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ST IGNATIUS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

PROSPECTUS

2012/13

Ad majorem Dei gloriam – “To the greater glory of God”

 

It is our aim that, through the power of the Holy Spirit:

 

  • each individual is valued, loved, welcomed and accepted as a precious creation of God.

 

  • we are a community where ‘God is love’ is revealed in the witness of everyday life.

 

  • a love of learning is inspired and the wide range of God-given gifts and talents of each child is celebrated and fulfilled.

 

  • we provide the highest possible quality of education within a learning environment where children are both challenged and supported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Learning & Teaching: We will strive to provide an environment of excellence in teaching and learning and to be outstanding in all we do.

 

Our teaching will be effective, exciting and creative.

 

We will recognise that a well educated child needs to be supported and challenged in the development of their whole person, i.e. academically, emotionally, physically, socially, culturally and spiritually.

 

Partnership:             We will develop and maintain a close and trusting partnership with  parents and recognise that they are the prime educators of their children.

We will be an active and committed member of the Wakefield Catholic Schools Partnership and, together with the Diocese of Leeds, will support a continuum of Catholic Education for our children.

 

Worship and Catholic Life of the School:            We will provide opportunities for inspirational age – appropriate worship. We will ensure that R.E. is outstanding.

We will work in close partnership with the parish of St Ignatius to support the spiritual development of our children and families.

Our ultimate aim is that each child is educated so that they are helped to become adults who ‘know, love and serve God in this world and are happy with Him in the next’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST IGNATIUS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Parent

 

Welcome to St Ignatius’ Catholic Primary School where all we do is in the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

At St Ignatius school we are committed to providing the very highest standards of education that we can for every child. We work hard at the teaching and learning of basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics but believe that education is much more than this. Moral and spiritual development and the importance of happy relationships are very important for us and are not simply evident in R.E. but in the everyday life of the school. We delight in opening up the world of the arts and sport.

 

We recognise that every single member of this learning community is an individual precious creation of God worthy of great love and respect. Our partnership with parents is fundamental to our school life and we hope to be friends as well as effective partners in your child’s journey of learning.

 

I hope that you will find this booklet helpful and a useful source of information. If you have any queries which this booklet does not answer then please do not hesitate to come into school to discuss them.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Bernard Martin – Headteacher

 

 

ST IGNATIUS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL CURRICULUM STATEMENT

 

St Ignatius’ School strives to create the opportunity

and provide an environment in which

 each member of its community may identify, develop and fully realise

 individual, personal potential through

 the continued recognition, experience, understanding and celebration

of the values of God’s Kingdom.

 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

“To the Greater Glory of God”

(St Ignatius of Loyola)

 

At St Ignatius’ School it is our intention to support and share with parents and the community in their responsibility for the academic, physical, spiritual, moral and religious education of their children.

 

Our Mission provides an overall framework for our whole school aims and forms the foundation from which all aspects of our school community develop.

 

Through its love, example, celebration, reconciliation, active involvement, experience and upholding of the values, doctrines and philosophy of Catholicism our school aims:

 

to value, respect and assist our children in all aspects of their growth and

development as unique individuals made and loved by God, and each with their

own unique role in creation

 

to provide equal opportunities for all in our school regardless of social, academic, physical or emotional disadvantage, gender, race or cultural background

 

to set high standards and strive for excellence in all that we do in school so that our children may have the opportunity to fulfil the Christian quest for excellence in all that they do

 

to prepare children for their lives as Christians in the community

 

to interpret human knowledge in the light of the Gospels and teachings of the

Catholic church

 

to provide a community where Gospel values are experienced, witnessed and

promoted by all those who are involved

 

to maintain and develop a partnership with parents and the community

 

to celebrate, enjoy and rejoice in our faith

 

to promote respect of self, others, property and the environment and so maintain

high standards of behaviour and discipline

 

 

 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LEEDS

 

ST IGNATIUS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, A VOLUNTARY ACADEMY

Storrs Hill Road,

Ossett,

W Yorkshire  WF5 0DQ 

Tel (01924) 302895 Fax No: (01924) 302898

PROSPECTUS for the year commencing 1 September 2012

Chair of Governors: Rev Fr Mark Naughton

Headteacher : Mr B Martin

 

 

ST IGNATIUS’ CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

This school is a voluntary academy and part of the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Truts, currently comprised of eight local Catholic schools. We are co-educational day primary school with a part-time Nursery unit.  The main school and Nursery cater for pupils in the age range 3 to 11 years.

 

A place in the Nursery unit does not automatically guarantee a place in main school.  All applications for places in School and the Nursery unit will be dealt with under the Governors’ Admissions Policies, which are included in this prospectus.

 

A maximum of 20 children will be admitted to the Reception Year group during 2013-2014.

 

At present there are 120 FTE (full-time entitled) children on roll in school arranged in classes according to their chronological ages, plus 16 children in Nursery.

 

Children who are five or will attain the age of five in the appropriate period are admitted on a full-time basis to the school according to the following pattern:

 

Birth Dates (inclusive)                             Term of Full-time Admission

 

1 September – 31 August                                 Autumn (September)

 

St Ignatius’ School was built in 1986 to replace the original school that had served the parish, and others, for over 100 years.  The school was officially opened by Bishop David Konstant in June 1987.

 

The school comprises a purpose built nursery, five classrooms, ICT suite, shared areas, cloakrooms, administrative area and kitchen built around a central hall.  The school has a playground and a large playing field.

 

The hall, in the centre of the school, is well equipped with modern apparatus for PE, and is also used for lessons, assemblies and celebrations and as a dining area.

 

The Nursery unit, staffed by a teacher and nursery nurse, includes a base with its own play area, utility, cloakroom and grounds.  The Nursery unit plays an integral part in the life of the school. It is currently open in mornings only from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMISSION POLICY – 2013/2014

 

 

 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam – “To the greater glory of God”

 

 

 

“An inspired learning community with

Jesus Christ at our centre”

 

St Ignatius’ Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for baptised Catholic children.  The school is run by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.

 

If the number of preferences received is less than the admission number then all preferences will be met.  However, when there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below.  By applying to this school parents, carers, are declaring their support for the aims and ethos of the school.

