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About our School

Welcome
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May I take this opportunity to welcome you to our community and to thank you for choosing The Federation of St. Elphege's Catholic Schools .
We are an expanding school of approximately 480 pupils and provide education for children from the age of three to eleven.
The school opened in 1969 and recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. It is a successful and inclusive school.

The Infants and Junior schools federated in September 2006.
At the heart of our school life and curriculum is our Mission Statement. It colours all our aims and is reflected in the day-to-day running of our school.
My staff and the Chairman of Governors, Mr Tom Tamplin and the governing body of the school look forward to meeting you.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ring our school office.

Frances Hawkes
Head teacher

 

You can find us at : The Federation of St. Elphege's Catholic Schools, Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey. SM6 9HY

Tel : 0208 669 6306 ..........Fax : 0208 773 9789

E mail : stelphegesinfants@suttonlea.org


Contents :

1.Code of Conduct

2.Essential information

3.Pupil Premium

4.Attainment 2011/12

5.School Curriculum

6.School Policies

7.Foundation Stage

8.The Wider School Community

9.How to support your child's learning experience

10.Access to our MLE - Fronter


CHILDRENS CODE OF CONDUCT


Below you will find our Code of Conduct for children in school. Each class has their own set of rules and these are for our whole school. Please will you read and discuss them with your child and return the slip below to the class teacher.

In our school we will try, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow the way of Jesus to love God Our Father and to love and respect each other. Our childrens' code to help us means:

(1) It is my right not to be hurt by fighting, kicking or in rough play.
(2) It is my responsibility to be kind and caring to others.

(3) It is my right for adults and children to listen to me.
(4) It is my responsibility to listen to others.

(5) It is my right to enjoy all that school provides in work and play and that my parents will help me.
(6) It is my responsibility to be on time for school and to take care of books and equipment.

(7) It is my right to have a safe place to keep my clothes and books.
(8) It is my responsibility to be tidy with my property and careful with others.

(9) It is my right to be loved and respected because I am important.
(10) It is my responsibility to respect other people and to show my concern for them.

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I have read and discussed the code of conduct with my child

........................................ and will do my best to co-operate with the school as part of the school contract.

Signed____________________________________

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


SCHOOL HOURS


The school is open each day between 8.35 am -3.20 pm, 2.30pm on Friday. The dinner break is at 11.30 for Reception, 12-1pm for Y1-3 and 12.30-1.30pm for Y4 - Y6. The children are cared for during the break by lunchtime supervisors. Reception use their playground.

Nursery class. This is open for part-time pupils in either morning, afternoon or 2 and a half full days either at the beginning or end of the week.
Morning session: 9am - 11.30 am
Afternoon session: 1pm - 3.30 pm

PLEASE BE PROMPT

SCHOOL

School meals: The children may go home to lunch, but appetising school meals are provided each day. Children collect their meals and help clear away, this helps to develop social responsibility and creates a family atmosphere.

Dinner money will now be paid using parent pay and all parents are given their unique username and password. Monies can also be paid at local paypoints using the unique barcode provided.

Free school meals are available in certain circumstances and enquiries should be made to the school secretary.

Facilities are provided for children who bring packed lunches. They sometimes use the same dining area as those having school dinners, with reception using Bluebirds classroom.

Safety rules

The safety of your children is of paramount importance to us. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or older sister/brother into the school. A teacher is on duty at 8.35am. Children may come into school from 8.35.

Reception class children should be brought to and collected from the Reception gate.

Children must also be collected promptly at 3.15pm for KS1 and 3.20/25pm for KS2. No infant child will be allowed to leave school alone. Similarly no junior child will be allowed to leave the school premises without prior arrangement and notification of their travel plan. In an emergency please telephone the school so that arrangements may be made to supervise the children until they are collected. No jewellery, toys or sweets should be brought to school, unless in connection with a class project. In the interests of safety children should not wear earrings when doing PE.

Medication

If your child requires regular medication (e.g. for asthma) please fill out a permission form at the office so that it can be administered by a member of staff. Children, who require a short-term course of antibiotics etc., must be kept at home until the course is completed. If your child requires a long-term course of medication please contact the Headteacher so arrangements may be made. If your child has vomited or suffered from diarrhoea please keep them at home for at least 48 hours to avoid spreading infection. If your child is likely to be absent please make sure that you telephone to let us know.

Medicals - children have a medical review in their first year at school with the school nurse and/or doctor. A parent must be present.

Headlice can be a problem with young children in school. There are several methods of treatment. If you find your child has headlice, please inform the school as soon as possible and we will send a letter informing all parents that they need to check for headlice in an effort to clear them quickly. A copy of the letter and treatments for Headlice can be found here.

