Infants Booklet by ACYv8g


									                              The East Riding of Yorkshire Council
                                   Department of Education

Headteacher:                                                         Burlington Infants School
Mr R Lee BSc (Soc) M.Ed                                                          Marton Road
Tel: (01262) 673858                                                            East Yorkshire
Fax: (01262) 400941                                                                YO16 7AQ
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                              SCHOOL BOOKLET
Dear Parent,

We would like to welcome you and your child to Burlington Infants School. We hope
your child will have a happy time at our school and that you as a parent will feel that
it is your school too. In the past we have received a great deal of help and support
from parents and we sincerely hope that you too will become involved in the life of
the school.

If you should have any problems or worries about school please feel free to come
and talk to us about them, the teachers and myself are usually free to see you before
and after school and I am often available in the mornings.

Yours sincerely,

R. Lee

                                   THE STAFF

   Headteacher:             Mr R Lee

   Deputy Head:             Mrs L Booth

   Assistant Headteacher:   Mrs J Potter

   Teachers:                                                    -

                             Mrs Roberts        - Reception 1
                             Mrs Booth          - Reception 2
                             Miss Hare          - Reception 3
                             Mrs Simpson        - Class 4
                             Mrs Potter         - Class 5
                             Mrs Horner         - Class 6
                             Mrs Harrison       - Class 7
                             Mrs Waller         - Class 8
                             Mrs Giles          - Class 9

Nursery Nurse:               Mrs J Wade

Teaching Assistants:

                             Mrs M Storey
                             Mrs D Boddy
                             Mrs J Primmer
                             Mrs M Sykes
                             Mrs L Kirby
                             Mrs S White
                             Mrs R Hutson

Administrative Officer:       Mrs K Peyton

Clerical Assistant:          Mrs C Turner

Senior Midday Supervisor:    Mrs P Bradley

Caretaker:                    Mr E Sygrove

Assistant Caretaker:          Mr D Lambert

Cook Supervisor:              Mrs L Chester

Burlington Infant School is a County Infant co-educational school. Children are
normally admitted to the school according to the published criteria contained in
“East Riding of Yorkshire Schools: A Guide for Parents”. The school is situated in the
new building on Pinfold Lane.


Morning                    9.00 am - 11.45 am

Afternoon                  1.00 pm - 3.20 pm

It is important that your child arrives at school on time - but better late than not at all.

The Reception entrance door is by the blue playground and Year 1 and Year 2 use
the entrance door at the side of the building.

For the children’s safety and security these doors will be locked soon after 9.00 am;
latecomers will have to use the Main Entrance.

Currently, Reception children have separate morning and afternoon playtimes to the
older Y1 and Y2 children.

Following a poll of parents some years ago and in common with other Bridlington
schools we ask children not to bring sweets, chocolate or crisps for playtimes. Instead,
we encourage them to bring fruit. At the time of writing, we receive a free item of fruit
for each child in the school practically every day, paid for by the government.

Please make sure you or another adult brings and collects your child when they first
start school. To begin with we will ask you to bring them into the classroom but, when
they are more settled, please leave and collect them from outside the blue
playground so that we can avoid congestion in classrooms and cloakrooms.


     Here are some ideas of things you might like to do
     to help your child before they start school: -

                                       Encourage your child
                                       to dress and undress

     Teach them to tie shoe laces.

                                        Prepare children who
                                       are to stay for dinner
                                       by ensuring that they
                                       know how to use a knife,
                                       fork and spoon correctly.

     If you are teaching your
     child to write their own
     name, please write in
     small letters (except for
     the first letter of each name).

                                       Talk to your child and
                                       look at books together.

     Teach the names of
     basic colours.

                                       Count up to 10, pointing
                                       to the objects as you go.

       Provide pencils, crayons,
       paints and round ended
       scissors and encourage
       your child to use them.

       Talk about school so that it is something to look
       forward to. NEVER use school as a threat.


At the back of this booklet parents will find a copy of our Home-School Agreement.
This document is the result of consultation with teachers, parents and governors.
Once your child has started school, you will be asked to sign the Agreement. Also at
the back of the booklet are copies of the school’s Behaviour and Homework Policies,
which form part of the Home-School Agreement.


