STARTING SCHOOL AT ASHFIELD PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Whilst much of the content of this page applies only to children starting at Ashfield Park Primary in Reception, there is information that will be useful to you whatever the age of your child.
PICTURE COMING SOON
Welcome to Ashfield Park Primary School. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know both you and your child.
Our aim is to create a happy and hardworking atmosphere where your child can obtain a high quality education. The early years are critical in children’s development and we are committed to providing the very best start to their school life.
We anticipate and appreciate your co-operation and support in the task of educating your child. It is a two-way process; should problems arise it is vital that we get together as soon as possible to resolve them.
We have tried to include as much information as possible in this section to help you to prepare your child for their first time in full-time education. We understand that this can be an exciting but unsettling time for both children and parents and we aim to make the transition from pre-school setting to our school as smooth as possible.
How We Prepare for Your Child’s Start at Our School
Whilst we have our own very successful Nursery at our school we still maintain a close link with our local nursery schools and playgroups throughout the year.
You may have attended our Reception Intake meeting in the Summer term. Hopefully those visits and this information will provide you with the answers to any questions you may have.
PICTURE COMING SOON
How You Can Help Prepare Your Child for SchoolReadingAll children will begin to learn their letter sounds during their first term in school. By Christmas most of our children will know most sounds and will start sounding out simple words. We teach our children using the 'Jolly Phonics' system, a systematic synthetic phonics programme. We have found this to be the best system available. This learning is constantly reinforced throughout the school by teaching Letters & Sounds.
There are some simple things that you can do with your child to help to prepare them for learning to read.
Lots of encouragement and praise will mean that reading becomes a positive experience for your child.
Children enter school at different stages of development. Some may be good at colouring and may be able to trace or copy their first name, while others may still be learning how to hold a crayon.
You can help your child to have good pencil control by allowing him/her to:
It really helps if your child can speak well. You can help by telling stories where he/she can join in and repeat lines. Teach nursery rhymes and look and talk about picture books together. Enjoy sharing experiences and encourage your child to talk about them.
There will be many times during the school day when your child will need to listen to instructions and stories and will have to be quiet. You can help to prepare them for this by teaching them not to interrupt when you are speaking and giving lots of praise to encourage this. Try to give them opportunities to be quiet, perhaps when listening to a story or to someone talking.
Acceptable social behaviour is part of everyday life. As a parent you will have begun social training with your child. We continue this in school but your hard work in the pre-school years really helps your child to settle in quickly into school life. Your child will learn to consider other children and their needs. He/she will also need to adjust to being away from you for longer periods of time. Attending a playgroup or nursery will certainly help with this. Allowing them to spend time away from you with other people will also make a difference. Encourage visits from other children of the same age to help your child make friends and share in play activities, taking turns and being considerate towards others.
Using the toilet
It would be very helpful if your child is confident using the toilet before starting school. In Reception we make sure that children are reminded regularly about going to the toilet and we understand that accidents will occasionally happen. We do have a supply of replacement clothing should it be necessary although you can always send some spare clothes in with your child if you wish. If you have any concerns about this please speak to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
One of the most useful things you can do is teach your child to get dressed and undressed by themselves. Our children take part in PE each week and it is much easier if they are able to dress themselves. Similarly getting ready for home time is much easier if they are able to put on their own coats and do up zips and buttons.
Please make sure that your child’s name is clearly marked in all items of clothing. Children can get very distressed if they cannot identify their own clothes.
The First Few Days
Talk to your child cheerfully and calmly about coming to school. Tell him/her about the exciting and interesting things they will do and the new friends they will make. Try to be in good time so that you don’t have to rush on the first day. Reassure your child that you will be able to come into the classroom with them to help them find their peg and drawer and put things away.
It is quite natural to be worried about your child settling in at school and you are more than welcome to talk to the Reception staff about your concerns. The best time to do this is at the end of the day when you collect your child. Please let the class teacher know of any problems or fears your child might have which may affect his/her behaviour at school.
