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					                                                         Headteacher Mrs S Chapman




Dear Parents,



I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child(ren) to
Hady Primary and Nursery School. Your child may have already joined us
or you may still be looking for the ‘right’ school for your child. Whatever
the case, this booklet tells you about our school, its aims, values and
organisation. I hope you will find it useful and informative.

Over the years our school has earned a well deserved reputation for its
caring and supportive ethos. Academically our pupils consistently achieve
better than Derbyshire and National standards. Our achievements have
been recognised by OfSTED in 2008 and the Local Authority.

We look forward to a long and happy relationship with you and your family
and welcome your child to our school community.


Susan Chapman
Head teacher




         Hady Lane, Chesterfield, S41 0DF   Tel: 01246 279254 Fax: 01246 273296

                            Email: info@hady.derbyshire.sch.uk

                           Website: www.hady.derbyshire.sch.uk



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                         The Aims of our School
‘At Hady Primary and Nursery School we believe in the importance of
                   high quality education for all’


We aim -

           to help every child develop in self esteem, independence and
             confidence through the creation of a school environment which is
             happy, safe and secure, and in which effort and achievement are
             recognised in equal measure

           to make our school a place of mutual respect in which children will
              develop an understanding of others’ opinions, beliefs and cultures


           to provide a sound basis of language and number as well as the
              knowledge and skills within the wider curriculum needed for lifelong
              learning


           to encourage a desire to learn through a wide variety of learning
             experiences and teaching methods that take into account the ways
             in which children learn and develop


           to help children develop sound moral values, a healthy lifestyle and to
              become responsible citizens who can play a positive role in their
              community


           to provide equal opportunities for all within the school regardless of
              race, religion, gender or ability


           to work closely with parents and the wider community to support and
              advance their children’s education

           to enable every child to fulfil their potential and to develop a love of
              learning they will carry with them when they leave us.



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                               SCHOOL STAFF 20010/11

                             Headteacher Mrs S Chapman

                       Acting Deputy Headteacher Miss C Pratt

Teaching Staff

Key Stage 2 - Junior Department

Miss C Pratt
Miss L HIll
Mrs B Miles
Mrs V Johnson/Mrs A Hukins
Mrs L Roberts (Maternity Leave)

Key Stage 1 - Infant Department

Mrs S Mulroy
Mrs. L. Rankin

Foundation Stage – FS1 & FS2 (Nursery and Reception)

Miss N Hewish
Miss C Whiteley

Teaching Assistants

Mrs G Browett, Ms V Brown, Mrs E Goodban, Mrs C Palmer, Mrs S Radford (maternity leave),
Mrs J Waller, Miss S Wallace, Mrs C Fletcher.

Administrative Officer                         Admin Assistant

Mrs S Graham                                   Mrs M Bartlett

Caretaker
Mr A Cockings

Kitchen Staff

Mrs J Wombwell (Senior Cook) Mrs E Allen

Midday Supervisors

Mrs A Clarke (Senior Supervisor)
Mrs L McBain
Mrs. H Hegarty
Mrs L Radforth




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                             Part 1: Essential Information

                        DERBYSHIRE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Bruce Buckley
Director of Children and Young People’s Services
John Hadfield House
Dale Road
Matlock
DE4 3AG

Area Education Office
St. Helena Centre
Sheffield Road
Chesterfield
S41 7LU

Our address is:          Hady Lane, Chesterfield. S41 0DF
Our phone number is:     01246 279254
Our fax number is:       01246 273296

Governors

Our Chairman of Governors is:

Mr. Nigel Butler, who may be contacted through the school.

We are a Primary and Foundation Stage (Nursery) School which means we admit
children in the term after their 3rd birthday and they usually stay here until the August
following their 11th birthday.
When your child first enters our school they will go into our Foundation Stage, which
consists of the FS1 & 2 (Nursery and Reception). Children can usually be admitted to
FS1 in the first term after their third birthday if places are available.

School hours:

FS1 (Nursery)                   8.55 a.m. to 11.55 a.m.

FS2 (Reception). to Year 2      8.55 a.m. to 12.00 noon
                              1.10 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Year 3 to Year 6              8.55 a.m. to 12.00 noon
                              12.50 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Our school office is open from 8.30 a.m. until 3.45 p.m. daily. Our administrative staff
are available to help you during these hours.




