Prospectus & Curriculum Information
WELCOME TO WYKE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome to Wyke Primary School.
Our school opened in September 1991 to cater for Gillingham’s growing population. The building is well designed, in an open plan style and well equipped; providing an excellent environment for the education of young children.
However, the building is just the beginning. Our school is about people- children, staff, parents, governors and friends working together as a team to encourage and challenge the pupils to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.
We believe that such achievements will be best met in a happy, caring, Christian environment with vibrant teaching, well behaved, friendly children and an atmosphere of respect and calm. We want each and every child to feel valued and happy to learn.
We are proud of our school, its reputation and positive ethos and we hope that you and your children will soon feel part of our close community.
Miss Olivia Palmer
WELCOME TO WYKE PRIMARY SCHOOL – FROM ALL THE CHILDREN AT WYKE SCHOOL
Welcome to Wyke Primary School.
Don’t be nervous. The other children will help you settle in very quickly and you will soon make lots of friends.
The teachers are always kind and helpful. They are firm, but fun. They will be your friend as well as your teacher, though they will expect you to do your best.
The school has a nice open set-out, so the classrooms aren’t cut off from each other. In the first two classes you even get to play sometimes! We do maths, reading and writing and lots of other subjects as well – drama, sports, science, art and much more!
Every day we have an assembly, we sing and sometimes we have instruments joining in. We play lots of instruments in Wyke School.
Playtimes are one hour at lunchtime, and twenty minutes at break. There is always someone on duty in case you fall over. You can play on the field in the summer. The playground is decorated with games as you can see.
Wyke School has lots of activities, like swimming in the summer, school trips throughout the year, parties at Christmas and lots of clubs of different varieties. Some children represent the school in different events.
We hope you enjoy it here at Wyke School. We do!
Good Luck from
All of the children at Wyke School
Wyke Primary School is a one-form entry school with seven classes, one for each year group. The Class Teacher is in overall charge of each class, ably supported by Teaching Assistants. Other staff include the Special Needs Teacher, School Secretary and Bursar, Lunchtime Supervisors and Cleaners. Staff report to the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. All members of staff are valued members of a team, caring for the children’s achievement. For a list of the present staff see ‘Staff’ page.
See ‘Governors’ page
Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DORSET, DT1 1XJ. Telephone 01305 251000
8.55 a.m. School starts (No responsibility can be accepted for children on site before 8.40 after which time a teacher is on duty).
10.20 – 10.40 Break time
12.00 – 1.15 Lunchtime Key Stage One
12.20 – 1.15 Lunchtime Key Stage Two
3.15 p.m. School Ends*
*When after-school activities take place they will end at approximately 4.15 p.m.
Children are able to start school in the September before their fifth birthday.
Wyke Primary School has a recognised catchment area; the parish of Gillingham, which is shared with the other Gillingham Primary Schools. We try to accommodate children living in that area within the physical capacity of the school. Our admission number for each year group is 30 pupils. If oversubscribed, priority is given to those in area children with brothers or sisters already in school, followed by those children who live closest to the school.
Parents of children living outside the Gillingham area who wish their children to attend Wyke should follow the procedure laid down in the Dorset County Council publication ‘Admission to Schools: A Guide for Parents and Carers 2017/2018’ which can be found by clicking HERE.
Parents who would like their children to attend Wyke Primary School should apply online www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions the January before the anticipated entry into school. Should parents have any queries at all regarding admissions policy, or are unable to apply online, please contact the school office for an admission form.
Children are invited to spend several sessions in school in the term prior to their admission.
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
‘ Caring for children’s achievement’
WYKE PRIMARY SCHOOL provides a happy, stimulating learning environment where every child is valued. We seek to develop the aptitudes, skills and knowledge which will help pupils achieve their true potential through praise, encouragement and high expectations of work and behaviour.
We aim to:-
* Provide a broad and balanced curriculum with a sound grounding in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy together with the independence and confidence to apply these skills.
* Foster lively, enquiring minds and enthusiasm for learning by treating children as individuals and building on their success.
* Make children feel valued and respected so they can be confident and secure; willing to seek help in the understanding that overcoming difficulty is part of the learning process.
* Develop, through example and explanation, a sense of responsibility. self discipline and respect – for one another, the school and community.
* Support children to make sensible choices and adopt healthy lifestyles.