ABSENCE AND PUNCTUALITY

If your child is absent from school for any reason it is essential that you inform us first by telephone followed by a letter on their return. All unauthorised absences must be recorded and reported. If you have a problem concerning your child's attendance you may contact our school attendance officer (Tel. No. 8770 6603). Please make sure that your child arrives punctually for school. All incidents of lateness are recorded. If you are unavoidably late please report in the first instance to the school office.

Holidays : It is not in your child's interest to take holidays in school time. In exceptional circumstances permission must be sought in writing from the school Governors. However, holidays in term time will not be given permission and will be marked as uncondoned absences on your child's attendance record.


GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL

Children will have learned many things before they come to school. You will have helped them to learn to walk and talk and gain knowledge of our world. In their everyday play children will have begun to learn about colour, to count (plates for dinner, sweets to be shared, cars on the road etc.) to read (recognising advertisements, the Mc Donalds sign ) sing nursery rhymes, pop songs, look at books, comics and magazines. These all help to foster a joy of reading and learning.

Now the time has arrived for the school to assist you in helping your child to learn more and develop into a happy healthy adult. These notes are to help you to prepare for and enjoy this new experience and to encourage you to continue assisting at home. All children learn through play at home and at school. Please do not under-estimate the importance of play in a child's life. They will learn from doing and talking before they are ready to read and write about their experience. They will need to find out about the properties of sand, water, paint, clay to estimate and count before they write their findings as "sums"

Children develop at an individual rate; some walk or talk or are toilet trained before others. It is the same with reading and writing. Try not to compare your child with others. Even brothers and sisters develop at different rates.


THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOUR CHILD STARTS SCHOOL

1. Endeavour to help your child to be toilet trained and knows how to ask for the toilet.
2. Make sure all your child's clothes are clearly marked with his/her name.
3. Talk about school with your child (talk about "starting school" Stories and visits to school support their transition. Our Nursery and Reception staff will always provide a home visit to ensure your child feels secure and welcome when they arrive at school.
4. Support your child in their use of a knife and fork so that they are able to enjoy their lunch independently. If he/she is to have a packed lunch ensure that the container is clearly marked and recognisable and the contents support a healthy choice and balance. This reinforces our aim for all children to enjoy a healthy diet.
5 Help your child to listen to simple instructions and carry them out. (e.g. tidying away toys, coming when called.)
6. If your child has a special physical or educational need please make sure that the Headteacher and class teacher are fully aware of these.
7. You will be invited to a meeting during the term before your child is due to start school.


AFTER SCHOOL

Young children are frequently tired after a day at school. Please do not expect detailed explanations from them about their school day. Foundation stage upload a regular photo diary on Fronter.

Some children take longer to settle into school than others. They may be more tearful or tired, irritable


or sleepless. Please give them time to settle, but if a problem persists speak to the Foundation Stage practitioners or our Foundation Stage Leader, Miss. G. Jamieson. If you have any matter concerning your child let us know so that we may help or re-assure you.

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With God all things are possible

THE FEDERATION OF ST ELPHEGE'S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure : Report to parents 2011/12

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Infants
Juniors
Total number of pupils on roll
232
239
Total number of children eligible for PPG
35
61

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£614
£528
Total amount of PPG received
£21,472
£32,208

 

Nature of Support 2011/12

During the course of the academic year 2011/12 pupil premium funding was used to support children in the following ways :

1. Support by teaching assistants in the classroom - 1 per class with additional statement, EAL and behaviour support where appropriate.
2. Year 1 phonic intervention
3. Additional small group support given by literacy AST, literacy co ordinator, maths co ordinator and headteacher - funding for supply cover.
4. Phonics resources with matched funding.
5. Staff CPD to enhance teaching opportunities.
6. Enrichment activities to enhance life experiences that impact on progress and aspiration. ie music tuition, school trips ( maintenance and running of 2 minibuses included ), visitors to school including theatre groups, authors, disability awareness, the Mayor, Olympic athlete, wide variety of after school clubs
7. Breakfast and Friday club funding.
8. Funding for a school Family support worker.
9. Funding in ELSA training for 2 TA's
10.Funding for additional SEN support and Educational Psychologist time.

Curriculum Focus of PPG spending 2011/12

The school focus in literacy and maths was for all pupils to achieve the levels of which they are capable showing good or better progress by:
1. Building on work already underway to improve pupils' vocabulary and sentence structure, developing pupils' ideas, comprehension and experiences for writing
across the curriculum. Spelling and phonics are a priority.
2. Developing mental maths strategies and opportunities for using and applying maths skills.
3. Targeted children benefitted from small group intervention ie snapon2maths, phonics intervention, spelling groups, reading groups, booster groups including potential for achieving Level 6.
4. Funds were used to purchase 2 I Pads to make use of an award winning phonics app developed by our literacy AST in KS1.
5. All children benefitted from well differentiated lessons and cross curricular planning. This was used to provide enrichment experiences that improve the quality of reading and writing.
5. Across the school there was a focus on improving the emotional literacy and well being of vulnerable children and PPG funding was used to train 2 members of staff to carry out ELSA work.
Measuring the Impact of PPG spending.