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Term and Holiday Dates

The school year begins in September and is divided into six terms. Children are
expected to attend for 190 days in a year and the teachers work an additional five
days for In-service training.

Exact holiday dates are notified at the earliest opportunity and are displayed on the
notice board in the entrance foyer. They are also available on our school website
www.hady.derbyshire.sch.uk

Children in main school should arrive at school and wait on the playground between
8.45 a.m. and 8.50 a.m. At 8.50 a.m. the children go to their classrooms. School
lessons begin at 8.55am and we ask if parents can have vacated the building by this
time in order to give the lessons a prompt start. If the weather is bad children and
parents may wait in the school hall from 8.45 a.m.

Absence and Lateness

The school encourages and recognises good attendance patterns. We want parents
and children to appreciate the importance of punctuality and the contribution it makes
to a child’s education. For this reason please try to ensure your child is not late, arrival
after 8.55 a.m. will get a late mark on the register. Arrival after 9.15 a.m. will be
classified as ‘unauthorised absence’. Occasional absences due to ill health are
unavoidable, but we are obliged to report repeated instances of lateness and
absences to the Educational Social Welfare Services.

If you wish your child to be absent from school for the purposes of an annual family
holiday the Headteacher is able to authorise up to ten days absence. Further time off
for the purpose of holidays have to be recorded as unauthorised. In some cases of
excessive ‘unauthorised holiday’ absence children will be removed from the school
roll. In exceptional cases of unauthorised absence the school is empowered to
prosecute.

If you expect to be late collecting your child from school at the end of the day, you
must let us know by 3.10 p.m at the latest so that we can ensure your child does not
leave the building. At home time children are expected to come back into school if the
person they expect to be collecting them is not there. It is not our policy to allow
children to go home with another parent unless this has been pre-arranged and we are
aware of it. If a parent is 10 minutes late and we have not had any contact we will
inform Social Services at 3.30pm and follow our ‘Late Collection Policy’.

If you anticipate any problems please see the class teacher or the Headteacher who
will be more than willing to offer any help they can.

FS1 / Nursery Admission

The school has a new foundation stage unit, which provides an excellent start to the
children’s education with FS1 and FS2 being in close proximity to each other. The
FS1 class offers a caring environment where children are encouraged to develop
physically, academically and socially.

Parents are invited to discuss admission arrangements to the FS1 with the
Headteacher and Foundation Stage Leader (Mrs Mulroy). An offer of a place depends

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upon the demands placed upon FS1; requests are considered in line with the school’s
admissions policy.
Currently we are able to accommodate 26 children in the FS1. Attendance is for five
sessions of 3 hours each morning from 8.55 a.m. until 11.55 a.m. It is very helpful to
us if the names of children who would like FS1 places are given to the administrative
officer as soon as possible. It must be stressed that being placed on the waiting
list does not automatically guarantee a FS1 place. Prior to transfer to FS2, parents
must apply using the standard Derbyshire County Council application form. An FS1
place does not guarantee a place in the main school.

A special booklet is available to those parents whose children are ready to join the
FS1 class.

Admission to School

The school admission policy exists for those children who join us in any year from FS2
to Year 6. We will operate a single point of admission, this means that we now admit
all children for Reception in September. The following levels of priority for admission
are set out in the policy:
         Children in care of the LA
         Children with existing statements of Special Educational Needs;
         Children who live in the school’s designated catchment area with siblings
           attending the school
         Children who live in the school’s designated catchment area
         Children who live outside the school’s designated catchment area with
           siblings attending the school
                                                 All other applications
The Local Education Authority is required to co-ordinate admissions to all Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior Schools from the
academic year 2006/2007 onwards. Essentially the Authority acts as a ‘clearing house’ for admissions and enables parents to
express a preference for one, two or three schools and to place those preferences in rank order. Parents must make their
application on a common application form, to be returned direct to the LEA, and give reasons for their preferred schools.
Common application forms will be available from Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior schools and other public establishments
They should be returned by the closing date for applications


Acceptance of applications is dependent upon the number of children in the
appropriate year group. Our standard number for each year is 40. However, this is
reviewed from time to time. Appeals against refused applications may be made to the
Local Education Authority whose address is given at the front of this booklet.

By law, all infant classes must have 30 or fewer children. This could mean that
children may be in a mixed aged class in order to achieve this aim. We try to keep
junior classes as small as possible but we have to work within budgetary limitations.