* Show the importance of socialising and collaborating indiscriminately with sensitivity, consideration and humour.
* Encourage aesthetic and spiritual awareness in a Christian atmosphere.
* Allow children, staff, parents, governors and the community to share in our achievements and take a pride in our school.
In September 2014 the primary school curriculum changed.
Please follow the link to read the National Curriculum in full:
National Curriculum 2014
For most children, these changes will take effect from September 2014, but children in Years 2 and 6 will follow the existing programmes of study until September 2015 in English, maths and science.
The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.
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Class teachers provide a curriculum plan each term and details of these can be found on the class pages.
We endeavour to deliver a curriculum that is broad, balanced, enjoyable and differentiated to cater for the wide spread of abilities.
Using our professional judgment, the requirements of the new 2014 National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum, we aim to provide exciting, enjoyable lessons matched to each child’s developing needs. Children are set targets, which ensure that all can be challenged while enjoying success.
The curriculum is carefully planned to ensure continuity and progression. Subjects may be taught separately or, if more appropriate, as part of a class topic. Pupils experience a variety of learning situations; working as a class, in groups and individually.
The following statements give a brief outline of our philosophy in each curriculum area. The full policy documents are available on request.
The ability to read, write and listen are essential to, and permeate all areas of the curriculum. Our aim at Wyke is to build on children’s developing language skills to help them become confident, effective, independent users of spoken and written language.
When reading, children use structured schemes, primarily the Oxford Reading Tree, and a wealth of other reading material offering rich and varied experiences. Phonics are regularly taught in a structured, active and fun way using Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics to give children the skills to tackle new words.
We encourage children to practice with different styles and writing techniques. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are continually taught throughout the school.
We teach children to express themselves clearly, ask questions to aid their understanding, listen carefully and consider the contributions of others and so grow in confidence and maturity.
We aim to make mathematics enjoyable and relevant. The basic skills of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication are thoroughly taught. Children’s understanding of these basic skills is assessed and broadened through practical activities which ask them to apply their knowledge.
The 2014 National Curriculum provides structure and continuity but some of children’s mathematical experience will be naturally linked to other curriculum areas. We encourage the use of many strategies, including mental arithmetic, problem solving and the use of calculators to practice mathematical skills.
Pupils progressively learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. They are taught relevant practical skills and techniques, including a variety of appropriate methods for recording their work.
There is an emphasis on practical tasks and investigations building on children’s own experiences and stimulating their natural curiosity.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Children learn best when they are happy and healthy. The PSHCE programme provides children with the social and emotional skills to create and sustain friendships. They are encouraged to make sensible and informed choices reflecting on their role as members of a community.
Specific Sex Education at an appropriate level is undertaken at the end of Key Stage 2. Building on from work about ‘Ourselves’ at Key Stage 1, we look at lifecycles and reproduction in animals and plants. This leads on to the changes that take place during adolescence, and to human reproduction. Such work will reflect the school ethos and endorse moral values.
Parents will always be informed first and have the right to withdraw their child but we do encourage parents to discuss the work to be undertaken before coming to a decision.
In technology pupils are taught a wide range of design skills and techniques together with the appropriate use of tools using a comprehensive range of materials. Whenever practical, tasks will relate to real life applications and be set within the children’s own experiences. It is an inventive, fun activity.
History and Geography
Using clues from the past the children are encouraged to be historical detectives as they develop their understanding and enthusiasm for the subject.
Geography involves the investigation of places, physical features, settlement and environmental change using geographical skills. Pupils will be given opportunities to use an enquiry approach focusing on key geographical questions.
In Religious Education we encourage the children to reflect on their own life and what is special to them as a step into finding out about religion. Throughout the school children will begin to develop an understanding of some of the world faiths with an emphasis being placed on Christianity.
Teaching within the guidelines of the Dorset agreed syllabus our overall aim is to foster empathy for others and to encourage children to explore their own feelings, thoughts and actions.
An act of worship is held every day led by a member of staff or a visiting speaker. Each class also presents an assembly two or three times a year to share their work with the other pupils and parents.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from religious activities if they wish. We hope that parents will discuss any concerns before coming to a decision.
Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama
All the children are given the opportunity to develop their skills within dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, team games and outdoor activities. We encourage a sense of fair play, competition, co-operation and enjoyment.