At St. Elphege's Catholic Schools we closely monitor the progress of all our children on a termly basis and evaluate the impact of differentiation and interventions. Our evaluation focuses on academic progress and how children's self confidence and independent learning has developed as a consequence. Continual assessment results in the needs of all children being appropriately evaluated and met.
Evaluation in 2011/12 has shown that achievement in literacy and maths in FS, KS1 and KS2 continue to be good or better. While there is still a gap between achievement of those pupils eligible for PPG and those who are not, our tracking shows that these pupils overall make good progress from their baseline assessments. Our intensive tracking identifies those who are in danger of not reaching their targets.
Our priorities for 2012/13 will be to continue to narrow the gap for pupils eligible for PPG building on successes of this year and identifying new and innovative ways to make a difference. In 2012/13 we aim to develop phonics and spelling strategies along with the new focus on grammar in literacy. We will continue to have a drive on reading that impacts on comprehension and writing. All staff have high expectations for all children.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure : Report to parents 2012/13

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Infants
Juniors
Total number of pupils on roll
262
246
Total number of children eligible for PPG
33
47

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£927
£1,059
Total amount of PPG received
£30,600
£49,800

Nature of Support 2012/13

During the course of the academic year 2012/13 pupil premium funding was used to support children in the following ways :

1. Support by teaching assistants in the classroom - 1 per class with additional statement, EAL and behaviour support where appropriate.
2. Early Years and KS1 phonic intervention
3. Additional small group support given by literacy AST, Additional Learning Support assistant responsible for group work, literacy co ordinator, maths co ordinator, DHT ( curriculum ) and headteacher - funding for supply cover.
4. Phonics resources with "matched funding".
5. Staff CPD to enhance teaching opportunities including diagnostic marking and feedback, Talking Partners, Guided group teaching. Development of SIMs tracking from Early years to KS2
6. Enrichment activities to enhance life experiences to impact on progress and raise aspiration. ie music tuition, school trips ( maintenance and running of 2 minibuses included ), year 5 and 6 school journeys, visitors to school including theatre groups, authors, wide variety of after school clubs including sports, choirs and ICT.
7. Breakfast and Friday club funding.
8. Funding for a school Family Support Worker.
9. 2 ELSA trained TA's , additional funding for training another TA.
10. Funding for additional SEN support and Educational Psychologist time.

Curriculum Focus of PPG spending 2012/13


The school focus in literacy and maths was for all pupils to achieve their predicted levels enabling good or better progress by:

1.Building on work already underway to improve pupils' vocabulary and sentence structure, developing pupils' ideas, comprehension and experiences for writing
across the curriculum. Spelling and phonics have been a priority.
2.Developing mental maths strategies and opportunities for using and applying maths skills.
3.Targeted children benefitted from small group intervention ie Snapon2maths, phonics intervention, spelling groups, reading groups, booster groups including potential for achieving Level 6.
4.Funds were used to purchase 5 I Pads to make use of an award winning phonics app developed by our literacy AST in KS1. 3 additional Apps were purchased to support Speech and Language
5.All children benefitted from well differentiated lessons and cross curricular planning. The outstanding Ofsted report in the Infants identified that children make outstanding progress from their starting points. Outstanding teaching provides enrichment experiences that improve the quality of reading and writing.
6.Across the school there was a focus on improving the emotional literacy and well being of vulnerable children and PPG funding was used to train another member of staff to carry out ELSA work so that there are 3 in total.

Measuring the Impact of PPG spending.

At St. Elphege's Catholic Schools we closely monitor the progress of all our children on a termly basis and evaluate the impact of differentiation and interventions. Our evaluation focuses on academic progress and how children's self confidence and independent learning has developed as a consequence. Continual assessment results in the needs of all children being appropriately evaluated and met.
Evaluation in 2012/13 has shown that achievement in literacy and maths in FS, KS1 and KS2 continue to be good or better. While there is still a gap between achievement of those pupils eligible for PPG and those who are not, our tracking shows that these pupils overall make good progress from their baseline assessments.
13 Children in foundation stage all made good/ outstanding progress in development from the baseline assessment.


