WELCOME TO WILBURTON SCHOOL Welcome to Wilburton School! You will see from our aims and activities that we want your children to achieve the best they can, to enjoy success through a variety of activities, and to grow up with the understanding that their actions can and should affect other people and the environment in a positive way. The school has good accommodation, facilities and equipment so that children and parents benefit from high quality provision without the disadvantage of high pupil numbers. Most importantly, we have a committed team of teachers who work together with Support Staff, Governors, W.S.A and Parents for the benefit of the children who attend our school. We know the children personally and ensure that children have opportunities matched to their individual needs. We hope you will enjoy our school and become involved in the activities and always feel able to share any concerns with us. Mary Almond. Our School Philosophy, Mission Statement and Aims of the School Wilburton Village Primary Church School is a Church of England School where we aim to support children in accordance with the beliefs of the Christian Church. We place great value on children as individuals and the school is committed to the principle of inclusion. Each child has an entitlement of access to all that the school has to offer regardless of race, gender, cultural background, physical or sensory impairment or disability. In partnership with parents and children, the teaching, non teaching staff and governors are determined that the school will offer a safe and healthy environment with opportunities matched to individual need to enable children to develop spiritually,emotionally, socially, intellectually, creatively and physically. Our Christian ethos, policies, procedure and practice support this commitment. We aim for children to enjoy school and develop good relationships with one another. We aim to develop Christian values and an understanding of other religious beliefs and tolerance of other cultures. We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers. We aim for children to become independent and make informed choices. We aim for children to become good citizens with life skills that will support them into adulthood. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to develop and celebrate children’s special talents and abilities. We want children to experience success and have high self esteem. We encourage children to have positive attitudes to learning. We encourage children to have high standards. We will support children to enable them to grow spiritually, physically and mentally Collective Worship. Our school ethos is to promote tolerance, love, care and respect for those around us and to extend this to the wider community and environment. People of all faiths and persuasions are welcome in the school but we are a Christian School celebrating Christian festivals and attending Harvest and Christmas services in the church. The local vicar, minister, lay assistants, Baptist minister and church groups visit the school on a regular basis and lead collective worship. We have daily acts of wholly Christian worship. Although we hope parents would wish their children to share this celebration with their friends, parents may withdraw their child wholly or partly from Collective Worship. About the School 'Voluntary Controlled Primary' means that the school as a Church of England school was surrendered voluntarily to the Local Education Authority following the 1948 Education Act. This does not mean that we have lost our connection with the church - we are still very much a Church School. Our official name is Wilburton Church of England Primary School but we are also known locally as Wilburton Village Primary Church School. Parents may request further information from the governors in respect of the 'voluntary' status of the school. The school is situated at the end of a quiet cul de sac just off the High Street. This building, dating from 1958, is set in attractive grounds with a playing field, adventure playground and a heated swimming pool. The pre school – ‘Humptys’ is on the school site. The school originally consisted of three classrooms but it was extended in 1970, again in 1986 and in 1993 to provide classrooms, mobile classroom, hall, kitchen, staffroom, offices, store room, resource room and new front entrance. An extension to create a multi media centre, kiln room, cloakroom and changing facilities for the pool was completed in 1996. Building to provide a new group room with facilities for food preparation, technology, art and science and new infant toilets was completed in March 98. The mobile classroom was replaced in 2000 with a brick built classroom attached to the school. Our latest improvement was begun in July 04 and completed in March 05. This gives us a new, larger hall, an improved reception area, extended staffroom and enlarged playground. We are also developing a garden for the children’s use and as part of this project every child in the school has made a glazed pebble that has been set into the fountain surround. The pergola on the front of the school was built in '95. This is a pleasing addition to our grounds which affords shade to the south facing classrooms. It has been covered this year for shelter. The pathway outside Class 1 has been gated to provide an outdoor play area for the younger children. Climbing equipment has been repositioned and a new larger PE shed built. The school has updated its two computer suites and we have purchased our own server so that children now have their own folder instead of using floppy discs. Outside the front door of the school you will see a plaque commemorating two former headmasters from the days when it was situated in the High Street in the building in the High Street which is dated 1855 and we commemorated 150 years of a school in the village in 2005. We have come quite a long way! Absences When children are absent from school and the parent has not given