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Bowmandale, Barton-upon-Humber,
North Lincolnshire, DN18 5EE
TEL: (01652) 633633
Fax: (01652) 635539

HEADTEACHER: Mrs. E. J. Hinxman

                       WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL


                       THE BOWMANDALE FAMILY

Within this handbook is information to help guide you and your child.


The School
The School Team
The Structure of a Primary School
The National Curriculum
Our School
Health and Safety
Use of Photographs of Pupils
Working Together
The School Day
Meeting the children from School
Absences from School
Health Matters
School Meals
School Dress
Clothing List
Marking Code
Homework Guidelines

                                    THE SCHOOL

The School, which opened in January 1978, is situated in a 5.8 acre site. It is a
purpose built single-storey school with twelve teaching areas and a mobile

Central to the main building is a hall where different curricular activities take place
such as PE, dance and drama. Leading from the hall is an ICT base and resource
area, and the school kitchen where the mid-day meals are prepared. School meals
are served in the hall. The school also has a library. An administrative area, foyer,
shower, disabled toilet and toilet blocks complete the main building.

Surrounding the building are extensive playing fields, lawn areas and ample hard
play surfaces. The grounds are enhanced by a wide variety of shrubs and trees.

Part of the grounds includes an area specifically designated, as a ‘Quiet Area’ for
the children, there is a science area and areas specifically designated for wild life
conservation. There is fixed adventure playground equipment on the field and
fixed playground ‘village’ equipment for the younger children on the smaller

                             THE BOWMANDALE TEAM

The team, at present, consists of a Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher, and nine
other Teaching Staff, a part time teacher, an Early Years Practitioner, eight
Teaching Assistants, an Administrative Assistant, a Business Manager, a Clerical
Assistant, a Caretaker, three Cleaning Staff, six Lunchtime Supervisors headed by
a Senior Supervisor, and Kitchen Staff.

A peripatetic Special Educational Needs Teacher and peripatetic music teachers
also teach in our school.


Children usually spend up to seven years in their primary school and are
organised as follows: -

GROUP                     AGE GROUP           YEAR               DURATION
Foundation Year           4/5 years           Reception          (1 year)
Key Stage 1               5/7 years           Years1 and 2       (2 years)
Key Stage 2               7/11 years          Years 3/4/5/6      (4 years)

                           THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

The 1988 Education Reform Act established a National Curriculum to ensure that
all pupils aged from 5 to 16 could receive a broad and balanced curriculum, which
is relevant to their needs. The National Curriculum 2000 requirements for a
primary school consist of: -
 Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Information Communications
 Foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music,
   Physical Education, and PSHCE.

Additionally, the Act states that all schools must provide Religious Education as
part of the basic curriculum, and make provision for daily collective worship.

                                   OUR SCHOOL

Our Rising 5’s/Reception year is named the FOUNDATION YEAR. The children
follow a varied programme, which is planned to ensure a careful balance between
work and structured play, while firm foundations are laid in number work, reading
and in writing. At the same time, we must never forget that childhood is precious;
that joy, excitement and a sense of wonder are to be cultivated, and not put at risk
in order to prepare the child for the years ahead.

As the children move through Key Stage 1 and 2, our aim is to build on the
foundations already laid, giving each child a thorough grounding in basic skills,
and provide a solid basis of knowledge contained within the National Curriculum.

The Organisation of the School:

The School is organised into classes of chronologically ascending age groups
each with one teacher per class. Because of this arrangement and Government
requirements regarding numbers of pupils in classes re Key Stage one, there are
often children of two academic years within the same class. We have however, due
to the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2,
both in content of subjects and Assessment arrangements, maintained a ‘division’
between these two stages.