Children in KS1

Progress
Reading
Writing
Maths
Good/outstanding
95%
95%
80%
Satisfactory
5%
5%
20%


Children in KS2

Progress
Reading
Writing
Maths
Good/outstanding
78%
68%
60%
Satisfactory
9%
18%
32%

Our priorities for 2013/14 will be to continue to closethe gap for pupils eligible for PPG identifying new and innovative ways to make a difference through targeted interventions. In 2013/14 we aim to develop Talk for Writing/ Talking Partners to develop speaking and listening which will impact on reading and writing for all groups. There will be a focus on grammar in literacy and mental strategies in maths. We will continue a focus on reading to improve comprehension and writing skills, which will also support reading of word problems in maths. All staff have high expectations for all children.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure : Report to parents 2013/14

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Infants
Juniors
Total number of pupils on roll 261
247
Total number of children eligible for PPG 40 83

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£900 £900
Total amount of PPG received £36,000 £74,000

 

Plans for Pupil Premium 2013/14

We are planning to use the allocated funding to continue funding the strategies of 2012/13.
In addition we are :
During the course of the academic year 2013/14 pupil premium funding will be used to support children in the following ways :
1. Support by teaching assistants in the classroom - identified interventions for focus children identified through tracking, assessment and progress meetings ; EAL and behaviour support where appropriate.
2. Early Years and KS1 phonic intervention
3. Additional small group support given by literacy AST, literacy co ordinator, maths co ordinator, DHT ( curriculum ) and headteacher - funding for supply cover.
4. Targeted curriculum resources identified.
5. Staff CPD to enhance teaching opportunities including diagnostic marking and feedback, Talking Partners, Guided group teaching. Use of SIMs tracking from Early years to KS2
6. Enrichment activities to enhance life experiences to impact on progress and raise aspiration. ie music tuition, school trips ( maintenance and running of 2 minibuses included ), year 5 and 6 school journeys, visitors to school including theatre groups, authors, wide variety of after school clubs including sports, choirs and ICT.
7. Breakfast and Friday club funding.
8. Funding for a school Family Support Worker.
9. 3 ELSA trained TA's.
10. Funding for additional SEN support and Educational Psychologist time.

Curriculum Focus of PPG spending 2013/14
To develop the priorities of the School Improvement Plan 2013/14 to raise achievement and improve progress in core subjects. We aim to pay particular attention to closing the gap between pupils eligible for PPG and those who are not.
Measuring the Impact of PPG spending.


At St. Elphege's Catholic Schools we closely monitor the progress of all our children on a termly basis and evaluate the impact of differentiation and interventions. Our evaluation focuses on academic progress and how children's self confidence and independent learning has developed as a consequence. Continual assessment results in the needs of all children being appropriately evaluated and met.
Impact of this year's funding allocation will be reviewed in September 2014.

 

"With God all things are possible"

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ATTAINMENT 2011/12


ATTAINMENT AT KS1 2011/12

School data compared to national data.

Level / %
Below Level 1
Level 1
2c
2b
2a
3+
READING            
St Elphege's
0
8
11
20
32
29
National
2
11
11
23
26
27
WRITING
St. Elphege's
3
16
35
31
15
National
3
14
19
29
21
14
MATHS
St. Elphege's
2
13
22
36
27
National
2
7
15
27
27
22

Attainment at KS1 in 2012/13 will be reported when results have been validated and reported to parents.

ATTAINMENT AT KEY STAGE 2 2011/12

92% of pupils achieve level 4 or above in English & maths - a change of 1%-points since 2011


The average for Sutton is 86% and for SM6 postcode is 84%

Attainment
92% pupils make at least 2 levels of progress in English and 98% make at least 2 levels of progress in mathematics


About the children at this school
There are 240 pupils at our junior school. 39% of pupils have English as an additional language, compared to 13% in England. 3% of children have SEN statements.

As reported in the Guardian : Copy and paste this link to see full details.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/datablog/interactive/2012/dec/13/primary-school-league-tables-2012-map

Attainment at KS2 in 2012/13 will be reported when results have been validated and reported to parents.

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THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Now your child is ready for school what will he/she be going to do?

It is the aim of the school to help all children to develop to the best of their potential, intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. To achieve this aim your child will be given experience and opportunity in various areas of the curriculum and will be encouraged to learn and enjoy. Some learning is achieved by the children working on their own at a task, some groups of children working together on a topic, some lessons are undertaken in the larger class group. Each child's progress will be recorded and noted by the class teacher. You will be encouraged to take an active part in assisting your child's learning at home and school.

The curriculum is divided into 3 Phases.
1. The Foundation Years.
This is the curriculum in stepping stones of development from Birth to 5.
Nursery provision is ages 3 to 4 and Reception age 4 - 5 .

The children follow Early Years Framework :

3 Prime areas of the Early Years Curriculum
  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development, with age appropriate Religious Education ( Come and See )
  • Language and Communication
  • Physical Development
4 Specific areas of the Early Years Curriculum
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Expressive arts and Design


As a Catholic school we follow the COME AND SEE education programme.