a legitimate reason for absence the school is obliged to record the absence as 'unauthorised' and these are noted on the end of year reports. At the time of the reporting in '07 the percentage of days missed through authorised absence was 7.8% and unauthorised absence 0.3%. Parents are not automatically authorised to take holiday breaks during term time. Lunch Times. A two course meal is available daily and these must be paid for on the first day of each week. Present cost is £1.85 per day. Money should be brought in a sealed, labelled envelope or purse. Cheques made payable to Cambs. County Council, paid monthly or termly in advance, are acceptable. If you feel you may be eligible for free school meals please enquire at the school for details and a form. Parents must inform the school if their child has a serious allergy. In such cases parents must take responsibility for the child’s midday meal and must liaise with the school about procedure on outings etc. Children may bring a packed lunch. For safety reasons cans and glass containers are not allowed. The school provides a drink during the morning break at a cost of 17p a day. It is helpful if parents send in money for a week or fortnight. A portion of fruit/vegetable is available free of charge for KS1 children and at a cost of 3p a day for KS2 children. Accidents and Medication. We administer minor First Aid at school but you will be contacted immediately in the case of more serious injury. For this reason it is important that we have an emergency telephone number where you can be reached and a second number in case of difficulty. Please let us know if this information changes. Injuries are assessed for severity by qualified First Aid staff. If your child needs special medication during the day he or she should be able to administer it. All medicines should be in their original packaging, clearly labelled with child's name and doctor’s instructions. This should be given to the school secretary for safekeeping. Children are allowed to keep medication for asthma with them but inhalers must be labelled and teachers made aware of the child's need to use it. The school has a policy on the administration of medicines. The School Day. The length of the school week excluding all breaks, registration and collective worship is 21 hours for infant [KS1] children and 23.5 hours for juniors.[KS2] The school day begins at 8.55 a.m. and ends at 3.15 p.m. It is important that children arrive on time as children will be recorded as "late" if they are not in the classroom by 9 a.m. The lunch hour commences at 12 noon. Afternoon school begins at 1 p.m We expect children to be in the class room no later than five minutes after these times. There is a break of fifteen minutes in the morning for everyone but only KS1 children go out to play in the afternoon. School Clothing. Our school colours are green and gold. It is expected that children will wear the school uniform. Bottle green school sweaters, sweatshirts and cardigans with the school's red and yellow logo are available to order through the school. These may be teamed with grey or green skirts or trousers. Green check dresses for the summer are available at several stores. Children may not wear cycling shorts, Bermuda shorts, or jeans. Children also need sensible school shoes (not flip flops or flimsy sandals) as playtimes can be quite hazardous for unprotected toes. However, we do ask that parents provide plimsolls as indoor wear primarily to help keep the school clean. Jewellery and make-up are not allowed. Children with pierced ears may only wear simple studs. Please note that for reasons of safety children MUST remove them for P.E. and swimming and they must be able to do this themselves. Watches should only be worn by children in Y3,4,5 and 6. Children must be responsible for their safety and if watches are worn they should be for the purpose of children learning to tell the time rather than for decorative or other purposes. Children need a change of clothing for P.E. . All children need a plain white 'T' shirt, traditional shorts and suitable footwear. Shorts should not be a fashion statement as they need to be practical items of clothing. Trainers will be needed for outdoor activities. A tracksuit is useful in colder weather. Junior children who play football will need boots. We do ask that all items of clothing should be named and kept in a named P.E. bag. Fabric book bags-price £2.80-and ruck sacks-£3.50-with the school logo on them can be purchased from school office. We feel that the uniform is important in giving us a sense of group identity and contributes to the ethos of the school. Humpty's Pre-School. The school is extremely fortunate in having the pre-school, which is open every morning providing that there are enough children, on the school site in its own mobile classroom. We have a close liaison with them and the children who are transferring to school visit during the summer term as well as for various events during the year. The pre-school children use the school facilities so they are familiar with the site and school procedures and come into school very happily. Where possible we expect that parents will want to choose both the pre-school and the school as the most sensible option in securing continuity for their child. Admission to School. The school is allowed to admit sixteen children in any year group and the criteria for place allocations are dictated by the LA. No child is disadvantaged by disability or by having special educational needs. Our long term planning is helped considerably if you indicate that you would like a place in the school as soon as possible but admissions are managed by the LA and the latest possible date to apply for a place is 7th Dec using their official form from the back of the Admissions Booklet. The booklet is available from the nearest primary school. Offers of school places are issued on 21st April. Children may begin school in September of the academic year [i.e.1st Sept-31st Aug] in which they become five years old. Children who are five in the Autumn term attend on a full time basis. There will be an opportunity to meet the class teacher and Head at an informal evening meeting after you have been allocated a place at the school. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to collect your Pre School Welcome Pack. Visits will also be arranged for you and your child in the Summer Term and the Pre School children visit on various occasions. We ask you to fill in an admission slip for information and we do ask that you remember to update this if your circumstances change. (We do need a current telephone number for instance in case we need to contact you urgently) We also need to know if your child has any medical problems. If the school is full and we are unable to offer a place for your child a leaflet offering advice on the appeals procedure is available from the school office. Secondary Transfer. Pupils transfer to senior schools at the beginning of the school year in which they become twelve years old. We have most contact with Witchford Village College whose staff visit us during the year so many of our children choose to go there. Parents may consider other schools and they should explore options at the beginning of their child's last year in primary school if they wish to do so. Parents must fill in a preference form indicating the school of their choice. Inclusion and Accessibility. The school is an inclusive school. The school and governors are determined that all children will feel welcome and have equal access to activities, resources and equipment to allow full access to the National Curriculum and all that the school has to offer regardless of gender, race, cultural background or any physical or sensory disability. Children with disabilities will be treated no less favourably than other applicants for admission. The school supports pupils with special needs. Details are in the school's Special Needs Policy, that is reviewed annually and in the Accessibility Plan and related documents. In order for effective partnership between home and school to take place we anticipate parents will want to *Inform the school at the earliest opportunity if their child has a disability and the exact nature of it. *Provide information the school needs for their child to be a full member of the school community. *Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable the Head teacher must also consider the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community. *Recognise the importance of home and school working together. The school has a policy for gifted and talented children. Child Protection The school is very conscious of its role in the safety and welfare of its pupils. The school has a Child Protection Policy including one that covers internet safety. Staff, including those associated with school clubs and activities are checked and trained in matters of child protection. Should you have any queries please speak to the Head. Complaints Procedure. The school has a Complaints Procedure that is available to parents on request. If parents have a particular grievance which they feel cannot be settled by the Head the Head can arrange governor involvement or she should be informed of the intention to approach the governing body concerning the matter. Governors should refer to the school's Complaints Procedure and determine the next course of action with the Chair of Governors. The Head would normally be involved in this. School and Curriculum Organisation. At present the school has 91 pupils organised in four classes. Actual teaching time in KS1 is 21 hours and 23.5 hours per week in KS2. Eleven subjects are taught throughout the school in accordance with the National Curriculum. Careful consideration is given to the amount of time allocated to each subject. English, Maths and Science are given a high priority while maintaining the breadth and balance of the curriculum. Continuity and progression are ensured by whole school schemes with particular emphasis on Reading, Spelling, Handwriting, Literacy Skills, Maths and Science. Some work is organised through topics and some of our National Curriculum work is covered in this way. Some work is done in subject based lessons. The Government introduced the Literacy Hour in Sept 98 and the Numeracy Hour in Sept. 99 so teaching has been reorganised to accommodate these. Since then the New Framework for Literacy & Maths has updated expectations. The curriculum for children in their Reception Year is based on the Government expectations for the Foundation Stage. The National Curriculum is introduced for children in Y1. Children may work individually, in groups or as a class depending on the age, ability of the child and the most appropriate method for the content of the lesson. Work tends to be subject orientated at Key Stage 2 when we find the older children need targeted work to enable them to perform well in SATs. [Standard Assessment Tests.] All children have differentiated work for their appropriate level and this is achieved through group and individual support, work books, activity books, work sheets, text books and computer programs which offer increasingly more difficult challenges. The curriculum is organised for children to gain the most advantage from the expertise of individual teachers and we pride ourselves on the high standard achieved not only in academic subjects but also in our school productions, in musical activities and in the quality of the art work in the school. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss teaching methods and schemes of work more fully you are very welcome to do so. LA and government brochures are displayed in the entrance hall 'Wake Up and Read'. We want parents to work with us right from the beginning of their child's school career and to encourage this partnership parents, grandparents or friends are invited to 'Wake Up and Read' in the Reception classroom from 8.45-9.10 am on Thursdays when they can share books from our special book box with their child. English Seven hours a week are devoted to teaching English. Much of the work is prescribed in the New Literacy Framework introduced in 2006. Teaching includes revision work, shared reading, writing, spelling, group work, guided reading and writing and a plenary to sum up the main teaching points in the hour. We constantly review and update materials and books in order to help us to cover all the requirements and to help with continuity throughout the school. We are in the very fortunate position of having small class groups and we are able to support group work with additional adults. Traditionally children find writing more difficult than reading so our supporting programme assists children with writing skills in particular. We use several tests to help us ensure that children are working at the expected level and we are able to identify and respond to weaknesses. ELS Early Literacy Strategy was introduced in September 01. It is a Government initiative designed to assist children in the early years with literacy skills. Children work in a small group to develop their word recognition and word building skills. ALS ALS stands for Additional Literacy Support. The Government produced a structured programme for Y3 children to assist children to gain English skills. Some members of staff have been trained in using the materials and they are working with groups of children to help them improve their spelling and writing. FLS Further Literacy Support was introduced during 2002. This programme assists groups of children with Literacy. Children work in small groups on a regular basis. English Booster Classes In the Spring term children in Y5 and /or Y6 work in small groups to focus on the requirements for SATs. Reading. Reading is very important in our school and we have a good variety of carefully chosen and graded books. A book that is too easy is not extending the child's ability, a book that is too hard is spoiling the child's enjoyment of the book, giving the child a sense of failure and making comprehension difficult. We encourage children to use as many strategies as possible when reading. These include picture clues and anticipating as well as sounding out words. We generally identify ‘tricky words’ in a book and help children with these before he/she child reads. As early as possible children are taught ‘key words’ that appear in most written text to support their phonic knowledge. We want to ensure that all children experience success right from the beginning and enjoy reading. The 'Wake Up and Read' initiative, close contacts with parents, books matched precisely to your child's ability and careful monitoring of your child's progress help us to achieve this. Children read daily. They are introduced to all the different forms of the written word. Reading is reinforced with emphasis on group and class reading and through comprehension practice with reading skills. Older children write book reviews regularly. Reading is monitored and recorded throughout the school and parents are kept informed about progress. Handwriting and Spelling. We place great importance on developing children's spoken and written language and as soon as they are able children practise 'joined up' writing. Spellings have been matched to the National Literacy expectations throughout the school. Whole words and spellings are given to children to learn at home as soon as possible. These are based onphonic lists, ‘key’ words and word ‘families’. All classes have different spelling groups so that children can achieve at their own level. We hope that parents will help children with spellings which they bring home to learn and which are tested on set days. Children have regular practice building words and practising literacy skills in the classroom and their skills are transferred to their writing at an early stage. Handwriting is taught. This encourages good spelling habits, fluency, correct letter formation and neat presentation. There is an integrated approach to reading writing and spelling. Library We place a high priority on books and children are taught library skills. Younger ones are able to use the colour coding to assist them to find books while older children use a more sophisticated system. Our Library a useful facility in the centre of the school but each class has termly non fiction topic boxes provided by the Library Service the school purchases. Each class has graded books for children to choose in the ‘silent reading’ session and these are changed termly . The school subscribes to educational magazines to encourage children who prefer this format for their reading. Parents run a school book club. Each week children can bring a small amount of money towards purchasing a book of their choice. ICT We are increasingly aware of the need for our children to become computer literate. The school is steadily increasing the number of computers available for children’s use. A second computer suite for KS1 children has been developed. We use the BBC web sites for revision purposes very successfully. The school has its own server so children are able to save all their work directly to their own folder.. KS1 have interactive whiteboards and KS2 classes have television/video/DVD and data projectors. Each child has a Learning platform and Traveller children have laptops to communicate with the school while they are away. ICT is used to support all National Curriculum subjects. Older children use ‘Power Point’ to make presentations. We have an internet safety policy and we hope that parents will monitor children’s activities at home and be alert to the particular dangers of ‘chat rooms’. P.H.S.C.E. Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education is incorporated into curriculum subjects, collective worship and in the school’s practice and ethos as well as times dedicated to the subject. Teachers, children and parents are supported by visiting specialists such as the school nurse or the Life Education Bus. The school was part of a local group of schools establishing a common approach to drug education. Maths. Numeracy, matched to the requirement of the Numeracy Strategy, is taught for 5 hours each week. This was introduced in Sept. 99. This has since been changed to the New Framework for Maths. Calculators play a prescribed part in mathematical experience but are not used as a substitute for understanding or ability. Children use a calculator for one of the KS2 SAT papers. We expect children to have quick recall of mathematical facts and mental calculations and learning tables are a fundamental part of the curriculum. We are greatly assisted in this if parents also make opportunities for their children to practise and also support the Homework Policy. Children who need small group or individual help are supported throughout their time at the school according to need. Science. Children are encouraged in an investigational approach to science. The activities, are matched to the scheme of work for the term. Children occasionally visit Upware or Burwell where they gain first hand experience in collecting and classifying. Scientific language, predicting, fair testing and reporting are important aspects of our work. History The National Curriculum identifies that for both KS1 and KS2 history teaching should give children some chronological understanding. It should include events, people and changes in the past and the different interpretations. Children should be able to select how to communicate what they know. [By talking, writing, using ICT etc.] The younger children learn these skills by relating history to their own experiences while KS2 focus on specific periods during the year. These include Anglo Saxons, Romans, Tudors, Victorians or Britain during and after the war. Sometimes ancient civilisations are studied. Geography The Geography programme of study includes finding out about different places using globes, maps and plans. Children describe places in terms of the employment, the landscape or the weather and their position on a map. They make comparisons, observations and recognise how places have changed. Some work is linked to conservation. For KS1 the studies are based on the local environment and supported by local visits. At KS2 children investigate countries further afield and themes such as environmental issues, settlements and water and its effects are introduced. Geography and History are two of seven ‘Foundation Subjects’. Maths, English and Science are referred to as the ‘core’ subjects and RE and PSHCE are taught additionally. Music in the School. We are extremely fortunate in having specialist music teachers. Children have opportunities to play ocarinas, keyboard, a brass instrument, flute or clarinet either during school hours or in an after school group. The school provides the finances for children to be taught the ocarina but we have to ask parents to contribute to other tuition. There are opportunities for children to demonstrate their skills at different times during the year and Mrs Maynard is organising a choir. During the year we occasionally have a visit from a music group which gives the school a valuable opportunity to listen to 'live' music. Art Design and Technology. We believe that it is important to show children that we value their work by encouraging them to produce the best they can and displaying their work carefully. We offer a wide variety of activities and teach children techniques with different media including batiq, fabric painting and printing. All children have sketch books and the skills of traditional sketching, observational drawing, still life and imaginative compositions are taught. Children are also given opportunities to study the work of different artists and learn to appreciate art in different times and cultures. We have our own kiln and the children produce pleasing clay work. Food Technology forms part of our curriculum and children make a variety of food including food from other countries. There are opportunities for designing and making with wood, felt, fabric and other materials as well as using kits. Drama The school produces plays and concerts at Christmas and in the summer term. Y6 pupils take the main parts in the ‘Leavers’ Play’ which is performed in our new hall at the end of the summer term.Children take part in the Harvest Thanksgiving celebration in church and perform at various other times during the year. We try to give children opportunities to use all their talents. Many of the productions have reached an extremely high standard and children who have left the school continue to develop their talent through SWAT [Students of Wilburton Amateur Theatre] that was started by a member of the school staff – Mr Moll. P.E. Children take part in different physical activities including sports days, gymn., athletics, short tennis, rounders, cricket, football and netball. We also take part competatively against other schools at area sports and athletics meetings. This year the Hockey Team came second in the area competition. In the second half of the summer term all children swim daily in our heated pool. Most of our pupils swim competently and we are delighted that only rarely does a child leave the school without being able to swim. Coaches visit the school and children enjoy activities such as tag rugby and multi skills. The school is also fortunate in being assisted by enthusiastic parents running for instance the Netball Club. Awards for sporting achievement are given out on Sports' Day including a cup for the winning team which is held until the following year. Other sporting certificates and awards are given out at our summer end of term assembly. The school works collaboratively with Witchford Village College as they have recently gained ‘Sports College’ status. Sex and Relationships Education. Children usually respond in a very mature way to sex education. Even our youngest children will begin to learn quite naturally