Werrington Primary School

Mr B Wilding - Headteacher

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WERRINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

At Werrington Primary School we aim to provide each and every individual with a high quality learning experience, which will develop his or her potential and encourage independence and confidence. The curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of each child and seeks to ensure continuity and progression. Learning and teaching take place in a caring, purposeful and safe environment. The school aims to promote self-esteem, respect for self and others, co-operation and care for the community. The school values the interests of the children and links with parents.

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Werrington Primary School AIMS
As a staff, and with the children, we aim to:

provide a caring, happy, welcoming environment that ensures the safety and well-being of all children, regardless of ability

respect people for who they are, whether boy or girl, by being kind, considerate, polite and supportive • always have a special regard for other people’s cultures and their religious beliefs •
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encourage a kind and positive ethos

listen to each other, sharing ideas and learning to work together

be honest, fair and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others at work and at play

try our best and take a pride in all we do

speak confidently and be attentive, communicating our ideas through different media • become ICT literate and use multimedia as a natural part of learning

As a staff we will work to enable the children to achieve the following aims:
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read well and with understanding

write legibly with purpose and accuracy

become numerate and develop mathematical skills for every day life

develop investigative skills based on the observation, interpretation and recording of evidence
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explore and reflect upon human experience, marvelling at the wonders of the world. co-operate in a team and manage their own learning in all areas of the curriculum

We will also make sure we care for and enjoy the whole environment as we move around quietly and sensibly These aims should help us and others to be proud of our school and our achievements, remembering that together, we are Werrington Primary School

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Werrington Primary School Staff List – September 2008
Headteacher Assistant Head Assistant Head/ Key Stage 2 Leader Special Needs Co-ordinator Learning Mentor/Liaison Teacher/Key Stage 1 Leader Class Teachers: Mr J Efford Mr P Forman Mrs V Stockdale Mrs A Taylor School Bursar Clerical Assistants Support Staff: Mrs L Anton Mrs A Buchan Mrs C Forrest Mrs J M Jeyes Mrs A Nash Mrs T Petrie Mrs M Tucker Mrs S Watson Site Officer Mrs L Armstrong Mrs C Burden Mrs S Gibbs Mrs C Moore Mrs C Newton Mrs S Rudd Mrs D Underwood Mrs J Worby Mr S Greenwood Mrs L Bowles Mrs J Butterworth Mrs H Haycox Mrs M Morson Mrs L Pauly Mrs S Taylor Mrs M Venters Mrs L Revell Mrs J Murphy Miss C Gedge Mrs K Standen Mrs L Wales Miss S Prentice Miss H Remnant Mrs Y Steward Miss S Woodliffe Mr B Wilding Mrs N Sawyer Mr C Moody Mrs E McGrath Mrs L Threadgill

Mrs J Bryant Mrs R Lidgett, Mrs H Zealand, Ms N Bradshaw

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School Governing Body
Mr D Hill Mrs J Taylor Chair of Governors Vice Chair of Governors

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Setting the Scene
Werrington is a 'village' on the edge of Werrington township, dating back to Norman times and is within the City of Peterborough. The school is situated in the centre of the village and is surrounded for the most part by private housing.

The School Building
Our Primary School is comprised of two parts, which were formerly the Infant and Junior Schools. The Junior School was built in 1961 and the Infant School in 1966. We have fourteen well-lit and spacious classrooms, the majority of which look out over the school field. The Key Stage 2 department (ages 7 – 11) has an enclosed courtyard, whilst the Key Stage 1 department (ages 4 – 7) has the benefit of a large conservatory. Both Key Stages now have access to outdoor play equipment, known as ‘Trim Trails’.

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School Facilities
Two large, well equipped halls are available for drama and physical education. The larger of the two contains a stage which is used for school productions and assemblies.

Our school field is spacious, and at the far end we have an established conservation area. We have a learner swimming pool with changing rooms and showers, which are used by the children during the summer months. The pool is heated by solar power and the water is consistently kept at 20 degrees. Our school has good library facilities and a modern fitted kitchen, which are regularly used by groups of children. Our children have access to a wide variety of ICT equipment. We have two computer suites; interactive whiteboards in every year group; two trolleys of mobile laptops which are used on a rota basis within classrooms; two stand-alone computers in each teaching area as well as peripheral equipment such as digital cameras, video movie-makers and a wide variety of software.

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Werrington Primary School Hot school meals are cooked on the premises. The school kitchen is situated in Key Stage 1 and offers a good choice of healthy options. The menu is posted on our notice boards for parents to view.