Extra – Curricular Activities

We offer a wide range of extra – curricular activities for Key Stage 2 children,
undertaken by the ‘goodwill’ of the staff in their own time. The activities take place
(relating to season), and can vary depending on the commitments of staff and the
level of interest shown by pupils. In recent years they have included - recorder,
dance, football, rounders, cricket, netball, athletics, ICT, and cookery. Additionally
we bring in peripatetic music teachers for violin, cello, woodwind and guitar


Our School should be a calm, caring and friendly work place in which everyone
gives their best. We can achieve high standards in work and behaviour by working
together, applying rules fairly and firmly and by being kind and considerate to one
another. Our school nurtures confidence, self-worth and self-discipline, hence the
need for recognising positive attitudes and good behaviour based on a positive
approach, which is encouraged and endorsed through our Golden Rules and
reward system. The Golden Rules are displayed throughout the school.

                                Golden Rules

                                Do be gentle
                                Do be kind and helpful
                                Do work hard
                                Do look after property
                                Do listen to people
                                Do be honest

For good behaviour, the children are awarded with thirty minutes each week of
Golden Time. During this time, the children are allowed to enjoy a variety of
activities of their own choosing. The children value this special time highly. On the
rare occasions that children break a Golden Rule, they will be given a reminder of
the appropriate rule. If they continue to break that rule, a minute will be deducted
from their Golden Time for that week. Stars are also awarded for following the
Golden Rules, and for working to the best of their ability/effort. The stars are put
into a ‘star chart’ and when ten are attained, the children are sent to Mrs Hinxman
to be personally awarded with a Golden Star. When one hundred have been
achieved, the children are presented with a special certificate at a school worship.

As part of their personal and social development, your child will also participate in
‘Circle Time’. This time is devoted to enhancing self-esteem, self-discipline and
positive relationships through planned age-appropriate structured class
discussions. This approach benefits children as individuals and as a member of a
school family.

                                HEALTH AND SAFETY

In the interests of all the children and staff, please note the following

Parents: - must ensure that children do not bring items to school, which are
hazardous or dangerous. If such items are found by any member of staff, they will
be confiscated and the parents asked to come into school to collect them.

Pupils: - are expected:
 to exercise personal responsibility appropriate to their age and understanding,
   for the safety of themselves and their classmates
 to observe standards of dress consistent with safety and/or hygiene (this
   would preclude unsuitable footwear, dress and other items considered
 to observe all the safety rules of the school and, in particular, the instructions
   of teaching staff given in an emergency
 to use and not wilfully misuse, neglect or interfere with things provided for
   their safety

                        USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF PUPILS

BOWMANDALE believes in celebrating successes and exceptional achievements
as well as promoting the good name of the school through the school's website
(, local newspapers and magazines. We
prefer to show names with photographs wherever possible as this gives credit
where it is due.

We intend to continue with this policy in every case unless contacted by a parent
or guardian, in writing, to the contrary.

                                WORKING TOGETHER

At Bowmandale School we see the education of your child as a partnership; a
trusting relationship where we will do our best to make their time with us a happy
learning experience, and help them to realise their full potential.

We feel it is very important that parents be regularly informed of the progress of
their child. During the academic year, you will be invited into school to discuss
such progress. Further, over the years, we have established other ways in which
you are ‘kept in touch’ with your child’s development: -

   Books going home: - The children will bring their exercise books home for a
    weekend once every term to show you. Please sign, date and comment (if
    appropriate) on the inside of the back cover of the books, and return them on
    Monday morning with your child.

   Marking Code: - To support you in understanding the evaluation of your child’s
    work/progress, we have developed a marking code (please refer to the section
    Marking Code at the back of this booklet). Please note that not all work done by
    the children is recorded in written form e.g. oral and practical work.

   Reading Record Booklet: - Each child has their own reading record booklet,
    which is taken home daily, with a reading book; the expectation is that children
    will read at least three times a week. This is to help you and the teacher to work
    in partnership in listening to your child read. The record book allows both you
    and the teacher to make any relevant comment about the child’s reading - for
                            Has the child enjoyed the story?
                            Does the child read with expression?
                            Can your child talk about the story?

    Remember to be positive, encouraging your child to be confident and enjoy
    reading. Please make ‘reading time’ pleasurable. We would also strongly
    recommend that your child is a member of the local public library.

