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Carpenters Prospectus 2009 - 2010


									 WELCOME TO

3.    Introduction                     16.   Art, Music & Physical Education
4.    School Aims                      17.   Religious Education & PSHCE
5.    Governing Body                   18.   Information & Communication
6.    School Times                           Technology (ICT)
7.    School Staffing (1)              19.   Out of Hours learning:
8.    School Staffing (2)                    Extra-Curricular Activities
9.    School Staffing (3)                    Study Support
10.   Before & After School                  Parents’ Room
      Attendance                       20.   The Foundation Stage
      Home Information & Newsletters   21.   Special Educational Needs (SEN)
11.   Medical Arrangements                   Ethnic Minority Achievement
      First Aid                        22.   Charging Policy
12.   Uniform                          23.   Complaints
13.   School Meals                     24.   Sports
14.   Literacy & Numeracy              25.   Anti-Bullying Policy
15.   Science                                Equal Opportunities
      Humanities                       24.   Pupil & School Characteristics
      Design & Technology                    School Profile
                                       25.   School Calendar 2006-2007


  Welcome to Carpenters Primary School!
This publication contains much information about the school that you
        should find useful throughout your child’s time with us.
Parents and Carers are always very welcome to come to our school.
     We will always do our best to answer any queries which may
                               concern you.
    We are pleased that your child has joined our school and will
 continually strive to ensure that Carpenters is a safe, stimulating and
                     exciting place in which to learn.

                Sheryll Alexander – Head Teacher

We at Carpenters Primary School aim to:

 Meet the individual needs of every pupil within the school.
 Help each pupil to develop to their full potential & ensure they have equal
  access to the curriculum.
 Support pupils not only in terms of academic achievement but also in their
  moral, spiritual and physical development.
 Provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is differentiated to
  meet a variety of needs and learning styles.
 Promote equal opportunity regardless of race, gender, class or ability.
 To work in partnership with pupils, parents, link schools, support services
  and the wider community to support personal development and life-long
 Create a warm and friendly environment in which everyone feels secure,
  valued, happy and able to achieve.
 Celebrate our pupils’ achievements with others in a positive and supportive
        Our school governors are:
  Chair of Governors    John Barber
  Vice Chair            Helen Mason
  LEA Governors         Rev. David Richards
                        Ms. A. Adewunmi
  Teacher Governor      Annette Turner
                        Martin Green
  Parent Governors      Beverley Allen
                        Nahide Cook
                        Usher Patel
  Staff Governor        Sam Impey
                        Jan Bless
  Community Governors   Martin Samuel
                        Leslie Rowe
  Head Teacher          Sheryll Alexander
 School begins at 8:55 am        NURSERY

 Morning Break times:          Morning Nursery:
    KS 1 and Years 3 & 4          9:00 – 11:30am
       10:30 - 10:45am
    Years 5 & 6
       10:45 - 11:00am        Afternoon Nursery:
                                   12:45 – 3:15pm
 Lunch Break times:
    Years R,1,2 & 3
       12:00 - 1:00pm
    Years 4,5 & 6
       12:30 - 1:30pm

 School finishes at 3:15pm

    School Staffing Structure                                              #1
 Management & Teaching Staff:                         Jenny Stroud
                                                           SMT
                                                                       Resources & Data Manager

                                                           Teacher Assistant Support/Management
   Sheryll Alexander                   Head
    Teacher                                            Richard SaundersYear 6 Teacher
●   Designated Child Protection                             SMT
                                                            Quality of Provision & Olympic links
●   Teaching and Learning                                   Phase Leader Y4/5/6
●   Staffing and Finance                                    Induction Training/SCITT/Student Liaison
                                                            Foundation Stage subjects

   Jan Bless       Deputy Head Teacher
   Curriculum and Professional Development       Learning Support
   SDP and SEF                                        Christine Bruno     Reading
   Assessment and Asset Management                                         EMA

   Nichola Curran Assistant Head Teacher         Learning Mentor
                                                       Ann Haworth         Child Protection Officer
   Inclusion Manager

o   Lisa Sommerville Assistant Head Teacher
   Extended Schools/PFI/Olympics

School Staffing Structure                                                 #2
 Teaching Staff (Continued):

