Autumn Term 2017 Headteacher's Report for Parents
Communication with school
Open evenings are offered three times a year. On these occasions you are invited to meet with your child’s class teacher, discuss your child’s development and progress, and look at their work. You will also receive a written report in the Summer Term. If you feel there is something causing your child or you some concern, please do not hesitate to contact us. All staff are available before and after school.
HELP IN SCHOOL
Parents and friends of the school also assist in many ways giving much valued support: listening to children read, lending a hand on school trips, working with small groups, assisting with art and craft and cooking are some examples.
In these and many other ways we are able to work together. If you would like to help do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher.
SHARING IN LEARNING
It is important to us that you understand what your child is learning in school. Each term the class website is updated to provide you with a summary of work that is going to be covered, so that you can share in your child’s enjoyment of learning.
Safety in and around school
Unless safely dressed, children may not be able to take part in P.E. lessons. It is the policy of Lincolnshire County Council that no jewellery of any kind, including stud ear-rings are permitted to be worn in the swimming pool.
During sunny weather you may like to teach your child how to apply sunscreen. If your child brings sun-screen to school, please label it with their name!
All pupils are expected to take responsibility for the safety of their own property. The school cannot be responsible for watches or jewellery. Earrings and other jewellery can cause danger in P.E. and games lessons. It is preferred that they are not worn to school at all.
Money should not be brought to school unless requested for a school activity, when it should be in a clearly marked envelope and posted into one of our two payment boxes..
We advise you not to let your child bring toys to school. They can be easily lost or broken in a playground.
PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL
The position of the school makes parking difficult. Please would parents not park or turn in the school grounds, and will parents who deliver and collect children by car please use the Tesco car park (not Parent & Child or Disabled spaces please), both for the safety of children and the convenience of our neighbours. MadCaps mini buses deliver and collect in the morning and evening and must have a clear access.
Health and Safety Policy.
The School has a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy relating to all school activities including educational visits. You can obtain a copy of the full policy from the school.
Personal Accident Insurance for Pupils.
Parents my wish to enquire through insurance brokers if they wish to avail themselves of this cover.
If a child is on a course of medicine it is usually advisable for the child to remain at home until it is completed. Children suffering from Asthma have a particular requirement to access their inhalers at all times. We ensure that children keep inhalers in their possession, and administer to themselves at need. For our youngest children (who might have trouble looking after an inhaler), teachers may keep inhalers in a suitable place, known to the child, from where the child can easily obtain their medication when needed.
School Meals and Food in School
Hot School Meals
Hot school meals are provided by The Farm Kitchen, awarded the Select Lincolnshire Caterer of the Year Award 2015
The Farm Kitchen are a local Lincolnshire based company dedicated to providing freshly prepared, delicious school meals made using the highest quality ingredients. They believe passionately in the importance of children eating good quality food and being encouraged to develop an interest in the food they eat and where it comes from.
The Farm Kitchen are dedicated to actively improving the quality of school meals and feel passionately about working with schools and children to improve the culture of food education.
All of The Farm Kitchen meals are guaranteed that:
•We source as many local ingredients as possible (a minimum of 50%)
•All of our meat is farm assured and traceable "back to farm"
•Our meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
•All of our eggs are from free range hens
•Our meals are produced by a team of well-trained and dedicated catering staff
•Our meals contain no GM ingredients
•All of the pork used in our ham and sausages is from outdoor reared pigs
•No fish is served from the Marine Conservation Society "fish to avoid" list
•We actively encourage children to learn more about the food they eat and how it is produced
If you would like to find out more about the meals supplied by The Farm Kitchen please visit their website: www.thefarmkitchen.com; you can also click to Login to your account to order meals from their website.
Meals must be ordered by the Tuesday for the following week.
The cost per meal is £2.50
When sending in drinks, please ensure that containers are water tight. For safety reasons we recommend that glass bottles and tins are not brought into school. We also ask that no products containing Peanuts are used. We encourage children to consider healthy eating as a part of the science curriculum in all classes, and whilst we respect your right to pack your child's lunch box with food of your choice, we would ask you not to include sweets or chocolate bars in your child's lunch box.
Please click here for Healthy Lunch box ideas
A healthy seasonal food snack is provided for Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils every day which varies from fresh fruit to vegetables to dried fruit. We aim to help children understand about good food and life skills. As part of the curriculum all pupils will experience growing, harvesting and cooking their own food, visit a supermarket , and the Food and Farming show.We also encourage all pupils to eat healthy snacks at break times.
Milk in School
In line with the Dept. of Education's new School Food Plan, we have arranged Coolmilk to be our milk provider. Should you wish your child to recieve milk please register online via this link. If your child is entitled to Pupil Premium the school can provide milk for your child free of charge. For further information please contact the school office.
Helping your child to read
The School Day
Morning Session Both Key Stages 9.00a.m. - 12 noon
Nursery 9.00a.m. - 12 noon
The school gates are opened from 8.45 a.m. and pupils can come into school from 8.50 a.m.
Key Stage One 1.00p.m. - 3.20p.m.
Key Stage Two 1.00p.m. - 3.25p.m.
The school assumes responsibility for the children at 8.50a.m. and cannot be responsible for children on the premises before this time.
The school uniform is a grey or black skirt or trousers with a burgundy sweatshirt , jersey or cardigan.
Items with the school name on may be bought either online through your ParentMail account or by using one of the printed order forms available outside the School Office. Please complete the order form, enclose it in an envelope with the correct money (cash or cheque made payable to MDCP PTFA) and place the envelope in the black post box marked "PTFA" outside the School Office. The PTFA aim to fulfil orders within 5 working days however, if items are out of stock, these may take longer. Items will be handed to the children at the end of the school day.
Boys : Grey trousers, grey or white shirt, burgundy school sweatshirt. Grey summer shorts and white polo shirt.
Girls : Grey pinafore dress, grey skirt, culottes or trousers. White or pink and white checked or striped blouse, burgundy cardigan or school sweatshirt, pink & white summer dress.
Burgundy school sweatshirts, printed with the school badge, are available from the PTFA shop along with other items of school uniform. PE bags and reading book bags are also available.
Children should not be sent to school in shorts more suited to leisure activities, shirts with slogans, or sun-wear. Pupils should be dressed comfortably and suitably to approach schoolwork seriously. Shoes should be strong enough to protect the feet and be able to be fastened firmly to avoid accidents. Strappy shoes or shoes with high heels should not be worn.
PE is part of the National Curriculum and is subject, by law, to the same rigorous planning and assessment procedures as other areas. All children must take part, be assessed on their abilities and have their progress recorded. For safety it is essential that children have suitable clothing and footwear for PE lessons and that they remember to bring their kit to school at the right time.
Parents need to be aware of the dangers of children wearing earrings for pierced ears when they take part in an active curriculum which includes PE and swimming. If children wear earrings to school teachers will not be responsible for their removal, replacement or storage. Recognised safety regulations state that all jewellery should be removed for PE and swimming so children must be able to remove earrings themselves.
All clothing which is likely to be removed should be named. We endeavour to keep track of lost property, but cannot spare time to search for garments which are not named. There is a lost property box in each cloakroom.
Burgundy school sweatshirts, printed with the school badge, are available from the PTA shop along with other items of school uniform. PE bags and reading book bags are also available.