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									                              Grafton Infant School

                                   Prospectus

                                    2008-2009




                                Mission Statement

We strive to make our school one which is safe, stimulating, welcoming and caring, a
 place where children are motivated and inspired to learn, where there is respect of
                       each other and success is celebrated.
Dear Parents                                                          How to contact the school:
The governors and staff welcome you and your child to Grafton         Grafton Infant School
Infant School. We hope this will be the successful start of your      Grafton Road
child‟s formal education.                                             Dagenham
We believe that close co-operation between home and school is         Essex
essential for your child‟s successful education and would like to     RM8 3EX
build a partnership with you.
                                                                      phone:      0208 270 4666
There are various ways in which you can become involved in            fax:        0208 270 4664
school life if you wish:-                                             email:      office@grafton-i.bardaglea.org.uk
 Keep in touch with events by reading the weekly newsletter          internet:   http://www.grafton-i.bardaglea.org.uk
   or visit the school website – www.grafton-i.bardaglea.org.uk
 Come to open evenings in order to discuss your child‟s
   progress with the class teacher and see your child‟s work.         School location:
 Become involved in activities at school, such as voluntary
   support in class, on educational visits and Grafton Infant         The main entrance for the school is situated on
   Fundraising Team.                                                  Becontree Avenue.

Although this prospectus is intended to tell you something about
our school there is no substitute for getting to know us personally
so if you require any further information please do not hesitate to
contact the school. Any prospective parents are welcome to
telephone the school to make an appointment to visit the school.
We wish your child a happy and successful time here at Grafton.
Yours sincerely


Mrs. S. Baskill                   Mr. Y. Saito
Headteacher.                      Chair of Governors



                  Organisation of year groups

  The school caters for children between the ages of 3 and 7
        years. The children are organised as follows:

  Foundation Stage
      Nursery – 3 to 4 years old
      Reception – 4 to 5 years old

  Key Stage 1
      Year 1 – 5 to 6 years old
      Year 2 – 6 to 7 years old
School Office
Staff in the School Office will be able to help
you with many of your queries. Please report to
the Office on any occasion when you are
visiting the School. If you are going to be in the
building for some time please sign the Visitor‟s
Book, which we have adopted for security,
health and safety reasons.
Please note that the School Office is open from
8.30am until 8.55am and is then closed until
9.10am to allow children to enter the building.
                                                 Governing Body


Every school has a Governing Body whose members are drawn from various sections of the community.
Parents and teaching staff of the school are also represented and elections are held for these posts.
All parents are notified about elections for parent representatives, and any parent with a child in the school is
eligible to be a representative on the Governing Body.
The Governors meet once a term as a group, but also have several sub-committee meetings.
                 Mr Y Saito                        -        Chair of Governors
                 Mrs S Nichols                     -        Vice-chair of Governors
                 Mr J Kelly
                 Mrs L Wilson
                 Mrs L Cracknell
                 Ms A Fallows
                 Mrs L Sutherland
                 Mrs S Baskill
                 Mrs K Priestly
                 Mrs M Douglas
                 Ms. D Mutsando


Staff list
Headteacher - Mrs Sue Baskill                              ICT/Resource Manager (5 hours per week)
Acting Deputy Headteacher - Mrs Carla Robinson             Mrs Cheryl Sullivan
SENCo
Data and Finance Manager - Mrs Chris Rogan                 Classroom Assistants
Clerical Assistant - Ms Ann-Marie Moore                    Mrs Ann Boast, Mrs Alison Wallin, Mrs Sue
Clerical Assistant -                                       Cockburn, Mrs Daryl Noonan, Mrs Linda Wilson, Mrs
                                                           Cheryl Sullivan, Mrs Chris Taylor, Mrs Ann Horsey
Teaching staff
Mrs Linda Sutherland                                       Caretaker
Mrs Julie Bolbery                                          Mr Brahim Hamouda
Mrs Christine Kinnaird
                                                           Mid-day Assistants
Miss Katharine Cruchley
                                                           Mrs Linda Wilson
Mrs Jane Barrett
                                                           Mrs Heather Domeny
Miss Dawn McGahey
                                                           Mrs Didi Vickers
Mrs Debbie Bancroft
                                                           Mrs Lorraine Blease
Mrs. Nicola Constantinou
                                                           Mrs Christine Turner
Miss. Sian Phelan
                                                           Mrs Diane Farrell
Mrs Bobbie Gargrave
                                                           Mrs Debbie Deeble
Mrs Anne Woolnough
                                                           Miss Joanne Cole
Miss Heather Murdoch
                                                           Mrs Lynne Bailey
Ms Gillian Campbell
                                                           Mrs Anjum Ishaq
Mr Adam Robbins
                                                           Mrs Nicola Harvey
Miss Swata Patel

