Welcome to St Richard’s Primary School
The first year at school is very special for children and parents alike. It is important that we do our best to make the transition from home or nursery to school as smooth as possible.
The aim of this booklet is to give you a greater understanding of what your child will be learning and achieving in their first year of primary education and also the day to day routines of school. It outlines the need for a positive relationship between home and school, so that in partnership we can make sure your child’s experience at St Richard’s is one full of achievement and enjoyment.
We hope you will find it useful. If you do have any questions before or after your child has started school please get in touch.
Our School Aims
At St Richard’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to:
· Guide our children to a more active and personal faith in Jesus Christ.
· Develop a safe, secure and nurturing environment, in which each child is valued and enabled to grow in self-esteem and self confidence.
· Build an inclusive community which welcomes diversity encouraging respect and tolerance towards others.
· Create a climate of excellence where all children are challenged through a broad and rich curriculum, enabling them to grow as independent learners.
· Provide opportunities for personalised opportunities for personalised learning, enabling each individual to develop their full potential.
· Foster in children a love of learning for life.
Meet The Reception Team
We have two small reception classes starting in September 2022
Will be taught by Mrs Hogan and Mrs Weymouth
Will be taught by Mrs Judge and Mrs Govan
Each class will have a full time Teaching Assistant
Whilst there are two separate classes the children will still have the opportunity to mix as a year group. The outdoor area is shared and team teaching takes place regularly.
If English is not your first language and you require help with translation we have members of staff or parents in our school who may be able to help, please just let us know.
We are all really looking forward to welcoming your child to school in September and we hope that we will all have a thoroughly enjoyable year together.
The School Day
The school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3:10.
Coming to school
We encourage as many children as possible to walk, scoot or cycle to school. Please note, there is NO PARKING at all in Cawley Road. We discourage all parents from driving down Cawley Road. Free parking permits for the Market Ave car park can be obtained from the school office.
Please bring your child to the main playground and wait with them in this area until the whistle is blown at 8:45 when you can bring them round to their classroom.
The children will be dismissed from their classroom at 3:10. They stay in the classroom until the person collecting them has been seen by the class teacher and their name is called. Please could you let us know who will be collecting your child each day and inform the class teacher if there is any change in your arrangements. If for any reason you are unavoidably delayed in picking up your child please inform the office as soon as possible.
Punctuality is essential as it helps to prevent any unnecessary upset and distress for your child.
Communication between school and home is vital, particularly during the first year of schooling. At St Richard’s we have an open door policy, meaning you can come and talk to the class teacher at the start or the end of the school day.
Our school website is regularly updated, please check it for information, dates and photos. In reception a weekly update will be sent to you by parentmail and tapestry providing you with an outline of what your child will be doing and how you can help them at home. This is in addition to the whole school weekly newsletter which is emailed to you every Friday and can be found online at www.strichardsprimary.co.uk
As a school we try very hard to keep parents regularly informed about what’s going on at the school. However, sending paper letters home can be rather ‘hit and miss’ with letters often going astray on the way!
We are also increasingly aware of the substantial cost and environmental impact associated with the amount of paper and photocopying involves.
To help improve these areas we use a service called ParentMail®, which is used by over 2,500 schools across the UK to communicate with parents by email and text message. ParentMail will be beneficial to you because:
· Messages will get to you reliably
· We can send messages directly to mums and dads at the same time
· You will quickly know about important or urgent messages
· We can tell you more about what’s going on at the school
Unless you ask otherwise we will automatically use the contact details you provide us with to register you to ParentMail. Most of our parents access ParentMail via the App which is very simple to use. Look for the ParentMail logo, download the app and follow the instructions.
Parents consultation meetings
There are two formal parents meetings during the school year. The first takes place half way through the Autumn Term, this allows us to discuss how well your child has settled into the school. The second meeting takes place in the Spring Term, during which we will discuss your child’s progress. All appointments are made via Parentmail.
You are always welcome to come and speak to the teacher after school and see your child’s book and discuss their progress.
Home school journal
These books primarily act as a record of the times which your child has read both in school with us and at home with you. It also acts as a form of communication between home and school.
The reception team use an online system called Tapestry to keep you up to date with your children's progress. You will be given a log in for the system once the term begins and we encourage you to add your own observations and comments. We will send information for Reception via memos on Tapestry and at the end of the year you can download the record to keep.
Meet the teacher
This 20 minute meeting is a chance for you and your child to see the classroom, meet their class teacher and teaching assistant. It is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and give us information about your child and their needs.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
In the early years, giving the children the confidence and security to develop their own independence is vital if a child is to develop their true potential. At St Richard's we recognise that children have different abilities and learn at different speeds. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and monitor the children's progress. This means they are challenged and are able to meet their own individual targets.