 

The governing body has responsibility for admissions to the school and intends to admit 20 pupils to Reception in the school year which begins in September 2013.

 

Point of Entry

 

Children are admitted to the Reception class in the September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls.

 

Children whose birthdays fall between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 inclusive will be admitted full time in the Autumn term 2013.

 

Over-subscription Criteria

 

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

 

  1. Looked after children from Catholic families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

 

  1. Baptised Catholic children who live in the defined area of St Ignatius parish.

 

  1. Other Baptised Catholic children.

 

  1. Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

 

  1. Children of other Christian denominations or of other faiths, and whose application is supported in writing by a minister of religion or an appropriate religious leader.

 

  1. Other children.

 

 

 

 

Catechumens are to be given priority next after baptised Catholics in each of the above categories.

 

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to over-subscription the following terms will be applied.

 

The attendance of a brother or sister at the school at the time when the younger child starts school will increase the priority of an application within each category.  (see notes)

 

Tie Break

 

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would still lead to over-subscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school.  ‘straight line distance’ will be used as the measure (see notes).

 

Application Procedures and Timetable

 

Failure to provide a Common Preference Form (CPF) would mean that the application is not valid and failure to provide a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) could mean that the applicant is placed in the last criteria.

 

A standard application form, known as the Common Preference Form must be completed and returned to the Local Authority(City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, School Admissions, Room 62, County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield WF1 2QL by 15th January 2013.  The Supplementary Information Form attached to this policy should be submitted by 17th December 2012 to the Headteacher, St Ignatius’ Catholic Primary School, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett WF5 0DQ.  Parents and carers will be advised of the outcome of their applications on 11th April 2013.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

 

Deferred entry to Primary Schools

 

Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age can defer their child’s entry until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year.  Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child during the remainder of the school year.  Parents cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.  Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

 

Waiting Lists

 

As well as their right of appeal, unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list.  This waiting list will follow the order of the over-subscription criteria set out above.  Names are normally taken off at the end of the academic year.

 

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

 

The admission of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is set out in the 1996 Education Act.  Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

 

Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)

 

‘Catholic’ means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. A certificate of baptism in a Catholic church, or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic church, will normally evidence this. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.

 

Catechumens are those children who have given an explicit desire to be baptised into the Roman Catholic Church and who are currently preparing to receive the same by regular participation in Sunday worship and a recognised programme of preparation. A letter from the Catholic priest preparing the child is required.

 

‘Looked After Child’ has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).

 

Defined area is a geographical area. Please see boundary maps available for inspection in school (boundaries determined by the Diocese of Leeds).

 

Siblings (Brothers and Sisters) includes children with brothers and sisters, (including step-siblings, adoptive siblings and foster siblings) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school on the date of admission.

 

Twins or Triplets –  Where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the 20th or last place the ‘excepted pupil’ rule comes in and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.

 

Live – In all categories, ‘live’ means the child’s permanent home address.  A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and we will use the parent or guardian’s address for admission purposes.  You cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school.  For admission purposes, only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address.  When a child lives with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.

 

Where there is more than one application from a postal address contained within a block of flats, places will be decided by random allocation.  If two or more pupils live equidistant from the school, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred school will be measured and the place offered to the pupil who lives nearest by this means.  In the event of this being equal, places will then be decided by random allocation.

 

Straight Line Distance – in all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, using a straight line measure, have priority.  Measurement will be made using the LA’s in-house admission system and mapping software.

 

Admissions outside the normal admission round from September 2013 – applications should be made to the school and will be dealt with by the admission authority of the school ie the governing body.

 

A Supplementary Information Form should also be completed and returned to the school.  Applications will normally be considered by the Governors following receipt of the application.

 

The governors will only admit children when the year group for which the application is made is not full – ie. has less than 20 pupils and when the statutory KS1 class size limit of 30 is not breached by admitting an additional child. Under our arrangement of two mixed-age KS1 classes, total numbers in KS1 cannot exceed 60 children.

 

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the over-subscription criteria set out above.

 

Please note where a relocation into the area is involved, and no local address can yet be given, the governors may require additional evidence of firm plans before a place will be offered. This is especially significant where the planned relocation is not imminent.

 

 

 

 

 

Appeals

 

Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal to:

 

The Clerk to the Appeals Panel

Wakefield MDC

Room 46

Town Hall

Wood Street

Wakefield

WF1 2HQ

 

Telephone: 01924 305046 /51/ 64

 

 

Please see school website (www.st-ignatius.wakefield.sch.uk) for timetable.

 

 

 

 

ADMISSION POLICY FOR NURSERY

 

St Ignatius’ Nursery is a 26 place Nursery.  The children attend Nursery for the morning session.

 

Admission to the Nursery will be made by the Governing Body in accordance with the stated parental preference.  This is subject to the following set of admission criteria forming a priority order where there are more applications for admission than the school has places available.  Listed below are the criteria that apply when Nursery places are allocated:

 

Over-subscription Criteria

 

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:

 

  1. Looked after children from Catholic families.

 

2.            Baptised Catholics who are resident in the defined area of St Ignatius.

 

3.            Other Baptised Catholic children.

 

4.            Other looked after children.

 

5.            Children of other Christian denominations or of other Faiths whose parents are in

sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported

by a minister of religion or an appropriate religious leader.

 

6.            Other children whose parents/guardians wish them to attend St Ignatius’ Nursery

 

 

The attendance of a sibling at the school at the time of admission will increase the priority of an application within each category.

 

Catechumens are to be given priority next after baptised Catholics in each of the above categories.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie Break

 

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to over-subscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered in age order, the older children having priority.

 

Application Procedures

 

Parents considering sending their children to the nursery are encouraged to visit to look round the nursery and meet the nursery staff.

 

Applications may be submitted directly to the school as early as parents wish, but it should be noted that children will be admitted in the order of the criteria detailed above, irrespective of the length of time the application has been on file.

 

Each summer term, the admissions panel of the governing body will consider applications for children eligible to start in the following school year, whether that be in September (at the start of the Autumn term,) in January (at the start of the Spring term,) or after Easter (at the start of the Summer term,) and will allocate available places in accordance with the stated criteria.