   Homework: - The children need to practice key skills. To help the children
    develop these important skills your support in ensuring they do their homework
    is crucial. To support you in this process, we have drawn up guidelines on how
    much homework children of different ages should do (please refer to the
    section Homework Guidelines at the back of this booklet).

   Homework Diary: - To support the year five and six children in the transition
    between the primary phase and the secondary phase, we have introduced these

   Class Worships: - On some Friday mornings at 9.45 a.m. throughout the school
    year, one of the classes presents a ‘Worship’ for the rest of the school. It is our
    custom to invite you (parents/guardians/carers/grandparents) along to the
    school to share this worship time.

   Maths Booklet: - Each year, a maths booklet will be sent to you. This is
    designed to support us working together by: -
       Informing you of the work which your child will cover
       Identifying areas to practise at home.
       Suggesting some fun activities to develop numeracy skills.

   Early Years Foundation Stage Booklet: - Each year, this booklet will be sent to
    the appropriate parents to support us working together by: -
        Informing you of the aspects of the Foundation Stage your child will
        Identifying areas to support your child at home.

   School Website:- The website is another way of keeping you in touch with the
    school (

At some time during the school year, an opportunity arises when books will be on
sale. This takes the form of a ‘Book Fair’ in school or magazines to choose books
sent home to parents. All the children and parents will be able to browse through
the books available and purchases can be made.

Our school philosophy is to encourage, whenever possible, parents to come into
school. This could be assisting in teaching areas, helping with sporting and
musical activities, cycling proficiency, or accompanying on school visits. We
value your support of whatever nature. Please let us know if you are able to offer
some support.

As a school, we consider good behaviour to be a necessary condition for effective
teaching and learning to take place.

We recognise the need to work in partnership with parents and to encourage
children to become socially responsible. This means encouraging children to
develop the kind of attitudes and values upon which Our School, and we trust,
society, should be based.

To clarify expectations of the school, the family and the pupil there is a 'Home
School Agreement ' (which was drawn up by parents, pupils, Governors and staff)
as is the requirement of all schools.

If you want to clarify issues, share information or raise concerns regarding your
child, the class they are in or wider school issues then the class teacher is the
right person to contact in the first instance, outside lesson time. As they are busy
with tasks and meetings it is a good idea to make an appointment to see them at
the end of the school day or another convenient time. If they cannot help you then
they are likely to direct you to staff who can which may be passing you on to the
Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher; again, it is likely that you will need to arrange
an appointment with them at a mutually convenient time.

If you need to see a teacher, could you please make an appointment or come
before 8.55 a.m. or after 3.30 p.m.

Other Links:

Bowmandale Association
This Association was set up in June 1980 to establish further links between home
and school. The full Annual General Meeting is held every year in September to
which you are invited and are most welcome.

The Committee work very hard in organising social functions, raising money for
improving the facilities of the school, purchasing equipment and materials and
organising educational meetings.

Please support the Bowmandale Association. There are several events during the
year, which include the Christmas and Summer Fayre and the Christmas and
Easter Family Bingo. The Committee is always willing to hear of any ideas for
future events.

The School Profile
It is the duty of the Governing Body to prepare once in every academic year a
School Profile (DfE Website), containing a summary of the steps taken by the
Governing Body in the discharge of the functions.

Please remember you are a vital link in this partnership, and we hope that your
child entering Bowmandale School is the beginning of a close and trusting
relationship for all concerned. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for
whatever reason.

                                 THE SCHOOL DAY

The School day begins at 8.55 a.m. and we line up at 8.53 a.m. in the playground.
Lunchtime is between 12 noon and 1.10 p.m. for all the children and the school day
ends at 3.30 p.m.

Arriving/Leaving: - Parents are responsible for ensuring that children arrive at
school AT NO EARLIER THAN 8.45 a.m. and leave the premises at the end of the
day as soon after 3.30 p.m. as possible. This ensures the safety of children.
Children who go home for lunch must not return to school before 1.00 p.m.

