Masefield Primary School Prospectus


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School Prospectus 2016-2017 Believe Achieve Succeed


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School Information Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Website: Blog: Twitter: Masefield Road Little Lever Bolton BL3 1NG 01204 333714 01204 333531 @masefieldcp Pupils on roll: 302 Type and age range: Primary School age 3-11 years Executive Headteacher: Head of School: Mrs L Whittaker Miss G Yapp School hours: Nursery KS1 KS2 8.30am-11.30am/12.15pm-3.15pm 8.50am-3.15pm 8.50am-3.20pm Local Education Office: Telephone: Paderborn House Bolton BL1 1JW 01204 333333 Believe Achieve Succeed


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Our Mission Statement At Masefield Primary School we take pride in ensuring that all children are safe, happy and valued. Through an inspiring and creative curriculum, our children experience opportunities to continually learn, shine and achieve their potential. We provide a motivating and challenging environment, where all their achievements are celebrated. Children are encouraged to become successful, confident life-long learners, equipping them with skills to make a positive contribution to the local, wider and global community. Believe Achieve Succeed Our Core Values The following core values are at the heart of our curriculum: enquiry resilience morality thoughtfulness cooperation communication respect adaptability Each week we focus on a different value, which is introduced during assembly on Monday morning. At the end of the week, the ‘Starfish Award’ is presented to a child in each class, which relates to the core value of the week. Parents are informed of this via text message on the Thursday afternoon and are invited to attend our Good News Assembly on Friday morning. Believe Achieve Succeed


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School Aims To achieve and maintain high standards of behaviour, working together to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, co-operation and understanding, where all are valued and included. To promote spiritual, ethical, moral, cultural, intellectual and social development of our pupils, ensuring well-being and celebrating diversity. To provide a supportive and nurturing environment to develop pupils’ communication, thoughtfulness, self-awareness and caring attitudes, enabling them to value and share responsibility for themselves, their families, relationships, society and the environment. To achieve and maintain an inclusive climate of equal opportunity, developing individuals to aspire to and reach their full potential, in a safe, secure and engaging environment. To involve and value children’s contributions in a democratic, decision-making process that impacts upon their learning, personal development and the environment. To foster an inclusive atmosphere conducive for learning, teaching and developing communication skills, which provides a breadth and balance of learning experiences that meets the needs of all children to promote enquiry and independence. To equip children with the skills, knowledge and positive character attitiudes which will allow them to develop a joy for life and learning, confidence in themselves, resilience, patience and respect for others. To strengthen partnerships between home, school and the wider community, including parents/carers as partners who are actively involved in their child’s progress in development and learning. To develop future citizens; preparing them to engage and persevere as individuals, parents, workers in society who demonstrate adaptability and embrace economic, social, cultural, technological and global change. Believe Achieve Succeed


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About Our School Masefield Primary School opened on 27th October 1973 and has since then served the local community of Little Lever. In September 2016 we became part of BASE Academy Trust. Through this we have developed strong links with Red Lane School, who are also part of the Trust. Masefield is a one and a half form entry school with a standard admission number of 40. We cater for pupils between the ages of 3 years and 11 years. There are currently 302 pupils on roll. The school is divided into ten classes: Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 1/2 Year 2 Year 3 Year 3/4 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Early Years Foundation Stage Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 There are 52 places in the morning and 52 places in the afternoon in Nursery. Each session runs for three hours and can be flexible, depending on the needs to the children and their parents. Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are situated in the main building. There is one hall which is used as a dining room, as well as for assemblies, celebrations, drama and sports. There are several learning areas around the school, along with a computing suite. Each classroom has it’s on designated reading area. There is a school office in the main entrance area. Each Key Stage has a designated playground at the rear of the building. Reception has a designated outdoor area. The Nursery is a separate building. It comprises of a large teaching and learning area, kitchen facilities and a meeting room. There is also an outdoor area which is used solely by the Nursery children. At Masefield we are fortunate to have the latest educational equipment. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. There is a computing suite which the children access as part of their National Curriculum entitlement. There are two laptop banks comprising of 16 laptops, which are used in class in order to ensure the children use ICT in all aspects of the curriculum. The school has recently purchased 10 ipads, which have served to further enhance learning in the classrooms. Believe Achieve Succeed


