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Daily Routines

Welcome to Meadows First School

 

Meadows First School is a Maintained School.  The school is part of the first stage of the three tier system: First Schools cater for children aged 3 – 9 years, Middle Schools cater for ages 9 - 13 and High Schools are for children aged 13 - 18.  Meadows First School has a 26 place full- time nursery. Children are initially admitted into the nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday, and stay for one year. A place in the school nursery in no way ‘guarantees’ a place in a reception class at Meadows the following year; parents need to apply through county for admission into reception. Children start school in September, at the beginning of the year in which they are 5. They stay with us until they transfer to Middle School at the age of 9.  There are two classes in each year group from Reception to year 4. The pyramid of schools with which we have close links comprises Parkside Middle School and North Bromsgrove High School. Meadows First School and Parkside Middle also share a Mainstream Autism Base, which is located within the building.

 

The children are placed in mixed ability groups within their age groups:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery – 26 place nursery (mornings & afternoons)

Reception

 Key stage 1

  Year 1 (age 5 - 6)

   Year 2 (age 6 - 7)

Key stage 2

   Year 3 (age 7 - 8)

   Year 4 (age 8 - 9)

 

Procedure for checking the identity of visitors to the school

When arriving at school, all visitors have to sign in at the office (using the electronic, photographic identification system) and are then issued with a visitor I.D badge which must be worn at all times. This enables us to know who is on the premises in case of a fire and also informs staff that robust checking and safeguarding procedures have been followed.  When a visitor leaves, they must sign out using the I.D. badge which is then disposed of.

 

School Day Times

Nursery opens from 9.00 am (with early starting times available)

Doors open from 8.45 (official start is 8.55am) for the rest of the school. Reception enter through the year 1 playground and go straight to their classroom, where their teacher will greet them; Y1 & 2 enter via the Early Years Doors, and Years 3 & 4 enter via Y1 doors off Y1 playground.

Nursery- 9.00am- 12.00 and 12.00 -3.00pm (lunchtime is 12 – 12.45 if required – some children can choose to stay all day and some children will leave or arrive at 12.00). Flexible hours for Nursery children means that some children may start at 8.30am and they can finish at 3.30pm)

 

 

 

AM      9.00 – 12.00    Nursery                            PM     12.00 – 3pm    Nursery 

           8.55 – 11.50    Reception                                     12.50 – 3.15    Reception

8.55 – 12.00 Yrs 1 & 2(KS1)                                 1.00– 3.15      Yrs 1 & 2

8.55- 12.15    Yrs 3 &4 (KS2)                                1.15 – 3.15       Yrs 3 & 4

Assemblies

Day

Time

Assembly

Venue

Monday

9:05 – 9:20 am

Meadows Mouse Celebration assembly

 

Overspill Dining hall

Tuesday

9:05 – 9:20 am

Whole School Assembly

Dance Studio

Wednesday

9:05 – 9:20 am

9:05 – 9:20 am

10:45 – 11 am

YR and nursery birthday assembly

Year groups assemblies (KS1)

Year groups assemblies(KS2)

YR Classroom

 

classrooms

Thursday

9:05 – 9:20 am

 

Key stage assembly

Reception assembly

Large hall

Classrooms

Friday

9:05 – 9:20 am

Singing Assembly

Large Hall- ks2

Small hall- ks 1

 

Breaks

AM 10.00 – 10.15 Reception          10:30 – 10:45 Yrs 1-4         10.35 – 10.50 Yr 2

PM 2:30 – 2:45     Reception, Years 1&2

 

 

Start of the Day

There are 2 entrances used in the mornings. The Early Years door is opened at 8.45am for KS 1. A member of the SLT greets the children and takes messages from the parents to pass on to teachers as soon as the bell rings. Reception and KS2 children should access the school via the side access road. A senior member of staff will unlock the gate and open the door adjacent to the Year 1 and Reception classrooms. Parents for children in KS2 can speak to the member of staff on the door to leave messages for class teachers. Reception parents can speak to class teacher on door. The children can come straight into their classrooms (teachers are in their classrooms from 8.45 onwards to greet the children). Busy work is organised for children to settle down to. The doors are closed at 8.55am: children arriving after that time will need to sign in at the school office.