 

When all available places have been allocated, any remaining or subsequent applications for admission may, if parents so wish, be placed on a waiting list until a place becomes available, at which point the admissions panel of the governing body will consider such applications according to the stated criteria.

 

As the Nursery is frequently oversubscribed, with a waiting list, governors will not offer the option of deferring the taking-up of a place offered. Parents wishing to defer entry beyond the start date offered must reapply in the next application round.

 

Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)

Please refer to the notes in the Admissions Policy for St. Ignatius’ School. They are the same as for the Nursery Policy.

In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, the places up to the admission number will be offered in age order, the older children having priority.

Footnote to policy

The Governors wish to emphasise that attendance at St. Ignatius’ nursery does not guarantee that a place can be offered at St. Ignatius’ school. The admissions systems are completely separate. School places will be offered according to the criteria as set out in the school admission policy, irrespective of whether a child has attended St. Ignatius’ nursery or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL TEACHING AND NON-TEACHING STAFF

Mr B Martin            Headteacher

 

Miss K Hawksworth            Deputy Headteacher, SENCo

Leader for Language development

 

Mrs E Vodden            Senior Teacher

Class 4            Leader for Mathematical development

 

Mrs L Humbles Teacher            Leader for ICT

(on Maternity leave)           

 

Mr S Bartram              Teacher

Class 5                        Leader for Physical Development

Mrs J Higgins            Teacher

             Class 3             Leader for Science

Miss Sarah Bell            Teacher     Class 1 – covering maternity leave

Mrs C McBride                            Teacher

Nursery                                       Leader for Creative Development (D&T)

Mrs B Burnley            Part-time Teacher (Class 4)

Leader for Creative Development (Music)

 

Mrs V Rooney             Part time teacher (Job share Class 2)

Mrs G Shelton         Part-time teacher Choir and Pianist and currently Special Needs support

 

Mrs T Taha            Nursery Nurse

 

Mrs J Brian               HLTA , ICT technician and school web site

Mrs S Noble              School Assistant

Mrs L Boland            School Assistant

Mrs C Gerrard            School Assistant

Mrs C Wilby            School Administrator

Mrs C Booth            School Administrator

Mr. J Dalton/ Mr. G Dwyer            Caretakers

Mrs R Stubbs            School Cleaner

Miss Z            School Cleaner

Mrs S Ellis            School Cook

Mrs A Padgett            Assistant Cook

Mrs S Haigh            Dinner Supervisor

Mrs L Goodall            Dinner Supervisor

Mrs J Vickers            Dinner Supervisor

Mrs J Atkinson            Dinner Supervisor

Mrs J Young            SEN Dinner Supervisor

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

 

 

The curriculum is everything that we do in school.  We aim at all times to assist the children in all aspects of their growth and development as unique individuals.  This is a Catholic school so Christ and the tenets of the Catholic faith are at the heart of everything we do and underpin the main aims of our approach to education in school, which can be summarised as :

 

to develop spiritual, moral, religious, social and cultural awareness and growth.

 

to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum with reference to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, applicable to Years 1 to 6 (five to eleven year olds).

 

to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, applicable to our children of Nursery or Reception Class age (3 to 5).

 

to provide an environment and atmosphere in which all who are involved at any time feel welcome, valued, secure and respected.

 

to emphasise the basic skills which are essential and relevant to the immediate and long term needs of the children.

 

to prepare and equip children with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and concepts and the will to use them, that they will need to function as individuals and members of society, both now and in the future, with particular regard to relationships, leisure, work, responsibility and change.

 

to provide first hand experiences and opportunities to learn through active and practical involvement.

 

to encourage observation, experimentation, understanding and a spirit of enquiry.

 

to make school and learning enjoyable and exciting and so foster in children – lively inquiring minds, a critical faculty, independence, responsibility and application.

 

to develop children’s imagination and creativity by offering a wide range of experiences.

 

to provide equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, race, culture or

disadvantage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children between the ages of 5 and 16 in state schools, like ours, must be taught the National Curriculum.  The National Curriculum is currently made up of the following subjects :

 

English

Mathematics

Science

Design and Technology

Information Technology

History

Geography

Art

Music

Physical Education

            and for older children a modern foreign language. We teach French.

 

In addition to the aforementioned subjects cross-curricular themes including health education, education for citizenship, environmental education, education for economic and industrial understanding, European awareness and careers education are planned and taught as appropriate and relevant to specific topics.

 

The National Curriculum sets out, in broad terms, what schools must teach for each subject.  The National Curriculum is divided into Key Stages which depend on children’s ages.  In our school we have the following Key Stages:

 

Nursery and younger Reception children are Foundation Stage

Children aged 5 to 7 are Key Stage 1

Children aged 7 to 11 are Key Stage 2

 

For the requirements of the National Curriculum, the specific taught time is that class time which includes Religious Education, but excludes the daily act of worship, registration, breaks and assemblies.  The specific taught time per week is twenty one hours and five minutes at Key Stage One and twenty three hours and thirty minutes at Key Stage Two.

 

At present the children are grouped in five classes largely according to their age.  Numbers do not permit there to be one class for each year group and care is taken by class teachers to ensure that all the children are working at a level appropriate to their ability.

 

Specific details of Programmes of Study and the content thereof are available to parents, at the school, on request.

 

At St Ignatius we are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum.  We recognise that in doing so we will be providing the children with a firm foundation to develop their future potential.

 

In addition to the National Curriculum our children study Religious Education. We use a programme recommended by the Diocese of Leeds called The Way, the Truth and the Life. We are committed to ensuring R.E. is a core subject and at least 10% of curriculum time is devoted to this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Education

 

Religious Education is at the heart of all we do in school – through specific teaching and their experience of school life and relationships within our school community our children are enabled to develop a sense of belonging to God’s family, being loved by God and by His family.

 

School uses the “The Way, The Truth and The Life” Religious Education Programme, a structured and child centred programme which provides for every child at his/her own level of spiritual awareness and development.  The worshipping community, the home and the school are all at the centre of this approach and we constantly strive to meet the targets of the ideals encompassed by The Way, The Truth and The Life through the children being involved in community activities as these occur.