2. Key Stage 1 ( Year 1 and 2 ) and 2 ( Years 3-6)

The children undertake the statutory programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum in English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education, PSHE and progress according to age and ability. Copies of National Curriculum documents, policies etc. are available for inspection upon application. The school follows the R.C. Education Programme "COME AND SEE ".

We teach a Creative Curriculum which enables children to develop skills across all subjects in an exciting and stimulating learning environment. 'Creative days' are familiar features of the school year

A brief description of the curriculum is given below. More detailed information will be given to you as your child progresses through the school.

Each term Year Groups hold Curriculum meetings when topics are discussed and explained to parents.

ENGLISH


The children learn to speak and listen, read and write and to spell according to their age and ability and previous experience. The school uses a variety of reading schemes to teach all the skills necessary including phonics, sight vocabulary, use of cues from text and pictures. Parents are encouraged to take part in their child's reading and writing development as outlined on later pages. The children learn a cursive handwriting script.
Parents are encouraged to help their children read daily and to help with homework until they can become independent learners

MATHEMATICS

The children learn concepts of number, shape and space, algebra, date handling and make investigations to use and apply mathematics in everyday life. Again parents are encouraged to take part in their child's mathematical development as outlined on later pages.
Children Reception and Key Stage 1 receive Impact homework weekly. KS2 receive maths homework relevant to their classwork.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The children's spiritual development is an essential part of Catholic school life. The children receive daily religious education usually in a short class lesson following the doctrine of the Roman Catholic religion and attend a daily act of worship when the school gathers for assembly. There is a close relationship with the parish and on occasion the children help to prepare for Mass in school or church. Each class regularly prepares a Liturgy assembly for the rest of the school.
At school the children are encouraged to celebrate the main festivals of the church year. Special assemblies or Mass are organised for Christmas and Easter and at Harvest time. A decade of the Rosary is said each morning during October and May when there is a procession in honour of Our Lady. Parents are welcome to join us at these times. Apart from the above, children are encouraged to realise that their faith is central to all they do and experience at home and school, therefore respect for one another and the adults in school is expected. They are encouraged to remember, pray for, and give practical assistance to those less fortunate and to give praise and thanks to God in their work and play.

The school relies on close links with parents and the parish to assist the children's growth in their faith so that together we may fulfil the promises made for them when they were baptised, therefore regular attendance at Sunday Mass and family prayer etc. are expected. We enjoy wonderful support from Father Hough. The children will be made aware of other world religious festivals and celebrations in recognition of our multi-faith society.

P.E.

The children learn physical development through gymnastics, dance, athletics, and inside and outside games. It is important that each child has well fitting kit and a PE bag.

ART

The children learn from observation to draw, paint and use a variety of media to assist development of skills both 2 and 3 dimensionally. Creativity is positively encouraged and their aesthetic development is also developed by using and appreciating the work of artists and crafts people.

SCIENCE

The children learn how to make and record scientific investigations into forces, materials and life and living processes.Children are encouraged to develop their understanding and awareness of all environmental issues. We enjoy growing our own vegetables and Walking to School.

THE SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN

The school is committed to encouraging all children and families to leave the car at home. The children are keen to improve our immediate environment for ourselves and neighbours, keep healthy and contribute to improve global warming. The school participates in the Walk on Wednesday initiative and has regular events to promote our Travel Plan such as a Walking to School Week and assemblies. We have our own bank of bikes and 2 trained Bikeability trainers so we are looking forward to training years 5 and 6 in readiness for transition to High School. We encourage you to walk, Park and Stride or use one of the 4 buses that serve the local area - 154, 157, 455 or S4. We look forward to your support.


HISTORY

The children study the history of themselves and their surroundings as well as learning relevant history when undertaking topic work. In addition they learn about the lives of famous people and events.

GEOGRAPHY

The children study the geography of their environment, the weather and learn to compare and contrast different places.

MUSIC

Children are encouraged to listen, sing, compose and perform a variety of music using instruments they have made and those available in school, including ICT. We have 2 school choirs that take part in local and national events and have achieved much success.

PSHE/CITZENSHIP

Children are educated in the belief that their individual contribution to the community, families and school are of importance. They gain experience working in partnership with other schools and members of different communities. Circle times and a School Council ensures that the children are able to discuss social and personal issues and that they are given a voice to build their community. Our E buddies raise the awareness of children's safety on the internet. Year 6 have the opportunity to volunteer for work experience in the infants during lunch times. Year 5 train as playleaders and peer mentors which they develop during Year 6.

HEALTH EDUCATION AND SAFETY

The school has a policy for Health and Safety in the Curriculum which includes education about personal growth and relationships appropriate for EACH CHILDS AGE at this stage explanations are given in answer to specific questions or contexts. They should be given simply and the context of good family relationships is the best place to foster loving understanding and to answer children's questions.


DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY

The children plan, design and make, learning the skills and using a variety of materials appropriate to this subject.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The school has a network of computers. Three in each class. The children learn to use a variety of applications, educational games, data handling and control skills. They also learn the associated skills of animation and music composition. All classrooms are equipped with Interactive whiteboards which are an exciting teaching and learning tools. The children also learn about other technologies including the use of tape recorders, digital cameras and programmable toys. The school journey in Year 5 has an ICT focus. Children are developing the skills of self evaluating their use of ICT. We have access to 25 laptops enabling whole class ICT teaching and development of the use of ICT skills. Year 6 create their yearbook as a powerpoint presentation which are put together a CD for them to take away with them.

Parents and Carers can find a more detailed look at our curriculum can be found on the school MLE.

Parents and carers can access more information through our

Managed Learning Environment ( MLE )

http://fronter.com/sutton/login

Username : stelpheges

Password : parent

Parents and carers can view their children's year group at http://fronter.com/sutton/using their e mail username.319 and their e mail password. Infant parents and carers will be given their child's username and password until they are in year 3, when they will take responsibility for these as part of good internet safety practice.

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EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Currently we offer school clubs for Irish Dancing, Football, the Choirs. ICT, Netball, cross country running, athletics, Ballroom dancing. Literacy and Maths booster classes for are held and children/ parents are notified of their availability.
We have a breakfast club from 7.45am where children are encouraged to develop their personal and social skills and follow a range of appropriate activities and Friday club from 2.30-4.30pm


SCHOOL TRIPS

We encourage a wide range of trips and visits to enrich our children's experience. The children will be asked to visit the local area including the library, local shops and streets and sites of Croydon Airport There are visits to art galleries,museums, Colourscape, farms or places of topical interest. Risk Assessments are always carried out and the safety and welfare of the children is always of paramount importance. Written permission of parents is always sought. There are 2 residential school journeys available to enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for the children to learn outside the school environment. One for Year 5 to Osmington Bay, with an ICT and Geography focus. One for Year 6 at the end of their primary school career.

Any questions regarding the Curriculum should be made in the first instance to the Mrs. C Smith, Deputy Head responsible for the curriculum.

SCHOOL VISITS We ask all parents to sign this permission slip to enable their children to partcipate in educational walks around Wallington from time to time. Without your permission your child will have to remain in school at these times.

CHILD MEDIA POLICY

Many parents have concerns about the use of photographs and other images of their children. Providing the image of a pupil either in printed documents such as newspapers, school newsletters, website or video format allows for the possibility that people outside the school might identify and then contact or attempt to contact pupils directly. For these reasons, Sutton's Local Education Authority (LEA) has introduced a Child Media Policy to make the publication of children's images as safe as possible.

Please read the Media Policy and complete the tear off slip where necessary at the end of the policy.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS


The Federation of St. Elphege's Catholic Schools is an Inclusive school where we greet and celebrate All children.

We recognise that some children have special needs and as a result may have more difficulty in learning than others and will need more support and resources. These needs may have been identified before the child starts school. If this is so please tell us when you apply for a place for your child.
During their time with us children may be identified by their teachers as having specific needs which may require their work to be additional and different. If this is the case the parent and child will be informed and specific individual educational programmes will be drawn up by their teacher and with the help of the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco) If it is necessary the school will also seek the help and advice from other specialist agencies.
A copy of the school's Special Educational Policy can be obtained from the office and details of how funding for children with SEN is allocated are published in the Annual Governors Report to Parents. See our SEN policy.
For those children who may have a physical disability our school is on one level and is suitable for wheelchair access. There is a disabled toilet in the Nursery and in the main school. We have a Disability access plan and are willing to discuss any child's prospective needs and if necessary and possible will endeavour to make any relevant adaptations.

MORE ABLE, GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN

The school recognises that some children possess special gifts, talents and may be identified as more able. In such cases parents are informed and the work is differentiated by the class teacher and planned extension activities.

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FOUNDATION STAGE

NURSERY
Morning Session 9.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m
Afternoon Session 1p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
2 and a half full days Mon to Wed. morning
2 and a half full days Wed afternoon to Friday


RECEPTION
Fulltime 8.35am - 3.20pm
Part-time initially - 8.50 am - 12.noon
Our youngest children ( June, July and August birthdays ) will start part time. When they are ready they will start full time at some time in the Autumn term.