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Out of School Provision Y2K Kidz Klub was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in 2014. They offer before and after school care, as well as holiday clubs at Masefield. For more information, please contact Nicola, the office manager on 01204 693562. Our awards School Terms Under the 1986 Education Act, pupils are required to be in school for 190 days each academic year. These are divided up into three terms: September to Christmas Autumn Term January to Easter Spring Term April to July Summer Term During each term there is a half term break of one week. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are in school for a further five days for professional training (INSET Days). School Session Times Nursery Session 1 Lunch Session 2 8.30am-11.30am 11.30am-12.15pm 12.15pm-3.15pm Reception 8.50am-3.15pm The doors to reception are open from 8.45am for parents to take their children in. Key Stage 1 8.50am-3.15pm Key Stage 2 8.50am-3.20pm Believe Achieve Succeed


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The School Day The Head of School and class teachers are on the playground from 8.40am to meet and greet children, parents and carers. At 8.45am, the whistle is blown the children line up and are escorted into the building by their class teacher at 8.50am. This ensures that the children enter school in a calm and orderly manner. Any children arriving to school after 8.50am must report to the School Office and will be recorded as late. We take punctuality very seriously and our Attendance Officer monitors this closely across the school. Playtimes Key Stage 1 10.25am-10.40 am 2pm-2.15pm Key Stage 2 10.30am-10.45 am There is always a teacher and two teaching assistants on duty on each playground. Lunchtime Nursery Reception Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 11.30am-12.15pm 11.45am-12.30pm 11.45am-12.30pm 12.15pm-1.00pm At Masefield we organise several lunchtime and after school clubs – activities vary from term to term and clubs may include: football, computers, reading, arts and crafts and Spanish. School Meals Supervisory Assistants work over the lunch time period, organising activities and supporting the kitchen staff. Believe Achieve Succeed


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Behaviour “Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective learning to take place” Education Observed DFES 1987 Within a school “family” some rules are essential; these are mostly matters of common sense to ensure the safety of our pupils. The emphasis in the school is to praise positive behaviour, attitude and effort and to increase pupils’ awareness of the need to make a positive contribution to their community. We have a Behaviour Policy which is consistently applied by all adults who work in school and is outlined below:- Aims  To teach positive behaviour through being positive role models.  To provide a caring environment in which children are encouraged to develop self-discipline, self-control and respect for others’ rights.  To promote happiness and support children to develop positive, caring attitudes towards each other and the environment.  To ensure that every individual in our school is valued and celebrated.  To listen attentively to each other, valuing the opinions of others.  To provide a time and a space in which a child is able to reflect upon his/her actions and, where relevant, make reparation through providing support and comfort.  To communicate with each other in a polite and thoughtful manner,  To provide pupils with the guidance that they need in order to grow up into confident, successful adults. We believe that consistency is the key to fulfilling these aims. Rights, Rules and Responsibilities At Masefield, we believe that children have four basic rights: 1. To feel and be safe 2. To learn 3. To be treated with respect 4. To be included Believe Achieve Succeed


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Responsibilities We believe in four basic shared responsibilities:- Responsibility 1 – to look after property and equipment and treat other people with care. Responsibility 2 – to allow others to learn. Responsibility 3 – to speak politely and treat others with respect. Responsibility 4 – to ensure that others are included. Members of staff will provide attention to those who are behaving correctly. When pupils have to be reminded of the responsibilities, this will be done quietly and calmly with the aim of getting the pupil back on task as soon as possible. The inappropriate behaviour will be criticised not the child. Our Rules To ensure these rights and responsibilities are maintained we have four simple rules: 1. Learning Rule – to allow others to learn 2. Treatment Rule – to treat people and equipment with respect 3. Movement Rule – to move safely around school 4. Talking Rule – to talk appropriately to everyone in school Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviour What happens if a pupil behaves inappropriately in class? 1. The pupil will be given two warnings giving the pupil time to make correct choices. 2. They may be given “time out” to calm down and reflect within the classroom. Each class has a ‘Thinking Book’ that the pupils have to sign. They also have to write down which school rule they have broken. This book is monitored weekly by the senior leadership team. 3. They may then be sent for time out into another class for 10 minutes. This is also recorded by the class teacher and may lead to the parents being contacted. 4. Wherever possible, restorative practice will be used so that the pupil can see how their behaviour can impact on others. Furthermore, those people affected by the behaviour can outline their issues. 5. If behaviour does not improve, the teachers discuss the incidents with the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) who contacts the parents and the pupil may have their behaviour monitored each lesson and at home. 6. Following the report, if no improvements towards targets have been achieved, a parental consultation with the Head of School and class teacher will be triggered. Believe Achieve Succeed