The Foundation Stage is a period of learning from the age of 3 to 5 years. It finishes at
the end of the Reception Year and children then start the National Curriculum at the
beginning of Year One.

The Foundation Stage, taught to Reception children, is organised into six areas of

      Personal, social and emotional development – the child’s ability to work, play
       and co-operate with others;
      Communication, language and literacy – listening, speaking, early reading and
       early writing skills;
      Mathematical development – the understanding of number, calculating,
       shape, space, measures and mathematical language;
      Knowledge and understanding of the world – investigations, designing and
       making, Information Technology, cultures and beliefs;
      Physical development – movement, sense of space, health and bodily
       awareness, the use of tools and equipment;
      Creative development – exploring media and materials, music, using the
       imagination, responding to experiences and communicating ideas.

At the end of Reception, a Foundation Stage Profile is completed to sum up each
child’s progress in the six areas of learning and this is reported to parents in July.


We are required to teach all of the subjects of the National Curriculum for children in
Year One and Year Two; they are :-

      Core Subjects:                  English

      Foundation Subjects:            ICT
                                       Design and Technology
                                      Physical Education

      Basic Subject:                  Religious Education

All children are assessed in these subjects at the end of the year in our school.
Parents will receive a written school report towards the end of each school year (July)


Our aim is to give your child a good, well-balanced, all round education.



Please take some time each day to share a book with our child.

Regular shared reading experience will help your child develop his/her knowledge of
books, introducing him/her to the features of text, including letters, words and
punctuation all within a meaningful context. It is also an ideal way to develop
his/her discussion and reasoning skills. Any time taken to share a book with your child
is time well spent and beneficial to their future learning.

Children are encouraged to take their reading books home to practise reading and
some useful guidelines are listed below :-


1. Give your child enough time to relax from school before suggesting any
collaborative reading activity.
2. Try to establish a regular time and duration for reading, e.g. three times a week for
five minutes at six o'clock. Don't set your sights too high.
3. Do take the physical and emotional state of your child into consideration before
insisting on reading together. Remember that flexibility as well as regularity produce a
happier reading time.
4. When your child first begins to read be prepared to share the book and talk about
it before you expect then to read it to you. Do allow your child to read the same
book as often as he/she wishes. This is not a sign of inability but rather that the book is
5. Do remember that no book is too easy. We all read according to our need and
6. Do be comfortable. Reading should be a 'snuggly' activity.
7. Do remember that this should be a pleasure and not a task.
8. Do remember to praise your child's every effort.
9. Do read to your child. It is as important for the children to have stories read to
them as it is for them to read to you. Story tapes, grandparents, older brothers and
sisters can be very useful.


1. Don't feel that reading is an obligation that you must fulfil. If you find yourself
becoming angry, upset or irritated, STOP.
2. Don't insist that your child must read a set number of days each week. There are
many occasions when family activities are much more important.
3. Don't criticise your child if he/she doesn't bring home a different book each time.
Children like to read the same book to parents many times perhaps because they
enjoy it so much or just to demonstrate their ability.
4. Don't expect to see continuous, rapid development in your child's ability. Children
should 'platform' - this is a period of consolidation. At certain stages, children appear
to go backwards, but it is usually the sign that they are applying a new skill,perhaps
noticing words within words or letter patterns within words.

The Library in Bridlington has a very wide variety of books and it would be of great
benefit to your child if you encouraged them to join.


We aim to give children the opportunity during the school year to work on a
balanced programme of Games, Dance and Gymnastics, both inside and outdoors.
PE is part of the National Curriculum; it is not an optional subject. Governors, following
Local Authority and national guidance on safety, have ruled that no child will be
allowed to do PE wearing ear rings (including stud ear rings). Please ensure your child
is not wearing ear rings on PE days. Children may bring plimsolls, shorts, leotards, etc.
into which they may change for PE, provided they can change into them
independently and items are left at school at parents’ risk. However, the hall is
adequately heated and PE is normally done in vest and pants.
We offer a range of extra curricular sports activities, including Fun and Fitness and
Badminton for Year Two children and Skipping and Parachute Clubs for Year One


The children have an opportunity to sing together and play various instruments. We
employ a teacher who is particularly skilled in teaching music, Mrs K Akrill, to take
each class for a music lesson each week.


