School Uniform

 

Dear Parents

The school uniform options are as follows:

Grey skirt, pinafore or grey trousers

White blouse or white polo shirt with school sweatshirt

Black shoes or black trainers.

 

In the summer the following alternatives are permitted:

Blue and white check dresses, with royal blue cardigan or school sweatshirt

Plain grey shorts, plain white polo shirt and school sweatshirt.

 

We have noticed that some of the local supermarkets which sell uniform now stock blue checked skirts and tops separately and also blue check skirt/polo combinations.  We confirm that these are an acceptable alternative and are in keeping with our school uniform ethos.

We have been advised by our school sweatshirt supplier that royal blue cardigans with the school logo can now be purchased, they are the same fabric as the sweatshirts. Obviously we do not wish to carry stock of these items due to cost.  However, we are happy to order for anyone who would like one.

Sizes available are:      Age 3-4     5-6     7-8     9-10     x-small adult

Price:  £9.50 each

 

If you would like to purchase a school cardigan please complete the slip below and return by WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL to enable us to place an order for delivery after the Easter holidays.

(Do not send any money with order, payment will due after Easter).

Thank you

 

ORDER FORM

 

Name: ………………………………………..

 

Item Size Quantity Total Cost

 

Cardigan      
       
       

 

INFORMATION FOR SUMMER TERM

 

Sun Protection

In the hope of the fine weather continuing:

  • Children should bring a hat to school for use at playtimes and during P.E. lessons held outside.  As with all items of clothing this should be clearly marked with their name and be of a type which provides protection from the sun but which does not fall off easily during exercise.
  • Parents are encouraged to send children in long sleeved tops made from a light fabric if they feel their child requires extra protection from the sun.
  • The school will ensure that drinking water is readily available at playtimes and during P.E. lessons.
  • Parents are encouraged to apply sunscreen to their children before school.
  • Children can also bring sunscreen to school so that they can reapply it if it becomes necessary during the school day.  Consent forms must be completed before children bring in sunscreen.  Any sunscreen brought into school should be of a type that your child can apply themselves and must be contained in a plastic bag to avoid spills and must be named.   Children will be supervised when applying sunscreen at playtime, but will have to apply it themselves.  Please make sure that your child knows how to do so safely.
  • Please note that it is important that we know if your child must not have sunscreen applied (e.g. for reasons of allergy, eczema etc).  Please let us know if this is the case.
  • Sunscreen will be kept in the child’s P.E. bag when not in use.

 

Trim Trail

To ensure the safe use of the Trim Trail, children must wear trainers whilst using the equipment.  Please ensure your child has trainers in school every day.

 

Asthma and other medical conditions

Does your child suffer from Asthma ?    Do they have a spare inhaler in school ?

Please ensure that if your child requires medication in school (i.e. inhaler) that we have up to date information.

Thank you

Foundation Phase provision

You may be aware that a couple of years ago the Welsh Assembly commissioned a report on education for the 21st century in Wales. Professor Donaldson completed this and it was submitted to The Welsh Assembly. The Donaldson Report, as it is known, has recommended a number of changes to education in Wales and over the next few years these will start to take place.

One of the results has been a review of The Foundation Phase in Wales and The Assembly have issued an action plan which will address both the successes of the Foundation Phase approach and the recommendations made in the Donaldson Report.  As a result of this, working with colleagues from other schools and with County Staff, we are making some changes to the way in which Foundation Phase teaching in Churchstoke is structured and undertaken.

One of these changes is that we will start to have themed days.  Rather than each day being broken up into a series of lessons on different subjects, each day will have a focus activity (for which the children will work closely with a member of staff who will direct their work), a series of enriched tasks (where the children have greater freedom to choose their activity under supervision and help of staff) and a section of continuous provision tasks which they can choose for themselves. Each group of children in turn will work on the enriched task at an appropriate level at some point during the day but will also have the opportunity to work on enriched tasks in other parts of the curriculum.

The themes for the days are as follows:

Maths Monday with Mrs Pawley, supported by Mrs Nash (where the focus task for the day is numeracy related.)

Tell a Story Tuesday with Mrs Pawley, supported by Mrs Nash (the focus task being literacy related.)

Well Being Wednesday with Mrs Pawley (focus task Personal/Social/R.E) and Activ8 (P.E.), supported by Mrs Nash

Thinking Thursday with Mr Roberts, supported by Mrs Richards (with a focus task based around Knowledge and Understanding of the World.)

Forest Friday with Mr Roberts, supported by Mrs Richards (based in the Outdoor Classroom.)

Whilst the theme of the day provides the focus for the day, the children will still undertake literacy, numeracy and ICT tasks on each day. We will still obviously be ensuring that reading is a priority every day, and fitting in spellings for those children who are ready for this stage.

There will inevitably be a need to fine tune the arrangements but this is the pattern which we will be using from next week.  Bearing this in mind, could you please ensure that your child has suitable outer clothing and wellies (NAMED PLEASE) every Friday so that we can get out whatever the weather (although we do have some spares in school if this is a problem.)

We would welcome any feedback from parents as to their children’s experience of the new arrangements and will make some more formal arrangements for this once the new system is up and running.  In the meantime if you wish for any further information please get in touch.

Yours,

Mrs Pawley and Mr Roberts