 

Staff, governors and parents recognise and appreciate the primary role of parents in sex education and therefore formal explicit sex education is not given at school.  Education in sexuality is but one aspect of education in relationships and as such is not confined and taught through a specific programme.  However, many aspects of education in sexuality will be taught through a cross-curricular integrated approach, taking into account the age, understanding and development of the children.  At all times and in all activities stress is placed on moral values, standards of behaviour, attitudes towards self and others and the importance and value of loving and caring relationships and any questions the children may have relating to sex education are answered honestly within this context.

 

English

 

Through the provision of a variety and range of contexts, opportunities and experiences for our children we endeavour to develop in each child a confidence in and an enjoyment of language, the ability to read fluently, listen attentively, speak in an articulate manner and communicate expressively, clearly and legibly in writing.

 

We recognise competence in language and literacy as being vital to so many aspects of learning both as a means of acquisition and as a means of communication and expression.

 

Mathematics

 

Our intention in Mathematics is to ensure that all our children are able to work with numbers and mathematical concepts accurately, confidently, competently and with speed and are able to apply their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of situations.  We hope our children will have an enthusiastic and positive attitude to mathematics, finding it to be both challenging and enjoyable.

 

Science

 

In Science we aim to enable our children to develop their knowledge of the physical and natural world.  We assist and support them as they investigate their world, and as they hypothesize, predict, design, investigate, record, interpret, conclude and communicate – the scientific skills we help them to acquire. We are committed to the development of high quality investigative learning.

 

Information Technology

 

School has a sixteen-computer ICT suite in everyday use by groups and whole classes.  We aim to help our children become confident, effective and able users of information technology by developing communication techniques, data handling, logical thinking, problem solving and control techniques.

 

 

 

Competent use of Information Technology provides and enables access to all curriculum areas.  We believe that the most effective approach to teaching ICT is through its inclusion in all areas of the curriculum.  We have recently installed wireless networking through school and this together with 30 netbooks have enabled us to bring ICT directly into the everyday classroom environment.

 

Interactive whiteboards are installed in all classrooms, enabling the delivery of the full curriculum to be enhanced.

 

Design Technology

 

Design Technology is in the main a practical subject, the children being involved in identifying need, designing and making and in turn evaluating and modifying their work.  The children work with a variety of materials, in different contexts, to plan, create and evaluate their designs.

 

History and Geography

 

In History and Geography we develop in our children an interest, awareness, knowledge and understanding of other people and other places.  We help them to recognise the influence of the past on the present and change over time, both locally and in other locations.

 

Art

 

Our children encounter Art both as a subject in its own right and also as a means for them to express or communicate other curriculum areas.  In the children’s Art work they are enabled to become confident, competent and skilful with a range of materials and media, to enjoy and find pleasure in their creativity and to increase their aesthetic awareness.

 

Music

 

Through their work in Music our children develop the musical skills, knowledge and understanding to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas.  They also have opportunities to be practically involved in performing, composing and appraising music.

 

Older children, taught by peripatetic teachers, have the chance to learn brass, woodwind, piano or string instruments in school.  A charge is made by the school for this tuition.

 

French

 

Children begin to learn basic French vocabulary in their time in KS2. Much of the learning takes place through games and songs.

 

 

Physical Education

 

Physical Education is essentially a practical subject through which we can encourage and promote feelings of physical well being and positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, through involving our children in a range of challenging practical activities.  Our children are enabled to develop the social skills of teamwork, fair play and honest competition.

 

Year 5 and Year 6 children have swimming lessons during their final two years at school.

 

 

 

 

 

Sporting Aims and Provision

 

In addition to our Physical Education curriculum we aim to provide as many extra-curricular sporting activities as possible for boys and girls.  These change term-by-term, and cover a wide range of sports.  It is our intention that access to these opportunities will further increase our children’s social skills, provide additional physical challenge, foster healthy and honest competition and assist in preparing them to seek healthy recreational and leisure pursuits in the future. We have delighted in a very wide range of inter school competition. We strive to do our very best to win and are often very successful but it is even more important to teach the virtues of good grace in victory or defeat, good sportsmanship and manners and the value of building character as we compete.

 

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education

 

The children learn about these important themes through a structured programme of ethos statements and circle times, which are linked to the “The Way, The Truth and The Life”” religious scheme. Citizenship is reinforced through our School Council, and through our involvement with the wider community.

 

Early Years Curriculum

 

Compulsory education begins the term after a child’s fifth birthday.  Before this children may be attending school as part-time or full-time pupils, in either the nursery or reception class.  The children are engaged in six areas of learning that provide a foundation for later achievement.

The areas of learning are:

 

Communication & Language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the world

Expressive arts & design

 

Whilst there is no legal requirement for children in Foundation Stage to study Religious Education our early years children are introduced to the “The Way, The Truth and The Life” programme and all other aspects of Religious Education at a level appropriate to them.

 


 

 

 

 

Further Information

 

The National Curriculum was designed for just over three quarters of school teaching time; in our school the remaining 20% of time is used to reinforce those elements that make us distinctive as a Catholic school and to emphasise aspects of education that we particularly value:

Religious Education

 

Worship and celebrations and their preparation

 

Visits to and from school, including an annual residential visit

 

Consolidation of basic skills in language and numeracy

 

The creative, expressive, imaginative, recreational and social opportunities

afforded by Art, Music and Physical Education

 

Most  children within our school are Baptised Catholic children; the parents of those children who are not Baptised Catholics have particularly chosen a Catholic school for their children, expressing a desire for their children to be involved in all aspects of the life of our community; as such no specific arrangements for withdrawal from Religious Education or Collective Worship are currently in operation.  Any parent wishing to discuss such provision is requested to make an appointment with Mr B Martin, Headteacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

 

Special Educational Needs

 

We are committed to involving parents in every aspect of their child’s education, especially if a child experiences any difficulty.  Parents will be invited to discuss any problems with the class teacher as soon as possible and similarly we hope parents will consult us if they identify problems associated with school.