We have formulated a school policy to help children with special educational
needs, and parents are welcome to see our policy document. We also have a brief
booklet summarising our policy that is available on request. Both can be downloaded
from our website.

If at any time your child appears to be having difficulties in coping with the work in
the class, or if their rate of progress is causing concern, then we will monitor their work
and will contact you to discuss the situation.

If, after a period of time, we are still worried about your child’s progress then we may
arrange for them to have extra daily help either in the classroom or in an alternative
teaching area. We will review their work at the end of every term, and if after a
further period, normally two terms, there is still a cause for concern, then it may be
necessary to arrange for special help for your child from the Special Educational
Needs Support Service (SENSS). Our SENSS Consultant is Mrs J Railton. We feel that
parents can play a most important role at home in helping children who may be
experiencing problems, and we would like to think we can work together with you to
give your child as much support as possible to help them to overcome their difficulties
and to improve their progress in school.

If you have any worries at all about your child’s work, please do feel free to come
and discus them with us. Your child’s teacher or our SEN Coordinator Mr Lee would
be very happy to speak to you. One of our Governors has been designated to
oversee this appect of the school’s work, her name is Mrs J Wragg.


The Governors and staff of Burlington Infants School agree sex education will be
provided by this school to the extent that it is required by the National Curriculum
Science orders at Key Stage 1; this is a Statutory requirement.

 Should a teacher be asked a direct question about sexual relationships, they will try
to give a simple and honest answer, using their professional judgement and
discretion, and taking account of the circumstances. If the teacher has concerns,
they will consult with the child’s parents.
A full copy of the policy is available on request.


As we only have eight classrooms for three year groups and we are obliged to put a
limit of 30 children in each class, we have no alternative but to have mixed-age
classes in our school. Our classes are organised as follows:

                           Class 1    30         Reception
                           Class 2    30         Reception
                           Class 3    30    20 Reception / 10 Y1
                           Class 4    30             Y1
                           Class 5    30             Y1
                           Class 6    30        10 Y1 / 20 Y2
                           Class 7    30             Y2
                           Class 8    30             Y2

Neither the staff, the Governors, the Education Office or myself can think of a better,
fairer arrangement. Although this organisation is far from ideal, it has not prevented
the school operating very successfully for the past few years and has not proved
detrimental to either the children’s progress or test results. We currently benefit from
being able to employ a part-time teacher for the Y1 children in Classes 3 and 6. She
withdraws them from the mixed-age classes and teaches them Literacy and
Numeracy each morning in the Library area.


A variety of teaching methods are used in the school. These include :

      whole year-group teaching;
      whole class teaching;
      teaching in groups according to ability within the year group;
       this grouping is flexible , based on the teacher’s on-going assessment;
      social grouping within the class or year group;
      free choice grouping within the class or year group; this is often used for
       practical activities;
      Paired work, where children work with a partner to share ideas;
      one-to-one teaching; i.e. an adult and one child.


We use PIPS Baseline Assessment during the first term when your child comes into
school. We make the tests as informal as possible with one child at a time working
with the teacher, it is not a written test. The child talks mainly about pictures. Staff are
also required to complete a Foundation Stage Profile at the end of the year.

Information about the test will be discussed at a parents’ evening.


 We are always concerned for the happiness, welfare and well-being of all the
children. If at any time parents have any problems, however small or insignificant they
may seem, we would like to know so that we can do our best to resolve them. The
care and safety of children in school is always uppermost in the minds of all staff. All
reasonable precautions are taken to ensure the safety of your child at school at all
times. Break times are always supervised by teaching staff and at lunchtime children
are in the general care of dinner supervisory assistants. An additional member of staff
is always on First Aid duty. If a serious accident occurs, children are taken to the local
hospital and parents are contacted immediately. Children will be required to be
outside at dinnertimes and playtimes unless there is heavy rain. Children will need to
bring coats to school in case there is drizzle or light rain.


Parents are required to show children’s birth certificate when children start school. We
can only alter children’s names on our official school records if parents produce legal
documents to confirm the change.


The children meet together daily to listen to a story, sing a hymn and say a prayer.
The school is not affiliated with any particular religious denomination. Parents have
the right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship;
please see the headteacher if you would like to exercise that right.


