Information for Parents
Welcome to Crockerne. We aim to keep parents and carers as up to date as possible with their child’s progress at school, and will inform you as soon as possible if there are any issues.
We’ll keep you informed through letters home, parents evenings and phone calls. However, you can also find a lot of useful information right here on our website.
ParentPay is our school online payment system. You can use it to make dinner money top-ups or school trip payments quickly, easily and securely.
You can also view your child’s balance online, or receive SMS text alerts from our parent communication system.
ParentPay can be accessed here.
If you are unable to find what you need on our website, do not hesitate to contact us.
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At Crockerne Church of England Primary School, we have developed the curriculum to ensure that the Early Years Foundation stage and the National Curriculum is covered comprehensively in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Years 1 and 2), and KS2 (Years 3 – 6).
We changed our theme titles to questions following feedback from the children, in order to engage and encourage them to gather evidence, challenging their thinking and developing their abilities.
At Crockerne, we believe every child takes a different approach to learning and are constantly developing our curriculum to be as flexible and inclusive as possible.
Our curriculum is led by Mrs Lara Furmidge and Mrs Laura Hill.
What we teach in each subject
Through our thematic projects, we cover the National Curriculum (2014) and we ensure that the children learn everything this way or where not appropriate- through discrete lessons. We check coverage through our ‘Non-Negotiables’ documents.
Each subject’s non-negotiables are below.
The phonics scheme used in Key Stage 1 is The Sound Discovery Programme.
We have been using Tom Robson’s Gem project for the past year. The idea of the project is to teach key learning behaviours which children can then use to further their learning both inside and outside school.
The Gem project helps children focus on the behaviours that will help them to develop and teaches them that they are in control of their feelings. Children are encouraged to demonstrate each gem through their learning, and truly sparkle.
Each gem and associated learning behaviour is explained below, along with how children can apply this to their learning:
The School Day
Morning Start 8.55am (Bell at 8.50)
Break KS1 10.30-10.45am
Break KS2 10.15-10.30am
Lunch KS1 – 12.00pm
Lunch KS2 – 12.10pm
Afternoon Start 1.00pm
How we assess your child
Since September 2015, schools in England no longer use National Curriculum levels to measure pupil attainment. In line with the new Primary National Curriculum and raised expectations, teachers will now be referring to end of year expectations when discussing a child’s attainment.
Learners are now assessed against each area of reading, writing, grammar/spelling and maths in terms of whether they are working towards the expected standard, working at the expected standard or working at greater depth within the expected standard for their year group. The areas and expectations can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
The new National Curriculum focuses on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn through application across a wide range of curriculum areas. Rather than moving to the next year group programmes of study, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’, developing deeper understanding and broadening of skills. The Department for Education’s expectation is that by the end of the academic year, the majority of the children should be assessed as being ‘at the expected standard’ for their year group.
During Parent/Teacher meetings, teachers will no longer talk about the level of the child’s attainment, but will discuss whether he/she is ‘on track’ to meeting age related expectations at the end of the year.
The annual School report will state if the child is working towards the expected standard, working at the expected standard or working at greater depth within the expected standard for their year group. In Years 2 and 6 pupils, undertake statutory assessments in reading, writing and mathematics (as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar in Year 6).
Homework is set and handed in on certain days in phase teams. As well as this, we have the expectation that children will read a minimum of four times a week and carry out times tables sheets as instructed by their teachers (also four times per week).
Below is a table showing when homework is set and handed in:
|Classes||Set date||Hand in date|
|Squirrels, Owls and Badgers||Thursday||Monday|
|Willow and Birch||Friday||Wednesday|
|Oak, Hawthorn and Chestnut||Friday||Wednesday|
|Lime, Maple and Cherry||Wednesday||Wednesday|
If you have any questions about this, please speak with your child’s class teacher.
Our School Uniform
The colours of our school’s dress code are navy, grey and white. Uniform items with embroidered logos are available from the school office; other plain items are available from most high street retailers and stores. Fleece jackets with school logo are also available to buy.
- Navy sweatshirt or cardigan with embroidered school logo
- White, blue shirt/polo shirt/blouse (embroidered polo shirts available)
- Grey pinafore/skirt/trousers (appropriate for school – not fashion items)
- Grey, black or white socks/tights
- Dark coloured suitable shoes (no trainers/heels)
- Blue summer school dress
Please note that appropriate kit is essential for outdoor PE lessons, which take place across KS1 and 2.
- Plain white t-shirt
- Plain blue or black shorts/jogging bottoms
- PE trainers for outdoor lessons
- A tracksuit or other appropriate warm, loose clothing for outdoor lessons (please avoid hooded tops). These should be plain with no slogans or logos and in school colours.
- Long hair must be tied back for all lessons
All children from year 2 to year 6 take part in swimming lessons. Girls should wear one-piece swimming costumes (no bikinis) and boys should wear swimming trunks (no baggy shorts which impede flow through the water). Longer hair for both sexes must be tied back for all lesson, children can use a swimming cap.
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Every KS1 child (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are eligible for free hot dinners at lunchtime. Here at Crockerne, we are delighted to be able to provide our younger pupils with a free, nutritious hot dinner as we feel very strongly that a healthy, balanced lunch will prepare them very well for their afternoon learning.
If your child has a food allergy, please provide us with medical evidence of this (letter from GP/dietician etc) so we can cater for any dietary needs. We are unable to offer any alternative menus without this medical evidence.
If you are in receipt of a benefit which currently enables your child to have a free school meal, or your circumstances change and your child becomes eligible, it is really important that you still register. If you do claim for free school meals, our school receives funding from the government which we use to support your children with their learning as well as extracurricular activities.
Unless you are in receipt of a benefit that enables your child to have free school meals, you will be required to pay for school meals if your child is in Year 3 or above.
Meals cost £2.10 and children have the choice of a meal prepared by Chartwells (Current Menu) or a jacket potato.
You can pay for school meals quickly and easily using ParentPay, which you can access here: https://www.parentpay.com
Special Educational Needs (SEND)
At Crockerne Church of England Primary School, we work very hard to help pupils to develop the skills and knowledge they need to have a bright and positive future.
We understand that no one child is the same, and some children will have different learning needs to others. We aim to support all out children in any way we can.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Sharon Alsop.
What is SEND?
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is when a child or young person has a learning difficulty or disability which requires them to have extra help and support in their learning.
SEND can be broken down into four main areas:
• Communication and interaction
• Learning difficulties
• Social, emotional and mental health
• Physical and sensory
What do I do if I think my child has SEND?
If you think your child needs extra support, you should talk to their class teacher. They will be able to advise you on the next steps and support we offer.
How will you support my child if they are identified as having SEND?
We believe that each child has individual and unique needs, and recognise that some children may require more support than others. Every child at Crockerne, regardless of special educational needs, is entitled to a successful and positive learning experience.
The support we offer will depend on the needs of your child. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Sharon Alsop, is on hand to advise and implement the best way to support SEND children. This might be something as small as a slight change in the way we teach a subject, or it may be that your child needs to be withdrawn briefly from the classroom, individually or in a group, to work with an adult to develop their learning through specific interventions.
We want to cause as little disruption to your child’s learning as possible, and so it is important for us to find a learning solution that suits your child’s needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.