   Nursery                                            Year Three
                                                          Tracey Ladapo       Science
                                                          Lindi de Necker     Sept 09
      Pat McFarlane         Morning                      Elaine McKenna      PE/PSHCE
      Annette Turner        Afternoon
      Hafsah Bhuta –        Nursery Nurse
                                                       Year Four
                                                          Martin Green        ICT/MFL
   Reception                                             Stephen Goggin
      Lindi de Necker (Jan 10)
      Viv Tuck (Sept 09)         NQT                  Year Five
   Year One                                              Charlotte Tucker    Literacy
      Montserrat Valldeperas     Art                     Anja Plumb          Lead Behaviour
      Pat McFarlane              Trainee teacher
      Paul Obee                  Geography
                                                       Year Six
                                                          Richard Saunders    Quality of
   Year Two
      Lisa Somerville    Extended schools                Serena Glen         Maths
      Victoria Singleton NQT

School Staffing Structure                                               #3
   Administration:                                  Kelsey Johnson         TA
        Lesley Hodson       Admin Manager           Mark McManus           TA
        Lisa O’Neill        Administrator           Laura Neckles          TA & Wellbeing
        Sharon Limby        Receptionist            Nana Nkrumah           TA
                                                     Sue Peskett            TA
   Site Supervisor:                                 Sahara Rahman          TA
        Glenn White                                 Yuk Ha Sui             TA
                                                     Ki Woldeyohanes        TA
   Teaching Assistants:                             Shahira Khanam         Temp TA
        Vida Swift          HLTA
        Dawn Chester        HLTA               Supervisors:
        Ethlyne Barzey      HLTA                    Maria Begum        Midday Supervisor
                                                     Marge Curwood      Midday Supervisor
        Sharmin Akthar      TA                      Shafra Khanom      Midday Supervisor
        Ambia Begum         Welfare Asst.           Usha Patel         Midday Supervisor
        Teri Butler         TA                      Kelly Morton       Midday Supervisor
        Tina Davies         TA                      Susan Seymour      Midday Supervisor
        Chris Ellis         TA                      Laura McCall       Midday Supervisor
        Sam Impey           TA
        Mary Gage           TA
        Nicola Allen        TA
        Mel Wilson Stroud   TA
        Karen Escott        TA

   Parents are requested not to send children to school too early or leave them uncollected at the end of the
    school day (see School Times on page 4).
   No arrangements can be made for the supervision of children before 8:30am.
   If you are delayed for any reason and would therefore be late in collecting a child at the end of the school
    day, the school must be informed. Please telephone or visit the school office if you may be late.
   If a child is left after school, the Head Teacher may have to advise the Social services and ask for the child
    to be collected.

   Pupils are encouraged to attend school both regularly and punctually. If a child is absent through illness it is
    important to inform the school as soon as possible. On return to school a child should bring a written note of
    explanation or appointment details.
   The school must be informed beforehand of any medical appointments. Parents/Carers should come to the
    office and ask for their child to be collected from their classroom.
   Carpenters Primary School’s attendance levels for 2005-6 were 95.3%.

   The school sends out Home Information sheets regarding contact details on a regular basis. It is very
    important that all the details are completed by the parent/carer promptly. Please inform us of any
    changes (i.e. to addresses or telephone numbers) as soon as possible.
   We also send home regular newsletters and other information regarding the school. If you have any queries
    or questions regarding the information please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff or visit the school
    All pupils receive regular routine checks during their schooling. In addition, children periodically
     receive dental, visual and hearing checks. Parents would then be informed of any need for
     treatment and/or advice. Parents will be advised of any checks taking place in advance.
    If a child has an infectious disease, medical advice should be sought and the school informed.
    We regret that it is not possible for teachers or welfare assistants to be responsible for
     administering medicines, ointments, drops etc. If your child is on a course of medicines of any kind
     please keep the child at home until they are recovered. Exceptions to this rule are asthmatics,
     diabetics and epileptics. Children should bring a pump to school (blue Ventolin inhaler only) which
     will be kept safely by their teacher and used only when required.
    From time to time schools may experience an outbreak of head lice. Regular checking of your
     child’s hair is advised, and if you have any concerns please consult the Head Teacher or SENCo.
    Care Plans are put in place for all children requiring regular administration of medication within
     school. The SENCo will put these in place together with the school nurse and update them
    First Aid is administered by trained first-aid assistants and staff. If a child is seriously unwell or
     injured, parents/carers are contacted immediately. Medical notes are also sent home with any child
     who has seen a first-aider during the school day for minor injuries or upsets.
    Please ensure that the school’s registration form (Home Information) is kept up-to-date so that no
     child is placed at risk due to incorrect (or ‘out-of-date’) information.

UNIFORM                                       All school uniform is available to be purchased from the school office.

   All items of clothing should be clearly labelled with your child’s
   A ‘lost property’ box is kept in the medical room; please
    enquire at the main office for any property you consider to be
    your child’s.
   No jewellery may be worn in school.
   Only stud earrings are allowed.
   Pupils who wear watches must take full responsibility for them.