If children are staying at school during lunchtimes they must have either school meals
or sandwiches; they will not be allowed to go to the shops to buy food.


All children may stay for school meals. At the moment, the cost of a meal is £1.50 per
day (£7.50 per week). Dinner money should be brought on the first day of each week,
preferably taken to the office in an envelope marked with your child's name and the
amount enclosed. Needless to say, there have been occasions when children have
dropped dinner money so sending it in an envelope may prevent you having to pay

Free meals are supplied where family income is below a certain level. Application
forms for free meals are available from school.

When completed, these forms should be sent to:-

                   East Riding of Yorkshire Council
                   County Hall
                   HUl7 9BA
When the forms have been processed, authorisation is sent to the school.


If you decide to let your child bring sandwiches to school, please pack them in a
named container which will not break. Any drinks brought to school should be in a
plastic container.

If you wish to change your child's dinner-time arrangements, please send a note to let
us know. I am sure you will appreciate that verbal messages given to infant-aged
children are not always passed on reliably.


We are often in need of parents to help in school, making books, hearing readers,
helping with the computers, repairing things, baking, sewing, etc. If you would like to
help in any way, please contact us for further details. You would be required to
complete a Police clearance form.

Visits to the school by parents are welcome on Open Days and Evenings and at any
reasonable time to discuss children's progress with the staff, to have a look around
the school and hear about its organisation. We are more than pleased to see parents
at the various functions we hold throughout the year – Christmas Plays, Sports Day,
and other special events.

Some of these events we hold to raise money for our School Fund. We use the money
to buy extra items for the children which we would not otherwise be able to afford.

Each Friday morning, we hold a Family Assembly to which parents are invited. We
talk about children's birthdays, celebrate good work and good behaviour and discuss
things which have been happening during the week in school.


The Pre-school operates from a mobile on the school site on weekday mornings and
afternoons. It is aimed at children aged 3-5 and gives them a chance to mix with
other children and take part in constructive activities. If anyone should want to know
more, please contact:-

Mrs. A. Norton - Pre-school Co-ordinator (Tel : 400616)


It is very important that your child develops the habit of attending school regularly. If
your child is absent from school please let us know the reason why, particularly if they
are suffering from an infectious disease such as measles or mumps.

School have no legal obligation to administer medicines to children, but we are
willing to do so in accordance with the Authority’s Code of Practice. We are only
permitted to give medicine prescribed by doctors (we are not allowed to give
medicine purchased directly from a chemist), these are administered at lunchtime
only; if medicines are required to be administered at other times then parents are
permitted in to school to do this.

Parents will be required to complete a form with details of dosage. This form can be
obtained from the Secretary’s Office. A copy of the form is also included in the

If you have an appointment or reason for your child to leave school early, they will be
allowed to go providing you arrange to collect them. Children will not be sent home
early on their own.


Recent legislation has meant that parents must notify the school of any absences,
medical or otherwise. If an absence is not accompanied by an explanation then,
unfortunately, it has to be recorded as "unauthorised" or, in other words, "truancy".
Although we appreciate that infant children do not as a rule play truant, we have no
alternative other than to report it this way in our Returns to County Hall. It would assist
us greatly, therefore, if any absences could be notified to the school on the FIRST day
of any such absence occurring and your co-operation on this point would be greatly

Our current attendance is around 94%. For the past year we have maintained a low
Unauthorised Attendance rate and we would appreciate your assistance in
maintaining this by informing us of the reason for all absences.

It is parents legal responsibility to ensure children arrive at school on time. Children
arriving late distract other children and teachers working in classrooms and lateness is
not instilling the right attitude towards school. Children arriving late are marked
accordingly on the Register.


Parents of children starting school will be given a sheet listing school holidays. Parents
are informed of holdays on a regular basis through newsletters. Copies of holiday
dates are available from the school office and can be downloaded from the
school’s website: www.

Parents may apply to the headteacher for up to an additional ten days holiday in any
one academic year (September to July). This will be granted at the headteacher’s
discretion. Parents taking more than ten days in a year are liable for a £50 fixed
penalty fine (per child).