School football and netball teams play against neighbouring schools and we take part in a number of football, netball, cricket, swimming and athletics competitions each year. The school also sends representatives to events such as the North Dorset and County Athletics Meetings.
Wyke School is well resourced for sport. We have a well equipped hall used for P.E. and gymnastics, a grassed playing field and hard play area used for team games, athletics and short tennis. In the Summer Term children use Riversmeet Leisure Centre’s swimming pool. The school also possesses a very good stock of sports equipment for a wide range of activities.
We aim to develop children’s creativity by maximizing on their natural abilities, developing skills, experimenting and appreciating the work of other artists and musicians.
All children participate in artistic, dramatic and musical activities and are given opportunities to display and perform their work both within the school and publicly.
Pupils are offered the opportunity to learn to play an instrument through peripatetic tuition provided by the Dorset Music Service. If your child is interested in starting music lessons then please enquire for more details at the school office. Here is a link to the Dorset Music Service website where you can find information on instrument hire, funding opportunities, playing opportunities and much more: www.dorsetmusicservice.org.uk
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
We aim to make learning Modern Foreign Languages fun and accessible to all through the use of high quality materials, including games and songs. The focus is on conversation and in addition to discrete lessons, it is reinforced through more incidental use throughout the day.
In ICT children are taught specific skills using a range of equipment e.g. computers, floor robots and digital cameras. They are then encouraged to apply these skills in all other areas of the curriculum.
We ensure that the children are aware of the power of technology but also the possible dangers. We ensure that they are made aware of the need to practise E-safety.
HOMEWORK AND READING
We always encourage regular, daily reading at home. Time, which can regularly be devoted to hearing your children read, is valuable. Reading to children is important too. Reading should always remain a pleasurable activity.
When primary age children have done a full day’s work at school, they need some time for rest and relaxation with the family and to pursue other interests. On occasion children may be asked to finish off at home a piece of work begun in class. Sometimes they will be asked to carry out some research in preparation for work to be covered. Children will be regularly asked to learn or revise words, spellings, number facts and tables. Invariably some children will voluntarily continue their own studies at home on a piece of work that particularly interests them. We support and encourage all of the above.
In Years 5 and 6, in addition to the tasks outlined above, more formal homework is set on a weekly basis.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Those pupils with special needs are set tasks which are realistic, challenging and appropriate; the emphasis being given to success rather than failure.
We follow the guidelines set out in the government Code of Practice and involve and consult parents at all stages. The more able pupils have particular needs too and work is planned accordingly.
Trained classroom assistants, in addition to their general work with all children, provide support for children with special needs under the direction of the class teacher. The type of support will vary. It may be one to one or in a small group, usually in the classroom, but sometimes in a separate quiet area.
Wyke School is committed to the fundamental principles of equality of access and opportunity, unbiased treatment and equal value of all individuals. This commitment is reflected in our admission arrangements and policy documents.
Equal opportunity is about girls and boys fulfilling their potential and making choices in their daily lives, unhampered by expectations that are based on gender, ethnic or national origin, intelligence or physical capacity, age, social or religious background.
We have specific facilities for disabled people and the school benefits from being on one level. We are committed to providing a full range of opportunities for all our children.
We are eager for parents to become a part of our school and to feel involved in their child’s education in as many ways as possible. There are several opportunities:
- Support of the Friends Association.
- Educational evenings – enabling parents to see some of the work that is going on throughout the school.
- Parent-teacher consultations – two formal consultations in the Autumn and Spring Terms allow for the discussion of individual children’s development. We provide a full end of year report towards the end of the Summer Term, plus a further opportunity to meet the teacher if requested.
- Informal classroom visits – as you collect your children from school please pop in and see what has been going on. Children and teachers really value this sort of contact.
- Classroom help – parents help us in classrooms in a variety of ways. For example, helping with reading, art and craft, maths activities, science, computer work and the display of children’s work.
A copy of the Home-School Agreement is available from the school office.
If you would like to offer your help in school, in whatever capacity, please let us know.
FRIENDS OF WYKE PRIMARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
All parents of children attending our school are automatically members of the Friends’ Association. We also welcome other members of the community to become involved in the school; hence the association is not for parents only. The association aims to raise money to provide extra facilities for our children. To this end a variety of fund raising events take place during the course of each year. A committee exists to plan events. There is also a ‘Helpers List’ for anyone who would like to be called upon occasionally to help out with tea-making, washing up, chair stacking, stall running…you name it! If you would like your name to be added to the Helpers List do contact the office for a list of Committee members.