Monday
Main Spaghetti Bolognaise Quiche (V) Tuna Salad

Tuesday
Beef Casserole & Spring Vegetables Caulifower Cheese (V) Turkey Salad

Wednesday
Premium Pork Sausages Three Bean Chilli (V) Cheese Salad

Thursday
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta (V) Egg Salad Carrots Sweetcorn

Friday
Salmon Pie Cheese and Tomato Pizza (V) Ham Salad Mexican Salad Savoury Tomatoes Peas New Potatoes Pineapple Upside Down Pudding and Custard Sultana & Cherry Flapjack and Milk

Served With

Broccoli Carrots

Green Beans Roasted Veg

Baked Beans Trio of Vegetables

And Desserts

Garlic Bread Jacket Wedges Apricot Crumble & Custard Choc Ice & Juice

New Potatoes Chocolate Orange Sponge & Chocolate Sauce Mixed Fresh Fruit and Juice

Jacket Potato Rice Lemon Drizzle Cake and Custard Fresh Fruit Salad

Roast /Creamed Potatoes French Bread Welsh Cheesecake and Custard Apple and Peach Chelsea Bun and milk

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Contact Details
Address of the School :Werrington Primary School Amberley Slope Werrington Peterborough PE4 6QG Telephone: 01733 571779 Fax: 01733 322925 E Mail: aab055@peterborough.gov.uk Web Address: http://www.werringtonprimaryschool.co.uk Address of Local Authority: Director for Children’s Services Peterborough City Council Bayard Place Broadway Peterborough PE1 1FB Web Address: www.thelearningcity.gov.uk

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Admission Policy and Arrangements
Children usually start school in the September of the academic year in which they reach five years old. However, where the school or parents believe that an individual child is not ready for this, they should be permitted to agree on later or part-time admission. Legally, children are not obliged to attend school until the term following their fifth birthday. ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY INTO RECEPTION

Registration
• • Parents, or prospective parents, visit school at their own request and may make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher if they wish. September 2008 - The Local Authority Admissions Department will send out primary booklets to parents and schools. Every parent of a Reception child in the Local Authority’s area will have the opportunity to complete a common preference form listing two primary schools in preference order with the opportunity to state reasons for their requests. Forms are returned to their first preference school and birth certificate and proof of child’s address are checked. Mid December, 2008 - Closing date for preference forms, which are passed to the admissions office by the school. Late April/Early May - Letters will be sent to parents notifying them of allocated schools. All primary schools will be sent a list of allocations. In May Mr Wilding (Headteacher) invites parents and children into school for an informal chat on a one-to-one family basis. In June children and their parents are invited to come into school for half a day as a ‘taster’ experience. Towards the end of June, parents are invited to attend a new intake presentation where teachers will give an overview into the life of the Reception unit. In June/July the Reception teachers will visit the main feeder nurseries. In July children and their parents are invited to come into school for part of a morning as a second ‘taster’ experience.

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In July parents are able to make appointments to meet with the class teachers in small groups to help in the familiarisation process between children and their new teacher and help to build up a positive home/school link. (These visits will replace the ‘home visits’ made in previous years).

Intake Procedure
At Werrington Primary School, our first concern is for the individual child and so we have a gentle Intake Procedure that ensures the children's first days at school are happy and calm, and causes little stress and trauma. The children are divided into two groups and each group starts school on a part-time basis, attending for either the morning or afternoon session. This gives the Reception (Foundation Stage) staff time to be with the children, spend time helping them to adjust to their new situation and to assess their stages of development. Parents may stay with the children and leave with the mutual agreement of staff and child. As each group settles, the children are invited to stay for lunch. This can be a very distressing time for some children, overwhelmed by the number of children who eat their dinners in the Key Stage 1 hall. Teaching staff stay with the children to reassure them. These sessions in school finish at 12.30, to enable children to see their parents or carers shortly after what could be a worrying time for them. After a short time, children are offered a full-time place, though it may be felt that some would benefit from an extended part-time attendance. This decision would be made by the school in consultation with the parents and will depend upon such criteria as how the child has settled, their age, and how they are coping physically, mentally and emotionally. The majority of children are attending school full-time before the October half-term.

Criteria for Admission
• • • • • Looked after children. Verified medical need relating to the pupil. (The requirements are strict and need certification by a doctor or psychologist). Children living in the school’s catchment area. Children who have brothers and sisters in attendance at the school. Children living closest to the school by the shortest available safe walking route.

For further details please see the Peterborough Guide for Parents.

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Admission to School at Other Times
Children often start school at times other than Reception (Foundation Stage). In the event of this happening with your child, every effort is made to make you and your family welcome and to make the transition to the new environment as smooth as possible. Please contact the school if you have any anxieties about your child. You are always welcome in school.

Number Admitted
The agreed admissions number for class groups is 30, with the overall school total being 420 pupils. These totals may only be exceeded if particular circumstances arise.

Appeal Procedure
Any parent of a child not being admitted is entitled to appeal to the Department for Education and Children for reconsideration.

Confirmation of Places
A letter is sent out as soon as places in the school are confirmed by the Department for Education and Children.

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General Information (In Alphabetical Order) Absences
If your child is not well, please telephone school on the first day of absence. When returning to school, please provide a note, explaining the absence. All absences must be authorised - whether through illness or other circumstances. Absence forms for holidays during term time are available from the school office. The statutory allowance for this type of absence is ten school days per annum. Holidays in term time are not encouraged. Parents should avoid taking their children out of school during the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) weeks. The dates will vary but are usually mid-May. The School had 0 unauthorised absences in the academic year 2006/2007. Parents are asked to update emergency contacts through the school office as soon as any changes occur.

Book Club
The school participates in the Scholastic Book Club scheme which means that every half term the children are given a list of books that are available to purchase. The school collects the order and then gives out the books when they arrive. There is also a Book Fair held twice a year, one of which coincides with World Book Day when the children can dress up as storybook characters.