Behaviour

We expect the children to behave in a sensible and courteous manner at all times. All
suggestions and reminders about their behaviour are in the interests of safety, respect
for others and courtesy. Children should feel safe and be supported in their learning.
We will not allow disruptive children to prevent other children learning or teachers
teaching.

Our school rules are few and very simple:
 Always try your best
 Listen when others are speaking
 Treat everyone with respect
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   Look after our school and everything in it
   Move around the school and grounds sensibly
   Be polite at all times
   Always tell the truth

The rewards and sanctions listed on our Conduct Sheet are to impress upon each
individual the importance of their standard of behaviour in relation to the running of an
orderly school. Our emphasis is placed strongly on recognising and encouraging good
behaviour. However children do sometimes misbehave and need to know that
sanctions will be applied consistently and fairly if they do ‘overstep the limit’.

Children who are sent to the Headteacher after misbehaving can expect to miss at
least one playtime, and make appropriate reparations if applicable. On the few
occasions where misconduct is of a serious nature, parents will be contacted
immediately, so that a joint home/school effort can be made to deal with the situation.

In extremely rare cases it may be necessary to exclude a child from attendance, and in
this case parents have the right to appeal to the school’s Governors.

Every Friday afternoon the whole school attends a ‘Celebration Assembly’ at which
one child from each class is nominated for a ‘Superstar’ certificate. This may be for
good work, but more often than not certificates are awarded for effort, kindness,
sharing and being a good member of the school community. The weekly winner’s
names are displayed in the hall.

Attendance

Recent changes in the law make it essential for schools to know the reason for every
absence because we have to distinguish between absences which are allowed
(authorised) and those which are not (unauthorised). A detailed report of the school’s
attendance is given annually by the School Governors.

Attendance data for the school year 2009 – 2010

   Average attendance:   94.44%
   Authorised absence:    5.04%
   Unauthorised absence: 0.5%


                                                     If your child is absent, please ring
                                                     to let us know immediately the
                                                     cause and then follow it up with a
                                                     letter when your child returns.
                                                     Please do not ask for work to be
                                                     taken on holiday.

                                                     Class Organisation

                                                     At present there are 185 pupils on
                                                     roll including 12 FS1 children with
                                                     part-time places. Each class has
                                                     boys and girls of mixed ability.
                                                     The children begin in the FS1,

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followed by FS2 then Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 taking the children through their primary
education from 3 to 11 years.

Our current organisation is as follows:

1 FS1 class (morning only)
1 FS2 class
1 Year 1 class
1 Year 2 class
1 Year 3 class
1 Year 4 class
1Year 5 class
1 Year 6 class

Class organisation may vary slightly from year to year depending on the number of
children in each year group and the most efficient deployment of teaching staff.

Your child’s progress

From the earliest days in the FS1 staff keep careful records of every child’s progress.
These records are used in order to plan better to match our teaching with the
children’s individual learning needs

You will be invited to discuss your child’s progress and attainments during the autumn
and spring terms. A written report is issued in the summer term. Please try to attend
parent consultation meetings. The teachers and I will be only too pleased to discuss
any issues about your child that may arise throughout the year so please don’t feel
restricted to parent consultations.

There could be occasions when your child’s class teacher asks to see you after school
or rings you at home to discuss a problem or concern. Please don’t feel threatened by
this, we try to work in close partnership with parents and believe that potential
problems are best resolved if dealt with at an early stage.

The school is always open to parents and you are welcome to talk informally or to
make appointments to discuss any matters relating to your child. It is usually better to
see class teachers after school rather than at the start of a day when time is short.

Homework

There will be regular things for your child to do at home. In Key Stage 1 it will often be
reading with you, learning spellings or finding out things about a ‘topic’ the class may
be studying. In Key Stage 2 this may well continue but, as the children get older and
progress towards Year 6 the amount of homework will increase and become more
frequent and formal in nature. We appreciate your support in making sure the children
establish a really good homework routine in preparation for secondary school.

Security

The school maintains a vigilant approach to security to ensure the safety of children,
teachers and parents.

Once the register has been taken all external doors are bolted. A separate system
ensures fire doors can be opened immediately from inside and remain inaccessible
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from the outside. After this entry to the school can only be gained through the main
security door.