THE RED HERON BREAKFAST & AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
The Red Heron Club provides a Breakfast Club and After School Club every day at Wyke. The Red Heron Club is registered with Ofsted to provide childcare for Early Years and school-age children from 3 years to 11 years.
The Red Heron’s Breakfast Club opens at 8.00am until the start of school at a cost of £3.50 per session (including breakfast). The After School Club runs from 3.15pm to 5.00pm at a cost of £7.50, OR 3.15pm to 6.00pm priced at £10.50 (both sessions will include snacks and drinks).
The Red Heron Club is run by qualified childcare professionals with many years’ experience. If you have a question or would like more information, please call Mrs Sarah Snook on the dedicated Red Heron Club number, 07860 172184.
Each pupil has an individual profile which contains curriculum records, copies of the Summer Term reports, together with national and school test results. Each day teachers make informal assessments of pupils’ work, understanding and progress as part and parcel of their professional judgement. More formal standardised assessments are made each year to keep track of children’s achievement and progress.
Year 2 children complete reported Teacher Assessments as they complete Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
Year 6 children complete reported Standard Assessment Tasks as they complete Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.
The most recent SAT results for Wyke School are available on this site.
Autumn/Winter Red sweatshirt, pullover, fleece or cardigan, Grey skirt, trousers or shorts, Black/dark coloured shoes.
Spring/Summer Red and white striped dress or white polo shirt with school motif with skirt, trousers or shorts, black/dark coloured shoes or sandals.
Sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces, polo shirts and t-shirts with the school logo as well as many other items may be purchased from local company http://oakappledirect.com . A code is needed when first setting up an account with Oak Apple – this code is WKPSP81401. Financial help from the LA is available to some families for the purchase of school clothes. Any enquiries on this matter should be made at our office where they will be dealt with confidentially.
PE AND GAMES KIT
All pupils need a red t-shirt, black/dark shorts and plimsolls for PE. It is most helpful if these items of kit are kept in a named drawstring bag.
Although gym-based work will often be done barefoot, plimsolls are necessary for outdoor work and we do recommend elasticated plimsolls for children who have not mastered the art of lace-tying. We ask children not to do any PE or Games activities in their ‘day shoes’.
Pupils in Years 3 – 6 need Games Kit. This comprises a shirt, shorts, socks and suitable footwear – ideally football boots or trainers. We would encourage children to wear tracksuits or at least a suitable warm top garment for outdoor lessons.
In the interests of safety watches and jewellery must not be worn during PE. Children are responsible for the removal and insertion of their own earrings.
Although we do possess a limited supply of these it would be most helpful if as many children as possible could provide their own overall. An old shirt is ideal, but please don’t expect it to regain its original colour again – ever!
It really does save a great deal of time and tears (children’s, teachers’, and parents’!) if children’s clothes are clearly labelled with the owner’s name. We would greatly appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
MONEY AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS
As a general rule children should not bring money into school. The only exceptions to this will be when children bring money for :
A charity donation or payment for a school trip/special event, or for a Friday tuck shop.
Watches may be worn. For safety’s sake we would ask children not to wear other items of jewellery. We are unable to accept responsibility for the loss of or damage to such items. Some children have pierced ears and wear earrings. Please ensure, for safety’s sake, that all earrings, if worn, are of the stud type only.
Children love to bring toys into school. Invariably the toys get damaged or broken. Please will you restrict the times when your children bring toys into school to special occasions, e.g. birthdays, when a toy may be ‘shared’ with the class under the teacher’s supervision.
From time to time it may be necessary for children to take medicine in school time. This is often the case when a child is taking a prescribed course of antibiotics. Please ensure that all such medicines are labelled with the child’s name, dosage and a spoon, then handed into the school office, where a consent form must be completed. Please note we are no longer able to administer ibuprofen or aspirin without a prescription. Children with asthmatic conditions may keep inhalers with them in class, however a parental consent form must also be completed. Teachers must be informed if a child needs medicine or an inhaler.