about birth processes and the needs of new born babies and animals through visits to farms or visits to class by pregnant mums or mothers with new babies. Children also have access to books in school which give them information appropriate to their age and teachers will answer children's questions as they occur. InY5 the school nurse usually shows a video which is repeated in Y6 in the summer term. This concentrates on the processes of growing up to prepare children for physical and emotional changes they will experience as they mature into adulthood. Parents are entitled to withdraw their child partly or completely from sex and relationships education except where the teaching is part of the National Curriculum. The scheme of work is currently under review. R.E. The school teaches the recommended County R.E syllabus. This includes teaching about different faiths to enable children to become familiar with the variety of beliefs in our multi cultural society. Parents may withdraw children from part or all of this aspect of the curriculum. As a Church School we celebrate the traditional Christian Festivals in church. School Assessments, Targets, Records and Reports. Our Welcome to School Pack contains a record sheet which parents are invited to complete in the summer before their child starts school. This gives parents a chance to identify their child's strengths and weaknesses. It is negotiated with the class teacher after the first half term so that there can be an early consensus of the child's specific needs. In the first half term of school children will be assessed on ‘Baseline’ and on the Foundation Stage expectations throughout the year. These results are shared with parents at consultation evenings. As soon as possible children will bring home a reading book and a booklet recording the child's progress in which parents are invited to comment. This is continued until the child is secure in his/her reading skills. Teachers also keep a record of frequency of hearing children read and use running records which ensure that children are reading books exactly matched to their needs. Children have individual targets to achieve in Maths and English and Science. These are recorded in Planners so that children and parents know what they should work at. Tests and assessments are used regularly to ensure children are working at the expected level and each child’s results are charted to record progress throughout their time at the school. Teachers keep samples of children's work some of which are graded to National Curriculum Descriptors. At the end of each academic year parents receive reports commenting on all NC subjects and for children in Y2 and Y6, SAT results, Teacher Assessments, comparative school information and the previous years national SAT results are included. QCA Testing in English and Maths for Y3,4, and 5 is carried out in May. Parents are invited to make appointments to see individual teachers to discuss children's progress throughout the year but there are three formal invitations. Communications with Parents New parents receive an updated brochure and a ‘Welcome to School’ pack. At the beginning of the academic year parents and carers can expect a pack that gives details of the school year. Parents are asked to return information for our records. Throughout the year the Head sends out newsletters and various fliers to remind parents of events taking place at school. Individual members of staff may also send letters occasionally. Planners are increasingly important for communication between school and home. Most children have Reading Record Books. We hope parents will attend consultation evenings and support events at the school. The school is always seeking to improve its service to parents so if you have a suggestion or comment we are pleased to hear your views. Parents receive a full school report at the end of each academic year. Parent Support. We know that children learn best when there is a trusting partnership between parents and teachers and we hope that you will always contact the school if you have a particular worry. It is important that you always make your concerns known to us. You are always welcome to contact the school to make an appointment to speak with someone. We hope that you will take opportunities to join us for assemblies and various other school activities. We are very grateful to our parent helpers who support work in the classrooms, help with swimming, run the weekly book club, organise cycling proficiency courses and help with clubs and outings as well as supporting the various events run by the school and WSA. If parents feel they can spare some time to help in school we are always glad to welcome you. Policies in the School Parents may request information on any aspect of school life. In general there are policies relating to each area and these can be made available to parents. All policies and procedures are applicable to clubs associated with the school and working practice applicable to voluntary and paid members of staff. Inclusion and Special Needs. The school is an inclusive school. We intend that all children and parents/carers will feel welcome in the school. We intend all children to have equal opportunity to succeed and take part in all that the school has to offer and we want to work with children’s individual talents. The term ‘Special Need’ is not used exclusively for children who may need additional support in their learning. Children may be physically disabled or have medical or emotional needs or children’s behaviour may be causing difficulty. In all of these cases the school reviews the situation, monitors progress and responds to need individually to ensure the best chance of success. The school also has a policy for ‘gifted and talented’ so that children who are particularly gifted can make good progress. Special resources have been bought. Children are assessed regularly and are given individual support . Often children work in small groups or individually to