The children in reception are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This runs from birth to 5 years. The children will work on the EYFS curriculum until the end of reception. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Personal, Social and Emotional
Developing a positive sense of themselves and others. Understand appropriate behaviour in groups, develop social skills and gain confidence in their own abilities.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Learn to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Communication and Language Development
Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding of the World
Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
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 measures.
Expressive Arts and Design
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.
Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given the opportunity to access a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
We believe in providing an exciting and challenging learning experience where all children are encouraged to talk, discover, create, practise, rehearse, explore, investigate and learn through their play.
After your child has been in school for half a term you will be invited to attend a curriculum meeting where we will provide you with more detailed information about your child’s learning and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
We have established a set of Golden Rules which we believe support and reflect the ethos of our school. These govern the behaviour of all members of our community (children, staff, parents and governors) at all times (in the classroom and at playtime). They reflect gospel values and emphasise the positive. These rules are displayed in prominent places around the school. At the start of each academic year, class teachers devise a set of agreed rules with their class based on our golden rules.
Speak politely to others
Be kind and helpful
Listen to others
Think about the feelings of others
Look after property
Walk quietly around the school
We have adopted a system of rewards and sanctions to ensure consistency across the school. Children are awarded certificates each week for particular achievements and a Golden Merit is awarded monthly for exceptional achievement, be this academic, social or within their community. We also award House Points throughout the school term with the winning house being allowed to come to school in home clothes. Please do let us know about your child's achievements out of school and we would love to share these.
Reasons for rewards
· To reinforce good behaviour
· To encourage achievement
· To give a reason for making the right choice
· A concrete way of showing pleasure with work, effort, behaviour – to show it is not taken for granted
· To value an individual - their actions and words
Reasons for sanctions
· To let children know that something is unacceptable
· To help children to recognise that actions have consequences
· To discourage children from doing something unacceptable again
2022-2023 Term Dates
Starts for children in Reception: Weds 7th Sept
Half term: Monday 24th— Friday 28th October
Ends: Friday 16th December
Monday 19th December—Friday 2nd January
Starts: Tue 3rd January
Half term: Monday 13th— Friday 17th February
Ends: Friday 31st March
Monday 3rd April—Friday 14th April
Starts: Mon 17th April
Half term: Mon 29th May - Friday 2nd June
Ends: Friday 21st July
In addition there will be 5 INSET DAYS where school is closed to pupils:
Thursday 1st September
Friday 2nd September
Friday 21st October
Monday 20th February
Monday 2nd May
September Staggered Start for Reception Children
· 5th and 6th September—Meet the Teacher meetings
· Children start on Wednesday 7th September 8.45—11.45 the same applies on the 8th and 9th.
· 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th September 8.45—1.00pm
From the 19th September children will be able to start full time unless you have expressed a desire for them not too at your Meet The Teacher Meeting.
Hot school dinners (Universal Free School Meals)
All Key Stage 1 children (reception to year 2) are entitled to a free hot lunch every day. Chartwells provide the hot school meals and their menu is available online at www.loveschoolmeals.co.uk . You will find a leaflet from Chartwells within your welcome pack. Most parents choose to take up a free meal for their children and we recommend trying this option and then we ask that parents either opt in or out after the first full term.
Free School Meals - Pupil Premium
If you are in receipt of benefits or are on a low income you may qualify for Pupil Premium. Not only will your child receive a free hot meal at school but also the cost of trips and some clubs will be covered and the school will receive extra funding to support your child's education.
If couldn't be easier to apply ask for a form at reception and we are more than happy to help you complete the details. You will need your National Insurance Number and full contact details.
Alternatively children can bring a packed lunch—please ensure you tell the school office if your child will be having a packed lunch instead of a hot meal. In line with our healthy schools status we would encourage the lunch boxes to contain a nutritious and balanced meal providing energy for the afternoon ahead and fizzy drinks are not allowed As a school we operate a NUT FREE policy ensuring that any children suffering from a nut allergy are not unnecessarily exposed to nuts. Please be careful to check labels before packing items.
Access to drinking water throughout the day has been shown to improve concentration. Children will need to have a water bottle in school.
Milk and Fruit
Fruit (and the odd carrot!)
Every early years and key stage 1 child are provided with free fruit every day. In reception we use fruit time as an opportunity to encourage social skills, sharing and independence.
Semi-Skimmed Milk is free until your child’s fifth birthday, then you have the option to pay for it if you so wish. The milk is provided in large bottles which the children help to pour out.
We teach the children about healthy lifestyles throughout their time at St Richards school and ensure they understand the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet.
From year 2, children will be able to join extracurricular clubs giving them even more opportunity for activity.
School Uniform and Kit
St Richard’s has a school uniform which helps the children to feel part of the school community as well as giving them a smart appearance. A list of the school uniform is in the ‘New parent pack’ and is on the school website.
