children and this also means they can be prepared for your appointment. Please phone the office to arrange appointments.
Curriculum Our school curriculum is reviewed annually and can be found on our website. Each term begins with Choices Week during which lessons focus on themes and topics which develop pupilsâ€™ social and interpersonal skills as well as their understanding of citizenship. Lessons aim to develop pupilsâ€™ knowledge of Great Britain and other countries, improve comprehension of other religions and cultures, consider how the environment can be protected and develop aspirations towards a career. In addition, any current affairs such as elections are used in school as platforms for learning e.g. around democracy. Our curriculum has a large focus on basic skills to ensure children are well-prepared for the next steps in their education and subsequently the job market. All areas of the National Curriculum are covered through half termly topics; our themes for this year can be found on the website. Some subjects are taught across the year outside of individual topics. These include Music, RE and Modern Foreign Languages. This can include delivery from specialist teachers including Victoria Vasey who delivers Violin lessons to Year 3 and various pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 and Phil Andre who delivers lessons on multiculturalism across school. The teaching of swimming is left entirely to pupils in Year 5 who visit a local swimming pool on a weekly basis. Children are assessed in non-core subjects against the Key Performance Indicators for their year group. This helps teachers to assess the children as working towards, working at or working above the expected level for their age.
(subject to change)
Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
The Magic Toymaker and Me Animals incl. humans / Everyday materials
Dinosaurs Animals incl. humans / Everyday materials
Journeys, travel and transport Animals incl. humans / Seasonal change
Weather Under the Sea Plants / Seasonal Animals incl. change humans / Seasonal change
STEM – Bright Lights, Big City Everyday Materials
Superheroes Animals incl. humans / Everyday materials
Great Fire of London Animals incl. humans / Everyday materials
All at sea: Pirates and lighthouses Animals incl. humans / Living things & habitats
Rainforests Animals incl. humans / Plants / Living things & habitats
STEM -Castles Everyday materials
Stone Age Rocks
Incredible Inventors Animals including humans
Lights, camera action: film, theatre and animation Light
My local area: Raging Romans Shiremoor, North Forces & Tyneside magnets Plants
STEM – Robot Wars Animals including humans
Amazing Anglo Saxons Sound
Frozen North Arctic Habitats
Heroes and villains States of matter RE link Islam
Incredible India RE link Hinduism Living things
STEM- Desert Islands Animals incl. Humans/ Electricity
The Power of Queen Victoria Living things & habitats
Space Earth & Space
Valour & Vikings Sound
Spectacular Spain Ancient Greece - European Study Animals incl. MFL humans Forces
STEM – Natural Disasters Animals including humans/Forces
USA Living things & habitats RE link emigration
Twentieth Century Britain Light & Electricity RE links Buddhism
Climb Every Mountain Evolution & inheritance
Extreme Earth Animals incl. humans RE link moral issues
STEM –Tour DE France Animals including humans.
MFL Science RE STEM
Wheels, Wings and wonderful things Everyday materials/ electricity
What is a Geordie? Local Study focus on Quayside Animals incl. Humans/ Electricity
Cross curricular units
All areas of the National Curriculum are covered through topics.
School also ensure that time can be set aside for children to learn about wider concerns e.g. Remembrance Day.
We also hold a Choices Week each term to cover areas such as citizenship, careers, environmental concerns, Great Britain, Europe and religions. Please visit the school website for details.
Reporting to Parents The Target Tracker assessment system makes it easy for school to clearly communicate pupil attainment and progress to parents. By using the step assessments, teachers can clearly help parents understand whether their child is working at the appropriate point for their age, and by using the highlighted statements can provide guidance on what children need to do to progress. All parents receive a written report of their childâ€™s progress and attainment in the Summer term. Parents are offered formal opportunities to discuss their child on three occasions throughout the year.
Attendance Attendance is closely monitored in school as education is crucial to life choices. Children are not permitted to miss school for holidays. All holidays are unauthorised absences. 95%+ is expected attendance.
School Holidays 2017-18 Holiday
Friday 21st July 2017
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Friday 20th October 2017
Monday 30th October 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Friday 9th February 2018
Monday 19th February 2018
Thursday 29th March 2018
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Monday 7th May 2018—School Closed
Friday 25th May 2018
Monday 4th June 2018
Friday 20th July 2018
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Teacher Training Days - Monday 4th September 2017, Monday 8th January 2018 and Monday 16th April 2018 – School Closed. Year 2 and Year 6 SAT’s will be in May 2018. Dates available from the school office. These dates are provisional and may change or be added to.
Contact Details Contact:
Mrs. Kerton (School Administrator)
Shiremoor Primary School
Stanton Road Shiremoor Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0PW Telephone:
Complaints Our Complaints policy can be found and downloaded from http://www.shiremoor-primary.co.uk/Policies