All the teaching staff give up much of their time to run a broad range of extra curricular activities for the children. Joining in extra-curricular activities is entirely optional though we do expect a high level of commitment once a club has been joined. At the time of writing the following activities are available: Hockey, Football, Netball, Art Club, Cookery Club, Sewing Club and Samba Drumming club. Children are also able to take part in other activities in the school run by outside agencies.
Please ensure that if your child is absent from school, the absence is covered by either a ParentMail absence notification or a written note. We have to log all unauthorised absences. Any absence not covered by a written parental/carer explanation will be deemed unauthorised. Family holidays are no longer permitted during term time and any absences will be recorded as unauthorised.
Children can bring their own packed lunches to school or have a cooked school meal. Drinking water is available in school. Children bringing their own drinks should be provided with a plastic container. We do ask the children not to bring fizzy drinks. Some children may qualify for Free School Meals. Please enquire at the school office if you have any queries on this matter, or click here for more information. Please ensure that lunch boxes and drink containers are clearly labelled with the owner’s name.
It is perfectly acceptable for your child to have a mid-morning snack. Free fruit is provided for Key Stage 1 pupils. Key Stage 2 pupils should eat something ‘healthy’.
Sweets and chewing-gum should not be brought into school. The only exception to this rule might be cough or throat sweets. Please advise your child’s teacher if such sweets are to be taken.
OUT AND ABOUT
A number of educational visits are organised during the year. We attach great importance to these visits which provide children with genuine first hand experiences unobtainable in the classroom.
These visits will include local studies, day trips to places of interest, theatre and residential visits.
We presently provide a three day visit to a field studies centre in Year 5. Year 6 pupils study a contrasting area to Gillingham and to take part in outdoor activities such as sailing, climbing, caving and kayaking.
Unfortunately these activities can not be provided without asking for financial contributions.
At Wyke we try to create a calm, caring environment sensitive to the needs of individual children. We encourage self discipline, common sense and courtesy on the part of all pupils, showing consideration to others and respect for their views and feelings.
Our emphasis is on praise rather than punishment but in the event of any problems parents will be involved at an early stage so that we can work together.
A document such as this can do no more than introduce Wyke Primary School. We do hope that you will visit to experience and enjoy the atmosphere of the school and see the facilities we offer the children.
Most children will leave the school at the end of Year 6 and transfer to Gillingham School. Liaison between schools helps ensure this transfer is as smooth as possible.
When pupils move on we feel proud of their achievements and confident that together we have provided very sound foundations for the future in a happy and caring educational environment.
The school attaches great importance to several activities which, unfortunately, cannot be provided without asking for financial contributions. These vary from year to year but include:
Residential visits, day trips to places of interest, theatre visits, performances held at school by outside organizations.
The school’s policy on charging is as follows;
1. For practical activities, such as cooking, where the pupil normally retains the final product, parents may be asked to provide or pay for the ingredients or materials.
2. For activities which take place mainly during school time, e.g. a museum visit, parents will be asked for voluntary contributions to help cover the cost of the visit. The viability of these trips very often depends on parental contributions.
3. (a) For residential trips involving board and lodging costs, parents will be expected to pay for these charges. (b) The cost of transport and tuition fees will be a matter for voluntary contributions.
4. Families who are in receipt of Free School Meals need not pay the charges in 3(a) if they make themselves known, in confidence, to the Headteacher.
5. It is stressed that parents must be quite clear that contributions in 2, and 3(b) are genuinely voluntary and that no child will be excluded through inability to pay.
COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE CURRICULUM
At Wyke Primary School we believe education should be a partnership between home and school. This partnership is based on mutual trust and respect. We therefore value parents’ comments; be they supportive or critical. If parents are unhappy in any way we ask that you telephone or visit the school and arrange to speak with the Class Teacher. The majority of concerns can be sorted out in this way, informally and quickly.
If, after speaking to the Class Teacher, parents feel a problem has not been resolved, or, if it is felt more appropriate, then parents may make an appointment to see the Headteacher. Our policy is to see parents promptly and take their concerns seriously.
Should parents feel that neither the staff or Headteacher are able to help the next step would be to write to the Chair of Governors (currently Mrs Alison Beall). The matter will then be discussed at a Governors’ Meeting.
If you continue to be concerned there is a local procedure to be followed details of which may be obtained from the Education Office, County Hall, Dorchester.