support their learning. Meetings are held on a regular basis to discuss individual children and determine the level of their need. Classwork is differentiated so that all children can participate in class activities in all areas of the curriculum. ELS [Early Literacy Support], ALS [Additional Literacy Support] and FLS [Further Literacy Support] enable children to work in smaller groups with teaching staff or with a TA [Teaching Assistant.] Children in Class 4 also have ‘Booster’ classes in Literacy and Numeracy during the Spring Term. Mathematics small group support follows the Springboard 3 and Springboard 4 programme. Springboard 5 and 6 are used in the Maths ‘Booster’ classes. These Support Programmes are collectively known as ‘School Action’.If further advice is needed we may ask for assessment from the Educational Psychologist. The school is also supported by OCYPS, an organisation that assists the school with further strategies to support children’s learning. Traveller children are supported by Mrs. Christan who is funded by the County and is in school 1-2 days a week. In consultation with our Traveller Families we have established Distance Learning Packs that enable travelling families to keep in touch with the school and assist the continuity of the children's work. Achieving Goals. As soon as children join the school they are put into one of our school teams - Red, Yellow or Green. During the year they are able to earn points for their team for excellence in any sphere. Points are counted periodically and the winning team earns the Achievement Cup until the next time points are counted. KS1 children have ‘sticker’ charts and KS2 have a ‘star’ and ‘gold card’ award system to encourage them Y6 children are usually chosen as Team Leaders during their last year at the school. This encourages them to take responsibility, to set good examples to the younger children and to play an active part in school life. Y6 all have ‘School Council’ badges. As ‘School Council’ Y6 help with the running of the school. Their ideas and thoughts are taken into consideration. Together, for example, we review the ‘Pupils’ Behaviour Code’. Children are able to gain swimming and athletic certficates and we endeavour to give children opportunities to demonstrate all their achievements. Work is entered in national and local competitions and exhibitions. Home School Agreement From Sept 99 the school was required by the Government to have a ‘Home/School’ Agreement that sets out the main principles of the partnership between home and school and the main responsibilities of school, parents /carers and children. The Agreement was developed in consultation with parents, governors and staff. We believe that working as partners gives the children their best chance of success and we ask parents to work co-operatively with us. Homework. All children have homework. For the youngest children this may be practising their reading. Individual children may have spellings in Y1 if this is felt to be appropriate but all children have weekly spellings to learn from Y2. Homework is given as detailed in our Homework Policy. There are Homework Timetables for each year group and the Planners remind children what they should do. We believe that selective homework is an important part in the child's learning and we value parents' support with this. Discipline. Discipline is firm but fair. We expect children to complete a certain amount of work and they may lose play time if this is not done. A high standard of courtesy and consideration is expected of all children and we are able to achieve this only with the support and co-operation of parents. We expect children to behave responsibly. Minor instances of misbehaviour are corrected with a firm word or loss of playtime. More serious or frequent incidents of misbehaviour are referred to the headteacher and parents will be informed. Any suggestions of bullying or children's property going astray are taken very seriously and prompt action taken. The school’s Behaviour & Discipline Policy contains details. Clubs and Activities Children enjoy a rich variety of clubs and activities. We think they are important in giving children opportunities to discover leisure activities they enjoy and in helping to establish a strong community spirit. We are very pleased that some of our former pupils still return to assist or take part in the clubs. Some activities such as chess, cricket, hockey and athletics are seasonal and are on offer at different times of the year. Football and Netball The school P.E curriculum is supplemented by football, netball, athletics and cricket clubs. Our football, netball and athletics teams enjoy competing with other schools. Children take a pride in their team and have raised money to buy new strips for netball and football through sponsored events. Music Keyboard, brass, flute, clarinet lessons are all available as additional activities. Brownies Brownies meet in the school hall once a week on Wednesday. Out of School Club Since June '95 the school has run an 'Out of School Club' every school day from 3.15 p.m-5.30p.m where children can enjoy a variety of activities under safe supervision. The club is organised by a member of staff and as well as offering exciting and interesting activities for the children it is a facility for working parents who may need to be assured that their child is properly cared for until they can pick them up. All school policies and practice apply to the Out of School Club. Recently the school has set up a Breakfast Club. The club is available from 7.45 a.m – 8.45 a.m. French As part of the newly introduced PPA time [time when teachers are out of the classroom to plan, prepare and assess children’s work] French has been introduced into the curriculum throughout the school. If you have any cause for concern about any of the school clubs that you cannot resolve with the leaders you may make speak to Mrs Almond and she will advise you of a further course of action. Timetable