Charging and Remissions Policy
The Governing Body has a policy on charging and remissions which agrees with the Education Reform Act and Local Education Authority Policy. For further information relating to this, please contact the Headteacher. This policy ensures that no-one is disadvantaged with regard to day visits to places of interest.

Child Protection
The Authority requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion, it is better to be safe than sorry. This means that there may be an occasion, where Headteachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which may prove to be unfounded. It is hoped that should this ever happen, parents will realise that in trying to carry out this delicate responsibility, it is the child's best interests that are at heart.

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Werrington Primary School Since September 2003 teachers have had a legal responsibility to report any suspected cases of child abuse.

Complaints
In the first instance, please contact the class teacher for any issues you wish to discuss by telephone or note to arrange a convenient time. The Assistant Heads (Mrs N Sawyer and Mr C Moody) and the Key Stage Leaders (KS1 – L Threadgill, KS2 – Mr C Moody) are also available on these occasions, if required. Any complaints made to the school will be treated seriously and responded to by the Headteacher as quickly as possible. If you have any complaint about the special educational provision for your child, or about the provision of special educational needs generally, please speak to the Headteacher, or to any member of the governing body, again by phoning the school to make an appointment. If you speak to a governor, s/he will, in the first instance, refer the matter to the Headteacher. The Headteacher will investigate and then contact you within five school days. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction, it will be referred to the special needs governor/special needs committee of the governors, who will consider the complaint at their next meeting and contact you within five days from the date of the meeting.

Damage to School Property
Deliberate breakage of any school equipment will be charged to home.

Head Lice
From time to time head lice are reported in school. Letters are sent home to notify the class in question. It is IMPORTANT to treat the whole family if head lice are found. It is also essential to notify school and to keep children away from class if treatment is taking place (eg treatment shampoo). Always check your child’s hair regularly and comb through with conditioner/bug busting comb. (Bug buster combs are available in school.) Keep long hair plaited or tied back, avoiding contact with other heads. Further information can be obtained from the school nurse, Mrs Sandra McDermott. Her contact details are available from the school office.

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Home Reading Books
All children have the opportunity to take home class reading books to share with their parents. These are changed regularly. Please ensure that books are returned to school safely, as they are expensive and easily lost. Reading diaries act as a means of communication between teachers and parents.

Home/School Agreement
Our Home/School Agreement will be given to all families and sets our expectations of home and school conduct. We hope that by signing the agreement, together we will continue to achieve our high standards of work and behaviour.

Homework
In Reception the children are given an opportunity to have home activities sent weekly to work on with their parents. These are not compulsory and activities do not have to be returned to school. Children take home reading books to share with their parents and we encourage these to be changed daily. The amount of homework set for other year groups is dependent on the age, ability and needs of the pupil and will vary in nature, ranging from learning of the number tables and spelling to written exercises. Homework is a traditional part of the school academic programme and is set on a regular basis. The encouragement given to children by their parents is important. Quiet conditions are also necessary for homework to be done properly.

Lunch break
Children usually stay at school during the lunch break for either a school meal or a packed lunch. Dinner money must be paid in advance, on Monday mornings. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Werrington Primary School. You are welcome to pay monthly or half-termly if you prefer. Please contact the school office for more details.

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Werrington Primary School Packed lunches must be brought to school in a sturdy, leak proof lunchbox and drinks should be provided in leak proof bottles or cartons. We do not allow fizzy drinks or cans of drink in school. Healthy lunchboxes are encouraged as part of our Healthy School award. Please give a week's notice of any changes to lunch time arrangements.

Mobile Telephones
Children are not allowed mobile telephones in school. We ask all visitors to turn their mobile telephones off when on the premises.

School Council
We value children’s input into school issues. Elected representatives from Year 2 – 6 meet half termly to discuss issues and voice their opinions on school matters.

School Hours
8.45 am - children allowed into school 8.55 am - start of the school day 10.30 am - Key Stage 1 playtime begins. (There are separate playgrounds) 10.40 am - Key Stage 2 playtime begins 10.50 and 10.55 am - end of playtimes (K.S.1 ends first) 11.50 am - Reception lunch begins 12 noon - Years 1 & 2 lunch begins 12.05 pm - Key Stage 2 lunch begins 1.00 pm - end of lunch time 1.05 pm - children to be in class rooms 3.05 pm - Key Stage 1 - end of day 3.10 pm - Key Stage 2 - end of day Whole school assembly will take place on Monday afternoons at 2.30 pm.. KS1 has assembly at 2.40pm on each afternoon. KS2 has assembly at 9.00am.

School Nurse
We value the health of young people and offer a caring environment for our pupils. The School Nurse offers a ‘drop in’ session twice a term. Parents can discuss their child’s personal problems in a quiet environment.

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Snack
Reception (Foundation Stage) children will be provided with a mid-morning drink and a piece of fruit provided through the Government initiative. Year 1 and Year 2 children will also be provided with this fruit but may prefer to bring in their own snack, which must be a healthy option and brought into school in a named, plastic container. KS2 children may also bring a mid-morning snack.