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7. If behaviour continues to be a concern a referral to behaviour support will be considered. 8. Where pupils do not respond to behaviour support strategies and are constantly violent, and exhibit aggressive behaviour, exclusions will follow, either fixed term or permanent. Serious incidents are reported and recorded using the schools’ recording sheets. Inappropriate Behaviour at Lunchtime Occasionally pupils present with undesirable behaviours which disrupt the smooth running of the playground. If a pupil is involved with an incident at lunchtime, their name and details of the incident are recorded on a class list. If they continue to misbehave or have two further incidents within a week, they go onto a yellow card and all relevant staff and parents are informed. The pupil is then assigned a keyworker and their behaviour is then monitored for 5 days. All pupils placed on a yellow card meet with members of the Senior Leadership Team to explain their difficulties and how the school can meet their needs. If they do not have any further incidents then they are taken off the yellow card. However, should there be any further incidents the pupil will be put onto a red card. A letter is sent home to his/her parents explaining that any further incidents will lead to an internal ‘lunchtime exclusion’ where the pupil will have to have lunch with a member of the senior leadership for 2 or more days. The pupil’s behaviour is monitored for a further 10 days. All adults in school keep in mind that EACH DAY IS A FRESH START. Working Together to Improve Behaviour We will always try to work with parents. Good behaviour is the result of a partnership between home and school, and standards set at home and school should complement each other. If any pupil lets his or her standards of behaviour fall, we will inform the parents and discuss it with them. It may be that sanctions outside school can help to reinforce sanctions being used in school. Staff are trained in the methods and strategies of Team Teach. Team Teach is a system whereby the least intrusive positive handling strategies and continuums of gradual and graded techniques, with the emphasis and preference for the use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies are used and exhausted before positive handling strategies are utilised. This maintains positive relationships and provides safety for all. Believe Achieve Succeed


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The School Community Our school community is made up of pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and Governors. Everyone has their part to play and this brings with it certain responsibilities. Pupils • Come to school with their parents and friends • Always try their best in everything they do • Be independent in managing their own possessions • Understand and follow the school rules • Follow the class routines Parents • Bring their children to school and collect them on time • Ensure that their children attend school • Support their child by hearing them read and encouraging them to complete any tasks that their teachers ask them to do at home • Keep the school informed of any concerns they may have about their child’s welfare Teachers • Take responsibility for the pupils between 8.45am and 3.20pm and where applicable during after school clubs • Work closely with parents • Provide the highest quality of education and care at all times. Governors • Lead, support and assist the Executive Headteacher and Head of School in the strategic direction of the school At the start of school and every year thereafter, the pupil, parent/carer and the class teacher will sign and date a Home School Agreement. This agreement lists the aims of the school, the aims of the family so that together we will agree to support the pupil’s learning and help them to achieve their best; deal with any special needs; and encourage pupils to keep their promise in keeping the school’s rules. Believe Achieve Succeed


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Your Child’s Learning High Expectations - High Achievements The broad and balanced curriculum will stimulate your child to acquire knowledge and develop individual skills. Pupils’ achievements are celebrated and everyone enjoys success and praise regularly during their time in school. We encourage pupils to become independent and confident in both their work and social development. The pupils are taught by their own class teacher with pupils of approximately the same age. The staffing complement for each class is a fully qualified teacher and a trained teaching assistant. Every classroom is fully furnished and equipped with high quality learning resources which include one computer and access to 16 laptops. The class teacher will get to know your child very well and will be pleased to involve you in their life at school. Pupils make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities that will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative and personal and social development of every pupil. In our school today, we recognise that learning consists of: • Acquiring knowledge • Understanding ideas • Developing and perfecting skills • Developing good attitudes In order for this to take place the pupils must: • Become involved with things that interest them • Be active in their learning • Be encouraged to work with each other • Make progress and be challenged in each area of learning • Be encouraged to think and act for themselves, and become independent The National Curriculum Programmes of Study are divided into Key Stages:  Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)  Key Stage 1 (ages 5 – 7 years)  Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11 years) All teachers as part of their pay and conditions are entitled to have 10% of their contact time with pupils as planning, preparation and assessment (PPA). At Masefield we cover PPA in KS1 by the same experienced teacher or high level teaching assistant (HLTA) half a day every week, who delivers teacher prepared plans. In KS2 PPA is covered by a range of specialist teachers, teaching assistants and coaches covering subjects such as drama, PSHCE, academic boosters, sports and games, offering enriching activities to support pupils learning, interests and motivation. Believe Achieve Succeed