Playtimes: - Morning break is at 10.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. Afternoon break is at 2.20
p.m. to 2.30 p.m. The children are supervised during the breaks, the lunchtime and
from 8.45 a.m. in the morning by the appropriate members of staff. Playground
Pals (a group of Year 6 pupils – elected by the children) help with play equipment
and with developing the social side of play with the staff (e.g. if a child has a
problem such as feeling lonely, does not know how to make a friend/play a game).
They are part of our anti-bullying network operating throughout the school.

Water: - As water is so important to learning, the Foundation children will be
provided with a sports bottle of natural mineral water when they start school. At
the end of each day, the bottles go home to be washed and refilled with water in
readiness for the next day.

The policy for water is that: -
The bottles must be transparent, clear, and non-coloured; containing only
unflavoured, still water

The bottles need to be labelled with your child’s name

If you wish to provide your child’s own bottle in the first instance, or when
replacing the school bottle, in order to avoid spills and in the interests of hygiene,
the bottles must again, be clear and of the sports type with the pop up top.

Healthy Snacks: - The children can also bring a ‘healthy’ snack (e.g. fruit) to have
at morning play - we encourage healthy eating, so sweets are not allowed during
the school day. Currently, Kay Stage 1 children are given fruit free as part of a
Government Scheme to encourage healthy eating.

When sending any money to school, whether cash or cheque, it must be in an
envelope marked clearly with the child’s name, the amount of money enclosed,
and what it is for. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. Also, please ensure your child takes the
envelope to the class to be handed in. Please do not bring or send money directly
to the office.

                       MEETING CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL

It is very important that your child is supervised coming to school and returning
home, throughout the early years.

At first, parents are encouraged to wait on the playground so that the child can see
a familiar face as soon as they leave the classroom. As the cloakroom areas are
very small, parents wait outside on the playground, unless specifically needing to
see a member of staff. When your child feels confident and reassured that
someone is waiting, would you please wait for them at one of the school gates.
If you are meeting children in a car, please be aware of the dangers of parked cars
for children, and problems ensuing from parking close to the school entrance.

Children must NOT be either driven into the car park or collected from there.

The car park is solely for the use of the employees of the school.

All parents, children and visitors should use the footpaths and NOT the school

Again, to ensure your child’s safety, NO child is allowed to leave the premises
during school hours unless accompanied by the parent/guardian known in
advance to be collecting the child.        Please collect your child from the
Administrative Assistant’s Office on these occasions. Any adults other than the
parent/guardian must complete the signing-out form in the Administrative
Assistant’s Office and must be over 16 years of age.

After school hours, the children are made aware that if their parents/carers are late
to collect them, they are to wait for a few minutes and if no one has arrived, they
are to go back in to school. Under no circumstances are they to go with someone
else. Further, under no circumstances should another adult offer to take them
home with them/look after them, no matter how kind the intent.

As part of our policy with regard to the children’s health and welfare, there is NO

The above arrangements are, of course, all in the interest of preventing accidents
happening to your children and I trust that you also wish to maintain a high level of
safety on the school site.

                             ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL

Please telephone on the FIRST morning of the absence, or send a note with
another child if your child is unable to attend school, explaining the reason for
absence. If you were unable to telephone, you must send a letter so there is a
record of the absence. If there is no record, the absence must be recorded as
‘unauthorised’ and the Education Welfare Officer has the right to call at your home.

All local education authorities and schools have to adhere to the requirements and
regulations pertaining to attendance.
To help the parents and carers, we felt it very important to clearly state the
expectations and responsibilities placed upon both schools and parents, by the
   You are required by law to ensure your child attends school. The Government
      states that all children should be in school full time, 190 days in a school year.
   Children have 13 weeks holiday already in any school year.
   Absence for whatever reason affects attainment and progress.
   Any time out of school is classed as absence, including illness.
   The High Court has confirmed that schools, not parents, authorise absence.
   Leave of absence for any reason is not a right and can only be considered
      under exceptional circumstances by schools (this includes holidays).
   Leave of absence may not be granted if attendance falls below 95% or during
      important test dates. Statutory National Curriculum Tests and Tasks (SAT’s)
      are set for the children in Years 2 and 6.