Nursery Nurses                                             School Nurse
                                                           Kathy Priestly
Mrs Denise Jones, Mrs Caron Hook, Ms
JackieTucker                                               Access & Attendance Officer
                                                           Leanne Harrison
                                                 School Times

School starts promptly at 8.55 am and finishes at 3.00pm

Reception lunchtime is 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.
Year 1 and 2 lunchtime is 12 noon – 1pm.

We begin school promptly at 8.55am and would ask you to make sure your child is on time, as the start of the
day sets the scene for the children and they will miss important learning if they are late.

Infant school children should always be accompanied to school by an adult who should remain with the child
until the teacher collects the class from the playground at 8.55 am.

If your child is late for school, you must report to the School Office so that he/she can be marked present and a
dinner ordered if necessary. Children arriving after 9.05am will be marked as late. Parents of children who are
persistently late will be referred to the Access and Attendance Officer.

Likewise at the end of the school day, please ensure you are waiting for your child at 3pm. Children can
become very distressed when not collected on time, so if you are likely to be delayed or someone else is
collecting your child, please telephone the School office to inform us. Tel: 0208 270 4666.

Any children who are brought onto the premises must be supervised by their parents before and after school.

No children are allowed on the playground equipment outside school hours.

The school can take no responsibility for children using the equipment outside of school hours.


                                           Nursery Admission Policy
Places in nursery classes are allocated to children whose parents or carers are resident in the London Borough
of Barking and Dagenham in the following order of priority:-
1.    Children who have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior school where applicable at the
      date of admission.
2.    The oldest of the children in the relevant age group (those who are three by 31st August immediately
      preceding the school year in which they might be admitted) resident in the school‟s designated
      neighbourhood area at the date of admission.
3.    Children who live closest to particular school at the date of admission measured by the nearest available
      walking route.
Note:-
1.    The school‟s neighbourhood area is the area designated by the LEA in which residents have priority for
      admission to the nursery class of a particular school. Details of which schools neighbourhood area you
      live are available at local schools or the Education Department.
2.    Distance from home to school to be used as a tie breaker for pupils who have an equal claim for a place in
      a nursery using the above criteria.
If there are any places remaining after all Borough residents requesting places at a particular nursery class have
been admitted, children resident outside the Borough may be admitted in the following order of priority:-

1.    Children who have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior school at the date of admission.
2.    The oldest of the children in the relevant age group (those who are there by 31 st August immediately
      preceding the school year in which they might be admitted) result in the school‟s designated
      neighbourhood are at the date of admission.

3.    Children who live closest to a particular school at the date of admission measured by the nearest available
      walking route.

(Attendance in the nursery does not give any priority or guarantee a place in the reception class of the
infant school.)

Once the Nursery places are fully allocated, parents who wish their child to attend Grafton Nursery may place
their name on a waiting list. When places become available children are admitted applying the above criteria.