Special Needs
Children requiring assistance with curricular subjects are given, whenever possible, extra help from their class teachers. This includes a school policy for supporting the 'able child'. The school has a number of Teaching Assistants who work under the direction of the class teachers. Parents may also be involved in supervising/assisting older children at home, with work set by the school. Pupils with physical difficulties are catered for in accordance with the LEA's guidelines. The school is equipped with facilities for physically handicapped children. A senior member of staff has responsibility for monitoring all children who require extra assistance. Where outside help is deemed necessary, parents are fully consulted before any action is taken. We have a governor who is responsible for special needs and its provision. The school operates the recognised phasing system for special needs. Our Educational Psychologist is Alison Tollson. Children with behavioural problems are given positive support. Liaison with the parents is maintained on a regular basis. Parents are very welcome to discuss any concerns that they have for their child with the staff of the school.

Parent Helpers
A number of parents and grandparents help us in school on a regular basis. They help with numerous activities, such as, listening to readers, cooking, sewing and art. All helpers are CRB checked and all helpers are invited to a brief meeting with the headteacher before they start. We are very grateful for their help and if you would like to offer your help, please ask at the office for a CRB form.

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Parent/Teacher Consultations
Parent/Teacher consultations take place twice a year for you to discuss your child’s progress. The first meeting is in the Autumn term and the second in the Spring term. In the Summer term the end of year written reports are sent to parents and there is an opportunity to discuss this report with the class teacher if you so wish.

Pierced Ears
Only studs may be worn in school. Hoops are not allowed due to Health and Safety regulations. Earrings should, where possible, be removed before undertaking PE activities. If children are unable to remove earrings themselves, please do not put earrings in on PE days. Earrings which cannot be removed will be taped up to reduce the risk of injury but parents must understand that there is still a risk involved. All earrings must be removed for swimming.

Swimming (Year 2 – Year 6)
Children from Year 2 – 6 take swimming lessons in the summer term unless excused by a letter from a parent. A doctor's note is usually required when the withdrawal is likely to be of a more permanent nature. The pool is heated and the temperature of the water is usually 20° C. Swimming starts at the beginning of June and finishes at the end of the summer term. Girls need a one-piece swimsuit and a towel in a plastic or waterproof bag. Boys need swimming trunks and a towel in a plastic or waterproof bag. All children must wear a bathing hat (the filter unit of the pool is delicate and blocks very easily). Any skin infections or open wounds make swimming unsuitable, for hygienic reasons.

Visitors
Parents visiting the school, or wishing to talk to a member of staff, are requested, initially, to contact the school office. Parents are asked to use the main entrance at all times, to sign the 'Visitors to School' book on arrival and departure and to wear a ‘Visitor’s Badge’, (if they intend to stay on the premises). This ensures greater security.

Water Bottles
Water coolers are situated in both key stages. Water bottles are encouraged in school to enable children to have access to fresh water throughout the day. They must be clearly named and contain water only, still not sparkling. Bottles can be purchased through the school PTA in your child’s house colour or provided from home.

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School Uniform
The school has a uniform which was adopted after consultation with parents and a list is given below. The governors anticipate that parents will encourage children to wear school uniform. Items listed below may be obtained from any of the shops in the city which deal with clothing for children. Hair bands should be black, white or yellow and must be kept simple. All clothing should be clearly marked with the child's name. Uniform items with the school logo are available for purchase from school, as well as ties, black and amber PE tops and football socks for Key Stage 2 boys. As children get older, they should become responsible for their own possessions, and they should be discouraged from bringing valuables to school. Valuables, in the form of jewellery (rings or necklaces) and expensive toys should not be brought to school. If watches are brought, they are entirely at the child's own risk. During PE or games, they should be left with the class teacher. Only small studs should be worn in the ears and for safety reasons, they must be removed for PE and games. Young children who are not capable of removing their own earrings, should not wear them on games and PE days. For safety reasons, earrings have to be removed for physical activities. (This is LEA Health and Safety Policy). No football shirts other than school colours are allowed.

Girls
Dark grey/black trousers. Grey skirts or culottes preferably washable (!), pinafore style or permanent pleat. Cardigan or 'V' neck pullover in grey, yellow or black or school sweatshirt (available from school). Blouses - white. (In Key Stage 1, a yellow or white polo shirt may be worn). Ties (optional) Socks - white, grey, yellow or natural. Shoes - black or brown In colder weather black or dark grey tailored trousers may be worn . Summer dresses - yellow. Tights - white, grey or black. Hair ribbons - basic and simple - yellow, white or black. PE and games - amber or yellow 'T' shirt/polo shirt or aertex type, black shorts, games skirt Plimsolls - white or black. Track suits may be worn in very cold weather for PE.

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Werrington Primary School Boys (Key Stage 1) Black/dark grey trousers (long or short), preferably with elasticated waist, for ease of getting on and off. Yellow or white polo shirt (or an ordinary white or grey shirt if preferred). School sweatshirts or jumpers in yellow, black or grey. Grey socks. Black shoes PE - black shorts, yellow 'T' shirt Boys (Key Stage 2) Black/dark grey trousers. White or grey shirt (white for special occasions). School tie. School sweatshirt, jumper in black, grey or yellow. Grey socks. Black shoes PE - black shorts, black and amber top, black and amber football socks or yellow 'T' shirt. Plimsolls - black or white. Track suit (optional) - useful in very cold weather. Fleeces are available from school for all children. Any clothing sold at school is reasonably priced.