 

Provision for children with Special Educational Needs is in the first instance, made by the class teacher within the ordinary classroom, additional advice and support being available when necessary from members of the teaching staff, school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator, Miss Hawksworth, the Wakefield MDC Special Needs Support Service, the Schools Psychological Service and other appropriate and relevant agencies.

 

The school evaluates the success of its SEN policy by carefully tracking the progress over time of all children receiving additional support. We monitor the proportion of children who go onto the register and are able to be removed later after intervention. We look at the attainment, by the end of KS2, of those who have been on the SEN register or have been on programmes such as Early Literacy Support.

 

Full details of the school’s SEN policy are available, on request from Mr Martin, Headteacher of the school.

 

Pastoral Care

 

The welfare and well-being of the children are the responsibility of all the staff in the school. Generally, class teachers are responsible for the safety and happiness of the children in their classes but they also involve themselves in supervising the welfare of any child who may need attention or help in any matter, should particular class teachers not be available. We have the privilege of a very effective and well qualified school counselor for one day per week. ‘Matthew’ is bought in by the school from Catholic Care.

 

The children are supervised at play by teachers and support staff and at dinner­times by supervisory assistants who are responsible for supervision according to the instructions of the headteacher.

 

Most members of staff hold a First Aid qualification and they attend or advise on minor injuries.  In the event of serious accident or illness arrangements are made to contact parents or carers so that the child can be taken home or to the hospital.

 

For this to be possible IT IS NECESSARY THAT PARENTS INFORM THE SCHOOL

OF ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER where they can be

contacted.

 

If it is not possible to contact anyone the school will be obliged to take whatever action seems most reasonable in the circumstances.

 

 

 

Child protection

 

All staff are vigilant with regard to protecting children from abuse and the school’s named person for Child Protection is Mr Martin, the Headteacher. The school’s Child Protection Policy is available on request.

 

Anti-Bullying

 

Staff, children, parents and governors at St Ignatius’ School work together to create a happy, caring, learning environment.  Bullying, either verbal, physical or indirect will not be tolerated.

 

It is recognised that all partners in a child’s education have a responsibility to aim to prevent occurrences of bullying and to deal with any incidents quickly and effectively. Our policies for behaviour and for bullying are available on the school’s web site or on request at the school office.

 

Discipline

 

A positive approach to discipline is engaged in school, the children being encouraged to show respect for themselves, other people and their surroundings.  There are clearly expressed expectations of behaviour, and classes adopt their own class rules. Since this is a Catholic School we would expect the children to try to follow Christ’s lead and teaching by thinking of others before themselves.

 

Children are frequently reminded of the high standards of behaviour expected of them and praised when they behave sensibly, responsibly and with consideration for other children and adults.  Children who do not behave as expected will be reprimanded, in the first instance by their teacher, but should unsatisfactory behaviour continue it would be reported to the Headteacher who may bring it to the attention of the parents in order that causes and remedies can be discussed and a co-operative policy towards the solution adopted.

 

Informing, Involving and Reporting to Parents

 

As a school, St Ignatius’ recognises that parents are the prime educators of their children and values the vital contribution that parents make to their children’s education and the well-being and furtherance of the school community.

 

In order that this can be built upon and developed, school aims at all times to work in partnership with parents, encouraging them to be closely involved and active in the education of their child/ren and the life of the school.

 

There are a number of ways in which this is promoted:-

 

Every Tuesday after school is ‘Open House’ when parents may pop in to see work or have a minute with the teacher. Serious concerns will need an appointment at a mutually convenient time.

 

Through the Friends of St Ignatius, parents are frequently invited to and involved in organising events connected with the life of the school.  At the beginning of each term or half term a list of dates of forthcoming events is sent home, these are followed up nearer the time with letters containing further details and information.  Offers of assistance at fundraising and social events are always gratefully accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of parents are involved in helping on school visits and with school based activities – baking, sewing, craft, computer work. If you would like to help in any way, new volunteers are always welcome!  Please let either Mr Martin or your child’s teacher know if you are prepared to help.

 

In addition, parents are invited into school on a number of occasions throughout the year to share in their children’s work and celebration.

 

Parents are invited to join with the school regularly for our celebration assembly, known as Sangam (African word meaning “Gathering together and sharing news) which is generally held on Friday afternoon. Children receive certificates for exceptional work or for kind and caring behaviour. Some pieces of work are shared and birthdays are celebrated.

 

Regular, usually weekly, newsletters are sent to parents.

 

Parents are invited into school to discuss their children’s progress at two formal parents evenings, one in the Autumn Term and another in the Spring Term.  A written report is sent home during the Summer Term with an opportunity for parents to discuss its contents.  Parents are welcome also to come to school to discuss any problem or concern, as the staff are available before or after school.  Alternatively an appointment may be made for a lengthier discussion.

 

Homework

 

In order to build on our children’s enthusiasm and interest in their work and further extend and develop the partnership we share with families, children, with parental support and involvement, are encouraged to undertake some school directed activity at home.

 

Children are encouraged to develop reading and writing skills at home as part of their leisure activities and it is recommended that all pupils become members of the local library, even those who are about to come to school for the first time.

 

Children are also asked to share their school reading books with parents, and we request that parents assist their children in learning spellings and multiplication tables, finding out and researching activities, story writing, completing class work and other occasional pieces of work.

 

School and Community

 

The children are encouraged to develop a positive and caring attitude towards their school, parish and wider community.  All the community are welcome in the school, especially at the various events which the school organises throughout the year, particularly the Christmas, Easter and Summer Celebrations.

 

Masses and Liturgies are celebrated throughout the year – in the classroom, the school hall and church. Sometimes just one class is involved. On other occasions the whole school celebrates together.

 

There are good local contacts with the Police, through our community constable, and also with the Fire Service, the school nurses and the WMDC Road Safety Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children are involved in community activities as much as is practicably possible, given the scattered nature of their homes. The choir takes part in community-based events, as do our various sports teams.

 

Throughout the school year the children give much effort to raise money for local, Diocesan, national and international charities, eg Catholic Care, NSPCC, CAFOD etc.

 

School Travel Plan

 

The school has developed a Travel Plan to promote exercise and safety and to reduce congestion on site at the beginning and end of the school day. The school consulted with children, parents and the wider community in creating the plan, which encourages Park and Stride, car sharing and use of the Yellow Bus, among other initiatives. For further details, contact Mrs C Booth, Traffic Plan Co-ordinator.