All children and parents arriving late must use the school main entrance and report to
the main office. Visitors are required to report to the office, sign in and sign out on
departure. Staff and visitors wear badges for ID purposes.

Parents collecting children during school time should report to the office and sign their
children out. This is necessary so that we can keep track of children’s whereabouts
and equally important, for fire regulation purposes. For safety reasons we will not
send a child off site to meet with parents. If you are bringing a child in after close of
register they should be signed in as well so we are aware they are back in school.

Fire drills are held half-termly and all children are conversant with evacuating the
school by a variety of exits. The school can be completely evacuated in three minutes.

If you see anybody acting suspiciously near the school or its grounds please inform us
immediately so the police can be contacted.

If anybody is found wilfully damaging the school or its grounds, the police will be
contacted and action taken.

These steps are taken to keep your children safe. Please help us by following
our code and talking to your child about their own personal safety within the
school and the local community.

School Dress Code

Although uniform is not compulsory, it is economical and smart. It gives the children a
sense of belonging and underlines the message that Hady School is a special place to
be proud of.

The school has a dress code which we encourage parents to follow. This consists of a
sky blue top or blouse and a navy cardigan or sweatshirt. Boys should wear grey or
black trousers, girls may wear trousers or skirts.

 All children are expected to dress appropriately for school throughout the year. Beach
clothes are inappropriate. Pale blue and white checked summer dresses for the girls
and smart, grey shorts for the boys are encouraged during the summer months.

Denim clothing should not be worn nor should tee-shirts with large or unsuitable logos
or slogans. Shoes should be dark and sensible rather than fashionable. Heels should
be low as children have fallen due to the height of their heels. Hair should be neat and
‘extreme’ styles avoided.

Please mark items of clothing with your child’s name, as many items of school dress
are impossible to distinguish from each other. It is also helpful if coats can have
strong loops to hang them with. This saves them falling off pegs or causing a child to
trip in the area where they are being stored.

An order form for school uniform is available from the School Office.



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Pupils are allowed to wear a small pair of stud earrings and a watch. All other jewellery
poses a health and safety risk to your child or other pupils in the school, and should
not be worn.

All children will need a PE kit in a slipper bag, which consists of blue or black shorts,
plain white T-shirt and plimsolls. Again, all items should be clearly labelled with the
child’s name. All children will require a tracksuit and trainers for outdoor use, both kits
should be in school at all times so we are prepared for all weather conditions.


Special Educational Needs

At some point every child will encounter problems with their schoolwork. This is quite
normal and will usually be resolved within a few weeks. It may involve a little extra
work being sent home once parents have been consulted. Sometimes, however, a
child may have a more prolonged difficulty, which may require long-term support.

If your child is experiencing any difficulties you will be contacted, in the first instance,
by the class teacher. If necessary we will devise an IEP (Individual Education Plan), in
consultation with the Special Needs Co-ordinator, which will provide your child with
targeted support to address the problem. If, following this process there are still
concerns, we may liaise with other support services.

Child Protection

Parents should be aware that school will always take appropriate action to
ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be
concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of
abuse the Headteacher, Child Protection Co-ordinator and staff are obliged in
law to follow the Child Protection Procedures established by the Derbyshire
Area Child Protection Committee and inform the Social Care of the concern.


Children and Parents with Disabilities

Our school promotes equality of opportunity for pupils, parents and staff with
disabilities and takes positive action through making reasonable adjustments to meet
their needs.
The school has an Accessibility Plan for pupils and adults with physical disabilities.
Whilst most of the building is flat, there are stairs down to the Foundation Stage Unit.
All external doors allow disabled access and there is a specific toilet set aside for the
physically disabled.

Transfer to Secondary School

Early in their child’s first term in Year 6, parents will receive a letter from the Local
Education Authority explaining the procedure for applying for secondary school places.
Parents will need to begin this process October, before their child is due to transfer.
Please note that admissions are handled by the Local Authority not the school.
Parents are strongly advised to follow the guidelines and adhere to the submission
dates. If you have any concerns about secondary transfer, or are not sure which
Secondary School’s area you live in, please contact Chesterfield Area Education
Office on 01246 204851.

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The majority of our children transfer to Hasland Hall Community School as they
generally live in that school catchment area. Over the years we have developed an
excellent induction programme with Hasland Hall, which gives Year 6 children the
chance to visit the school and get a taste of Secondary life. In addition teachers from
Hasland Hall visit our school and parents are invited to attend information evenings
and also an open day.