                                            General Admission Policy
Grafton Infant School follows the Borough criteria for admissions which in strict order or priority, are as follows:

1. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school or, in the case of an infant school, the linked
   junior school, on the same site, at the date of admission (Furze Infants School and Warren Junior School will
   be treated as linked schools).
2. Children resident in the priority area for admission (this is the neighbourhood area designed by the LEA as
   giving priority for admission to a particular school)
3. Children who live closest to the school measured by the nearest available walking route.
4. Attendance in the nursery does not give any priority for or guarantee a place in the reception class of the
   infant school.
5. Having a brother or sister in the nursery class does not give priority for admission to school.
6. Distance from home to school is used as a tie breaker for pupils who have equal claim for a place.
7. Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs will be given priority only if the LEA decides that a
   place at a particular school is essential in order to meet a child‟s special educational needs.
8. If it is proved a place has been allocated on a basis of false information, the place may be withdrawn.
9. Brother or sister means, for the purpose of admission arrangements, a full, half, step, adopted, or long term
   foster living at the same address.
10. Information about neighbourhood areas can be obtained from the school/Education Department (Operations
    Management Team).
11. If the year group is full the child is entered onto a waiting list. Children are then admitted on the basis of
    distance from school.



                                           Note about Admissions
Admissions to Nursery and Years 1 to 2 are administered by the school and application forms are available from
the school office. Admission to Reception is administered by the LBBD Education Services.

Further information is available from: The Admissions and Attendance Team, Morline House, 160 London Road,
Barking, IG11 8BB. Tel: 0208 215 3004. Fax: 0208 227 5541. Email: 3000direct@lbbd.gov.uk. Monday to
Friday, 8am - 8pm.
                     Nursery Children
                                                                                     Reception Children
Children are admitted to Nursery in the academic year
they reach their 4th birthday (1st September – 31st               Children enter the Reception year in the academic year
August). The children are admitted at the end of                  they reach their 5th birthday (1st September – 31st August).
September, staggered over several days. This is to give           They are admitted over several days on a part-time basis
the Nursery staff a chance to get to know parents and             in order to give the staff time to get to know you and your
children and to help each child settle more easily.               child.

Nursery is a very important part of a child‟s education           Before your child starts school there will be an opportunity
and if you accept at place in Nursery, I would ask that           to meet the teachers and have a one to one talk about
your child attends regularly and on time.                         your child and their needs.

Nursery times are:       9.00am – 11.30am                         You will be asked to fill in an admission form when your
                         12.30pm – 3.00pm                         child joins the school. You must also produce your child‟s
                                                                  birth certificate or passport and proof of residency.
Any child who arrives more than 30 minutes late for the
session will not be admitted to nursery.                          The information you give us will help to ensure that your
                                                                  child‟s needs are met. For that reason, we would ask that
No jewellery of any kind is allowed in Nursery.                   you inform us of any changes in circumstances such as a
                                                                  change of address, new emergency numbers or changes
                                                                  in family contact arrangements.

                                                                                                              Holidays
                        Attendance – authorised /unauthorised                                      Parents are reminded that
                                                                                                   they should plan extended
 Regular school attendance is vital if pupils are to benefit fully from the opportunities          holidays during the school
 which this school offers them. It is an established fact that children who have a poor            holidays and not during
 attendance and punctuality record at Infant level tend to continue in this manner                 term time.
 throughout their school life. Parents and schools each have important responsibilities            Extended holidays during
 in respect of attendance. We all want to ensure that the children at this school                  term time disrupt your child‟s
 receive the best education possible in order that they fulfil their potential.                    education which has been
                                                                                                   carefully planned by the staff
 Please notify the school by telephone on the first day your child is absent. If                   of the school.
 we do not hear from you, the school will contact you.

 The school should be notified THE DAY BEFORE of any dental, clinic or hospital                     The classes with the least
 appointments.                                                                                      absence and the best
                                                                                                    punctuality are awarded a
 Unexplained or frequent absences are always referred to the Access & Attendance                    trophy for the week. This is
 Officer.                                                                                           presented to the classes in
                                                                                                    assemblies on Fridays and
 The school has an attendance policy which is available on request.                                 then detailed in the weekly
                                                                                                    newsletter.

                                 Punctuality                                                On the end of year report
Children are expected to arrive at school by 8.50 am, ready to line up in the               pupils‟ attendance is graded:
playground at 8.55am. Lessons start at 9.00am.                                              98% and over: Excellent
Children who are late not only deprive themselves of the start of the lesson,               95–97%: Good
but also waste time of other children and teachers.                                         92-94%: Satisfactory
                                                                                            88-91%: Unsatisfactory
Parents are requested to collect children promptly at 3.00pm.
                                                                                            Below 88%: Needs improving
School Uniform

We would ask you to make sure your child wears school uniform every day.