School holidays:

                                           Pupils’ School Year 2005-2006
        Autumn Term 2005                    Spring Term 2006                   Summer Term 2006
 Re-        Mid-term       Close    Re-         Mid-term      Close    Re-    Close       Mid-term     Close
open        holiday                open         holiday               open    May         holiday
          Close    Open                      Close   Open                               Close   Open
 Wed       Fri     Mon     Wed     Thurs       Fri   Mon       Fri     Wed     Mon       Fri    Mon     Fri
   7       21        31     21       5         17      27       7       26        1       26      5     21
 Sept      Oct      Oct    Dec      Jan       Feb     Feb     April    Apr     May      May     June    Jul
 9.00     3.20      9.00   3.20    9.00      3.20     9.00    3.20     9.00   All day   3.20    9.00   3.20


We have an optional school uniform which is designed to be simple and practical :-

         Dark green Jersey and grey or black trousers;
         White and gold polo shirts (with or without school logo);
         Dark green or grey skirts;
         Dark green sweatshirt with school logo or dark green cardigan.
         A sun hat in summer can be beneficial.

After PE, it is sometimes difficult to work out to whom things belong, so all clothing
must be marked with your child's name.

We do provide aprons when children are doing messy activities but, unfortunately,
occasional accidents may result in clothes getting marked. We try to provide paints
and glues which will wash or soak out of clothes.

Since moving into our new building we ask parents if they would provide plimsolls for
their children to wear. Please ensure they are named and kept in a bag also with the
child’s name on it.


We cannot be held responsible for the loss of valuables which your child may bring to
school: we prefer that jewellery and other valuable items are kept at home. NO
jewellery is allowed to be worn during PE or games, including stud earrings. If a child
does wear jewellery or watches in school it is their own responsibility if they get lost or
stolen as staff do not have time to search for them.

Children should not bring toys to school (unless by special request of the teacher) and
these should be kept at home too.


Parents need to be aware that in the event of a member of staff suspecting that a
pupil may be deliberately harmed or neglected by his or her parents or carers, the
Headteacher has a duty to inform the local Social Services Team Manager. If the
Team Manager shares the school’s concern, he or she will contact the Police to
agree the best way of carrying out an investigation.

The decision about when and how the child’s parents or carers are informed of any
investigation is made by Social Services and the Police, not by the school.

These procedures, which take account of guidance issued by Central Government,
are described in detail in the Authority’s Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures,
a copy of which you are welcome to look at in school.

We feel sure you will realise that these safeguards are necessary to ensure the welfare
of all children, and that referrals have to be made in all cases where harm to a child
is suspected.


Under the terms of the 1988 Education Act, parents may not be charged for the cost
of activities taking place during school hours. The Governors have agreed parents
may be charged for optional extra activities taking place outside school hours, and
the school may ask for voluntary contributions from parents for school visits.


If parents have any cause for complaint, they are asked to contact the school in the
first instance. If they wish to take the matter further, they should contact the
Headteacher, who will provide further information. Alternatively, details can be
downloaded from our website.


Schools, local education authorities and the Department for Education and Skills (the
government department which deals with education) all hold information on pupils in
order to run the education system, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection
Act 1998. This means, among other things that the data held about pupils must only
be used for specific purposes allowed by law. We are therefore writing to tell you
about the types of data held, why that data is held, and to whom it may be passed

The school holds information on pupils in order to support their teaching and learning,
to monitor and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to
assess how well the school as a whole is doing. This information includes contact
details, National Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, and
characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant
medical information.

From time to time we are required to pass on some of this data to the Local Education
Authority (LEA), to another school to which the pupil is transferring, to the Department
for Education and Skills (DfES), and to Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
which is responsible for the National Curriculum and associated assessment
The Local Education Authority uses information about pupils to carry out specific
functions for which it is responsible, such as assessment of any special educational
needs the pupil may have. It also uses the information to derive statistics to inform
decisions on (for example) the funding of schools, and to assess the performance of
schools and set targets for them. The statistics are used in such a way that individual
pupils cannot be identified from them.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses information about pupils to
administer the National Curriculum tests and assessments for Key Stages 1 to 3. The
results of these are passed on to DfES in order for it to compile statistics on trends and
patterns in levels of achievement. The QCA uses the information to evaluate the
effectiveness of the National Curriculum and the associated arrangements, and to
ensure that these are continually improved.