 

Parking onsite, which is permitted at the discretion of the Parish priest, is unfortunately limited. Its organisation is reviewed regularly to reduce congestion. However, as a general rule, parents are asked to be considerate and patient when dropping-off and picking-up children and are reminded to keep access to the presbytery clear.

 

School Visits

 

At St Ignatius’ School we endeavour to widen the experience of the children we teach.  Whenever possible, subject to the availability of staff expertise, we try to provide the opportunity to acquire new skills and interests.

 

Visits from and visitors to school are frequently arranged by teachers for the children, in the course of classwork.  These vary from class to class and from year to year.  Recent visits have been to Wakefield and Castleford Museums, York (the shrine of Margaret Clitheroe), Ledstone Estate, Austerfield Centre and Eureka.

 

Year 6 children are given opportunities to go on a residential visit and also to take part in a variety of activities and experiences.  This gives the children first hand experience of other people and places.  We spend a few days away at the Diocesan Retreat Centre at Myddelton Grange and also have an day of adventurous activities.

 

As we seek to widen children’s experience by educational visits and visitors, we appreciate parental co-operation in ensuring that no child is excluded from a class activity.  The Governors of the school have produced a policy statement on Charging for School Activities which essentially explains that no visit deemed to take place within ‘normal hours’ can be charged for, except for board and lodgings, but parents can be invited to make voluntary contributions to assist in the provision of such outings.  Parents should be aware that if they decide not to offer such voluntary contributions their child would not in any way be penalised or excluded from the visit. The Headteacher would reserve the right, however, to cancel any such outing if it was felt that ensuing subsidies would severely affect the financing of other school needs and activities.  Parents requiring further information should contact the Headteacher. Parents of children who receive free school meals are asked to contribute no more than 70% of the cost of visits.

 

Attendance

 

It is important that children develop good habits of attendance and punctuality.  Absence and late arrival at school should not occur without good reason. Children are expected to be in attendance for every session of school during the school year unless a valid reason for absence, in accordance with Statute, is offered, eg medical or bereavement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents wishing to take children on holiday at times other than during school holiday periods should note that, the headteacher is not empowered to authorise such absences. These would therefore count as unauthorised absences, which we monitor. In extreme circumstance penalties may be imposed by courts.

 

No provision is made for absences for social reasons such as birthdays, shopping trips or days out to visit, since these are not valid reasons under regulations and permission for absence will not normally be granted under such circumstances.

 

Attendance continued

 

All absences have to be explained to comply with New Attendance Regulations.  Please ensure you contact the school by telephone on the first morning of absence and also ensure your child returns from absence with an explanatory note for our records.

If a child needs to leave school early to visit the dentist or clinic etc it is most important that the school be informed.  Children must be collected from school and no child will be allowed to leave school unless accompanied by an authorised adult.  Children should not arrive at school before 8.45 am and they should leave the premises promptly at the end of the afternoon session unless they are staying for a particular activity.  This will only happen after arrangements have been made with parents.

 

The following data regarding absence is based on 2011/12 figures, the most recent statistics available.

 

Number of pupils of compulsory school age on roll (January 2012)  110

 

Percentage of half day sessions missed through authorised absence   3.4 %

 

Percentage of half day sessions missed through unauthorised absence 1.0 %

 

Absence:   4.3 %

 

Attendance: 95.7 %

 

Punctuality

 

It is important that children are here to line up at 8.55, so that they can start their day in a calm and structured way. Children who are not in class when the register is called will be marked as late. Punctuality is also monitored by the school and warnings are issued  when children are repeatedly late for school.

 

Medicines

 

It is recommended that medicines being taken by children are administered at home.  Please seek your doctor’s advice regarding any essential midday dose.

 

Please inform us of any allergies or medical problems which may affect children’s schooling.

 

Please do not send children to school if they are poorly, since the school does not have the staff or resources to cope with such situations and it is unfair to staff to expect them to deal with sick children who ought to be at home recuperating. Additionally, sicknesses can be passed on to other pupils and to staff.

 

 

 

 

 

Road Safety

 

Cars are not allowed on the school premises (ie the playground and the field) during normal school time.  This measure is taken in order to safeguard the safety of the children.

 

The local Road Safety Officer calls frequently to talk to the children about all sorts of road and personal safety practices.  The Road Safety team are well-known to the children and they encourage them to be aware and alert at all times in roadcraft and safety.  These measures are all taken to ensure the children’s safety in and around the school.

School Dinners

 

A choice of cooked meal is available for all the full-time children.  The present cost is £1.80 a day. Any parent who is interested may apply for financial assistance towards the cost of these meals.  They are invited to contact the headteacher in the first instance.

 

Dinner Monies should be brought in on a Monday morning in an envelope with your child’s name, class and amount enclosed clearly written on the outside.

 

This method of sending money in envelopes must be used whenever there is a need to forward money to school eg: John Smith, Class 2 – Theatre Visit – £2.50. Please do not combine different monies together in the same envelope. Envelopes are always available outside the secretary’s office.

 

Snacks

 

In the interests of encouraging healthy eating patterns the children are requested not to bring sweets, biscuits or crisps to school.  Instead, should they require a snack at playtime, you are asked to send fruit or a healthy snack. KS1 and Nursery children are provided with a piece of fruit each day.

 

Milk is available free for children in Early Years. It is also available to all other children at a cost of £1 per week. Because the milk has to be ordered in advance from the dairy, the cost is requested as a half-termly payment in advance

 

Children are given free water-bottles each September by the Friends. This enables them to have access to water at their tables at any time during the day. Please note that for hygiene reasons, children are expected to take their bottles home each evening for washing and bring them filled each morning. Refills can then be made from the water coolers during the day. Replacement bottles are available for £1.00, and replacement tops are provided free of charge.

 

St Ignatius School Building Fund

 

Families are encouraged to contribute to school funds by means of a Standing Order* in favour of the school’s building fund. (Guideline – For 2011/12, this donation is £5 per month, or £60 per year).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing Order forms will be made available for parents at the New Parents’ induction meeting. If you are a taxpayer, we are able to claim Gift Aid on your contributions at no additional cost to you. Separate Gift Aid forms will also be available for completion.