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Clothes for Reception Children
Black/dark grey trousers/skirt/culottes/pinafore dress preferably with elasticated waist for ease of getting on and off. Yellow or white polo shirt or an ordinary white shirt, if preferred School sweatshirts/jumpers/cardigans in yellow, black or grey Grey, white or black socks or tights Black or brown shoes, preferably not lace-ups unless children are competent in tying bows Aprons for messy play will be provided.

PE Clothes for Reception Children
Black shorts, white or yellow T shirt, plimsolls. (Track suit and trainers optional but useful in cold weather any colour).

Please make sure that all items of clothing are named.

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Curriculum
All children study the National Curriculum, which is composed of 4 core subjects and 6 foundation subjects. Core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science and Information Communications Technology. Foundation subjects are Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught as a 'compulsory' subject.

Classes
The school is organised into fourteen classes, each class being taught in its own class room. Most year groups are in adjacent areas. Year groups work closely together and teachers plan corporately. Curriculum plans are available to view at the start of each term (from the class teacher). Children are taught in a variety of ways, sometimes in groups, sometimes individually, and at other times as a whole class. Children are often grouped by ability for maths and language work.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Teachers continually assess work and follow whole school policy. Work is marked regularly and when necessary, tests are given. At the end of the year, a written report is issued. Parents have time to see the class teacher regarding this report before the end of term. Parents' evenings are held regularly throughout the year, but parents are welcome to meet with their child's teacher at other times by appointment. Children at the end of Key Stages 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) will be tested using SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). The results of these and of Teacher Assessment help to formulate the level of achievement for each child. This information is given to parents and to the next phase of education - the secondary school. (In KS1 teacher assessments take priority over test results).

Art
At Werrington Primary School we are committed to the Arts and developing pupils’ enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject. We achieved the Artsmark Gold Award in July 2006. Throughout the key stages, teachers ensure that the children are developing skills in art and design.

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Werrington Primary School We also arrange visits which allow the children to explore new art forms and develop their understanding of different cultural aspects eg Romany art, Egyptian art, visits to sculpture parks and art galleries. The art and design skills are enhanced by our trained artistic TAs, visitors into school and extended lessons. We promote the children’s work regularly in our displays and feel that they bring art alive and into the lives of the children. Over the last two years, we have taken part in the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for Primary Schools. The scheme involves focusing on one painting to inspire crosscurricular work. The challenge is for schools to use the image imaginatively in the classroom, both as a stimulus for artwork and for work in other curriculum areas.

Design and Technology
The areas covered mainly follow the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) topics, for example, Year 1 children investigate playgrounds and create their own versions using card and straws, and Year 2 produce colourful Joseph coats from clay and fabric. In Key Stage 2 the children carry out investigations on existing products, such as photograph frames, musical instruments and slippers, before designing and making their own. Evaluation is also important whereby the children compare their finished work to their initial design and suggest improvements for next time. DT projects may also arise from particular topics being studied: delicious chocolate creations linked to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, or horse-drawn carts during ‘Take One Picture’ Art Week.

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Geography
Geography within school follows the QCA unit plans and the teaching of it has a thematic approach. Through Key Stage One Barnaby Bear is often used as a teaching aid and his journeys enlighten the learning that takes place. In Key Stage Two a mixture of physical and human geography are taught across the age range, to include local studies of contrasting locations and processes such as river deposition and the weather. Children in Years One and Three continue to explore the locality of school and walk around the village looking at land uses. Children are encouraged to empathise with those less fortunate than themselves and role play situations they have learnt about.

History
Each year of Foundation and Key Stage One bring history alive for the children. They begin to visit the past by building a vocabulary of time and a conceptual understanding of the past. Year 1 look at how familiar things, such as games and toys, change over time. Year 2 study real people, such as Florence Nightingale and events including the Great Fire of London. Pupils in Key Stage Two are taught about important episodes in Britain’s past, from Romans to modern times, about ancient civilisations and the history of other parts of the world. They also have opportunities to carry out local studies and to learn about the past from a range of sources of information. Topics include: • • • • • • Roman Life Life in Tudor times Victorian Britain A local study of Werrington and Flag Fen World War II Ancient Greece

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Werrington Primary School Visits are an important part of the history curriculum and help to capture the pupil’s imagination eg Burghley House and Flag Fen. Cross-curricular ideas extend work into other subject areas including Literacy, ICT and PSHE/Citizenship.

ICT ICT is a core subject of the curriculum, and with the excellent hardware provision in the school the children are able to fully access all areas of study which include everything from word and database packages through to email and film studies. A Becta (the Government's key partner in the strategic development and delivery of its information and communications technology) self review framework has been completed to evaluate the areas in which we need to develop our ICT provision and these findings have been built in to our development plan. Children are taught in whole class environments and in smaller groups – all are taught the ‘dangers’ of using computers and are encouraged to access them safely. Each child saves all their work in electronic folders and these portfolios of evidence go with them on their journey through the school – they enjoy reviewing the work they did in Year 1 and then comparing that with the work they completed in Year 6.