          Uniform during the AUTUMN/WINTER seasons
           consists of:
              Red sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan
              White shirt/blouse
              Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore dress
              Black or brown shoes
          Uniform during the SUMMER should be:
              White shirt/polo shirt
              Grey shorts/skirts
              Red & white checked/striped dress
          PE Kit should be:
              White T-shirt/plain tracksuit top
              Red shorts or plain tracksuit bottoms
              Black plimsolls (indoor) or plain trainers
              Infant pupils may wear their vest and pants
                 or shorts for indoor PE.

 School meals are cooked on the premises and are available for all pupils. Special
  dietary requirements can be catered for - for those children who require them for
  medical or religious purposes.
 Money for meals is payable in advance on Monday mornings. It should be placed
  in a sealed envelope, clearly marked ‘dinner money’, together with the child’s name,
  class and the amount of money enclosed.
 Children may bring a packed lunch; drinks must be in an unbreakable container and
  no fizzy drinks or sweets should be given.
 Free meals are available for children whose parents are receiving income
  support. Parents must go to the School Meals Department at the Education Offices,
  with evidence of income support and child benefit book. A form has to be completed
  and returned to the Education Office (NOT to the school). The school will be notified
  of the children who are entitled to free school meals.
     It is important to complete this procedure as soon as s/he is admitted, otherwise you may be
      expected to pay for the meals.
 Carpenters School is pleased to be able to offer a Breakfast Club (with limited
  places). Please enquire at the school office if you wish your child to attend.

            Carpenters School is proud to have Healthy Schools status.
School Curriculum
 LITERACY                                          NUMERACY
    We want all our children to be able to read      In teaching mathematics we follow the
     for pleasure with fluency and                     National Numeracy Strategy in our
     understanding. This is best achieved by           Numeracy Hour as a foundation for the
     providing plenty of good quality reading          basic skills of numeracy and accurate
     material and by careful monitoring of each        calculations, whilst at the same time
     child’s reading development.                      giving pupils a chance to develop thinking
    We aim to develop the attitude that               by structuring the lessons to include
     reading and writing are enjoyable and             practical mathematical activities.
     worthwhile activities. The school follows        Pupils are also incorporating I.C.T. to
     the Literacy Hour and in accordance with          develop mathematical skills.
     the National Curriculum emphasis is              We emphasise the importance of:
     placed on the teaching of basic skills                 Problem solving skills
     necessary for each child to use language
                                                            The ability to work independently
     competently and with confidence.
                                                            To work co-operatively with other
    We recognise that language and literacy                 children in planning and carrying out
     are central to every other subject in the               tasks and investigations
     curriculum. Much importance is placed on               To use calculators, specific
     fostering the child’s skills to use the                 mathematical equipment and computers
     spoken and written word in order that they              with appropriate skill and
     can operate to the best of their ability.               understanding.

Curriculum Subjects                                    THE INTEGRATED CURRICULUM

                      UNDER A TERMLY ‘TOPIC WEB’ THEME.

    Science, following the National Curriculum guidelines, is taught in specific weekly lessons.
     Most meaningful science investigations are based on first-hand experience. Children
     discuss and plan their specific explorations and attempt to apply what they have found to
     everyday life and situations. It is important to encourage children to predict, experiment,
     record and then analyse their results.

    History and Geography are taught mostly as separate subjects. We feel that pupils gain
     knowledge about their own place and others in the community. In this way they learn about
     the past and also consider the future. We use our own school, town and families as
     resources, and pupils progress from looking at local issues to considering the broader areas
     of Britain, Europe and the wider world.

    Technology is the practical application of pupil’s knowledge to solve problems. They are
     introduced to a variety of tools and materials and learn a range of skills and techniques. We
     aim to give pupils confidence and ability to identify, examine and solve practical problems
     and challenges, both independently and working in groups.

Curriculum Subjects
    Art and Craft consists of painting, modelling, drawing etc. using a variety of different
     mediums such as clay, pastel crayons, ‘junk’ materials, fine art materials and so on. We aim
     to teach the appropriate skills and knowledge so that pupils can develop confidence and
     maturity in their work, and positively reflect on what they and others produce.

    Pupils listen to and are encouraged to appreciate music from a wide variety of cultures and
     areas of the world. They often make their own instruments and experiment with making
     sounds and creating their own music. Singing is a regular exercise for all pupils. In addition
     we also run extended music programmes, teaching recorder to all Year 3 pupils and the
     violin to all Year 4 pupils (on a rotational basis every two years).