All items should be marked with your child’s name.

 Girls                                                     Boys
 Grey Skirt                                                Grey Trousers
 White Blouses/ Polo Shirt                                 White Shirt / Polo Shirt
 Red Sweatshirt                                            Red Sweatshirt
 Black Shoes (no high heels or sandals)                    Black Shoes
 Red and White checked dress in the summer

PE Kit (Girls and Boys)
Shorts
T-Shirt
Plimsolls

The items listed below are available from the School Office embroidered with the School logo.
Reading Bag                                           £ 3.50
PE Bag                                                £ 3.00
Waterproof Jackets (Fleece Lining)                    £12.00
Fleece Jackets                                        £10.00
Knitted Hats                                          £ 3.00
Peaked Cap                                            £ 3.00
PE Shirt                                              £ 4.00
PE Shorts                                             £ 4.00

Polo shirts/sweatshirt/cardigans, complete with the school logo, can also be purchased from Premier
Schoolwear



  Shoes                                                                                Personal Property
  We particularly ask that all children wear sensible flat shoes.
  High heels are not allowed. Shoes with Velcro fasteners are               Please label every item of clothing clearly
  preferable for younger children. During warm weather socks                with your child‟s name and in a way in
  must be worn.                                                             which will not disappear after washing.

  Jewellery                                                                 Pupils are expected to be responsible for
  No jewellery should be worn to school. No earrings are allowed            their own belongings. If property is lost,
  at any time. Please note if you wish to have your child‟s ear             please contact your child‟s class teacher
  pierced, this should be done at the start of the summer holiday           or check through the items in the lost
  as no studs are allowed at school on health and safety grounds.           property box.

  P.E.                                                                      Valuables or large amounts of money
  Your child will need a set of clothes to change into for PE               should not be brought to school. Any
  lessons. This should consist of a T-shirt, a pair of shorts and           money brought form visits, school
  plimsolls. They should all be kept at school in a named bag.              dinners, etc., should be given to the class
                                                                            teacher to look after or paid directly into
  In the winter, the children may wear jogging bottoms for outdoor          the school office.
  PE
                         Security

 The school policy is to make all visitors welcome and to
 keep children and staff safe. All visitors to the school
 must report to the office and if you intend to remain on           School Dinners
 site, you need to sign in.
                                                                    Dinner money should be paid weekly on
                                                                    Monday morning for the whole week. Money
 Children can only leave at the end of the day with an
                                                                    should be in an envelope with the child‟s name
 adult known to the school staff. Parents are asked to
                                                                    clearly marked on it. At present the cost is
 inform teachers if a different person will be collecting
                                                                    £1.80 per day and the correct money would be
 their child at the end of the day and for any other special
                                                                    appreciated.
 arrangements.
                                                                    In certain circumstances, financial help may be
 Security arrangements are continuously reviewed to                 available and enquiries should be made to the
 ensure the school stays in line with best practice and to          School Office if you think you may be entitled
 make sure the school site remains secure.                          to free school meals.

                                                                    Packed lunches

Emergency Information Forms                                         Packed lunch should be brought in a suitable
                                                                    lunch box and marked with your child’s
Emergency information forms (Green forms) will be
                                                                    name.
given out to all parents on admission. These forms
MUST be filled in and returned to the school. Any                   If you choose to send your child to school with
changes to this information i.e. address,                           a packed lunch, we encourage you to send in
parents/guardians place of work, telephone numbers                  a healthy lunch and suggest that you do not
must be reported to the school office immediately.                  include sweets/chocolates. Drinks in cans or
                                                                    glass bottles are not allowed nor are fizzy
                                                                    drinks. No nuts are allowed.


