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Starting School

Welcome to Wildground Infant School. You will find information here to help prepare your child for their first year at school. Our aim is to work together in partnership to make the transition to school a smooth, pleasant and happy experience for you and your child.

Your child will either be in the Robins or Thrushes class.

School Times              8.55am - 3.15pm

School starts at 8.55am. Your child's class teacher will open the class door (in the Year R playground) at 8.45am. From 8.45 until 8.55 there is an opportunity for your child to share in a reading activity with a parent/guardian in the school hall all year or in your child's classroom for the first term.

When the teacher opens the door, your child will be greeted and you can bring your child in and help them with their belongings and routines on the first morning. Your child will then gradually be encouraged and supported to independently self-register, put their book bag and water bottle in the correct place, hang up their coat, and if appropriate put their lunch box away and start their day at school by settling to one of the reading activities on offer in the classroom.

Please try and help your child at the beginning of the day by being in plenty of time, so there is a smooth, anxiety-free start of the day. If you arrive after 8.55 am your child is late and you must therefore take your child to the school office and not the classroom door. The classroom doors will be closed at 8.55 am.

At the end of the day (or lunch time when part time) your class teacher will only let your child go home with an adult who is named as a contact on the yellow admissions form unless you inform us otherwise on the day. Your class teacher will make sure that you are seen by your child before they leave the classroom.

When collecting your child from school at the end of the school day (or lunch time when part time) please:

  • let your child and class teacher know who will be collecting them (if different from the person who brought them into school).
  • let your child know to wait with the class teacher if you are not there.
  • inform the school office of any changes to who will be picking up your child at the end of the day.
  • help your child by being on time.

 If your child is ill, please telephone and leave a message with the school office on the morning of illness as soon as possible. Our school encourages regular attendance and being at school on time to enable children to make the best progress possible.

 Lunchtime Arrangements     12.15pm - 1.15pm

Children sometimes need time to get used to eating school meals. Meals are eaten in the school hall with the rest of the school.  All children are eligible for a school meal.

School Dinners

Each day your child will be able to choose between two meal choices, a hot red or green meal. The green choice of meal will be a vegetarian option. Water will be offered with the meal. There will be fruit available as an alternative to the desert choice.

If your child has eaten very little of the school dinner a note will be sent home at the end of the day informing you.

If your child has a medically identified special diet, such as an allergy or food intolerance, you will need to collect a ‘medically identified special diet request form’ from the school office, where you will be required to name your child’s dietician. The school kitchen will then be able work with Hampshire Caterers to cater for your child’s dietary needs.

Packed Lunches

If you decide that your child would like a packed lunch instead of a school meal, at our school we promote healthy eating. We ask for your support in not providing your child with sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks, or glass bottles. A carton of 100 % fruit juice / smoothie is okay. We encourage your child to return all uneaten food in their lunch box, so you can monitor what they have eaten.

Water

We encourage children to drink water and your child can bring a bottle of water into school in a clearly named bottle every day and / or ask for a drink of water from a mid-day assistants at lunch time.

Snack Time

Every day, the children will sit down together to enjoy a snack and a drink. They will be offered fruit and milk or water to drink. During this time the children will also be encouraged to talk together making this a sociable experience.

There is no need for you to provide a snack.

Medical Concerns

We are only able to give prescribed medicines to children at school. If your child requires the school to give a prescribed medicine you are asked to take it to the school office and sign a consent form. Please do not give your children cough sweets to bring into school.

If your child has asthma and requires an inhaler, would it please be possible to ask your doctor to prescribe another inhaler, and spacer if required, so that one can always be kept in school.

Minor Injuries

If your child receives a minor injury at school, they will be taken to the medical room for treatment and a record will be made in the school medical book. In some cases a red note will be sent home with your child to inform you of the minor injury.

If your child receives a minor head injury, then you will either be phoned or a red note will be sent home with your child.

It is important that you always keep your child’s contact details up to date with the school office in case you need to be contacted in an emergency. So if there are any changes such as mobile phone numbers please can you let the office know as soon as possible.

School Uniform

We like to see our pupils wearing theWildground Infant School uniform. For your child’s safety, we ask you to please provide sensible low heeled black school shoes throughout the year. If you are in receipt of any benefits please see Mrs. Lloyd in the school office who may be able to supply you with a shoe voucher for school shoes.

Your child should be encouraged to dress and undress themselves.

Please clearly label all items of clothing with your child’s name and show your child where their name isit is helpful to put their name close to or on the hanging label to help your child and an adult identify items of clothing quickly. The sewn in labels prove to be very good. It is easy for your child to misplace their clothing at school, especially sweatshirts, jumpers and cardigans.

You may purchase red sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces and polo shirts embroidered with the school’s name and logo from ‘Schools Kit’ in Totton either at their shop or on-line.

Girls’ Uniform: Grey or black pinafore, skirt or trousers; white blouse or polo shirt; red sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan; red and white check summer dress; (optional) red fleece.

Boys’ Uniform: Grey or black shorts or long trousers; white shirt or polo shirt; red sweatshirt or jumper; (optional) red fleece.

PE Kit: To be kept in school in a named PE bag:  t-shirt in house colour (no buttons please), black shorts. We will let you know when plimsolls or trainers will be required. They will not be needed in the first term.

Wellies

If possible, please can your child bring in a pair of wellies clearly labelled with their name? These are to be kept in school so that your child will be able to access the outside learning environment even when it is wet.

