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School opens at 8.50 am. Please arrive at school between 8.50am and 8.55am so that children are ready for learning. When children arrive late it makes it difficult for them to settle, and also distracts learning for everyone else.
All children should go to their classrooms through the outside classroom door, not through the corridor, for health and safety reasons.
If children are late, please go straight to the school office so they can be registered.
All children must be brought to school by a parent.
Early Years, Year 1 and 2:
Parents should remain with their child until the classroom door is open.
Please let your child take off their coats and put their bags away independently.
All children must be collected by parents.
School gates open at 3.10pm. Please arrive before 3.15pm so you are ready to collect your child on time. Children should be collected from their classrooms through the outside classroom door, not through the corridor, for health and safety reasons.
If you are unavoidably late, please telephone the office so they know when you will arrive.
Occasionally, parents may ask another parent or adult to collect their child from school. Please let the office know first thing in the morning and they will speak to the class teacher. We cannot let a child go home with another adult without parental permission.
We encourage parents to work closely with school and to talk to class teachers to share information, or any concerns.
Class teachers are not able to meet with parents first thing in the morning because they are setting up and then teaching. Please see them at the end of the day. They may ask you to to make an appointment if you need a longer conversation. If the information is urgent, please let the school office or the Headteacher know.
As part of our ‘Medicines in school’ policy we are only allowed to give medicine to a child if it is prescribed by a doctor. Please speak to the office staff if your child needs medication in school. You will be asked to complete a consent form. Medication of any kind must be kept in the school office, and not with the child.
It is normal for children to have minor accidents, such as bumps and bruises, when playing, and even when learning. Most of the time this can be dealt with by members of staff in school. We have an accident book and we record what has happened.
We have fourteen members of staff trained in First Aid. (Eight ful time staff and six Midday Meals Supervisors) They will be asked to check an injury if there is any concern. They will administer first aid and let a member of the senior leadership team know what has happened. Usually, once First Aid has been administered, a child is well enough to stay in school. The class teacher will be informed and they will speak to parents at the end of the day. If they are not well enough to remain in school, parents will be called and asked to take their child home, or to have them checked at a medical centre.
If the child has a head injury which is of concern, parents will be called straight away and will be asked to come in to school to check their child. They will be advised to take them to be medically assessed if they are worried.
In the highly unusual case of a serious injury or illness we will call an ambulance straight away, and parents will be informed.
This year all children from Reception class upwards are entitled to a free school meal.
When your child begins school, you will be asked to bring in evidence of any benefits that you receive. The office will complete a form to check whether your family is entitled to free school meals. This can also be done online. Please follow the link below to check eligibility:
Extra school funding is given for children who are entitled to free school meals and this is why we ask you for this information. It is very important that you let the office know of any change of circumstance.
School meals are provided by Tower Hamlets and are always healthy. There is always a choice. The menu is repeated every 3 weeks.
A school packed lunch will be provided if children are going out on a trip.
If you would prefer your child to bring a packed lunch, please speak to the school office.
Packed lunch guidelines
Children entitled to Free School Meals willl have a healthy packed lunch provided by the school. If you would prefer to provide your own packed lunch, please read the healthy packed lunch guidelines below:
If children have a food allergy please bring in a letter from the doctor explaining what their allergy is and what they are not allowed to eat. If no letter is provided we cannot offer a special diet.
Physical Education is part of the National Curriculum and it is a legal requirement that we teach it. All children will be expected to participate in PE if they are in school, unless they have a medical note from their doctor.
We work with Tower Hamlets Sports Partnership. They provide specialist sports coaches who teach the children a variety of different sports. The class teacher is present when sports coaches are leading PE.
For hygiene and safety reasons, children from Yr1 upwards should bring in a PE kit on the day of their PE to get changed into (see link below). Please check with class teachers which day the class does PE, as this sometimes changes, depending on sports coaches. Please make sure your child has the correct clothing on the day of PE. For safety reasons, children cannot wear earrings, jewellery or headscarves for PE or swimming.
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and it is a legal requirement that we teach it. We believe it is an important life skill and it is essential that children learn to swim for their own safety. All children will be expected to participate in swimming if they are in school, unless they have a medical note from their doctor.
Please make sure your child has the correct clothing on the day of PE.
Parents are often invited to sharing assemblies, Exit points or performances. It is very important that parents arrive before the assembly begins. If you arrive late you will not be allowed in.
As part of the International Primary Curriculum, and sometimes for other curriculum subjects such as Religious Education, we plan a range of trips and visits to museums and galleries etc. This happens at least once a half term. It is an important part of learning at Shapla, and classroom work is then based around research that the children have completed. This helps children to learn in a real context. We always complete a risk assessment for all trips. We are well staffed, and have high expectations of behaviour and safety when we take children out. Organisations often comment on how well behaved our children are when they are on a trip.
We nearly always arrange free public transport and most of the visits we make are to places that offer free access. Sometimes we pay for workshops. Occasionally we will ask parents for a contribution towards the cost of a trip.
When children start school, parents are asked to sign a consent form allowing children to be taken on local educational trips. We keep this on record for the whole of the time at Shapla.
Parents are also asked to sign a permission slip to allow their child to participate in trips and visits further afield.
Sometimes parents are asked to accompany children on a trip or visit. Please see the volunteering on trips and visits page.
We have excellent partnerships with different organisations that help us deliver aspects of the curriculum. They provide experts who come in to school and deliver sessions and workshops with classes. This enhances learning for the children and often gives us great new ideas for teaching.
School Journey takes place in Year 5. Children spend a week at a residential centre which is specifically chosen to offer a chance to learn about a different part of the country. Part of the National Curriculum is taught on School Journey:
- understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom
- human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
- use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom
- use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
In addition, children have a wonderful opportunity to gain independence and deepen relationships with others in their class. This links to the PHSEE curriculum:
· Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
· Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
- feel positive about themselves [for example, by producing personal diaries, profiles and portfolios of achievements; by having opportunities to show what they can do and how much responsibility they can take]
- identify positive ways to face new challenges
- develop relationships through work and play
We offer parents the opportunity to visit the residential centre before their child undertakes the residential, so they can see the benefits of learning in a new environment. This reassures parents and makes separation much easier. We also hold a meeting for all parents to discuss arrangements and respond to any concerns.
We expect all children to participate in school journey. If children do not go, they not only miss out on a fantastic opportunity, but they are also not able to complete the unit of work that is based around their experience when they return to school. In addition, the class have bonded through their shared experience, and children who have not participated often feel left out.
School Journey funding
The school governors have agreed to subsidise School Journey from the main school budget. This means that families only pay a small part of the actual costs. Money can be paid to the office in instalments to make it easier for families.
When children start school, parents will be asked to sign a consent form to allow photographs of their child to be used. We often use photographs of learning for our website. Other organisations that we work with also ask us for photographs of children participating in projects. We do not publish the name of a child with their photographs. All photographs are anonymous to protect the safety of the child.
Buggies are not allowed in the school building for health and safety reasons. They should be parked in the playground outside the school office.
Parents are asked not to use mobile phones inside the school building as this disturbs children’s learning, and work in the office.
We welcome parents into school to attend courses or family learning with their child. Please make sure you arrive before the course or workshop begins. If you arrive late you may not be able to attend.