                      Educational Outings
                                                                                   School Fruit Scheme
When an educational visit is arranged which involves going
                                                                  There is a national school fruit scheme for 4 – 6 year
out of school, parents are notified by letter of the proposed
                                                                  olds. Under the scheme, each child will be entitled to
arrangements. The letter contains a note requesting               receive a free piece of fruit each school day.
parents‟ written consent to their child participating in the
outing.
                                                                  Your child will be offered a free piece of fruit each day.
                                                                  The fruit will be fresh and of good quality. The aim is for
Occasionally children may go on short local visits e.g. the       the children to have a positive and enjoyable experience
library, the park, or the shops, etc,. On such occasions, you     of fruit.
might not be notified in advance but the child is always
accompanied by a member of school staff.
                                                                  We are keen to help our children enjoy eating fruit and
                                                                  we can also teach them the benefits of healthy eating.
When your child starts their education with Grafton, we ask
for the parents‟ permission to enable the child to take part in
these local visits.
                                                   COMMON        ILLNESSES


 Disease                   Normal incubation         Period of communicability       Minimum period of incubation
                           period in days
 Chicken Pox               11-21                     From 1 day before to 7 days     7 days from onset of rash
                                                     after appearance of rash        Contacts – none
 German Measles            12-21                     From a few days before to 4     4 days from onset of rash
                                                     days after onset of rash        Contacts – none
 Measles                   10-15                     From a few days before to 5     7 days from onset of rash
                                                     days after onset of rash        Contacts – none
 Mumps                     12-16                     From a few days before          Until swelling has subsided and the child
                           (Commonly 18)             onset of symptoms to            is well
                                                     subsidence of swelling          Contacts – none
 Conjunctivitis            1-3                       During course of active         During acute stage.
                                                     treatment                       Contacts – none
 Whooping Cough            7-10                      From 7 days after exposure      21 days from onset of paroxysmal cough
                                                     to 21 days after onset of       Contacts – none
                                                     paroxysmal cough
 Verrucae (plantar         1-20 months               As long as they are present     None
 warts)                                                                              Contacts – none
 Ringworm                  4 – 10 days (body)        Until treated                   7 days
                           10 – 14 days (scalp)                                      Contacts - none


Pupil Welfare

We are at all times concerned with the safety and welfare of the children in our care, with your support and co-operation, we
try to ensure the smooth running of the school and to provide a happy and secure environment.
The school nurse is a registered nurse who has special training on the health of a school child. One of the responsibilities
of the school nurse is to ensure as far as possible that the children are not prevented by health problems from benefiting
from the education we provide. The school nurse runs a drop-in service at the school breakfast club on a monthly basis.
When children first attend school, they often come into contact with a variety of childhood illnesses and complaints. Perhaps
the most troublesome is head lice. School nurses no longer inspect children‟s hair. We ask that parents take responsibility
for checking their children‟s hair regularly and, if necessary, treat their children for head lice.
The school dentist makes regular visits to the school in order to check teeth, but not to carry out dental work.
During school hours no child is allowed to leave the school premises unless collected by a parent or a named responsible
adult.
In the interests of health and safety, smoking is not permitted in the school building, in the playground or at the
school gate.
No dogs are allowed in the playground or school building. This includes dogs that are carried.
If it is necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours, you will need to complete a form authorising us to
administer medication. It can be obtained from the office (see forms at rear of prospectus)
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they should be kept away from school until they have been clear of the symptoms for
24 hours. This is to make sure that we limit the spread of infection.
                                                 Special Educational Needs

   The Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Robinson, she works with parents and teachers to
   identify, assess and monitor children who may have special educational needs. Reviews are organised for children
   with special needs in consultation with the Educational Psychology Service and other outside agencies.

   Children may be notified as having special needs by parents, health visitors or teachers. Any concern is followed
   up and assessments are carried out. We monitor the children closely by providing work which is matched to their
   needs. In some cases we will involve an Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Intervention Teacher or any other
   outside help that is required.

   We work in close partnership with parents in order to help children overcome their difficulties. If you need any
   further information, you may contact the SENCo or Head teacher.



 Discipline

 At Grafton, we believe that good discipline is essential in order for children to learn. We hope to work with you as
 parents in our endeavour to teach the children self discipline, making them aware of their responsibility to the school
 community. Our rules are based on common sense, and concerned with the safety of children. We have a school
 behaviour policy which aims to build on positive behaviours.

 It will help us greatly if parents are supportive of the school‟s policy by having similar expectations at home.