Literacy
Literacy is given a high profile throughout the school, with teachers in both Key Stages following the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum and National Literacy Strategy. These frameworks provide the basis for teaching the key skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Reading is given a high focus across both key stages with comprehension skills being encouraged at an early age. In Key Stage One, structure is provided by ‘Oxford Reading Tree’, ‘Jolly Phonics’ and the ‘Collins Big Cat’ series, as well as a wide range of additional children’s picture, story and non-fiction books. In Key Stage Two, children

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Werrington Primary School are guided to pick graded texts by their teacher. Pupils in Year 3 and 4 are currently using the Accelerated Reader Scheme as a means of improving comprehension and understanding. Writing is developed through emergent writing principles in which children are encouraged to write for themselves using their own symbols in the initial stages, extended as phonic knowledge and spelling skills. Increasing attention is paid to punctuation, grammar and spelling as children become more fluent and confident. Handwriting and presentational skills are considered very important across the school. Handwriting is practised regularly across both Key Stages using a cursive, joined style.

Music
Music is taught by each class teacher and in September we introduced a new scheme entitled Music Express. This is made up of specific lesson plans and each book comes with a CD. Feedback has been very positive. Each Key stage has some assembly time allocated for singing practice and the children enjoy the opportunity to sing together. We have a range of good quality percussion instruments and these are used regularly in classrooms. On Tuesday after school choir club meets and this is a group of children from Key Stage 2.

Numeracy
Numeracy is a core subject and as such receives 5 hours teaching time a week, plus cross curricular use in other subject areas. The main strands of Numeracy are:     Number Shape, Space and Measures Handling Data Using and Applying

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Werrington Primary School Numeracy is taught in a variety of ways to give pupils a range of practical experiences of using mathematical skills in real life contexts. Methods of calculation are taught using visual images and a clear progression through different strategies, thus providing our children with an understanding of the whole numbers they are working with. We endeavour to make mathematical learning fun and to present Numeracy in ways that motivate and challenge all pupils. Where appropriate, we make use of outside agencies and have recently enjoyed a ‘Number Fun’ day where Numeracy was taught through music.

Physical Education
We believe children should experience the benefits of PE as part of a healthy lifestyle. Children should enjoy PE and we offer a wide range of sporting activities. We offer multiple after school sports clubs and take part in inter-school competitions in football, cross country, cricket, swimming and athletics. We are fortunate to have our own heated outdoor pool which we make the most of during the summer term. We also take part in Primary School Dance festivals which take place in local theatres, May Pole, Country and Sword dancing form part of our May Day celebrations. Children’s sporting success is valued in school and excellence and enjoyment is the key to our provision. All children should enjoy taking part and experience a wide range of activities.

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) (including Sex Education)
The Governing Body, with the teaching staff, support the delivery of a sex education programme in our school. Aspects of this will be delivered through the science curriculum and other areas, through a complimentary programme. Parents may withdraw their children from certain aspects. However, we do hope to support work with you as parents and would welcome your co-operation in this matter.

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Werrington Primary School PSHE is considered an integral part of the curriculum and the Cambridgeshire framework has been implemented throughout the school. Each class spends approximately an hour teaching PSHE on a weekly basis, although many cross curricular links are firmly established. To ensure effective learning and teaching in PSHE, the school provides a safe and supportive environment in which children feel that their contributions are valued. One important aspect of PSHE is teaching the children to respect differences between people, particularly in the multi-cultural society we live in today. With current concerns about obesity, PSHE plays a vital role in encouraging healthy lifestyles and giving children the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding issues such as smoking, alcohol and drugs. Pupils are given opportunities to develop independence and a sense of responsibility which is developed through role play situations and drama based activities. This year we have achieved National Healthy Schools status.

Religious Education
Religious Education is one of the foundation subjects within the National Curriculum. Children are taught key aspects of the five main world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Where possible we try to explore religion through a practical approach using artefacts, interactive ICT programmes, visitors and trips to places of worship eg the Church of St John the Baptist, Werrington and the mosque on Burton Street. We study holy writings, significant people, places and ways of worship and important festivals and ceremonies such as marriage and baptism. Parents may, however, withdraw their child from religious education. Parents should put such requests in writing.

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Science
Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum and as such, all of our pupils are entitled to a broad balanced and differentiated Science Curriculum. The skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are categorised into 4 programmes of study:     Scientific Enquiry Life Processes and Living Things Materials and Their Properties Physical Processes

Science is taught in a variety of styles.  Through individual, group and whole class teaching  By using practical, investigative, oral, written and problem solving activities  By using books, computers, videos, demonstrations, visits, visitors, school grounds, scientific instruments and resources as appropriate to assist. Every year we organise a variety of exciting activities to celebrate Science Week. These may include Science shows and practical challenges. A weekly Science Club is also run for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.