Pupils place their coats in the cloakroom, PE kit bags on pegs and lunchboxes on trolleys or boxes under pegs, and bring their reading bags into the classroom to be stored in trays.

 

Illness

Parents can call school explaining absence – the attendance officer makes a note of the call and forwards this to class teacher in admin bag, or pupils return to school with a note from home. We usually store such notes in the classroom (the class teacher will have a designated place). The Attendance Officer will telephone all parents/ carers when a child is marked absent on the register in order to discuss the reason for being absent.

 

 

Drinks & Snacks

Pupils order milk (pupils receiving milk will be noted on a class list & displayed on classroom notice board) or bring water and a healthy snack (no crisps or biscuits) for morning break.

We do try to encourage healthy snacks as part of our Healthy School ethos.

Reception and Nursery have a snack table: children can access their milk/juice and fruit at any time during the morning session.

 

 

Lunchtime break - pupils are supervised by the lunchtime supervisors.

There are games and activities to occupy the children

 

Lunchtimes

12.00 – 12.45              Nursery

11.50-   12.50                    Reception

12:00 – 1:00            Years 1 & 2

12:15 – 1:15            Years 3 & 4

 

End of the Day

At the end of the school day pupils are escorted to the playground, or sent from classrooms if the door leads directly onto the playground where parents are waiting; children remain with the class teacher until collection by parents/carers including collection by after-school Care Club. Children awaiting collection remain with their class teacher until 3.30 pm - after this time they will be escorted to the main office area where parents are contacted. If parents cannot be contacted or a child has not been collected by 3.30pm, The Head Teacher (or in her absence- the Deputy, or a member of SLT) will be informed and a decision as to what action should be taken is made.
 

Arrangements for children leaving school for appointments

Office staff will collect / return children from the classroom when parents/carers arrive.

 

Uniform

At Meadows we expect all children to wear school uniform. If a child is not wearing school uniform, and no explanation is offered, the class teacher should approach the parent to discuss the matter. If there are any further concerns, then please inform the head teacher.

 

Lost Property

All clothes should be labelled. When items are found, we try to return them. Unclaimed property is displayed for parents at the end of each term.  If not reclaimed, it is donated to local charities. Lost property bins for the school are under the main staircase.

 

Jewellery and Make up

Jewellery and make up (including nail varnish) should not be worn by pupils in school. Earrings are not permitted unless the pupils have pierced ears; these children can wear studs. On PE days, studs should not be worn. If worn, they must be removed by the child (or taped up by the child if the ears have recently been pierced), and remain their responsibility. Long hair should be tied back for PE, especially swimming. Children may wear watches, but they must be removed for P.E.

 

Medicines

Medicines are not to be administered by class teachers. Where the attendance of a child is dependent upon receiving specific medication, our first aiders have volunteered to support the administration of medicines. Where specific permissions are given for medication, all medicines must be clearly labelled, and parents will need to complete a permission slip which is available at the school office.

Parent Communication

Teachers chat with parents after school quickly sharing issues and are available for confidential discussions as necessary by arrangement. Each morning a senior member of staff is on duty at the Early Years’ door for parents to discuss issues with, if needed. For Key Stage 2 children a senior member of staff will be on duty at their point of entry door.

Weekly Newsletter to Parents

Each Friday a newsletter is emailed which shares information regarding forthcoming events, updates of information etc to parents. Reception Classes also sends out a newsletter, emailed direct to parents. Hard copies are kept in the office and they are also put on the website.

 

Complaints

It is almost inevitable that within the complex interactions of a school, misunderstanding may occur despite the best intentions of all concerned. We hope that parents would approach the school with any concerns so that the issue can be quickly resolved. However, if a parent feels that the issue has not been resolved, they can refer to our Complaints policy.

 

Policy for Racial Equality

Racial harassment, whether verbal, emotional or physical, will not be tolerated from any pupil, parent, member of staff or any other adult associated with the school. Any incident of alleged or confirmed racial harassment would be reported to the Head teacher.

 

Child Protection

Mrs Hewitt is the designated teacher for Child Protection (DSL), and Mrs Dwyer and Mrs Dodman act as her deputies in her absence. At all times, they keep each other informed of current issues. There is also a Governor, Andi Lynch, responsible for Safeguarding (Mrs Barrow is deputy safeguarding governor).