                                                 School Golden Rules

                                                   Do be gentle
                                                   Do not hurt anybody
                                                   Do be kind and helpful
                                                   Do not hurt people’s feelings
                                                   Do work hard
                                                   Do not waste your or other people’s time
                                                   Do look after property
                                                   Do not waste or damage things
                                                   Do listen to people
                                                   Do not interrupt




                    The School Council                                                The weekly newsletter

The school council is made up of children from each of the                We keep you up to date with a weekly
Key Stage 1 classes. They meet every 2 weeks to talk                      information letter with future diary dates and
about how they can make Grafton Infant School a better                    events going on around school.
school.
                                            Home School Agreement

  I cannot emphasise enough how important the relationship between the home and school is.

  The aim of the agreement is to develop this relationship between school and home, so that pupils may receive
  the best possible education.

  Both school and parents have an important role to play and we hope the agreement makes this clear.

  The school will try to:-
    Set a high standard and provide education for every child.
    Value each child as an individual and encourage them to achieve his or her full potential in all aspects of
     school life.
    Maintain a code of conduct that provides a caring, secure and disciplined environment.
    Provide a broad and balanced curriculum matched as far as possible to the needs of the individual.
    Provide parents with good information about children‟s progress and general school matters by effective
     communication.
    Be welcoming and open towards parents and provide opportunities for parents to become involved in the life
     of the school.

Parents will try to:-
    Bring children to school on time everyday. Pick children up on time at the end of the day.
    Inform the school office on the first day that your child is absent.
    Support high standards of behaviour and work, and help children with homework.
    Attend open evenings.
    Keep the school informed on end of day collection arrangements and provide up to date information for
       emergency contacts.
    Let the school know of any problems, which might affect a child‟s work or behaviour.
    Support school staff regarding disciplinary matters
    Support all school policies, including the “no jewellery” policy.
    Take note of parking restrictions around the school and park accordingly so as to ensure the safety of all
       children on their way to and from school.


I have read this home school agreement and I am fully aware of the rules and expectations of the school.


Child’s name ……………………………………………….


Signed:
Parent / Guardian…………………………………………..


Signed:
Headteacher ………………………………………………...
                                                   Parental Involvement

    Many parents offer their help and time to assist staff at school during the day in a variety of ways. This help is very
    much appreciated by us and gives parents a clearer idea of how the school works and how teaching ideas are
    tackled. Parents who help in school on a regular basis must undertake a CRB check.

    Our policy is to involve all parents as much as possible in all aspects of school and each child‟s education. It must
    become a partnership, with school and home, working together for the benefit of each individual child.

    If you would like to help in school, please speak to your child‟s teacher in the first instance.

    The government suggests that one hour of homework spread over the week is enough for Infant children. The school
    would endorse this view. Parents are encouraged to share a quiet reading time or play games with their children at
    home. Suggestions are offered by the school, in the ways in which parents can help their children.
    This is meant to be a time of shared enjoyment and should not be one of unnecessary pressure on parent or child.
    Children are encouraged to take home reading and library books to share with parents.

    All relevant school documentation, policies, individual records etc., are available for parents to see on request.

    We are part of the Healthy School Award scheme and strive to help the children adopt a healthy lifestyle.




                                                    Complaints Procedure

    From time to time parents, and others connected with the school, will become aware of matters which cause them
    concern. To encourage resolution of such situations the Governing Body has adopted a “General Complaints
    Procedure”.

    The procedure is devised with the intention that it will:

   Usually be possible to resolve problems by informal means
   Be simple to use and understand
   Be non-adversarial
   Provide confidentiality
   Allow problems to be handled swiftly
   Address all the points at issue
   Inform future practice so that the problem is unlikely to recur.

    Full details of the procedure may be obtained from the school office or from the Clerk to the Governing Body.

