New Starter Information
St Austin’s Catholic Primary School is a school of faith, achievement, care, quality and opportunity for all. It is a community where we live, love, learn and laugh together in God’s presence, promoting Gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
A place where:
• through our faith and worship, and by living the message of Christ in our community, we will develop partnership between governors, staff, pupils, families and parishes.
• for many, through its clear and visual Catholic identity, Christ and his church are encountered.
• we aim to provide the highest standard of education, where every child matters and where safety, wellbeing, enjoyment, tolerance, respect and dignity are reflected in all aspects of school life.
• all are cherished for who they are as much as for what they achieve, and all achievement is recognised and celebrated.
We will work together to develop a school community which encourages each individual to grow in the love of God and of each other.
A community where faithfulness and integrity, dignity and compassion, humility and gentleness, truth and justice, forgiveness and mercy, purity and holiness, tolerance and peace and service and sacrifice are the foundations on which we are invited to build our lives.
A community which puts Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church at its centre through the development of a worshipping and evangelising community.
Giving respect, compassion and generosity to all.
Cherishing, guiding and developing those entrusted to our care
Welcome To Upper Foundation Stage (UFS)
We would like to offer you a very warm welcome to St Austin’s Catholic Primary School, we are looking forward to meeting you and your child. Due to the current coronavirus situation our usual welcome induction days cannot, unfortunately, go ahead and so this booklet has been designed to offer you an insight into our school and hopefully answers many of the questions that you may have. If you have any particular questions please feel free to contact us.
UFS Leader and Class Teacher
Upper Foundation Stage Unit
Our classrooms and outdoor spaces are very spacious with an extensive array of activities and equipment for children to explore in their learning. From sand and water to construction and modelling children are encouraged to use all areas of our well equipped unit to develop and learn.
There are 45 Reception pupils in total that will be divided between two classes. The classrooms are next to one another and children can access all spaces within the UFS unit.
We are very proud of our outdoor learning space, we have a climbing frame and slide, trim trail, a mud kitchen, a construction area and a creative/ reading area.
Structure of the school day
- 8.30am – Main gates open, a member of our Senior Leadership Team will be on the gates to greet parents and children
- 8.50am classroom door opened. Parents are welcome to come in with children although we would encourage independence.
- 9am – Doors locked for security. Late entrance is via School Office.
Registration and ordering lunch.
- 9.10am – Phonics
- 9.35am -12.00pm– Literacy /Maths plus continuous provisions and outdoor activities. Mid Morning snack time
- 12.00pm – Lunch and playtime.
- 1.15pm – Expressive Arts and Design, P.E and Physical Development, Understanding the World, outdoor play.
- 3pm – Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Story, Singing, Assembly
- 3.25pm – Hometime, collect your child from the classroom door.
Milk and Snacks
Milk – Milk cartons are available to pre order each half term should you wish your child to have milk in school, this is charged at 21p day, payable in full half term payments. Please contact the School Office if you wish for your child to have milk.
Snacks – fruit and healthy snacks are provided free of charge to UFS and Key Stage 1 pupils during their mid morning break.
Water bottles – Please send your child each day with a filled water bottle clearly named. It is not permitted to send fruit juices, plain water only please.
Hot and cold meals are freshly prepared on site by Dolce catering company and are provided free of charge to all UFS and KS1 pupils under the Universal Free School Meals Scheme. Our varied menus change each term as seasonal produce is used. Children can order in class, or at home with you via the online order system. Visit www.dolce.co.uk for more information.
Important – ALL reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children qualify for free school meals under the Governments Universal Free School Meals scheme. From Year 3 onwards meals are charged daily, currently £2.25. For a number of parents free meals may continue if you meet certain criteria such as being in receipt of specified benefits. If this is the case please complete the enclosed Free School Meals form or speak to our Office Staff who will be happy to help you register. We would urge you to do this straight away as your child starts school as school will receive vital extra funding that will help your child.
Boys Winter Uniform – grey trousers, white shirt (not polo shirt), green jumper, grey socks, school tie and black shoes.
Girls Winter Uniform – green pinafore/ skirt, grey trousers, white shirt (not polo shirt), green cardigan, tie, green tights, green /white socks, black shoes.
Summer Uniform* – green and white check summer dress, yellow polo shirt (no tie), green cardigan/ jumper , black shoes,
*Summer uniform may be worn from September to October half term, then from the first term after the Easter holidays
Purchasing your Uniform
Uniform with school Logo available from Trutex, Northgate, Wakefield or
Smart Uniforms, The Springs, Wakefield. It is not essential to have uniform with a logo. Plain green items are available from M&S, Sainsbury’s and Asda. School ties and book bags are available to purchase from the school office.