    We aim to develop to the full the physical abilities of each child, and to foster an enjoyment of
     physical activities as well as an awareness of the importance of health and physical fitness
     throughout life. All children have regular sessions of P.E. weekly, using both indoor and
     outdoor space and equipment. They will have experience of games, gymnastics, athletics
     and dance/movement.

Curriculum Subjects
    The R.E. curriculum is taken from the Newham Agreed Syllabus, which has been agreed by
     Newham Council, local teachers and representatives of all major faiths and denominations.
     We endeavour to ensure that all pupils gain some awareness and understanding of the major
     world religions.
    Our collective worship uses themes that are common to all religions of the world. Parents
     can exercise their right to withdraw their child from collective worship (school assemblies, for
     example) if they wish to do so, and should inform the Head Teacher.
    Pupils are also taught weekly sessions of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and
     Citizenship Education) following a thoughtful, creative programme covering many areas of
     life skills, understanding and awareness.

    From the age of 5 pupils become knowledgeable of the life cycle through science lessons,
     covering animals, seeds etc. and also through PSHCE. When any questions about human
     reproduction is posed staff will tackle the answers at a level appropriate to the age of the
    In Year 6 pupils have an intensified course aimed at looking at physical development. Pupils
     work with the school nurse and class teacher and are taught how their bodies will change
     over the next few years, together with discussion of emotional changes. It is intended that
     questions are dealt with in a sensitive, caring way. Parents are informed of the content of
     this programme before it is introduced and have the opportunity to discuss the contents in
     detail. Parents also have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education if they wish.

Curriculum Subjects
 Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.)

    The school boasts some of the best ICT facilities in the country due to a grant
     from the e-Learning Foundation. Every classroom is equipped with an
     interactive, electronic whiteboard which is connected to a desktop computer.
     Each classroom has at least one desktop computer and there are also a large
     number of laptop computers which the children can use at their desks. These
     computers are linked to the school’s wireless network, and can also be linked to
     electronic microscopes, CD writers, digital cameras, palm-top computers and
     web-cams. Software for the children’s use is continually updated.
    We also have an ICT suite which contains both desktop computers and has
     room for laptops. Every pupil has access to computers in the daily course of
     their work and they are also used on a cross-curricular basis. In addition to
     computers, extensive use is made of cassette recorders, headphones, radio and
     TV programmes and video material.
    In addition to the school’s resources Years 5 and 6 also have computers running
     on a separate network system, funded through the ‘PFI initiative’. Each pupil in
     these year groups has their own personally assigned laptop computer and work
     is set, sent and received through the system between teachers and pupils. ICT
     has a very high priority and the computers are in use regularly in all curricular

Extra-Curricular Activities
 School Visits
    Educational visits connected with curriculum work are organised to provide first-hand
     experience for pupils. A trip is generally arranged for each class, each term. All
     parents/carers must sign a consent form before their child is taken on an outing. In addition
     to off-site visits, arrangements are regularly made for people to come to our school and see
     the children on-site, both in assemblies and in classes.
 Study Support
    We are able to extend learning opportunities and services for our children through our Study
     Support programme.
    There is an extensive range of programmes (clubs and activity sessions) run at Carpenters.
     These range from sports and art activities to curriculum-based programmes. Study
     Support sessions and clubs are available to children in both Key Stages. Please see the Co-
     ordinator or class teacher for information.
 Parents’ Room
    We have a wonderful Parents’ Room located at the front of the school. We are proud to be
     able to offer several extended services to our community. There is also a new, purpose-
     built creche attached to the Parents’ Room. Activities are held regularly throughout each
     week, including a Parents & Toddlers Group, Breakfast club, Homework clubs for pupils and
     their parents/carers, and Adult Learning and Training sessions. For information about
     activities and programmes please visit the school office or see Ms Cindy Turner (Nursery).