    However, most complaints or concerns can be dealt with very quickly. Your child‟s teacher is usually available
    before and after school. The Headteacher is usually available at the start and end of the school day.
           Sex and Relationships Education

The school has a policy, which has been agreed with the
governing body that places sex education within the                                        R.E.
context of science and health education. Planning for
this is under the heading of PSHE (Personal, Social and                The school is a non-denominational school
Health Education) and taught in Year 2 within the general              and religious education is taught in line with
science topic of “Variation”. Materials used are shown to              the locally agreed syllabus. Parents may
parents before their use in class. Parents can withdraw                withdraw their children from R.E. lessons if
their children from all or part of sex education (this must            they wish. This must be done in writing,
be done in writing, directly to the Head teacher); however             directly to the Head teacher
we hope that by viewing the materials and talking with
staff, parents will choose not to do this.




                                          Assemblies / Collective Worship

Assemblies take place daily in some form and are planned around a general theme, the emphasis is on the values
shared by most faiths – fairness respect, understanding and an appreciation of the world and it‟s creator. Parents
may withdraw their children from assembly if they wish, but they would miss feeling part of the school family and may
well feel isolated.




Settling your child at school                                            Bringing and collecting your child

Even if your child has been attending nursery class or                   Please bring your child to school on time
playgroup, the change to school still represents a big step for          and line up with them on the playground.
him/her. There are a number of ways in which you can help to             Please stay with your child until the teacher
prepare your child in advance for this, and so build up                  has taken the class from the playground. In
independence and self-confidence.                                        the afternoon the children will be brought
                                                                         out into the playground by the teacher.
For example, you can ensure that he/she is able to:
                                                                         Please make sure you are on time to pick
1. Dress and undress unaided in preparation for P.E., put on             up your child. It can be deeply distressing
   outdoor clothes and do up buttons and zips.                           for a young child to have to wait for their
2. Do up shoes. If he/she cannot yet tie shoe laces, please              parent when all their friends have gone. If
   provide shoes with Velcro fastenings or slip-on shoes.                you are unavoidably held up, please
3. Hang up his/her coat on a peg – please see that there is a            telephone school to let us know and we can
   proper loop for this purpose.                                         tell your child you are on your way. If we
4. Use the toilet properly.                                              have not heard from a parent by 3.30pm,
5. Wash and dry hands                                                    we can contact Social Services.
6. Use a handkerchief and blow his/her nose properly.
7. Use a knife and fork.
                                              Helping your child at home

Parents naturally want to help their children, and parental interest in school activities is very much to be desired.
The following points are made in the hope that they will help you to help your child in the best way possible.

Most young children, once they have left school for the day, tend to put all thoughts of school behind them, and to
be much more interested in matters of immediate concern. It is not really a good idea to question children closely
about their school activities when they come out of school. If something important has occurred, they will probably
tell you about it, but it is quite natural for children to forget much of the detail of their school day, and they are much
more likely to be relaxed in their attitude to school if you are not anxious or unduly questioning about it. Be assured
that, if we have any problems concerning your child, we will get in touch with you; similarly, we would hope that you
would contact us if you had any worries about your child in school.

Your child will have had a busy day at school, and it is unrealistic to expect him/her to do more „school-type‟ work at
home. You can help your child by:
Reading
   1. By talking with your child – spoken language is vitally important in relation to reading.
   2. By helping him/her on a daily basis by sharing his/her reading book, or reading to him/her from school
       library books. Your child‟s teacher will be only too happy to discuss how you can do this should you wish to
       gain further help or information.
   3. By teaching nursery rhymes.
   4. By letting your child join the local library – the children‟s librarian will be glad to advise on the choice of
       suitable books.
   5. Helping your child with any work such as spelling.

As your child moves from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 emphasis on developing reading skills is maintained and
parents can continue to support their child at home by discussing the current reading book, supporting the book
review system encouraging children to read a daily newspaper, searching for information relating to the topic in
school, e.g. encyclopaedias, dictionaries, Internet, etc.
Maths
You can help your child with mathematics too, but not, please, by getting him/her to do lots of „sums‟ at home.
Children will do plenty of these at school at the appropriate time. Your way of doing sums may not be the school‟s
way, so you are likely to confuse your child, and besides, there is much more to mathematics than just „sums‟.