After School Clubs
We offer a range of after school clubs which include: Dance and Drama Country Dancing Netball Card Making Choir Salsa Gymnastics Cookery Football Science Table Tennis Gardening Cricket Board Games Sword Dancing Challenge Club Signing Club

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Werrington Primary School Cross Country – We enter the schools’ cross country championship within Peterborough and field both girls and boys teams. Athletics – We take part in the Soke Sports at Glinton and have been overall champions in the past. Prose Reading – Many KS2 children compete in the Peterborough Drama Festival’s Prose Reading competition. Library Quiz Team – We enter a Year 6 team into the Peterborough School’s Library Competition and are past winners.

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School Discipline and Welfare
We expect our pupils to:• • • • • • • • •

be well-behaved and courteous in and out of the classroom have respect for the environment, other people and their belongings observe safety guidance and instructions given to them exhibit a high degree of self-discipline work hard to achieve their level of ability work and move around the school quietly listen to other people and work together act responsibly and follow the instructions of people in charge be aware of their own safety and the safety of others at all times

We try to instil a sense of right and wrong through personal and social education, which takes place in lesson times, assemblies and discussions. The school strives to create a happy and orderly atmosphere in which meaningful work and play can take place effectively. Self-discipline is positively encouraged. Children are reminded regularly of our rules and what is expected of them. The safety and welfare of the children form the basis of the rules that exist. Should a serious problem arise, parents will be informed and fully consulted at the earliest possible opportunity. Minor misdemeanours are dealt with informally in accordance with school policy. School procedures are outlined and fully discussed at regular parent/teacher consultations. Interim changes are notified by letter. Newsletters are produced at least once every half term (parents in any doubt about these matters should contact the Headteacher). Occasionally, we take children on visits to the local library, the church and local secondary schools. Please sign the form which grants us permission to take the children out of school if required. They will always be adequately supervised. The form also makes reference to permission regarding photographs of the children. We need your permission for photographs being taken which may subsequently be printed in the local press. Please sign the form granting permission. In addition, if you are taking photos of activities at school, you will be asked to sign another form on the day.

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Golden Time – House Points – Positive Behaviour Rewards
Every child receives 30 minutes of Golden Time at the beginning of every week. They have the challenge of keeping as much of their Golden Time as possible over the week as it can be lost. If a child breaks a ground rule they will be given a warning via a yellow card. The teacher will revisit behaviour expectations with them. If they continue to disregard ground rules a Red card will be issued resulting in 1 minute loss of Golden Time. Please see the chart below for information. This time can be earned back if the child really works hard to address their behaviour. The teachers have planned a variety of activities which the children can choose to do in their Golden Time. Children who lose time, will be supervised by a teacher away from the general activities on offer providing a time for reflection. White Card – If a child deliberately hurts another person or consistently disregards an adults instruction a white card will be issued. This means that they will be escorted to the Headteacher who will investigate the matter further. If the white card stands they will not return to their class for the rest of the session but work with the Assistant Headteacher or Key Stage Leader. They will have 15 minutes of the Golden removed without the opportunity to earn it back. A letter will be issued to Parents/Carers informing them of the incident and an entry into the behaviour log will be completed. Two white cards in four weeks will result in a home/school behaviour conference. Achievement Assembly – This is held every Friday afternoon to celebrate achievement across the school. Children can earn House points for great behaviour, attitudes and very good work. The four houses are Church (red) - Bishop (yellow) – Mill (blue) – Orchard (green) which form our school crest. Every child is allocated a House, with siblings placed together. The idea is that everyone is working hard to achieve housepoints for themselves but also for the good of their house. Each week the House totals will be shared with the school and a House Point Cup presented termly in recognition of the collective effort. Children reaching 25pts-50pts- 75pts milestones receive a certificate presented in assembly as well as a gold sticker to go on their individual chart. Teachers also nominate up to two children who have been stars of the week working really hard with some aspect of school life. These children are awarded a personalised Post Card in the assembly.

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Rewards and Sanctions Rewards
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Golden Time Stickers given for work, behaviour and attitude Celebration assembly Verbal praise Written comments in books and improvement certificates 'Headteacher’s certificates assembly Positive comments in any home/school books Circle time Book trail/reading certificates House point system Public acknowledgement on display Sending work to other teachers Record of Achievement Star of the week postcard

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Sanctions Missing playtime Sending to higher management Sending to other year groups Missing minutes of Golden Time (red, yellow, white cards) Communication with parents either by teacher or higher management Withdrawal from lunch time facilities Home/school book (for behaviour and/or organisation)

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Parents are contacted immediately if there is great concern over the conduct and behaviour of their child
Exclusions
Exclusions are rare at Werrington Primary School. In the year 2007/2008 there were no exclusions. Exclusion is the last resort as the school endeavours to work alongside parents to resolve unacceptable behaviour.