Our New purpose built Nursery opened in January 2005. It is spacious, light and airy with the added feature of an internal raised tunnel and oriel window. It has double doors which lead to a wooden deck and a new coloured soft playground area securely enclosed by coloured fencing. It has a garden with play equipment and covered sand pit. Reception have been re-designed with 3 purpose built flowing classrooms and their own play area which is linked to the nursery. All children share fruit and lunch together and share resources and the environment.
The atmosphere in the Nursery and Reception is warm, welcoming and friendly where the staff ensure that every child feels secure, valued, confident and special.

The atmosphere in the Nursery and Reception is warm, welcoming and friendly where the staff ensure that every child feel secure, valued, confident and special.


The children follow Early Years Framework :

3 Prime areas of the Early Years Curriculum
  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development, with age appropriate Religious Education ( Come and See )
  • Language and Communication
  • Physical Development
4 Specific areas of the Early Years Curriculum
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Expressive arts and Design

 

All children have access to both indoor and outdoor environments during their selected sessions.

The children in Nursery are asked to wear a 'named' school sweatshirt (obtainable from the school office) and a 'named' pair of black or grey jogging pants.
Reception wear school uniform and need a PE kit of white shorts, red t shirt and plimsolls.

During sessions the children are encouraged to drink either a cup of milk or water and are offered a selection of fruit.
In Nursery children need to bring a pair of 'named' Wellington boots to keep in school as well as a raincoat to enable the children to play and explore during outside playtimes.
In particular we ask that the children do not wear shoes with laces.

The Children should be brought to and collected from the door of the Nursery and Reception classes by a parent or responsible adult. (Please inform the Foundation Stage staff if a different person will be collecting on certain days)
If for any reason your child is absent from school please let us know by letter or by telephoning the school office.
At the start of each Nursery session we like the adult to come into the cloakroom and help the children to find their name and place in the appropriate basket. The children are encouraged to change their reading book and place in the school reading bag and then to enter the Nursery and parents are free to help the children with their selected activity.

Parental help is encouraged and appreciated at all times in particular with weekly cooking , reading and creative activities A rota exists for these activities as well as the opportunity to take our nursery pet guinea pigs home for weekends and holidays. We also have special toys that the children are able to take home in Nursery and Reception to encourage them to share their home experiences with their friends and develop their speaking and listening.

We ask for a donation of £1.50 per child each term to enable children to cook each week and to make seasonal items.

On Wednesday of each week Reception and Nursery, when they are ready, will attend a Liturgical Assembly with the infants.
During the months of May and October Reception and Nursery, when they are ready,join Rosary with the infants.
Reception attend school Masses. Nursery begin to attend Mass whenever appropriate.

HOME VISITS

Each prospective parent/ guardian and child are offered a home visit prior to entry. This enables parents/ carers to ask questions and discuss any concerns / share information that they may have, as well as ensuring that the child will feel secure and settled in their initial weeks in the Nursery and Reception.

If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the school .

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THE WIDER SCHOOL COMMUNITY

GOVERNORS

We have a dedicated chairman, Tom Tamplin, and team of Governors who take an active role in supporting our school. The Governors are made up of Foundation governors, parent governors and Local Authority representatives.

PARISH
We maintain a close relationship with the St Elphege's RC Church through our parish priest Father Paul Hough. We thank him for his guidance and support.

PARENTS

We recognise the importance that parents play in their children's education and encourage parents to help in school where possible. We welcome help with reading, cooking, trips and all curriculum activities and value any expertise that parents can offer.

St Elphege's have a very active Parent's Association of which all parents become members when their child registers at the school. It gives excellent service to the school being supportive in a practical way as well as creating social bonds between parents and staff. Monies raised by functions contribute to the school's resources and equipment.

In turn the school maintains close links with the parents to ensure that they are fully informed of their children's progress and development.
Curriculum meetings for each year group are held every term to explain the content and nature of the work to be followed that term.


Parent/Teacher and Child consultations days are held in the Autumn and Spring terms for discussions concerning progress.
Reports are circulated in the summer term and in the case of the Nursery prior to transition into Reception.

A weekly Newsletter can be distributed to parents via the children, but is more readily available on the schools Managed Learning Environment (MLE). Parents can access the MLE through the web address
http://fronter.com/sutton/login

It contains news of the week's activities and forthcoming events including outings and holidays. It is important for parents to read all letters which are available on the website. A copy is displayed at the front of the school.

If you are worried or have any problems connected with your child please do not hesitate to come and see the Senior Leadership Team. If you wish to speak to the class teacher please make an appointment for a convenient time.

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HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING EXPERIENCE


READING RECORD BOOKS

These notes are to assist you when you are helping children to read at home. Each child will have a small book in which you enter the book or pages read each evening and add your comments, signature and date. The book must be brought back to school each day. The teacher may write down the name of the book and the number of pages to be read to help you.