Morning Break and Extra Food

We provide all infant and foundation stage children with a piece of fresh fruit for
morning break. Junior children may bring fruit to school for morning break - no crisps
sweets etc are allowed to comply with our healthy schools policy. Children may bring
water to drink in class provided it is in a small (no more than 500ml), named, plastic
container.

Medical and Personal Matters

Good health for each child is the concern of parents and children alike. We do ask
you to ensure your child gets enough sleep every night. A tired child cannot be
expected to respond fully to the challenges of a school day. Various medical checks
are made during a child’s life. The present arrangement is that the school nurse gives
FS2 children a medical inspection and parents are invited to attend to talk about their
child’s health. The school nurse also makes periodic ear and eye tests and parents
are consulted should any problems arise. Parents are informed of the dates when
dental inspections of all children in the school are to be carried out.


The school nurse no longer inspects children’s hair for head lice and you are advised
to check your child’s hair weekly for signs of nits! If you suspect there are problems
please contact the school nurse or doctor at the Health Centre who will be able to
advise you of the best lotion to use. Could you also inform the school if your child
does become infected, so that we can issue a class warning. Remember that clean
hair is very attractive to head lice and it is nothing to be ashamed of.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1991 state that tablets and/or medicines
should not be kept in school or administered by any member of staff. If this is
unavoidable i.e. the doctor has prescribed the medicine to be taken four times a day or
more, then parents should fill in a medicine form - obtainable from the school office.
Any medicines should be brought in a one-dose container, which should not be made
of glass. A responsible adult will supervise your child taking his or her own medicine
in the presence of another member of staff. The administration of the medicine will be
recorded on a form provided for this purpose. Children should not bring any
medicine into school and store it in their bag or class tray

During summer weather please ensure your child wears a sunhat and has sun
cream put on their arms, necks and legs to protect them from the effects of the
sun. They should always come to school in sensible clothing which should
offer further protection. Please do not be persuaded to allow your child to come
to school in ‘beachwear’ which is entirely unacceptable in school. (see Dress
Code)

If your child has any allergies or has to avoid specific food on religious grounds, please
inform the class teacher. This is important as sometimes tasting food is part of a

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curriculum topic during the school year. We will also inform the cook so alternative
food can always be available.

Children may talk confidentially to their class teacher if they are worried about
anything. If there are any changes in your home circumstances that may affect your
child’s happiness or progress, please let us know so that we are able to give support
and understanding when it is most needed.

Accidents

Members of staff with First Aid certificates deal with accidents, minor cuts and bruises.
It is our practise to put plasters on small cuts and grazes to protect the wounds and
stop cross infection. If you would prefer your child not to have a plaster, please let us
know in the office. Should an accident or medical condition require more than first aid
we care for the child until a parent arrives. Emergency cases are taken immediately to
hospital and the parents informed as soon as possible. In extreme emergencies where
it is impossible to contact parents the school will act in loco parentis.

We always try to inform parents either verbally or with a written note if your child has
bumped its head whilst playing, so that a watchful eye can be kept at home. Our
advice is to always seek medical attention if you are concerned about any such injury.

Parent Helpers
We very much welcome parents/grandparents/friends into school to help with a wide
variety of activities including reading, art, computers or helping with displays. This can
be arranged by contacting the headteacher or class teacher.

Charging Policy

The school has a charging policy recommended by Derbyshire County Council and
approved and reviewed by the Governors annually.

a) Residential Courses in school time which involve board and lodging cost –
   parents to meet the full cost.

b) Visits during school hours – parents are asked to make a contribution to help
   with the cost to cover transport, admission fees and insurance. No child would be
   excluded from a visit or trip if a contribution was not made provided that the
   authorisation slip had been completed.

c) Activities outside school hours – parents must meet the full cost.

d) Ingredients/materials for practical subjects – parents are invited to contribute
   but no child will be disadvantaged by the inability to pay.

e) Lost School Equipment – parents are expected to replace or purchase lost or
   deliberately broken items of school property.

f) Music tuition – parents of children receiving peripatetic music lessons enter into a
contract with the teacher and pay for lessons on a scale agreed by Derbyshire County
Council. In some cases financial support may be available.