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Bullying
We recognise that bullying occurs in school under the following behaviour patterns: • • • • • Name calling Physical abuse, ie pushing, hitting Teasing Exclusion from a group on a regular basis Any behaviour that causes distress to a child on a REGULAR BASIS

‘A joke is only a joke when everyone is laughing’ All staff members at Werrington Primary School are responsible for ensuring that the above behaviour traits are diminished. We will ensure that our policy against bullying of any kind is promoted in the following ways: Our PSHE lessons will promote self-esteem and will encourage confidence in our children so that if they are bullied they will say NO or be able to tell another person. Any reported situation will be monitored and any activities of a bullying nature will be taken seriously. All the staff will follow the guidelines of ‘no blame’ Listen to the victim Talk to the bully Talk to the victim and the bully together If necessary, talk to witnesses Try and solve the problem by simple means eg ‘Do not do that again!’ Take the matter further if necessary, by involving senior management of the school, who will decide the course of action required eg parental involvement, suitable behaviour modification. Children will be supervised at all times, according to legal requirements. No class will be left unsupervised for any length of time, so that situations that may be of a bullying nature eg name calling, hiding of equipment, etc, will not have the opportunity to develop. Similarly, children will not be allowed into unsupervised areas where they may be able to taunt another child or cause wilful damage to another child’s property. Children will be taught through visitors to school, drama, school assemblies and class lessons that name calling of any kind, is wrong. ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names may break my heart’

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Werrington Primary School Children will be taught at all times to recognise the value of all members of society, regardless of colour, creed or race. At all times, children will be encouraged to follow the school aims, which they have devised, and also to adhere to the classroom rules. Both are displayed throughout the school. We try to ensure that classrooms are organised so there is no opportunity for threatening behaviour to occur. Children will be encouraged to work together as a group and to respect their individual ideas and thoughts. However, it will also be recognised that some children do not work well together, or indeed, get on well with each other. There will always be a place for respect, regardless of individual preference of friends. Children will be encouraged to be friendly and honest, to follow the rules of the game and to share responsibility for the school’s environment and values.

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Fair Processing Notice Data Protection Act
Schools, Local Authorities and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) all hold information on pupils in order to run the education system, and in doing so must follow the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things, that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law. The school holds information on pupils in order to support their teaching and learning, to monitor and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to assess how well the school is doing. This information includes contact details, National Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and relevant medical information. From time to time we are required to pass on some of this data to the Local Authority (LA), to another school to which the pupil is transferring, to the DfES and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) which is responsible for the National Curriculum and associated assessment arrangements. The Local Authority uses information about pupils to carry out specific functions for which it is responsible, such as the assessment of any special educational needs the pupil may have. It also uses the data to derive statistics to inform decisions on (for example) the funding of schools, and to assess the performance of schools and set targets for them. The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them. The QCA uses information about pupils to administer the National Curriculum tests and assessments for Key Stages 1 to 3. The results of these are passed on to the DfES in order for it to compile statistics on trends and patterns in levels of achievement. The QCA uses the information to evaluate the effectiveness of the National Curriculum and the associated assessment arrangements, and to ensure that these are continually improved. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) uses information about pupils for statistical purposes, to evaluate and develop education policy and to monitor the performance of the education service as a whole. The statistics (including those based on information provided by the QCA) are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified. The DfES will feed back to Local Authorities and schools information about their pupils where they are lacking data because a former school did not pass it on.

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Werrington Primary School On occasions information may be shared with other government departments or agencies strictly for statistical or research purposes only. Pupils, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a general right of access to personal data held on them, with parents exercising this right on their behalf if they are too young to do so themselves. If you wish to access the personal data held about your child, please contact the relevant organisation in writing: • • • • Werrington Primary School, Amberley Slope, Peterborough PE4 6QG The LA’s Data Protection Officer, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Bridge St. Peterborough PE1 1HQ The QCA’s Data Protection Officer, QCA, 83 Piccadilly, London WIJ 8QA The DfES Data Protection Officer, Caxton House, Tothill St. London SW1H 9NA

Please note that all rights under the Data Protection Act regarding information about your child rest with them as soon as they are old enough to understand these rights. This will vary from one child to another, and you may wish to consider the position for your child. As a broad guide, it is considered that most children will have sufficient understanding by the age of 12. Separately from the Data Protection Act, DfES regulations provide a pupil’s parent (regardless of the age of the pupil) with the right to view, or to have a copy of their child’s education record. If you wish to exercise this right you should put your request in writing to the school.

Freedom of Information Act 2000
The aim of the Freedom of Information Act is to promote accountability and improve public understanding of how local authorities, including governing bodies, carry out their duties. The governing body has agreed a Freedom of Information Publication Scheme, which sets out a policy for complying with requests for information. Some information is exempt from the Act, including sensitive or personal data. Enquiries regarding a request for information should be made to the Headteacher in the first instance, or in writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.

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Werrington Primary School Home and School Agreement 2008
1. The Parents I/We shall try to: • See that my child goes to school regularly, on time and properly equipped; • Let the School know about any concerns or problems that might affect my child’s work or behaviour; • Support the School’s policies and guidelines for Behaviour, Dress Code and Safety issues; • Support my child in homework and other opportunities for home learning; • Attend Parents’ Evenings and discussions about my child’s progress; • Get to know about my child’s life at school.

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2. The School will: • Contact parents if there is a problem with attendance, punctuality or equipment; • Let parents know about any concerns or problems that affect their child’s work or behaviour; • Send home regular assessments and an annual report; • Set, mark and monitor homework and provide, when necessary, facilities for children to do homework in school; • Arrange Parents’ Evenings during which progress will be discussed; • Keep parents informed about school activities through regular letters home and notices about special events. Signed ……………………………… (Parent) Signed ……………………………... (Headteacher)

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