The Department for Education and Skills uses information about pupils for statistical
purposes, to evaluate and develop education policy and to monitor the
performance of the education service as a whole. The statistics (including those
based on information provided by the QCA) are used in such a way that individual
pupils cannot be identified from them. The DfES will feed back to LEAs and schools
information about their pupils where they are lacking the information because it was
not passed on by a former school. On occasion information may be shared with other
Government departments or agencies strictly for statistical or research purposes only.

Pupils, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a
general right of access to personal data held on them, with parents exercising this
right on their behalf if they are too young to do so themselves. If you wish to access
the personal data held about your child then please request our guide “Data
Protection – your rights as pupils and parents”.


79 pupils in Year 2 took part in statutory assessment procedures in 2005, and their
achievements graded on a scale ranging from W (working towards Level 1) to Level
4. Level 2 should be regarded as the benchmark for achievement in Year 2, with
Level 1 being below average and Level 3 and 4 above average.

 Burlington Infants School
 Teacher Assessments: 2005       W   1    2     2C   2B   2A   3    4+   Disapplied   Absent

                                 4   6    68                   22   0        0          0
 ENGLISH: Speaking & Listening

                                 4   13         16   24   18   25   0        0          0
 ENGLISH: Reading

                                 6   15         24   18   22   15   0        0          0
 ENGLISH: Writing

                                 3   10         15   27   22   24   0        0          0

                                 1   10   38                   51   0            0

We are required to give national averages for 2004 to enable comparisons:

 Teacher Assessments: 2004        W     1    2     2C   2B   2A    3    4+      Disapplied   Absent

                                  2    10    63                    24       0       0          0
 ENGLISH: Speaking & Listening

                                  3    12          14   21   21    29       0       0          0
 ENGLISH: Reading

                                  5    13          20   25   21    16       0       0          0
 ENGLISH: Writing

                                  2     7          15   22   25    28       0       0          0

                                  2     8   63                     26       0           0

In some cases totals may not equal 100% as figures have been rounded.


In common with most other East Riding Schools, younger Reception children will
attend half time until the first half term in October, after which they will attend all day.


On your child's first day at school, please bring: -
1.   Their Birth Certificate
2.   *The completed Admissions Form concerning emergency contacts, etc.
3.   Dinner Money - if they are going to have school dinner.
4.   Plimsolls in a bag, both named please.
5.   Clothes - named.

*    Please let us know if any details on this form should change and please let us
know if you change your address, telephone number, etc.


The school governing body consists of:

              3 Local Education Authority nominees
              3 co-opted governors
              4 parent governors
              1 member of the teaching staff
              1 member of the non-teaching staff
              The head teacher

The current Chair of Governors is Mrs Angela Norton. A full list of Governors is on the
notice board in the school entrance hall.

                                 BURLINGTON INFANTS SCHOOL

                                   Home-School Agreement

This Agreement explains the aims and values of our school. It spells out the responsibilities of
the school and parents, and what the school expects of our pupils.

Our Vision Statement:

As one of a range of agencies devoted to serving the community, our specific concern is to
do the best we can for all of the children in our care. This encompasses teaching knowledge
and skills to fulfil the potential of the children, fostering personal development, creativity and
imagination, encouraging positive attitudes to learning and equipping them with the ability
to cope with change and their adult lives.

The Standard of Education the school will provide:

We aim:

 to give pupils effective support and advice to promote the best possible academic
  progress, personal development, behaviour and attendance in order to help children
  reach their potential;

 to develop a curriculum that is broadly based and provides equality of access and
  opportunity for pupils to learn and make progress.

The school aims to ensure progression and raise attainment in all areas of the curriculum
through setting both individual and school-based targets.

The school has in place a system for the identification of children with Special Educational
Needs and maintains a structure to help these children. Once problems have been
identified, parents will be fully and regularly informed about levels of support and progress
achieved by the child.