Coming into School
Children may come into the lower playground from 8:45 onwards. The school car park barrier will be closed from 8:45 so please do not park in the school car park unless you are using the disabled bay or will be visiting the school after your child has entered the school. At 8:55 your child's class teacher or teaching assistant will come out onto the playground and collect your child. Each child will have their own named peg outside the classroom where they can hang their coats and bags. They will also be able to leave their packed lunch on some shelves outside. Each child will have a named drawer in the classroom where they can put their mid-morning snacks and any items to be brought home.
In most cases children will be collected from the classroom door at 3.15 pm. You will be advised if alternative arrangements are made. If your child is going to be collected by anyone other than a parent please let the class teacher know at the start of the day. If you are unexpectedly unable to collect your child please phone the School Office to let them know what arrangements you have made. The office staff will ensure that this information is passed to the class teacher and to your child.
Your child can bring a packed lunch to school or have a hot dinner. Most Reception children initially bring in a packed lunch. This means that they can eat together in the infant hall with their classmates. They will be looked after by their ‘buddies’ (Year 5 & 6 children) and our lunchtime supervisors. We try to encourage healthy eating at school and would appreciate it if you could consider this when making their packed lunch. Please make sure that your child’s name is on the lunch box and any drinks bottle.
Those Reception children that have a hot dinner will be taken to the dining hall by their class buddies who will look after them while they eat and then return them to the infant playground. It would be helpful if your child is able to use a knife and fork properly and is able to try and eat a variety of food. Hot dinners can be paid for on a daily, weekly or termly basis (cash or cheque payable to Alliance in Partnership) and a menu with current prices can be collected from the School Office. If you have any queries regarding school dinners please do not hesitate to see the Kitchen Manager or Mrs Oakley in the School Office.
All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have a free piece of fruit/vegetable every day to eat together in the classroom. In addition to this most children bring a snack to school to eat at morning playtime. We ask that this is a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit or a health bar. Sweets or chocolate are not allowed. Every child also needs to have a named bottle of water that they will have access to throughout the day.
Details of our school uniform, our uniform shop and other local suppliers can be found here.
The Foundation Stage Your child is in the final stage of the Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three and finishes at the end of their Reception year. Children start school with a variety of pre-school experiences and in our reception classes we continue to prepare them for the National Curriculum programmes of study which are taught in years 1 and 2.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:-
The school day is carefully structured to provide a range of activities for each child including whole class work, group work, and individual work with the class teacher and an element of choice for each child. In our planning we feel it is important to provide opportunities for children to move towards greater independence, to make decisions about their own learning and to learn through exploring, investigating and discovery.
Baseline Assessment – All children are ‘assessed’ when they first start school. This is undertaken within the first half term of joining our Reception class. The assessment looks at social development as well as academic issues.
Baseline Assessment has two main aims:-
Foundation Stage Profile – From Summer 2003, as a statutory requirement, all children have been assessed against the Early Learning Goals to measure their attainment within the Foundation Stage. This information is used to help compile the end of year report which you will receive at the end of the summer term.
Hopefully this section will have provided answers to most of your questions. If you have any other queries at all please do not hesitate to contact the School Office by telephone, email or personal visit.
School Office: 01989 562738 or email@example.com
We are pleased to receive any offers of help in the classroom. Parental involvement in particular areas is invaluable e.g. creative activities, playing games, listening to children read and helping out on school trips. All of our volunteer helpers will be subject to a DBS check. Once your child is settled in school and you feel you could spare a little time, please see the class teacher who will welcome you with open arms!
We are very grateful for your support and co-operation in doing the very best for your child. We do operate an ‘Open Door’ policy so if you ever have any concerns or problems, please do pop in to see us or make an appointment.
DOCUMENTS FOR PARENTS
Documents for parents including the school admissions Policy