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School Starters Information

Times of the School Day

On a morning gates will be open at 08:45 and will close at 08:55

School times:

School begins at 8:55am  –  gates are open from 8.45am.

School ends at 3.25pm   –  gates are open from 3.20pm.

Nursery sessions:

Morning Session      8.45am – 11.45am

Afternoon Session  12.30pm – 3.30pm

Reception, Year 1, Year 2:

Morning Session      8.55am – 12.00pm

Afternoon Session   12.55pm – 3.25pm

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6:

Morning Session     8.55am – 12.15pm

Afternoon Session  1.10pm – 3.25pm

Lunch times:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: 12.00 – 12.55pm

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6: 12.15 – 1.10pm

At home-time children should be collected from the same door they are dropped off at. Please let us know who will be picking up your child. If your plans change, telephone the school office and update them as soon as possible.  Children who are not collected on time will be taken to the after school club. You will be charged for this service.

School Uniform

All children are encouraged to wear school uniform. Navy sweatshirts, cardigans and fleeces can be ordered directly from our suppliers. Children should wear a white shirt or blouse. Trousers, pinafores and skirts should be grey. In summer, a blue gingham school dress or grey school shorts can be worn.

Initials can be embroidered on to these by the supplier for a small charge. These are extremely helpful to both staff and children. 

PE Kit and Spare Clothes

We will let you know which days the children have P.E. Please send one pair of navy blue shorts and a light blue t-shirt in a clearly labelled drawstring bag. All clothing should be marked with your child’s name.

For reasons of safety, children are not allowed to wear jewellery at school.  

Children also need to have a spare change of clothes to keep at school. It is ideal if spare clothes can be kept in a second drawstring bag. Please include a spare top, trousers / skirt and several pairs of socks / tights and underwear.

Your child does not need trainers or plimsolls until the beginning of the summer term. No laces please.

Getting to know your child

In Reception we follow a play-based approach to learning. Therefore, it is very helpful to find out what interests and motivates your child. Included in your pack is an ‘All About Me Form’ (you will find this in the download section). By filling it in and returning it to school you will help us to plan for your child’s learning style and hopefully we will be able to ensure that they look forward to coming into school each day.

It is also very important for us to have up to date information about your child and their health. Please ensure that you include all relevant medical information on the forms provided. If you wish to discuss any medical needs in more detail we will be happy to arrange an appointment with you. The school nursing service can offer help and advice.

Any factors which may affect your child’s emotional health are also very important. Therefore we hope that you will feel comfortable sharing any information which may impact on your child’s well-being at school. All information is treated as confidential unless stated otherwise.

Transition into School

It is very important to us that your child feels happy and secure at school. One of the ways we try to ensure this happens is by planning a very carefully managed period for transition. Most children starting school in September are already very familiar with the Reception classroom and staff because our Nursery and Reception class work very closely together as a unit.

If you are new to school you will be invited to visit the setting with your child. We will offer some transition visits for your child prior to starting main school. You will also be invited to try a school meal with your child in the summer term.

You will also be invited to come and try a school lunch with your child.

School Dinners

Lunch time is 12:00am until 1.00pm. 

The Reception class always take first sitting and are cared for in the dinner hall by their nominated lunch-time supervisor. School operates a pre-ordered menu system. Lunch choices are made from menus which are sent home for parents and children to complete together. The same menu is repeated every three weeks throughout a term. Each term the menus and revised and new selections can be made.

There is no charge for a school meal for children in Reception, Year One or Two.

You may wish to send a packed meal for your child to eat at lunch-time. As part of our Healthy Eating Policy we ask that you carefully consider what forms the contents of your child’s lunch. Please do not send fizzy drinks or sweets in as part of a packed lunch. 

There are children in school who have an allergy to peanuts and, in the interests of their health, we ask that no peanuts or foods containing them, such as peanut butter, are brought into school either as snacks or in the contents of a packed lunch.

The Curriculum

In Reception learning takes place through activities which are both planned by adults and planned and initiated by the children.  

Children will continue to learn in a hands-on, play-based way just as they have done in Nursery. 

There are three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

In addition to the prime areas of learning there are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. 

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Staff work hard to ensure that children have a good balance of adult directed and child-initiated learning. We monitor and assess children’s progress and identify the next steps in their learning by observing, supporting and extending their play in a variety of situations. We will share this information with you at parents evening and also in the end of year report about your child. We also share and celebrate children’s achievements more informally through discussion and informal written feedback.

Parents as Partners

As parents we recognise that your role is crucial. We work very hard to involve parents in all aspects of children’s learning and development. Children who are supported well at home make the best progress across all areas of their learning and development.

* We ask that you ensure your child has their book-bag with them each day. 

* All children will bring home a reading book to share with you. 10 minutes of practice each day will help your child to make the very best progress.

* All children will have a Learning Log. Each week we suggest you to choose an activity do at home with your child linked to an aspect of their learning in class.

*Parents are invited to attend a personal parent consultation meeting in the autumn and spring terms to discuss progress. 

We ask all parents to sign a home/ school agreement to recognise this partnership.

Before and After School

The school operates an Early Morning Club from 7.45am and a Stay & Play Club every evening after school, Monday to Thursday 3.25pm – 5.55pm on Friday we finish at 5.30pm. 

Road Safety

Please note there is no access for vehicles in the Nunthorpe Academy car park. Please do not use this area. 

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.