Information on Years 1 to 4 can be found here.
Should you wish to have a copy of any of our policies and procedures, please let us know. The Lower School Policy folder can also be accessed in the entrance area to Lower School.
- Check-in from 8.30am
- Registration at 8.45am
- Check-out at 3.00pm for Year 1; 3.05pm for Year 2; 3.10pm for Year 3; and 3.15pm for Year 4
- After-School Care Club until 5.00pm
- Optional Twilight Activities from 3.15-4.00pm (Years 3 and 4 only)
All children will receive a time in the morning to have a drink of water and eat a healthy snack of different fruit/vegetables. Please remember that nuts and nut products (e.g. peanut butter) should never be sent to school because of allergy concerns. Children are not allowed to share food items for this same reason. It is not advisable for children to bring in precious toys from home as these often get lost or broken. However, we will provide a range of different toys for the children to play with.
All children in Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a hot school meal at Gildredge House as part of the Universal Free School Meals scheme. Please let us know if you wish to opt-out of this scheme and instead allow your child to bring in a healthy packed lunch. Students in Years 3 and 4 can purchase a hot school meal; alternatively they can bring in a healthy packed lunch. Please refer to the Healthy Lunchbox and Snack Policy [PDF]. Students will eat their meal in the company of their peer group and staff.
After-School Care Club
Parents have the option to use the After-School Care Club facility which runs until 5.00pm during term time. The club is co-ordinated by Mrs Smith and run by the Teaching Assistant team. The sessions are relaxed and informal and the children will have a snack provided for them. There is an hourly charge for this service and details can be found in the After-School Care Policy. You can book your child into the After-School Care Club on-line through the www.schoolinterviews.co.uk and pay for the sessions via your child’s sQuid account.
The health and well-being of your child are very important to us. If your child has been prescribed medication that needs to be administered during the school day, please hand it to a member of staff, together with a completed Request for School to Administer Medication Form, confirming dosage instructions. We are not able to administer non-prescription medication such as Calpol. Please refer to the Administering Medication Policy for further information.
If your child has a minor injury, this will be dealt with by one of the Lower School staff. A record of first aid given will be noted and the parents notified as necessary; a copy of the record will also be retained in school. If we have any concern for a child’s health or well-being, we will contact the parents.
Young children who are feeling unwell are often best resting at home. Children should not come to school with a sore throat, a heavy cold, an infectious skin condition or having been sick or had diarrhoea overnight, as they will not be able to learn effectively. In accordance with the Department of Health guidelines, children who have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea must be kept at home for 48 hours after the last incidence.
Parents often ask how they can support their child so he/she settles in quickly to his/her new routine. The quicker your child can become independent, the more confident he/she will become.
Top Tips for Happy Confident Learners
Ready to Learn:
- Ensure your child has sufficient sleep (10-12 hours); and
- Ensure they have breakfast and a drink before school.
- Have a calm morning routine;
- Leave straight away when you have said good-bye to your child;
- Be on time to collect your child to prevent him/her becoming anxious;
- Encourage your child to dress and undress independently;
- Give your child responsibility for carrying and organising their own book bag;
- Ensure that your child can use the toilet independently.
- Develop a regular homework routine, supporting your child so you are learning and sharing together;
- Take ten minutes to sit quietly with your child to practise their sounds/hear them read;
- Read a bedtime story to them, even when they are competent readers.
Every child has a book bag to carry small items needed to and from school. Children also have a contact book, which is for easy communication between home and school. Please write anything in the contact book which you wish the Class Teacher to know, and we will use it likewise. The Class Teacher will check these on a daily basis. Please do keep the Class Teacher informed of any changes which may affect your child. This can be done by speaking to the Class Teacher or by way of the contact book.
Make sure your contact numbers are up to date in the School Office. This is very important in case of emergency. Make sure your email address is up to date in the School Office. This is very important as the school issues important reminders and information to parents via email. On a weekly basis, you will receive information via email or via the contact book with details of the activities for the week ahead.
We like to foster strong links between home and school. At this stage in your child’s school career, this is often done on an informal day-to-day basis, by talking to the Class Teacher. Occasionally a more formal conversation may be necessary: in which case, an appointment should be made with the Class Teacher.
We have a duty of care and the happiness of your child is paramount. If your child is unhappy for any reason, please inform his/her Class Teacher as soon as possible. Most problems can be easily solved, if we know about them. If you feel your issues are not being addressed, please consult the Complaints Policy.
Reporting to Parents
Parental consultations will be offered in both the Autumn and Spring Terms. This will be an opportunity for an in-depth discussion about your child’s progress.
In addition, a summative report will be written by your child’s Class Teacher in the Summer Term, which will identify your child’s progress towards their next steps for learning.
We look forward to a happy and productive year ahead.
Please refer to the Document Library for further useful documentation.