for Clubs/Tuition Monday Flute, Clarinet [temp] After School: Kids Club Tuesday Brass After School: Kids Club, Wednesday Netball, After School: Kids Club, Brownies Thursday After School: Kids Club, Football, Friday After School: Kids Club, Keyboard. Swimming Children swim every day in school time in the second half of the Summer term. The school pool is open for use by parents and children every day after school in the second half of the summer term and available each day and evening during the summer holiday period. Parents may hire the pool for family barbecues and birthday celebrations or just for fun. School Visits Visits to different places of interest are an integral part of children's learning. There is at least one per year for each age group and Y6 have the opportunity of a residential visit. School visits have included Tudor studies at Kentwell, Victorian studies at Stibbington, visit to an 'African Village', Wimpole Hall, a butterfly farm and coast among others. Y6 usually makes a residential visit Kingswood at West Runton near Sheringham where they combine computer activities with outward bound persuits. These visits are sometimes organised in conjunction with other schools and give children the opportunity to make a wider circle of friends, many of whom they will work with when they transfer to the Village College. Charging and Remissions Policy The school has a ‘Charging’ Policy. Parents will not be charged for activities that take place during the school day and are part of he National Curriculum requirements but they may be asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of materials or ingredients used in practical subjects. Parents are asked to make voluntary contributions to trips and school journeys in accordance with LA guidance but no child is excluded from taking part through inability to pay. Some music tuition is optional. The school’s budget is used to subsidise the cost of brass, flute, clarinet and keyboard lessons but these activities are voluntary and parents are asked to pay a proportion of the cost. Where parents feel unable to make contributions they should talk in confidence with the Head teacher. The school will make every attempt to ensure that no child is disadvantaged because of financial status The swimming pool is available for hire by the local community after school in the second half of the Summer term and throughout the Summer holidays subject to availability and to the requirements for hire being met. The school and grounds are also available for hire after school hours. Details of hire agreements are documented in the school's policy which is available at the school. Guidance on charging is given by the LA but Governors consider individual cases of hardship and respond appropriately. Where to find us School Address: Our Local Authority is: Wilburton V.P.C School Cambridgeshire Authority Carpond Lane, Castle Court Wilburton, Cambridge CB3 OAP Ely, Cambs. CB6 3RJ Tel: 01223 717111 Tel: 01353 740269 Teaching Staff. Class YR Mrs. D.Laver (22 children) Class Y1/2 Mrs J. Newman (17 children) Class Y3/4 Mr. I. Giddings (Deputy Head) ( 31 children) Class Y5/6 Mr. V. Moll ( 21 children) Mr. D. Brinsdon (Music Specialist) Mrs. C. Christan (Traveller Support) Peripetetic Music Tutors. Non Teaching Staff. Clerical Assistant Mrs D. Fryer Teaching Assistants Mrs. J. Thorby. Mrs S. Sims Mrs. L. Taberner Cleaner Mrs G. Sizer Kitchen Assistant in Charge Mrs. C. Griffiths Senior Midday Supervisor Mrs. J. Thorby Midday Supervisors Mrs S. Sims Mrs. J. Egli Mrs. A. Seabrook School Governors. Rev. Jim Mullin (Chair) Community Mr P.Woolner (Vice Chair) Parent Rev.Fiona Brampton Foundation Nominated by Ely Diocesan Ed. Committee Mrs H.Dudeney Foundation Vacant LA Mr V.Moll School Representative Mrs A Seabrook Parent Mrs L Robinson Parent Mr D.Clarke Parent Mrs G. Pandya Parent Mrs D. Fryer Clerk School Governors meet at least once a term with the headteacher to discuss matters concerning the school. The responsibility of the Governors has increased enormously in the past year or two. Details of Governors’ responsibilities can be found in the handbook. The Governors produce an Annual Report on the year's activities. W.S.A. Mrs Clarke. (Chair) WSA stands for Wilburton School Association. All parents are automatically members of the WSA which exists to promote links between the family and school and to help the school financially. Funds are generated by a variety of social and fund raising events which have enabled the school to buy important items such as music centre, computers, keyboards etc. The WSA have funded equipment and books which are vital for teaching the National Curriculum..They have also provided the funding for the adventure playground, P.E. mats, picnic benches and most recently blackout curtains for both halls. They subsidise the cost of school visits and provide the Christmas party for children The WSA also currently pays some costs for the swimming pool during the summer holiday. Each Autumn Term the WSA holds its Annual General Meeting when a committee is elected. On this occasion we hope that new parents will come along and share the activities with parents who have had a longer association with the school. We rely heavily on the support we receive from the WSA. Their help is greatly appreciated and the children benefit greatly from their efforts. SCHOOL TERM AND HOLIDAY DATES 2008/9 Autumn Term opens Tuesday 2nd September Half Term 27th October - 31st October Autumn Term closes Friday 19th December Spring Term opens Wednesday 7th January Half Term 16th - 20th February Spring Term closes Friday 3rd April Summer Term opens Monday 20th April May Day 4th May School closed for PD Friday 20th May Half Term 25th-29th May Summer Term closes Friday 17th July The information in this booklet is correct at time of publishing. Every effort is made to ensure continuing accuracy but it cannot be guaranteed that there will be no changes.
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