P.E lessons will take place both indoors and outdoors so please ensure you have ready all items of the kit for each session. White plain polo shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms, black plain zip up tracksuit top, trainers or plimsolls.
We request that all children bring a pair of wellington boots into school that remain within school at all times.
Please ensure your child’s school coat is practical and warm, waterproof with a hood.
Spare items of clothing
Please send your child with spare uniform and underwear each day in their bags in the event of accidents or spillages.
Children should not wear jewellery to school. Stud earrings only and must be covered up/ removed for P.E.
Please label every item of your childs belongings using a fabric pen or name labels as biro pen usually washes out.
Preparing your child for school
We understand that many children (and their parents) may be apprehensive about starting school for the first time. We also recognise that these unprecedented times may not have helped. Furthermore, the fact that the welcome induction days have not been able to go ahead will inevitably add to the sense of uncertainty about what to expect. We would like to reassure you that if you have any questions at all please do contact us and we will be happy to help.
There are lots of practical things you can do to prepare your child for starting school. Talk to your child about school positively and regularly, show them the pictures in this booklet, ask them about what they might expect and how they feel about starting school. Practice independent dressing, eating using a knife and fork and going to the toilet. Read and enjoy books together, ask your child to use the pictures in books to tell the story to you. Encourage your child to count everyday objects with you. Be creative, draw and make things together. Visit www.4children.org.uk for more detailed information and advice on The Early Years Curriculum Expectations.
If your child has been worried about issues relating to the Coronavirus, below are some picture book resources you may find helpful to share with your child.
School to Home Communication
We are a paperless school and so the way in which we communicate with you is via our school app, Groupcall Xpressions. Please ensure you download this free app within the first week of your child starting school and that school are provided with the most up to date contact details. Lots of crucial information is sent via this app and it also acts as a text messaging service so it is essential that you use it in order to be kept fully informed.
***Please do not attempt to obtain the app until your child has started school****
Another system we use to communicate with you is Evidence Me. Each half term we will email you aspects of your child’s learning journey. Again, please ensure we are provided with the correct email address.
If you wish to ask any questions, report an absence, discuss a school trip, make a payment for milk or arrange an appointment to speak to a teacher, please contact the School Office on 01924 339435.
Home School Diary
Each child will be given a home school diary. We encourage parents to read with their children frequently and record comments for the teachers in the diary. Messages may also be written from the teachers to parents in these diaries.
Greeting at the classroom door
There will be a member of staff on the classroom door each day should you need to speak to them.
We welcome parents into school to get involved with their child’s learning and hold many regular and special events throughout the year that we will notify you about through our communications app.
Stay and Read Sessions– Come into the classroom and enjoy books with your child.
Stay and Play Sessions – come and take part in our classroom and get involved in play activities with your child.
Secret Storyteller – we will invite a parent who has volunteered in to read a story to the whole class. Which parent arrives is a much anticipated surprise for them.
Parents Phonics Workshops – we will explain how to help your child with phonics so that home reading mirrors school learning.
Parents Maths Workshops – to help explain how your child will be taught mathematical concepts and how you can help at home.
Home Learning challenges – work with your child on our home learning projects.
Nativity Play – parents are invited in at Christmas time to watch our spectular Christmas performances.
Parents Evenings – Parents will have an oportunity to have a detailed discussion about your child’s progression at Parents Evenings held in October and February.
Illness –If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please telephone the School Office before 10am and leave a message with your childs name, class and description of their illness. If the absence is due to sickness or diahorrea then your child will need to be clear of symptoms for 48 hours before returning to school.
Family holidays – we are unable to authorise family holidays during term time. If you wish to take a family holiday this must betaken during the school holidays. The Local Authority may issue you with a fixed penalty fine if your child has unauthorised absences of 5 days or more.
Dropping off and collecting your child from School
Parking – our school is located within a residential area, please respect our neighbours and each other when parking your vehicles. Please do be mindful of permit holder only areas. We have introduced a Park and Stride scheme where parents can request a permit from the School Office that enables them to park at College Grove Sports Club car park at drop off and pick up times then walk the short distance into school.
Authorised adults to collect your child – Please complete the Authorised Collections form included in this pack to detail which adults can collect your child from school, this should include parent’s names as well. Children will not be released to any other person than those you have named on this list.
Forms – Please complete the enclosed forms in full and return them to school by no later than Friday 3rd July.
Thank you for taking the time to read this booklet and we look forward to welcoming you in September