Parent Handbook – E

Email is one of our key methods of communication with parents and carers. All letters and newsletter will come home via email even where we sometimes also send a paper copy.

If you change your email address, please ensure that you let us know. If you are not receiving the newsletter every Friday, there is a good chance that we do not have your current email address and you need to update us.

We usually have one main email address per family but if you need us to use two addresses (e.g. where parents live separately) we can send everything to both – just let the school office know.

Children to not need to bring very much into school at all with them as most equipment will be provided by school.

We ask parents to provide:

  • Uniform as per the school’s policy
  • PE kit
  • A water bottle

We will provide:

  • Stationary
  • Books
  • A book bag (when children first start in Reception)

Parents may also decide to send their child with:

  • Some of their own stationary (e.g. their own colouring pencils) in a small pencil case

A rucksack instead of a bookbag (but only if necessary – a bookbag is big enough for most children for most days and we do not have space to store lots of large rucksacks in school.

eSafety is all about children staying safe in the rapidly changing digital world that they are growing up in.

Teaching children to keep themselves safe in all environments is a key part of what we do in school and this includes in their online world. We have focussed eSafety work as part of our curriculum but we also return to the theme on a regular basis, reminding children of our rules and guidelines every time they have access to online learning tools in school.

We have safeguarding tools (e.g. web filters) in school to prevent children having any access to potentially dangerous materials but, more importantly, we teach children how to look after themselves. The filters will not always be there for them but learning the right way of protecting themselves can become a life-long skill.

There is lots you can do at home to help keep your child safe online. We have run eSafety workshops for parents and plan to do so again in the future but in the meantime the presentation below is a useful starting place for ideas and support:

eSafety Presentation

We run a wide range of clubs and activities beyond normal curriculum subjects.

In recent times, some of the organised clubs we have run have included:

  • Football (for various ages groups)
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Multiskills
  • Panjabi
  • Computing
  • Glee Club
  • Chess
  • Gardening

Some clubs are run at cost to parents but many sporting clubs are funded by school through the use of the Sports Premium or are free because they are run voluntarily by our staff.

A letter comes out each term explaining what clubs will be on offer and parents return a request form detailing the clubs their child(ren) would like to do. We then allocate places, drawing names from a hat if any club is oversubscribed.

We also offer less formal opportunities for children to get involved in extra-curricular activities, where they can just turn up and take part. These include running club, “colour and chat” and also various games run by Year 6 playleaders and sports coaches during lunch breaks.

EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage. This is the first phase of children’s education within the English system and runs from birth through to 5 years old.

At Grange Farm we do not have a nursery and our children in Reception are completing the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The EYFS is based on a statutory framework laid down by the government which is a holistic view of development of the whole child. The framework:

  • Sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well
  • Ensures children are kept healthy and safe
  • Ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school (Year 1 and beyond)

Four guiding principles shape practice in all Early Years settings. These are:

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient , capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

In planning and guiding children’s activities, staff reflect on the ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and “have a go”
  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things

For more information about how we approach the Reception year at Grange Farm, you can click here to view information about our curriculum. One of the key messages is that when you ask your child what they have done at school all day the answer is “I played,” that is absolutely fine!

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