 

* If you do not have a bank account or are unable to set up a standing order, please contact the school directly, as alternative arrangements can be made.

 

Transfer to High School

 

At the age of eleven years, children normally transfer from St Ignatius’ School to St Thomas à Becket Catholic Comprehensive School.  Parents of children about to transfer are provided with full details from St Thomas à Becket’s during their child’s final year at St Ignatius School.  The children have opportunities to meet with staff, visit the school, and together with their parents, are invited to attend Open Evenings at St Thomas à Becket school.

 

 

Queries regarding entrance to St Thomas à Becket School should be addressed to the school:

 

St Thomas à Becket Catholic College, a Voluntary Academy

Barnsley Road,

Sandal,

WAKEFIELD,

WF2 6EQ

 

Tel: 01924 303545

 

Headteacher : Mr J Rooney

 

Suitable transition arrangements are made to support children transferring to Ossett School, or other high schools, as required.

 

 


 

 

Standards of Attainment

 

 

The information below and on the following pages provides details of our school’s SAT results in 2012 for Y2 (end of Key Stage One) and Y6 (end of Key Stage Two) and also the most recent national figures available. (2011)

 

The tables show teacher assessments and/or test results as appropriate.

 

 

School Results

 

These tables show the percentage of eligible Year 2 children achieving each level in the school in 2012.

 

The number of children in Year 2 : 21

 

Figures may not total 100% because of rounding.

 

 

Teacher Assessments

Percentage at each level

 

W

1

2 and above

2B and above

3 or above Disapplied

childrenSpeaking and Listening

 

0

0

100

19

0

Reading

0

9

91

76

24

0

Writing

0

9

91

67

10

0

Maths

0

5

95

86

19

0

Science

0

0

100

24

0

 

 

 

“W” represents children who are working towards Level 1, but have not yet achieved the standard needed for Level 1.

 

NATIONALLY IN 2011

 

Nationally 87% of children attained level 2 and above in speaking & listening, 85% in reading, 81% in writing and 89% in science

 


 

 

School Results

 

 

These tables show the percentage of eligible Year 6 children achieving each level in the school in 2012.

 

The number of children in Year 6 : 19 (including 3 children with special needs)

 

Figures may not total 100% because of rounding.

 

Teacher Assessment

Percentage at each level

W

1

2

3

4 and above

5

6

Disapplied

Absent

English

0

0

0

5.3

94.7

42.1

0

0

0

Mathematics

0

0

0

5.3

94.7

42.1

0

0

0

 

 

Task and Test Results

Percentage at each level

Below

L3*

3

4 and above

5

Disapplied

Absent

English

0

0

100

36.8

0

0

Mathematics

0

10.5

89.5

47.4

0

0

 

 


 

 

 

 

Summary Results Comparison

% may not total 100 because of rounding

 

National results are from 2011

 

Key Stage One – 2012

Level 2+

School

National

 

Level 3+

School

National

Speaking &

 Listening

100

87

Speaking &

 Listening

19

21

Reading

91

85

Reading

24

25

Writing

91

81

Writing

10

13

Maths

95

90

Maths

19

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary Results

 

 

Key Stage Two – 2012

Level 4+

School

National

 

Level 5+

School

National

English

100

82

English

36.8

29

Maths

89.5

80

Maths

47.4

35


 

 

School Uniform

 

In order to help create a sense of community there is a school uniform which it is expected all children attending the school will wear. The uniform, most of which is readily available in local shops and department stores, is as follows: (* indicates items available from local uniform shop – see useful addresses P 32)

 

Winter:             Start date from September, but always by October half-term.

Boys:                Grey shorts or trousers

Red jumper (Red jumper with badge available but not compulsory*)

White shirt with red tie (tie available from school)

Plain grey / black socks. See notes below for footwear.

 

Girls:                 Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers

Red cardigan (Red cardigan with badge available but not compulsory *)

White blouse with red tie (tie available from school)

Plain red/grey tights or plain white/grey socks. See notes below for footwear.

Summer:             Start date from Easter, according to weather, but always by May half-term

Boys:            Grey shorts or trousers

White short sleeved shirt with red tie

or white polo shirt

Plain grey / black socks. See notes below for footwear.

School sun hat as needed (First hat given free at school)

Girls:            Red checked dress

or grey skirt and white blouse with red tie or white polo shirt

Plain white socks. See notes below for footwear.

School sun hat as needed (First hat given free at school)

A reversible showerproof fleece with embroidered badge is available but not compulsory *.

 

Smart footwear, in appropriate colours (eg. black, navy or brown) should be worn. Trainers are not considered suitable. Open-toed or open-heeled sandals are not permitted for health and safety reasons. Children should have a change of footwear for inside the school building. Pumps are suitable for this purpose.

 

Dress for P.E.  :  Children MUST change for P.E. and they should be able to do so with minimal help from staff.

 

For indoor P.E. children will need: a white T-shirt and a pair of dark blue shorts.

NB T-shirts and shorts should be plain in design, with no drawstrings etc. to catch on apparatus.

For outdoor P.E. children will need to wear trainers. Tracksuits or sweatshirts and jogging bottoms should be available for wear in in colder weather.

P.E. clothes should be kept in a “pump bag”

 

ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME.

 

The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of personal belongings which ought not to be in school.

 

Earrings and other jewellery are a potentially dangerous hazard for the wearer and others and MUST NOT be worn at school.

 

 

 

Complaints Procedures

 

The school has a complaints procedure.  Where a parent has a complaint which is covered by the complaints procedure, he or she should first discuss the matter with the class teacher. If the issue is not resolved, the parent should then discuss the matter with the Head Teacher.

 

If the matter remains unresolved, the parent should notify the Chair of Governors, in writing, giving details of the complaint.  The procedures then provide for the complaint to be considered formally by the School Governors as appropriate.  Copies of the complaints procedure can be obtained from school.