We hope this supports you in ensuring your child reaches their potential.

Please ensure that your child attends school regularly and arrives punctually. The
Local Authority monitors absence from school and lateness.

                                 HEALTH MATTERS

If your child is taken ill at school, we will endeavour to contact you should it be
necessary for you to take your child home. A Teaching Assistant/Administrative
Assistant is usually on hand to attend to minor cuts and bruises.

Please keep us informed of changes of addresses, telephone numbers and
emergency numbers. Please ensure this information is marked for the attention of
the Administrative Assistant.

Please do not send a child to school if he/she is unwell. It is not only unfair to the
child, but also to the other children and staff.

If your child has an appointment at the clinic, dentist or doctor’s etc. during the
school day please inform the school of the appointment (by letter to the teacher or
telephone call to the school) and collect your child at the appropriate time from the
Administrative Assistant’s Office. As outlined in “The School Day”, children will
not be given permission to leave the school premises for any reason unless
collected by a responsible adult.

If, for any reason, your child is unable to do any form of P.E. you must write a letter
of explanation and send it to the class teacher.


The policy of the North Lincolnshire Education Authority states: -

“If a child requires medication, it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that
this is administered at the correct time and at the correct dose.”

The parent or a person designated by the parent should attend the school at the
appropriate times in order to administer medication. Consequently, it is
acceptable, if necessary, for you to come into school in order to give your child
their prescribed dose of medicine.

However, we make an exception with ‘inhalers’. Children who are prescribed an
inhaler by the doctor may have it with them to use during school hours. A spare
inhaler is also kept in the Administrative Assistant’s office at all times in the event
of the child not bringing their own to school. Doctors will provide an additional
inhaler for this purpose. All inhalers must be clearly labelled with the child’s

Headlice are a constant problem for all schools. The Health Professionals advise
constant (daily) checking of your child’s hair as the most effective way to combat
the problem.

                                 SCHOOL MEALS

The cook and her staff prepare and cook excellent school meals on the premises.
Vegetarians are catered for.

You are informed of the price of school meals by newsletter. This details costs by
week, half term and full term. Whichever method you choose, all payments must be
sent in with your child on MONDAY MORNINGS only. All cheques/cash must be in
an envelope marked clearly with the child’s name and the amount of money
enclosed. Cheques are payable to North Lincolnshire Council.

Free meals are available. Parents may be eligible to claim free school meals for
one or more of their children. Please contact the Administrative Assistant for
further information.

It is preferable that your child stays REGULARLY for either a packed lunch or a
school meal if he/she does not go home during the lunch break.
Supervisory assistants, headed by a Senior Supervisor, oversee the safety and
welfare of the pupils. No child who is registered for having either a packed lunch or
school meal will be allowed off the premises during the lunch break.

If you wish your child to bring a packed lunch, parents are requested to co-operate
in the following ways in the interests of health and hygiene: -
 All food must be carried to school in a suitable closed container.
 All containers must be clearly marked with the child’s name.
 Care should be given to keeping certain food products cool, e.g. yoghurt
 Soft drinks only should be provided (water is available if you prefer)
 Children must not eat any of their packed lunch on the way to school or save
    any for the end of the day.

Children who go home for lunch are the responsibility of their parents for the
lunchtime period. Children who go home at 12 noon should NOT arrive back at
school until 1.00 p.m. as sufficient lunchtime supervision cannot be provided.

                                 SCHOOL DRESS

We expect all children to wear school uniform. This is not ‘conventional uniform’
as such, but a list of sensible, practical and reasonably priced clothing, which is
available in the majority of children’s’ clothing shops.

We consider that the wearing of school uniform gives your child a sense of
belonging to Bowmandale School and we trust a sense of pride too. It also
removes the home problem of differentiating between which are school clothes
and which are leisure/play clothes. In addition, it eliminates the question of costly
designer clothes, and all the problems that this brings.

For safety reasons the wearing of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings or other
such articles of jewellery is unacceptable. They are considered dangerous in the
school environment. Children who have had their ears pierced may wear small
studs only. Studs must be removed (by the child) for P.E. for safety reasons.
‘Extreme’ haircuts/styles are also unacceptable (in all schools).