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School Meals

We have an excellent kitchen where meals are cooked daily. The meals represent
good value for money at £9.25 per week payable in advance on a Monday. A drink is
available at lunchtime for each child taking a meal. A carton of milk is available at
break time for all EYFS children. Please let us know if your child has any special
dietary needs.

Dinner money is collected on the first day of each week. If you wish to pay by cheque,
please make it payable to Derbyshire County Council. Please ensure the correct
amount of dinner money is sent to school in a purse with the child’s name on it. Many
parents find it convenient to pay for a term or half a term at a time. If your child has an
absence then the money is credited for the following week. As the cook has to order
the food, we require 2 weeks notice for changing from school dinners to
sandwiches or vice versa. The children are encouraged to use good table manners
so please ensure they know how to use a knife and fork properly.

Children may bring packed lunches to school instead of having a school meal. A drink
of water is provided to accompany their lunch unless you include a drink as well.
Please do not send drinks in glass bottles. Please ensure that small bags or boxes are
used for this, due to the limit we have on space, and so that children can open their
food containers.

Children staying for school meals or sandwiches remain on the premises and are
under the care of our experienced midday supervisory team, who are directly
responsible to the Headteacher during the lunch time period.

Grants for Free Meals

You may be entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of ongoing income
support, income based Job Seekers Allowance and Child Tax Credit but not if you are
in receipt of Working Tax Credit. The Education Office (telephone 01629 580000
extension 6478 or 6479) will be able to advise you. If parents are eligible do please
come to the school office where we will have the forms and be able to photocopy the
relevant information to save the journey to the Department of Social Security.

Complaints Procedure

If parents have a complaint about their child’s schooling, they should raise it in the first
instance with the class teacher. There is a special procedure for dealing with serious
complaints about the school curriculum, including Religious Education and Collective
Worship.

If you have a complaint that has not been resolved, you should contact us so
that you can discuss the matter with the Headteacher. If a complaint still can not
be resolved, then a formal procedure involving the Governors and the LEA can
be invoked, a copy of which can be obtained from the school or the local Area
Education Office.




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High value items

Children should not bring ‘high value’ items, such as mobile phones, i-pods etc. to
school because of the risk of loss or damage. School cannot accept responsibility for
loss or damage to any such items.

                                   The Curriculum

The school implements the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for our youngest
children, followed by the National Curriculum for children from the age of 5 to 11. We
aim to match work to the ability of the children, to enable every child to experience a
broad and balanced range of activities.

There is a legal requirement that Religious Education, whilst not part of the National
Curriculum, must be taught.

During a normal school week, the time spent in teaching, including religious education
but excluding collective worship, registration and breaks is:

   FS2 to Year 2    21 hours
   Year 3 to Year 6      23 hours 30 minutes

Understanding English, communication and languages

English is a major world language and its secure and confident use opens many
possibilities and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society,
work and life long learning. We encourage children to use a range of media and this
will help them become more fluent in expressing their thoughts and emotions both
orally and in writing.

We have an extensive reading scheme for younger readers and a wide range of books
in our library for older and more able readers to choose from. Through literature
children will develop their imagination and their understanding of how language works.

Handwriting is taught to all children. From Year 2 joined up writing is introduced,
building on letter patterns already learned.

We encourage good reading habits and favourable attitudes towards books. All
children can buy a reading bag for books to be taken home in or a free plastic folder is
available to ensure that the books are not damaged.

Reading records are used to communicate between home and school. We listen to
children read individually and in groups. We like pupils to read at home at least 3
times a week.




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Mathematical Understanding

Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating, encouraging them to
look at number, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them as well as
building their ability over time for the skills they will need for life beyond school. They
learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and
written language.

Numeracy done in school is very different from the maths that most adults remember
from school. Much of the work is done mentally, encouraging children to develop
mental strategies to help them work out problems in their head. Little evidence of this
will be seen in their books but it helps children to cope with numbers in real life
situations.

If your child brings home some maths work as a homework task, it may not always
appear ‘mathematical’. It may be a sorting game, collection of data or some other
similar task but we ask that you work with your child and send the work back at the
required time.

Scientific understanding

Science offers a wealth of experiences and ideas to encourage children’s natural
curiosity and creativity. They will learn how to tackle problems by questioning and
testing ideas and designs to seek solutions. They will gather and make sense of
evidence, test out theories and weigh up processes and outcomes, inspiring them to
become scientists, engineers, designers and innovators of the future.