Useful hints:

It is helpful if your child wears clothes that are easy for them to put on and take off by themselves, and shoes that do not have laces. Please remember there will be a whole class of other red sweatshirts / cardigans and white shirts / polo shirts that all look very similar and that it is easy for your child to misplace their school uniform and P.E. kit even when they are encouraged to use named pegs and drawers for personal belongings and a named ‘chair’ when changing for PE.

It is also useful if your child can:

  • Dress and undress him/herself
  • Use a tissue or handkerchief
  • Use a knife and fork (school dinners)
  • Wash and dry their hands carefully
  • Tidy away toys
  • Share toys and take turns
  • Use the toilet independently
  • Recognise their own name


Things your child needs to bring to school daily

  • Book bag (for reading books, newsletters, home/school book, letters and sound sheets, word flashcards)

    A book bag will be provided for you by the school.

  • Water bottle (named and kept in class) – taken home every day for cleaning and refilling.
  • Lunchbox (if required).
  • A coat – even if it looks like it may not rain!
  • In hot weather please put suncream on your child before they come to school.


Home Visits

Your child will be starting school part time. Whilst your child is part time, you will have an opportunity to have a home visit. The class teacher and teaching assistant will visit you and your child at your home to get to know you all better and to discuss any issues or individual needs that may be a concern for you or your child. These visits aim to help your child feel relaxed and confident in talking with their new teacher. The visit will last about 20 minutes. You may wish to share information from your ‘All About Me’ sheet which you will be given during your welcome sessions.

If you would prefer, you can choose to have this session at school to discuss any issues or concerns.

Induction Period

In September all children will start school on a part-time basis. This is to support your child with settling into the school routine and enabling them to get to know all the early year's staff (class teachers, teaching assistants, mid-day assistants). Our starting school process gives a greater opportunity for your child to feel secure and the Early Years staff to get to know your child well.

Your child will initially start for mornings only and a timetable will be given to you during one of your ‘welcome’ meetings informing you of the dates.  During your child’s last week of induction, there will be an opportunity for your child to have a lunch at school and for you to stay with your child for their first lunchtime. 

Settling into School

Every child who starts at Wildground Infant School is unique and is treated as an individual.  We understand that every child has different needs and will need different support settling-in at school. As Early Years practitioners working with children, we endeavour to make their experience of school fun, familiar and secure. As a parent/carer you can help your child by reassuring him/her, being positive about school and being careful that any anxieties you may have do not influence your child. Also please remember that some children may come home and tell you every detail of their school day or act it out with their toys from home, while other children tell you nothing!

If your child has particular worries or concerns, please have a chat with your class teacher. Your child is only four and may ‘misread’ situations, but on the other hand you may be surprised just how independent they are and ready for school!

In September you might find some of the following things useful: 

  • Please bring your child into the classroom and help them to place their name on their photograph for their self-registration.
  • You might like to join your child in one of the early morning tasks available until they are settled.
  • When the teacher signals it is time to finish the starting activities, please slip away, if you have not already done so.
  • If your child cries, a member of staff will guide you about what to do. It is often best to leave as your child usually settles soon after.
  • If you have a quick question to ask a member of staff, this should be possible during this time.  However, if you need longer to talk to a member of staff, please ask for a convenient time at the end of the school day.
  • If your child has some exciting news to share, you might like to write this on a WOW card (provided at home-visits). 

We hope this guidance helps give your child a smooth start to school but please do not hesitate to ask or talk to us if you need more information.

 Learning Through Play

In Year R at Wildground Infant School your child will be in the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – birth to age five. This is a very special time for your child as he/she continues their journey from home and preschool to school and is the foundation of future learning and success.

The EYFS framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning through play and learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

There are three prime areas:

  • Personal Development: Making Relationships, Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour
  • Physical Development: Moving and Handling, Health and Self-Care
  • Communication and Language: Listening and Attention, Understanding, Speaking

As children develop the three prime areas will help to develop skills in four specific areas:

  • Literacy: Reading, Writing
  • Mathematics: Number, Shape Space and Measure
  • Understanding the World: People and Communities, The World, Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using Media and Materials, Being Imaginative

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will endeavour to support your child and make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn through playing and exploring, being active, and through creativity and thinking critically. Their learning experiences will take place both indoors and outdoors.

In the Summer term your child’s class teacher will complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is based on what your class teacher and teaching assistant have observed of your child’s development over a period of time. Alongside this will be your observations of your child’s learning through ‘Home News’ through ‘WOW’ moment records, through reading and writing at home with your child and through everyday mathematics experiences.

You can help your child’s development by:

  • Playing with your child, and following their interests
  • Showing that you enjoy discovering new things
  • Praising their efforts
  • Learning together


Helping Your Child at Home

Play and communication are key ways in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge. At home with your child, you can provide opportunities both indoors and outdoors for learning through play. As a parent/carer you can encourage your child by providing:

  • Dressing up clothes (pieces of material) and props for imaginary games and role play (this could be their favourite character)
  • Junk such as cartons and boxes to build and make models and instruments with
  • Large boxes to make vehicles, dens, whatever they imagine
  • Playdough to manipulate and build up hand strength
  • Small world play e.g. Duplo, Lego, Brio, cars, trains, Happyland
  • Puppets, soft toys, dolls, different size clothes
  • Pencils, pens, crayons, paints, chalks, different sized paper
  • Mark making tools to encourage your child’s own attempts at writing
  • Greeting cards, magazines, catalogues for your child to cut up, stick, sort and discuss
  • Natural materials e.g. cones, leaves, pebbles, shells to sort, compare
  • Water and sand play with different size buckets, containers, etc
  • Wheeled toys, balls, bats for physical activity
  • Cooking together, even making a sandwich
  • Toys in the bath

Encourage your child to talk about what they are doing and play with them.