 

Documents available for Inspection

 

The documents indicated below are available for inspection.  Any person wishing to inspect one or more of the documents is asked to contact the Head Teacher who will arrange a mutually convenient date and time when the required documents will be made available at the school.  It is regretted that the documents may not be taken off the school premises.  Some of the documents can be made available to you if you so wish but a charge may be made to cover the costs of production.

 

The documents available for inspection are:-

 

  1. Statutory Instruments, circulars and administration memoranda issued by the Department for Education concerning the curriculum.

 

  1. Schemes of work used in the school.

 

  1. The school’s complaints procedure

 

  1. The agreed syllabus for religious education which applies in this school (“The Way, the Truth and the Life’).

 

  1. That part of the schools trust deeds governing religious education and a written statement produced by the governing body about the arrangements which have been made for religious education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The School Day

 

 

 

The school session times are

 

Morning                          8.55 am – 11.45 am                        Key Stage 1 (Infants)

– 12.15 pm                        Key Stage 2 (Juniors)

 

 

Afternoon                        1.00 pm  –  3.20 pm            Key Stage 1 (Infants)

1.15 pm  –  3.25 pm            Key Stage 2 (Juniors)

 

Our part-time Nursery is open from 9.00 to 12.00 each day

 

 

 

Terms and Holidays

 

Parents will be informed of the school holiday dates as and when they are fixed by the

Diocese/LEA/Governing Body, usually a year in advance.

 

 

School Term Dates 2012-2013:

 

 

School Term Dates 2012-2013:

 

 

AUTUMN TERM                        Tuesday 4th September 2012 to Friday 26th October 2012

Monday 5th November 2012 to Friday 21st December 2012

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SPRING TERM                        Monday 7th January 2013 to Friday 15th February 2013

Monday 25th February 2013 to Thursday 28th March 2013

_______________________________________________________________

SUMMER TERM                        Monday 15th April 2013 to Friday 24th May 2013

Monday 3rd June 2013 to Friday 19th July 2013

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MAY DAY                                    Monday 6th May 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STARTING SCHOOL

 

How Can I Help My Child?

 

There are many ways in which you can help prepare your child for school.

 

At Home

 

Talk, Talk, Talk

 

Talk to your child as much as possible and just as importantly, listen to what he/she has to say.  The more you talk with your child the more thoughtful he/she will be.

 

Your child may have some difficulty pronouncing words but he will learn to pronounce them accurately if you speak clearly.  You should, however, be concerned if only the immediate family can understand him.  Your child may need the help of a speech therapist.  There is no need to wait until he/she has started school.

 

Never brush aside your child’s questions.  Resist saying “I don’t know”.  Your child is curious and eager to learn – help him to develop these attributes.  Involve children in discussions and conversations – talking is central not only to reading and writing but to every aspect of your child’s learning.

 

Television

 

Try not to use the television as a ‘childminder’ all the time.  Find time to watch with your child and discuss together the programmes you have seen.

 

Books

 

Encourage your child to enjoy books, finding time to read or tell stories to your child.  Help him/her choose books, talk about them and handle them with respect.

 

Writing

 

Teaching your child the alphabet is very useful (A(ay) B(bee) C(see).  However, in the context of individual letters and words, it is better to teach your child the sounds not A ay, B bee,

C see.  So if you need to talk about a letter be sure that you use the phonetic approach:-

 

eg:            a as in apple

c as in cap

e as in elephant

k as in kettle

q as in kw

y as in yawn

 

Encourage your child to draw, crayon, paint, chalk, make plasticine models, it all helps in the process of gaining pencil control when a little older, apart from the fact that he/she will enjoy the experience.  There is no need to push your child into reading or writing before starting school.

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers

 

Your ordinary daily routine gives you many opportunities to increase his/her familiarity with numbers.  To aid your child’s understanding of number you might find the following suggestions helpful.

 

“How many forks have I put on the table?”

“How many plates will we need?”

“Find me three crayons”

 

Look for and point out numbers in everyday situations eg on buses, telephone numbers, shoe sizes etc.

 

Counting from one to twenty helps your child to know the order of numbers.

 

Look out too for opportunities to help your child have some initial experience of other mathematical ideas.  All children can gain their first knowledge and understanding of such topics as capacity, volume, weight and measures, in a fun and enjoyable way, through such activities as bath-time, baking and playing with water.

 

Games and Toys

 

Your child’s whole life is a game.  As he/she plays he/she learns.  Advertising is a powerful medium and children are very much affected by it.  Please remember that whatever you buy should be something your child will come back to time and time again.  We have all bought expensive toys which the small child ignores and spends more time playing with the box it came in because it allows him/her to use his/her imagination.

 

Social Training

 

Can your child…….

 

a.            Dress and undress himself/herself?

b.            Remove his/her coat, gloves and hat and hang each item up?

c.            Use the toilet properly and flush the toilet after use?

d.            Wash and dry his/her hands and face?

e.            Tie his/her own shoelaces.

f.            Use a knife and fork.

g.            Tidy/clear away his/her toys.

h.            Use a handkerchief efficiently.

i.            Share his/her toys and be prepared to take turns?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Addresses

 

Parish Priest

Rev Father M. Naughton

St Ignatius Presbytery

Storrs Hill Road

Ossett

 

Tel: (01924) 273517

 

 

Clerk to Governors

Family Services

County Hall

Wakefield

WF1 2QL

 

Tel: (01924) 305684

 

 

 

 

Chair of Governors

Rev Father Mark Naughton

May be contacted via the school

 

 

 

Education Welfare Officer

Mr. Matthew Kearns (Catholic Care)

Available in school each Monday

 

The Uniform Shop

1-3 Cheapside, Batley Road, Batley.

Tel: 01924 442294

or

88 Kirkgate, Wakefield WF1 1TB

                                                                                    Tel: 01924 366633

Note that from June 2013 we expect to be able to provide a uniform from Marks & Spencer online. There is no obligation to use Marks & Spencer.

 

 

 

 

Finally…..

If you require any further information or you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This booklet is monitored and updated by the Governors on an annual basis.

The information in this booklet is valid at the present time.  It should not be assumed that there will be no changes affecting either the arrangements generally described in this booklet or in any particular part of them before the start of the year to which it refers or in subsequent years.