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INFORMATION FOR NEW PARENTS

School Day

 

  • School begins at 9.00am. The school gates are open from 8.45am. Please bring your child to the designated drop off area for your child’s class. Here, you can say goodbye and your child’s teacher will be waiting. Parents are requested to contact the school on 01626 356420 if a child is absent for whatever reason i.e. illness, medical/dental appointments before 9am.

  • School finishes at 3.15pm. Please wait in a position where your child can easily spot you. KS1 children will be taken to the gate outside their classroom and will wait with the teacher until greeted by you.

  •  Please always inform your child’s teacher, or the school office, if you will not be collecting your child and have arranged for another adult to do so.

Lunchtimes

 

  • The lunch break is from 12.00 - 1.00pm.

  • All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free school lunch. The aim of the initiative is to bring about a significant increase in the numbers of children eating nutritious cooked meals at lunchtimes.

  • From Year 3 school meals will cost £2.60 per day. To be paid online via ParentPay.

  • During morning registration, the children will be asked what meal choice they would like from the menu (example enclosed in pack). We would be grateful if you could talk to your child each day to decide which option they would like before they arrive at school.

  • Alternatively, your child may bring a packed lunch from home.

  • Children will be given a drink to accompany their meal.

  • If your child brings a packed lunch, water can be supplied by the school kitchen.

  • In addition to their lunchtime drink your child will be required to bring a named bottle of water to store in the classroom. Please note, this should be water only.

  • Where parents or carers are in receipt of either Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) or Employment and Support Allowance (income related), you will need to apply for a free school meal entitlement, even if your child does not have a school meal. This is most important for the school as it has a direct benefit to the school’s budget and means that the school will receive additional funding in the budget to support your child’s education.

 

Playtimes


Children can find playtimes a little daunting. We try hard to ensure that all new children are given as much support as they need during these times.

  • For morning play your child may bring a piece of fruit or vegetables (placed in a named bag/pot) as a snack which will be kept in children’s book bags.

  • KS1 children will have an afternoon play. Your child will be able to have a piece of fruit provided by the free fruit for schools scheme (see attached letter).

  • Responsible Year 6 children support the new children in the playground as buddies at lunchtime.


School Uniform


See enclosed leaflets for Thomas Moore and My Clothing. Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named and your child knows where his or her name is on the item of clothing – particularly coats and jumpers or cardigans. Please check the name regularly if it has been written on as it does wash out quickly. Clothing should be easy for your child to undress/dress independently.


Please note children in Reception and KS1 only change for indoor P.E. sessions and will therefore only need to have a white t-shirt and black shorts. Trainers will only be required during the Summer term when we use the field for outdoor sessions. The class teacher will inform you nearer the time as to when trainers will be needed.


Additional school ties can be purchased from the school office at £4 for an elastic tie and £4.50 for a long tie.


Please ensure that all items of clothing, footwear, snack pots, drink bottles and book bags are clearly labelled.

 

Forest school

 

Forest school is invaluable in offering children further opportunities to develop core values of teamwork, resilience, respect and responsibility. The children go out in all weathers and there have been some incredibly wet, cold and muddy sessions. Please see the list below of all the items your child needs to bring on forest school days.

The children need to arrive in school on Forest School day wearing:

  • Long trousers and long-sleeved top which you don’t mind getting dirty.

  • Appropriate footwear for the classroom and playground.

  • A waterproof coat

In a clearly named bag (please ensure the items are also named):

  • Wellies/walking boots/old shoes. (the children will change out of these when they are in the classroom)

  • Waterproof trousers

  • Extra socks

  • Gloves, hat and scarf

Medicines

 

Only medicines prescribed by your child’s GP or Dentist which need to be taken in school may be administered by a qualified first aider, provided a medical form has been filled in (available from the office). The medicine will be administered at 12.00 noon only. This form also needs to be filled in for asthma sufferers who require their inhalers as and when. Inhalers and the forms are then kept in an area which is accessible during the school day with adult supervision. Please inform your child’s teacher of any medical conditions/allergies during the home visit.

 

Head Lice

 

This is something which can affect children, particularly of this age. There is no stigma attached to this and head lice tend to prefer clean hair. To attempt to avoid a ‘visit’ please try to keep long hair tied up and check your child regularly. If your child contracts them please inform your child’s teacher and a letter will then be sent out to all parents whose child is in that year group asking them to check their child’s hair. Please read the accompanying letter for the best way to treat it.

 

Contact Us

 

To contact school please email admin@rydonprimary.org.uk or phone on 01626 356420