The Ethos of the school:

The school seeks to promote a safe atmosphere in which there is politeness, caring and
sharing, tolerance and self-respect. We will do our best to encourage children’s spiritual,
moral, cultural and social development, and to maintain good relationships with the local

Regular attendance on time:

It is parents’ legal responsibility to ensure children are educated between the ages of 5 and
16. If children do not attend school regularly, parents may be fined. It is the responsibility of
parents to ensure that the school knows the reason for all absences. In January 1998 the
school set a target of maintaining a zero rate of Unauthorised Absences, and this has so far
been achieved. Punctuality is important. Lessons begin in most classes at 9.00, and lateness
means important work is missed. We understand that even in the best run households
families can oversleep, we prefer children to be late than not in school at all!
Discipline and Behaviour:

We have a “Behaviour at School “ policy that is given to all parents of new children. This
policy is the result of consultation with parents and has been approved by Governors. We
expect parents to support this policy.


In the same way, parents are issued with a Homework Policy that is also the result of
consultation with parents, and which has been approved by Governors. We expect parents
to do their best to support this policy too.
The information school and parents will give to one another:

Parents are asked to keep school updated on:
 Changes in addresses, telephone numbers and emergency contacts;
 Changes in medical conditions;
 Reasons for absences;
 Requests for holidays in term time.

School will keep parents informed of:
 Accidents that mark a child, involve injuries to the head or are in our opinion serious
  enough to warrant concern;
 General concerns about a child’s health;
 Concerns about poor progress or bad behaviour;
 School events.

In the summer term all parents will receive a written report on their child’s progress and will
have the opportunity to discuss it at a Parents’ Evening. The school will usually arrange some
form of opportunity for parents to talk to their child’s teacher about progress in the autumn
and spring terms. If parents have concerns about their child’s progress or welfare at school,
they are asked not to wait for formal Parents Evenings but to contact school directly.

If parents have suggestions or criticisms, the school promises at least to listen.

Parents will be asked to complete a form indicating they understand and accept the Home-
School Agreement when their child starts school.

                                     Burlington Infants School

                                    Behaviour At School
Everyone connected with Burlington Infants wants it to be a happy and effective school. Bad
behaviour generally results in unhappiness, often for both children and adults. If a child
misbehaves they not only affect their own learning; they are liable to disrupt the learning of
other children. Bad behaviour wastes teachers’ valuable time.

This leaflet is the result of considerable discussion with staff, children, governors and parents,
and is designed to provide common agreement about what we should reasonably expect
of children (and adults!) in our school.

What we mean by good behaviour:
   1. taking pride in ourselves, our work, and our surroundings and developing self-control;

   2. showing kindness and taking care of each other;

   3. learning to respect one another’s feelings, thoughts and property;

   4. learning to take turns and consider others as well as ourselves;

   5. developing a calm and positive attitude to our working activities.

How we encourage good social behaviour :

      recognise and highlight good behaviour as it occurs;

      ensure that all children are praised for behaving well;

      ensure that criticism is constructive;

      explain and demonstrate the behaviour we wish to see;

      encourage children to be responsible for their own behaviour;

      “ smiley” stickers and stamps;

      certificates for good behaviour where appropriate;

      hearing about good behaviour in assembly.

School Rules :
We expect children to behave from the moment they enter the school gate in the morning
to when they leave the school site. For the sake of the good name of our school we would
be grateful if parents encouraged good behaviour on the way to and from school. We
would also be appreciative if parents and toddlers abided by the school rules when on the

   1. Be gentle.

   2. Be kind and helpful.

   3. Work hard.

   4. Look after property.

   5. Listen to people.

   6. Be honest.

What might happen if children behave badly
The following sanctions may be used as appropriate by the adult in charge:

   1. the child is reprimanded;

   2. the child is sent to the head;

   3. the child is kept in at playtime;

   4. parents are contacted;

   5. children unable to co-operate with dinner ladies are sent home for dinner;

   6. children whose behaviour may cause a safety risk to themselves or others are only
      allowed on school trips if accompanied by an adult willing totake full responsibility;

   7. the child is excluded from school.

A final word:

We recommend that you talk frequently to your child about their behaviour at school. If we
have concerns about a child’s behaviour we will contact parents, but we are always happy
to give parents information about their child’s behaviour if requested.

It is worth mentioning that most children behave very well for most of the time!