There are very few school logo’d items and these can be purchased from Game Set and Match in Chichester.
Unit 1, Beaver Trade Park,
West Sussex, PO19 8NY
Tel: 01243 538800
Monday-Friday 09:00-17:30 Saturday 10:00-16:30
Please ensure that ALL items of clothing are clearly labelled.
Activities take place both indoor and outdoor throughout the day. Therefore your child will need to bring a warm coat with a hood as well as their jumper or cardigan.
Children will need to bring a named water bottle to school.
Please could you provide a pair of wellington boots which can live in school along with an all in one waterproof suit. This will allow your child to make full use of all of our outdoor area, including the mud kitchen! If you have an all in one waterproof suit this would be very useful.
For the first two terms our class PE lessons take place indoors, so your child will not need trainers until the summer term.
We ask that children don’t bring in toys from home as they can cause upset if they get mislaid or broken. We will provide specific opportunities for children to bring in things to share and talk about.
Absence from school
If your child is absent from school, please phone the office first thing in the morning and leave a message on the answering service to inform us of their absence. It is helpful if you also inform the school if your child is going to be arriving late.
It is important that if your child is unwell you keep him/her at home until fully recovered, this is 48 hours in the case of sickness or diarrhoea. If your child has a minor accident during the school day they will be seen by a trained First Aider and the incident will be recorded in the school accident book. The school will contact you immediately if your child is unwell or has a serious injury during the school day.
Medicine in school—please refer to our managing medicines policy on our website
The school can administer medicines to children in the following circumstances:
· Where a child has a Health Care Plan
· Inhalers for Asthma (please order one for home & one to be kept in school in a named container)
· Medicine prescribed by a Doctor — please note antibiotics can only be given when prescribed for 4 times a day
· We can administer paracetamol and antihistamine with a signed consent but prefer not to do this for reception children. If they are unwell they should really stay at home.
Emergency contact details
Parents/carers are asked to supply us with a telephone number where they can be contacted in case of emergency. It is essential that the records are up-to-date.
Due to government legislation we are not able to authorise any holidays during term time.
Health screening and the School Nurses
The school nursing service offers screening to all children in reception year with your consent. The nurses aim to see children in the same term that they have their 5th Birthday and screen their vision and growth.
Following the screening you will receive a letter giving you the readings.
The school nurse isn't based on site but we can make contact regarding any health concerns. They advise and support staff on the care of children with particular care needs and can be available to advise families on issues such as:
The Nursing Team can be contacted on 01273 666451.
We are a group of parents, carers, teachers and staff, who create fund raising opportunities and initiatives to benefit all of the children at St Richard's Catholic Primary School.
We aim to enable the children, their families and the school community at large to get involved and enhance their experience. Extending the warm and friendly family focus of our school.
We believe that if we each do a little, we can make a BIG difference together!
Take a look at the dedicated Friends website www.strichardsprimaryfriends.co.uk for information about events and fundraising activities.
We welcome all parents and community members to get involved, meet other parents and make a real difference to our school. We will be at the Parents Information evening introducing ourselves or you can email us using email@example.com
We have given you a huge amount of information to digest, take your time to read through this booklet along with the other documents we have included.
To enable us to gather the correct details for your son or daughter and to ensure their continued care whilst at school we do need the forms listed below completed and returned to us by Wednesday 22nd June. If you have any questions or need help please do contact Mrs Farrands in the school office.
Forms to complete and return by Wednesday 22nd June:
· Pupil Information Form
· Home School Agreement
· Early Years Welcome Profile
· Free School Meals application (if applicable)
Extra information we have included:
· Chartwells School Meals leaflet
· Rocketeers wrap around childcare information
· School Uniform List and Game set and Match information
· Free school Meals explained
What will happen next?
· Return all paperwork to school by Wednesday 22nd June
· Parents Information Evening 7.00pm Wednesday 22nd June
· We will be setting all parents up with a Parentmail and Tapestry account so that we can easily keep in touch with you.
· There will be an opportunity for you and your child to meet their class teacher individually on either the 5th and 6th of September. We will providing you with a meeting slot at the Parent Information Meeting on the 22nd June.
September Staggered Start for Reception Children
· 5th and 6th September—Meet the Teacher meetings
· Children start on Wednesday 7th September at 8.45—11.45, the same applies on the 8th and 9th.
· 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th September 8.45—1.00pm Children to stay for school lunch
· From the 19th September children will be able to start full time unless you have expressed a desire for them not too at your Meet The Teacher Meeting.
Contact Details and how to get in touch
Mr J Field
Assistant Head Teachers
Mrs Coulter and Mrs Wojcik
Phase Leader EYFS
Mrs L Hogan
Mrs K Courquin
Mrs H Farrands
School Business Manager
Mrs L Orchard
St Richards Catholic Primary School