If your want to assist your child in this area, here are some of the many activities that you can do with him/her:
        Laying the table – counting, getting the knives in the right place, etc.,
        Going shopping – handling money, counting items in the shopping basket.
        Dressing and undressing – sorting clothes into piles.
        Playing with water – at bathtime, washing up e.g. filling containers, pouring water from one container to
         another etc.
        Tidying away toys.
        „Left‟ and „Right‟ games.
        Games of Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Snap, etc.
        Spotting shapes (circles, squares, etc.) colour.
        Comparing sizes etc., whether at home or on walks.
        Making collections of things (stones, shells, etc.)
No doubt you can think of many more activities. The important thing is that you can help your child to get hold of
the basic ideas of Maths, such as sorting, matching and comparing. By sharing an activity with your child and by
talking to him/her, you can begin to introduce the correct „mathematical‟ words such as big and small, few and
many, longest and shortest, etc,. Please do not turn it into a „lesson‟ – all these things can be done as part of a day-
to-day event.
                                                    Breakfast Club

The club runs from 8.15am until school starts and you can either remain with your child while they eat their breakfast
and then take them to school yourself, or have the children supervised by school staff members for a daily fee of
£1.50. For breakfast, your child will be given a choice of hot and cold food and drinks. Food and drinks prices
range from 20p to £1.00.


                                                   After School Club

There is also an after school club at Valence Primary School from 3pm – 6pm (term time only) Children are
collected from Grafton School and taken to Valence Primary at the end of the school day.

Details:
Sun and Moon Childcare Scheme
Mrs Caroline Pibworth
Valence Primary School
Bonham Road
Dagenham
RM8 3AR
www.sun-n-moon.com
tel: 07943 856 893



                                               GENERAL INFORMATION
  Lost Property – any items of clothing found without a name are kept in a Lost Property Box situated in the
  Reception area. Please make sure clothing is marked with your child‟s name so that it can easily be returned.
  Toys – should not be brought to school, except at the request of the teacher on special occasions. There are
  plenty of toys in school, and toys brought from home tend to get lost, broken or damaged, causing distress to the
  owner.
  Safety – We talk regularly to the children about various aspects of safety.
  We encourage them to tell an adult they can trust when they are upset or disturbed and we emphasise that they
  have the right to say “no” to requests, suggestions or behaviour of others which they know to be unacceptable or
  wrong.
  We remind them regularly of the danger from approaches by strangers.
  Bed-times – like most of us, children are at their best when they have had a good night‟s sleep. Children who are
  tired will not give their best, or get the best out of the school, so, for their sakes, please make sure they get to bed
  at a reasonable time, regardless of what is on T.V.! I would suggest that between 7.00 pm and 8.00pm is quite
  late enough for any young child.
  Confidence – Please always speak of the school and the teachers in a positive and supportive way at home, as
  we in school speak of you at home. Your confidence in us will be reflected in the attitude and behaviour of your
  child. If you have any misgivings, doubts or complaints, please come and talk to us privately. We listen to
  complaints and suggestions, and we are always prepared to redress any wrong done inadvertently.
  Finally, although your child spends many hours in school, he/she spends many hours at home, and you too are
  expert teachers. Education is not to be confused with the time spent in school, and, in developing the whole
  person, we should remember the words of Mark Twain, and not let schooling interfere with education!
                          LONDON BOROUGH OF BARKING AND DAGENHAM

                                           GRAFTON INFANT SCHOOL

                                           Pupil Holiday Request Form
                        (This form to be completed at least four weeks before departure date)

Name of Pupil ………………………………………………….. Date of Birth…………………………

Class………………………………………………



I hereby ask that the School Governors consider my request for leave of absence during term time of my child to
enable them to accompany us on the family holiday.


Holiday Destination:……………………………………………………………………………………………
From:……………………………….. to: ……………………………… No,. of school days………………
        (first day of absence)              (last day of absence)


Please give the reasons which prevent this holiday being taken during a school holiday period.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………..


I understand that absence from school disrupts pupils‟ education and can hinder progress.


Signed ………………………………………………. Date…………………………….


Office Use Only
Children *will / will not be sitting SATs during this year
Request * Approved / Not Approved on behalf of Governors


Signed …………………………………………………                               Date ……………………………




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