                                 BURLINGTON INFANTS SCHOOL

                                     Homework Policy
As a school we are committed to raising the standards of our pupils. One factor that can
help achieve this is for the school to set homework. This leaflet outlines our intentions and
expectations regarding homework, and is the result of considerable discussion with staff,
governors and parents.

Why have homework?

    Research shows that the most successful schools set homework.
    Homework can support work going on in school and raise standards.
    By helping their children with homework parents show that they think school work is
    Many parents have asked for their children to have homework!

How much?

This is a controversial affair. Some parents have indicated to us that they think their child
receives too much homework, others that they don’t have enough.
In November 1998 the Government issued voluntary guidance to schools on what should be
considered a reasonable amount of homework for each age group. They recommended :

    For Y1 and Y2 : 1 hour per week, consisting of reading, spelling, other literacy work and
     number work.
    For Reception : the government make no recommendations.

We have decided to attempt to follow the recommendation for Y1 and Y2, working on the
assumption of a five day week (the recommendations suggest Junior and Secondary
children might have more substantial amounts for weekends). Additionally, Reception
children will usually be given a small amount of homework.

The recommendations suggest that homework should focus on English and Maths, with Maths
being set twice a week. The advice says :
“For children in Key Stage 1 [Infants] homework should very largely consist of regular reading
with parents and carers, looking at books together.”
We will attempt to supply enough suitable materials for a week’s reading.
It is possible that occasionally children might be given work in Science or other subjects.

How parents can help

    Show an interest in making sure work is completed.
    Find somewhere quiet where work can be done.
    Ensure your child has an adequate supply of pencils, paper, crayons, scissors and glue.
     Biros and felt tips are not really suitable for homework.
    Find time to hear reading.
    Give help, but don’t do the work for them! The minimum amount of help to get the
     work finished should be the rule.
    Give praise and encouragement at every opportunity.
    Look after books and materials. If they are spoilt or lost you will be asked to pay for their
    Make sure homework is returned to school after a week.

We know many children have outside interests (Rainbows, Beavers, Gymnastics, Dancing,
etc.) that could make it difficult to do homework on certain nights. The school thinks that
these activities are very worthwhile and that they should be encouraged and supported. To
make it possible for children to take part in these activities and do homework we therefore
propose that homework should be set for a full week, including the weekend.

What to expect

Homework will not normally be set for part-weeks at the beginning and end of terms. It is not
our policy to set homework for school holidays. If parents request work for children taking
family holidays during term time, we would do our best to accomodate them.

Teachers will set homework once a week with the expectation that the work will be
completed and returned to school a week later.

The work will typically consist of : For Y1 and Y2 :

    suitable reading materials for the week;
    one or two Maths activities;
    An English activity. This will frequently consist of learning to spell a certain number of
     words. Children would usually be tested after the week.

                                           For Reception:

    a shared reading activity and a game or practical activity.

Guidance for parents will be given and homework will be explained to children before they
take it home. If parents are unsure of what is expected, they are asked to contact their
child’s teacher. An opportunity for parents to comment will be included.

I am aware that setting homework could easily become a heavy work load for the already
very over worked staff. It would be impossible for teachers to set individualised tasks for every
child’s specific ability level. Where possible, tasks will be open-ended, allowing children to
perform at their own level.

                             Approved by the Governors on 03.02.99


Page 3    The Staff
Page 4    School Hours
Page 5    Before Starting School
Page 6    Home-School Agreement
          Foundation Stage
Page 7    National Curriculum
          The Curriculum - Reading:
          Reading (continued)
Page 8    Physical Education
Page 9    Music
          Special Educational Needs
          Sex Education Policy: A Summary
Page 10   Class Organisation
          Teaching Groups
          Baseline Assessment
Page 11   Pastoral Care
          Dinner Time
          School Meals
Page 12   Parents in School
          Burlington Pre-school
          Health and Welfare
Page 13   Attendance
Page 14   Possessions
          Child Protection Procedures
          Charging for School Activities
Page 15   Complaints
          Data Protection Act
          2004 Key Stage 1 Assessment Results
          National Comparative Information
Page 17   Admission Arrangements
          First Day
Page 18   Home-School Agreement Policy
Page 20   Behaviour Policy
Page 22   Homework Policy
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