HINTS TO HELP

1. The first books the children bring home will have pictures or very few words. Please share them together, talking about the pictures and the story for about 10 minutes. Don't rush.
2. If the children learn a book "by heart" don't worry. This is one of the stages of learning to read.
3. Your child may bring home a book, which is different from the one he/she is reading in school. This is so their reading may become wider and to encourage choice and enjoyment.
4. Look at the picture = try the sound at the beginning of the word - start again at the beginning of the sentence - try to guess from the meaning. If they are really "stuck" try reading a page each or read the story with them slowly.
5. When your child can read with ease encourage them to make comments about what they have read. Did they like the story? Did they learn anything new?
6. Remember reading is not a race. Encourage your child to make a choice. It is not important if he/she chooses a book they have already read, or one that is apparently too simple or too difficult. Sharing the experience of reading is the aim.

A FEW "DO'S AND "DON'TS"

Do enjoy this time together. Do try and read with your child regularly, each evening if possible.

Do come and see the class teacher, Mrs. Bray, Mrs. Smith or Mrs Hawkes if you or your child are worried.

Help children learn their sight words and always put them into sentences so that children can hear them in context.

Don't forget to read to your child. Even competent readers enjoy listening to stories, particularly at the end of a busy school day.
Please, please make sure the children bring their book and record book back to school each day even if they haven't finished the task. This is most important so that we can see the progress.


HINTS ON HELPING YOUR CHiLD WITH READING

1. Try to spend a short time (5 -20 minutes) each day, looking at a book, reading it to and with your child.
2. Discuss the story, encourage your child to talk about the pictures.
3. Point to the print when you read. Remind the child of familiar words or words that have appeared before in the story (e.g. names, Cinderella, etc).
4. Encourage your child to join in as you read if she/he wishes. If the story is one your child has heard before, or has repetition encourage her /him to read some for her/himself, e.g. "I'll…and I'll…and I'll blow your house…" (from the 3 little pigs, I'll huff and blow your house down").
5. Do sing nursery rhymes and pop songs with your child. Point out adverts on TV and street hoardings.
6. Read street signs, shop notices etc. while you and your child are shopping.
7. Try and read the writing and books your child brings home from school: allow your child to bring books from home to school to share with others (Please write your child's name inside the book so that it doesn't get mixed up with school books).
8. Encourage your child to look at books by her/himself and to tell you about them afterwards.
9. Don't worry if your child 'makes up' the story before reading the actual words. This is one of the stages of learning to read.
10. Don't worry if your child learns a book 'by heart'. This too is one of the stages of learning to read.
11. Don't make reading a chore. If you or your child are tired or busy, leave reading for another time when you will both enjoy it.

12. Please use your own judgement when helping your child. If he/she is interested then what you are doing is right. Children learn to read at their own pace just as they learn to walk, talk and develop other skills.
13. Please encourage your child to take care of all books and to return them to school so that others may borrow them. (Most books are short enough to be shared in one evening). The children may wish to borrow the same book more than once. This is quite usual. Encourage your junior child to make full use of our fantastic library and take part in the Reading and Beyond challenge.


SOME HELPFUL BOOKS

Learning to Read :by Margaret Meek (Published by Bodley Head)
Reading and Loving: by Leila Berg (Published by Routledge & Kegan Paul)
Storytelling: by Eileen Collwell (Published by Bodley Head)
Reading: by Frank Smith (Published by Cambridge University Press)


HINTS ON HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATHS

Maths is all around us. Encourage your child to notice numbers, patterns, shapes and sizes, ie." 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive"; "5 currant buns."

1. Do sing number rhymes with your child, also days of the week, skipping rhymes. Ask your library - they will gladly find you some.

2. Point out numbers - on doors, buses, supermarkets etc.

3. Use everyday activities to help your child with maths, ie. counting stairs, sorting washing/shopping; pairing socks; laying the table with the right number of places.

4. Bathtime - an opportunity to experiment with full/empty containers - which holds the most.

5. Games - like frustration, snakes and ladders. Encourage them to play and allow them to lose sometimes - they will be playing games like these in school with their friends.

6. Encourage your child to make up their own games.

7. In school we are using IMPACT materials with the children. Investigating Mathematics - Parents and Children Together.

A mathematical worksheet goes home on Mondays to be shared. The classteacher explains the task to the child who in turn explains to the parent and you do it together. These worksheets supplement the work going on in class.
In the Juniors the children will have maths challenges linked to their classwork.
All junior children must know their tables to enable them to access a variety of problem solving tasks.

Mathematics is fun! We aim to encourage all pupils to become confident, inquisitive mathematicians.


School policies including the Admissions Policy can be found in SCHOOL POLICIES.

To obtain more information about any school policy, please contact the school.


Please contact the school by phone or e mail to obtain a full prospectus which includes additional information on getting your child ready for school and supporting them in their time with us.

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