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The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) The Early Years Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Early Years Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others. There are seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are split into prime and specific areas of learning. The prime areas are fundamental aspects of development that support children’s learning. The areas of learning are:- Prime areas:- Personal, social, emotional development Physical development Communication and language Specific areas:Literacy – EYFS only Mathematics Expressive Arts and Design Understanding the world The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the Early Year Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. Nursery and Reception classes have their own specially equipped outdoor areas. Nursery Currently your child has to be 3 years old to access our Nursery. When children are due to start Nursery they will receive an invitation from us to come along with a parent for an induction visit. This will help make the child feel safe and acclimatise them to a new environment. Within the first 6 weeks of starting Nursery, the teacher will carry out a baseline assessment; parents will then be invited into school to discuss the observations and evidence based assessment. Parents will be asked to share their observations on their child’s development. The children’s progress is regularly reviewed throughout the year and is shared with parents on a termly basis. Believe Achieve Succeed


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Induction into Nursery The Nursery can accommodate children in a variety of ways: part time morning and part time afternoon, plus childcare. We can admit up to 52 children in the morning and 52 children in the afternoons, part time or different combinations of full and part time places. Children enter Nursery after their third birthday. Application forms are available from the School Office. You will be contacted and invited to come into school in the June/July prior to your child’s 3rd birthday to meet staff and confirm a provisional start date. At Masefield we offer ‘childcare’ provision as well as traditional ‘educative’ care. We offer all eligible children their free LA funded part time place. However, parents who wish for their children to attend nursery on a full time basis can pay for an additional place. Charges are currently £16 per session. This is known as ‘childcare’. We also offer ‘extra childcare’ over the lunchtime period. The charge is £3 and is only open to children who are attending a full day. You can send a packed lunch in with your child or pay the additional cost for a school lunch (currently £1.95). Numbers are limited and must be booked in advance. Nursery Times Morning session Lunchtime Childcare Afternoon session 08.30am – 11.30am 11.30am – 12.15pm (subject to availability) 12.15pm– 3.15pm Believe Achieve Succeed


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Reception During the first half of autumn term the teacher will carry out an assessment for every child. This will establish where they are in aspects of their learning and development and helps future planning. Parents will then be invited in to discuss the findings. The teacher and teaching assistant in each of the classes will keep records on children’s experiences and attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the school year. At the end of Reception, teachers will carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s development. We encourage children towards reading, communication and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Much of this earlier learning is achieved through carefully structured play. Young children who cannot read or write often express their ideas and feelings through play. It is an important way of developing new skills and building up relationships with other children both individually and in groups. Reading is taught through a variety of different structured reading schemes supplemented with a wide range of other books. Books are organised in a structured, graded way to allow children many opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We encourage parents to work with their child at home by listening to them read on a daily basis. We are always pleased to discuss ways in which parents and carers can help their child at each stage of their reading development. School holds information sessions for parents in phonics and reading throughout the year. Starting School Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the school year in which they become five. It is quite usual for a Reception class to contain some children who became five just as they started school and some children who will not be five until they are almost ready to begin Year 1! This inevitably means that there will be a difference in the stage of development that each child has reached. Induction into Reception Children who will be five years old between September 1st and August 31st will all be admitted into the Reception class during the autumn term of that year. We shall admit the children on a staggered basis during the first week of that term based on the needs of individual children. A special meeting will be held in the June before the children are due to start in the September. We will explain all about starting school, and give a general picture of school life. A school information pack will be sent home prior to the meeting. The children are then invited into school, with a parent or close relative for half a day during July. For any children that attend other nurseries, the class teacher and nursery nurse will visit these children either in their settings or at home. Believe Achieve Succeed



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