We are concerned that the children come to school in suitable footwear. Shoes are
required for school wear and trainers are required for PE - for the younger children
‘sand shoes’ are more than appropriate (and less expensive). Older pupils who
play football are encouraged to change into trainers at the beginning of playtime
and then back again into school shoes at the end of play, obviously to save wear
and tear.

This policy has not only the support of our School Governors and Bowmandale
Team, but also the majority of our parents.

It is very important that ALL items of clothing are clearly labelled with the child’s
name and that a DRAWSTRING bag is provided for keeping all P.E. clothing and
footwear together in the cloakroom. Because of limited space in the cloakrooms, it
is essential that such bags be of a sensible size. Large sports bags have proved to
be dangerous and obstructive when there is a fire practice. The school provides
protective clothing for practical situations; e.g. painting overalls.

The school colours are green, grey and white. There are Bowmandale sweatshirts,
T-shirts, PE shorts, PE bags, book bags, and sun hats available from school.

Clothing List

Girls: Bowmandale sweatshirt/plain grey or green jumper
       Grey skirt/pinafore dress/grey trousers
       White shirt/polo shirt
       Dark green tie (on elastic for younger children)
       Tights/socks in grey, green, white or black
       School shoes not trainers.
       in summer months: -              dresses in a reasonable style in the school
                                        colours (green/white)

Boys: Bowmandale sweatshirt/plain grey, green jumper
      Grey trousers
      White shirt/polo shirt
      Dark green tie (on elastic for younger children)
      Socks in grey/subdued colours
      School shoes not trainers.
      in summer months: -              grey shorts

The trousers must be school trousers i.e. not leggings, bootleg cut etc.

P.E. (Indoors)
       White or black shorts
       Bowmandale badge white T-shirt or plain white T-shirt

P.E. (Outdoors)
       Black or white shorts
       Bowmandale badge white T-shirt or plain white T-shirt
       Socks (other than those worn in school)
       Tracksuits are acceptable in very cold weather

(Most floor-apparatus work is done in bare feet in the hall when doing P.E. The
only exception is when a child has specific foot problems such as verrucas, in
which case the class teacher should be informed by letter)

                      MARKING CODE

Underlined word      spelling mistake

Under lined letter   capital letter needed

//                   new paragraph needed

O                    full stop needed

?                    does not make sense

Λ                    some words are missing

( )x                 words in the brackets are not needed

Oa                   learning objective achieved

√                    correct

x                    incorrect

                             HOMEWORK GUIDELINES

Year             Homework                                       Maximum time
                                                                per evening
Autumn            sounds and number recognition to 10          5 to 10 minutes
Spring           ‘reading’
Summer           ‘reading’

Year 1
Autumn           reading and spellings                         10 to 15 minutes
Sp/Summer        reading, spellings and number bonds

Year 2           reading, spellings and number bonds           10 to 15 minutes
                 tables 2, 5 and 10
                 and occasional fact finding for topic
                 work e.g. finds a photograph of when
                 you were a baby

Year 3           reading, spellings and                         15 to 20 minutes
                 tables 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10

Year 4           reading, spellings and                         15 to 20 minutes
                 tables as above plus 7, 8 and 9

Year 5           reading, spellings and                         20 to 25 minutes
                 tables up to and including 12

Year 6           reading, spellings and                         up to 30 minutes
                 tables up to and including 12

All children are expected to read at least three times per week, but would benefit
from reading every night. In Key Stage 2, if children do not read the expected three
times they will lose Golden Time.

Number work may also involve looking at relationships between the four aspects
of number and other number activities appropriate to the term.

There will be additional homework in Year 6 in preparation for the SAT's in May.
This work will tend to be from the spring term onwards.

Research may also be given for homework in preparation for topic work in school.
This may involve short periods of reading or being asked to find an item to bring to

Occasionally, the children may be asked to complete a small amount of work at
home that was not finished at school.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.


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