ICT

Information and Communication Technology is an integral part of our curriculum and is
used across the range of subjects. It is also taught as a separate subject for a period
each week. All classes are equipped with an interactive whiteboard, modern
computers and all have Internet access. Skills in word processing, graphics,
spreadsheets and databases are developed as the children move through school. The
school has an ICT suite incorporating thirty PCs and an interactive whiteboard. This
year we will launch the learning platform which is an online portfolio which can be
accessed by teachers, pupils and parents.

Historical, geographical and social understanding

In this area we aim to fire children’s curiosity and imagination about who we are,
where we have come from, where we live and where we might be going next. By
studying the past, present and future they will be helped to understand and make
sense of our place in the world. We will explore cultures, beliefs and values, human
rights and responsibilities for the children to devlep a deeper understanding of
themselves and others. They begin to understand how events that happened in
Britain long ago or in other countries can affect our lives today and how our actions
shape the future.

Understanding the arts

The arts are a basis for inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment, children will learn to
express their thoughts and emotions, use their imaginations. They will experiment
with differing media and develop creativity. This includes the use of new and
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developing forms associated with creative writing, poetry, computer graphics, digital
photography, animation and film.

There are a range of art forms included in this heading, art and design, drama, music
and dance. Children will discover the value of discipline and practice and while
responding to the work of others they will gain insights into different points of view,
identities, traditions and cultures.

Music

Music is structured so that all children experience a variety of activities, including first-
hand and practical tasks.

Children develop an awareness of rhythms and sound patterns and they are given
opportunities to explore and organise sounds. They are given the opportunity to
compose and evaluate music and to hear music of different styles and from different
cultures and times. Children have the opportunity to sing and to take part in music
festivals and competitions during the year.

The school places great emphasis on providing as many children as possible with the
opportunity to learn a musical instrument. All children in Year 2 have the opportunity to
learn the recorder as part of the music curriculum. When children reach Key Stage
Two opportunities are provided to learn woodwind, brass and stringed instruments with
peripatetic teachers.

French

All junior children will be given the opportunity to begin to study the French language
and to learn about French life, customs and culture. The emphasis is very much on the
spoken word and having fun with another language. Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are
taught by school staff following the recommended Derbyshire Primary Modern Foreign
languages scheme. Children in Year 6 are taught by specialist secondary language
colleagues from Hasland Hall School.

Understanding physical development, health and wellbeing

This area of learning lays the foundations for long-term wellbeing and adds to
children’s mental, social, emotional, economic and physical development. Children
will learn about their changing bodies and the importance of nutrition and rest for a
healthy balanced life. By taking part in sport and other physical activities including
dance and team games they will learn to increase body control, coordination and
dexterity. Through group and team work children will learn to cooperate and compete
fairly.

In PE the children develop both individual and team skills in a variety of situations. The
school hall is used for games, gymnastics and dance.

In summer months children are able to take advantage of the extensive school
grounds for their PE lessons.

Junior children take part in tournaments throughout the year. These involve netball,
hockey, football, and cricket. Visiting coaches provide children with the opportunity to
play tennis, football, gymnastics and basketball both in and out of school cricket.

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In line with Derbyshire County Council policy all jewellery must be removed
independently and long hair tied back before all physical activity.

Every morning all pupils participate in n aerobic lesson to develop fitness,
concentration and coordination.

Teachers cannot accept responsibility for jewellery that is removed during PE sessions
nor should they remove earrings or put them back in. Therefore it is suggested that
any jewellery is left at home on PE days.

Pupils with recently pierced ears are no longer allowed to cover them up with plasters
in order that they can take part in PE, nor are parents or carers allowed to accept
liability for injury to pupils during school activities. We would therefore strongly
recommend that piercing ears is done over the summer break to give them sufficient
chance to heal.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education

PSHCE covers issues such as healthy eating, personal hygiene and physiological
changes (see below), understanding the difference between right and wrong, and
drugs education. In secondary school, the work is contained under the title of
‘Citizenship’. In primary school, the work is loosely based around all aspects of being a
responsible member of the school and its local community.

Children are taught about themselves from FS1 up to Year 6. This begins by
recognising that all humans begin life as a baby and gradually, through a series of
steps, culminates in our more mature pupils learning about puberty.