The Foundation Stage
   Overview
      At Carpenters, the Foundation stage comprises of two part-time Nursery Classes and two full-time
         Reception Classes. Children are admitted into the Nursery and Reception Classes following the criteria laid
         down in Newham’s Admissions Policy. In the Nursery, children attend either the morning or afternoon
             Morning Session           9:00 – 11:30 am
             Afternoon Session         12:45 – 3:15 pm
      Children transfer to the Reception Classes in the educational year in which they are five. Birthdays between
         September and February transfer in September. Birthdays between march and August transfer in January.
         Please note: having a place in our nursery does NOT guarantee a place in one of our Reception Classes.
         This is Newham’s policy and ensures that all children have an equal opportunity to a Reception place,
         whether or not they have attended a nursery.
   The Curriculum
      Nursery and Reception staff work closely together to ensure continuity of learning and experience for the
         children. We recognise the importance of outdoor play in young children’s development and also the value
         of first-hand experience in promoting learning and understanding. This is reflected in our planning and
      Children in the Foundation stage work towards Early Learning Goals, following the national framework of
         Stepping Stones which are laid down for each of the following six areas of learning:
             Personal, social and emotional development
             Communication, language and literacy
             Mathematical development
             Knowledge and understanding of the world
             Physical development
             Creative development
      This curriculum forms the first stage of our whole school curriculum and lays the foundation for children’s
         future learning. Children’s progress is carefully monitored and recorded, and the Foundation Stage Profile
         Record is forwarded to Key Stage One teachers.
Ensuring Inclusive Practice
 Special Educational Needs
   At Carpenters we believe that it is the fundamental right of all children to have access to the best education possible; it is our
    aim to achieve this.
   All teachers are teachers of special educational needs. Teaching such children is therefore a whole-school responsibility.
   Pupils with special educational needs have their progress and development closely and regularly monitored. Pupils who
    give cause for concern are identified and their needs are reviewed following the Special Needs Code of Practice and the
    Special Needs Disability Discrimination Act.
   The class teacher, the Special Needs Co-ordinator and the Head Teacher may be involved and outside agencies can also
    be called in to offer advice and support if needed.
   It is very important at Carpenters that parents/carers are involved throughout each stage of the children’s development;
    liaison between home and school is essential.
   The school follows the LEA guidelines for Inclusive Education and works closely with the Every Child Matters guidelines.
    Pupils with special needs and disabilities are given equal access to the whole curriculum where possible and the school
    endeavours to ensure that no child is discriminated against because of their needs or disability.

 Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA)
   Your child may need help in learning English. Teachers at our school plan activities that enable all children to become
    confident in speaking, reading and writing English.
   Pupils’ progress is monitored regularly. We value the cultural identities of all pupils in our school and celebrate the diversity
    of culture here at Carpenters.
   If you would like to learn English yourself, we may be able to give you information about
        local classes or you could join a programme run in our own Parents’ Room.

Carpenters’ Charging Policy
 It is the law that no school can charge parents for:
     Education wholly or mainly within school hours.
     Materials and ingredients for items made in school which pupils or parents do not
      want to keep.
     Visits in or outside school hours which are necessary for an examination.

 Charges may be made for the following:
       Individual music tuition which is not part of the syllabus for an examination.
       Certain excursions where a third party is involved.
       Board and lodging where a school activity involves a residential element.
       The exact cost of optional extras that are not directly connected with the National

 The school will always inform parents of any event well in advance and will
  try to assist parents who have genuine difficulties in paying.

 The best way to sort out complaints is usually to talk the problem
  through with the class teacher or the Head Teacher.
 In cases of difficulty, however, Newham Council has an Education
  Complaints Procedure that must be followed.
 If a parent/carer has a complaint about the Curriculum or Collective
  Worship they are entitled to use a separate procedure laid down by
     Firstly, under this procedure, the matter should be attempted to be addressed
      and/or resolved informally at the school.
     If this does not work, the complaint should be sent in writing to the Educational
      Department, to either the senior Assistant Director (Monitoring, Evaluation and
      Curriculum Support) or the Principal Governing Bodies Support Officer, who may
      refer the complaint back to the governors if appropriate.
     If the complaint is still not resolved or it is not appropriate for the governing body
      to consider, then it will go to Newham Council as the local Education Authority,
      again via the senior Assistant director (see above).
     Finally a parent can appeal to the Secretary of State for Education.
     Full details of this formal complaint procedure are available from the school or
      Newham Council Education Department.
 At Carpenters we aim to promote sport as something in which all pupils
  can participate and achieve. We do this regularly through our timetabled
  lessons and we have additional practice times after school. We also have
  many sporting after-school clubs to choose from.
 Promoting equal opportunities in our sport is paramount and the school
  aims to teach children how to play competitively and fairly in teams and
  as individuals, and to play to win but also learning to lose graciously and
  evaluate skills and practice. We participate in many competitions throughout
  the year in and out of the borough as well as within the school.
 Pupils in Years 5 & 6 go swimming as part of their P.E. Curriculum.
  Therefore the majority of children will learn to swim or to improve their
 We are very excited to be located so closely to the proposed site of the
  2012 Olympics. We have already had input from Sport England and visits
  form sporting greats such as Seb Coe and Kelly Holmes, and in the next
  years of preparation hope that Carpenters pupils’ will have the
  opportunity to take part in the London 2012 Olympics!

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