Personal Development and Relationship Education takes throughout the year in all
year groups with specific SRE lessons in place with Years 5 and 6. This includes talks,
presentations and videos run jointly between the school and the Health Authority. The
subject is covered in a sensitive manner and parents permission is always sought
before children take part in these lessons.

Religious Education

RE has an important role in preparing children for adult life, employment and lifelong
learning, to respect the views of others, their beliefs and customs and to appreciate
not only a spiritual dimension but also the diversity that exists in society today. RE
brings about challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose, issues of
right and wrong and what it means to be human.

Daily Worship

An act of ‘corporate worship’ takes place every day. This may be ‘whole school’, ‘Key
Stage’ or ‘Class’. The children are encouraged to assemble quietly and to participate
in the stories. The importance of attitudes and values is stressed at all times, children
being openly praised for their efforts and deeds. The majority of assemblies are led by
the teaching staff although we do have frequent visitors and theatre groups to add to
the diversity of our assemblies. Friday’s ‘Celebration’ assembly draws together and
celebrates the children’s achievements for the week.



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Parents have the right to withdraw their children from assemblies and Religious
Education and may, if they wish, arrange for personal tuition in line with their beliefs
and customs. If you wish to withdraw your child, please contact the school.

Each class has its own assembly for parents. You will be informed when these take
place so that you can come along to see your child take part.

Extra Curricular Activities

Outside of lesson times a number of staff offer a range of activities which children may
take part in. The exact nature of the activities can vary due to staffing, time of the year
and accommodation. During 2009/10 we offered:-

football, netball, basketball, cricket, dance, art, choir, recorder, chess, infant craft and
infant gym clubs.

Approximately 70% of our pupils took part in out of school sports activities in 2009/10.

Awards

We involve ourselves in a number of local and national initiatives because these can
greatly improve the quality of education we offer.


   Basic Skills Award (four times)
   Derbyshire Quality Music Mark
   Derbyshire Anti Bullying Award
   ECO Schools Award
   Health Promoting Schools


In keeping with our ‘Eco Schools’ status the school routinely re-cycles paper, printer
ink cartridges, stamps, and fruit waste. Over the years we have recycled over 500kg
of old clothing, over 250 mobile phones for use in the third world and 550 Yellow
Pages directories.

The Environmental Group
Many of the older children in the school form part of the Environmental Group. Each
year, they elect a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, etc and hold meetings under adult
supervision. They discuss both school and wider issues and have successfully
campaigned for
improved footpaths in the area, extra litter bins and many other features. The group
hold meetings with council officers on occasions through the year and their work has
prompted visits to Chesterfield Town Hall to find out more about the workings of
democracy.

The School Parliament

The School comprises of pupil representatives from every class. It meets on a regular
basis to discuss matters of interest or concern to the children. Meetings are chaired by
pupils under the guidance of a senior member of staff. The Council’s suggestions and
concerns are then forwarded to the School Management Team for consideration.


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Community Links

Hady School Friends is an independent voluntary group of parents and friends who
support the school through fundraising and social activities which have included;
summer and Christmas Fairs, Childrens’ Discos and a barn dance. The group has
raised thousands of pounds for school improvements including benches, willow
‘domes’ to provide shade in the summer, ‘wet play’ games, adventure equipment for
the playground, a kitchen for the community and new blinds for the hall.

The children are involved in many wider community events and charitable initiatives
such as Red Nose Day and Jeans for Genes.

Extended Services

We currently offer a breakfast club 7.45 – 8.50am during term time, the cost is £2 and
50p extra for breakfast. We are hoping to continue with this provision if numbers are
sustainable. No registration is necessary.

Through partnerships with children’s centre we offer a variety of courses and sessions
including baby weighing clinic, stay and play toddlers group. We also provide facilities
for you to meet with our Family Support Worker, school nurse and job centre plus for
support and advice on a regular basis.

Attainment and results.

Results of statutory end of Key Stage tests 2010

Key Stage One
                          % of children achieving Level 2+

      Subject            Hady Primary
Reading                       96
Writing                       96
Maths                        100
Science                      100

Key Stage Two
                          % of children achieving Level 4+

Subject                  Hady Primary
English                       94
Reading                       94
Writing                       77
Maths                         68




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