Welcome to Mr Cowie's Class
We are really looking forward to working with your children. Here are the staff who will be working with your child this year...
Staff and Class Organisation
Throughout Key Stage 2 we have additional staff, which allows children to be supported to a sufficient degree, as well as allowing us to deliver targeted interventions to specific groups of children and individuals.
The Co-ordinator of Key Stage 2 is Mrs Robinson. She currently teaches in Year 6.
We do not have mixed age classes in KS2. There is one class per year group. There are always at least 2 adults in each year group to manage the learning of our children.
Key Stage 2
Children in Years 3 and 4 have their own separate entrance and exit to those children in Years 5 and 6.
The entrances and exits are:
Year 3 and 4: The door at the top of the steps from the playground.
Year 5 and 6: The middle door leading from the main car park.
All children are expected to wear school uniform.
Please click here for further information: here
KS2 children go swimming. We have a swimming pool on site.
Swimming kit consists of a swimming hat, and bathing costume (swimming trunks or shorts for boys). Children are not allowed to wear a bikini. Swimming hats are available to buy via ParentPay. All pupils will need a towel and a comb with them. We encourage children to bring swimming goggles to wear.
Jewellery in School
Any ear piercing should take place at the start of the 6 weeks summer holiday.
We do not allow children to wear jewellery or body piercings in school. Earrings must be removed before coming to school. If children are not able to remove their own earrings parents will be asked to do so even if that means coming into school.
Watches are allowed to be worn in school, but must be removed for P.E.
Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school.
All children should have a water bottle in school. Their name should be written on the bottle. Water bottles should be taken home each day to be washed. We do not allow single use plastic bottles in school to be used as water bottles.
There is lots of information about our curriculum on our school website. Please refer to this by clicking here
Our Curriculum is broad and balanced, following the statutory guidance from the National Curriculum. It develops children’s progressive knowledge and skills across the curriculum and develops their health and well-being to prepare them for the future.
At the end of Key Stage 2, Year 6 pupils are required to undertake SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Maths (arithmetic and reasoning).
An information meeting will be held for Year 6 parents in the Spring term.
In June Year 4 children take an online multiplication tables check, to test their knowledge of multiplication tables and associated division facts.
The Importance of Reading
At Shotton Primary School we are determined that all pupils will learn to read fluently, confidently and with understanding so that they leave Key Stage 2 ready for the next stage in their education. We want children to develop a positive attitude towards reading so that they are committed, independent readers.
Children need to read regularly at home and we need parental support to ensure that children do so. We aim for all children to read 3 times a week at home.
In school our children are taught reading through:
Whole class teaching
Guided reading in smaller groups
Reading individually to and with an adult.
Exposure to a wide range of high-quality texts.
The use of challenging and varied texts.
Intervention teaching programmes where necessary.
We have our very own brand-new library. We expect our children to be responsible library members. Pupils sign a loan agreement and then are able to borrow up to two books from the school library. The library will be open throughout the week 3.30-4pm on specific nights. Families are invited to come along and share the books together.
Relationships and Health Education
At Shotton Primary School we use the scheme Lucinda and Godfrey, which enables us to facilitate the teaching and understanding of the statutory teaching of RSE curriculum, in an age appropriate and sensitive manner. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from some or all of sex education but not health education or being taught about LGBT issues. We always encourage parents to discuss any concerns or worries with us.
The Pastoral Care of pupils in school is one of the most important roles in school that all staff have.
Mrs Cossar is our school counsellor. She works in school 3 days per week. If parents wish for their child to work with Helen, then they should contact Mrs Henson our SENCO.
Children can also access a lunchtime appointment with Helen if they wish to talk about any issues causing them concern. Children should complete a ‘Time to Talk’ request slip for a 10 minute-appointment with Helen.
Buddies and Sports Leaders
At Shotton Primary School we believe that everyone should have a friend to play with at break and lunchtimes and never feel that they are ‘left out’. Our KS2 Buddies and Sports Leaders programme starting in September will offer pupils the chance to talk to other pupils in an empathetic way and join in purposeful activities so that they are never alone, unless they wish to be.
In school we take firm measures to ensure that all of our staff, children and visitors to the school can feel safe, happy and secure. Any incidents of bullying or unkindness are treated with care and concern by staff as we have a duty of care to everyone. Bullying in any of its forms will not be tolerated.
School Council and Eco Rangers
Our School Council and Eco Rangers Committee has class representatives from Year 2 to Year 6. Members can bring issues from their classes to school council meetings for discussion. Our School Council is an important means by which we can identify the needs and concerns of our pupils. It allows our children to have a clear, purposeful voice in school.
Children should attend school regularly and arrive at school on time.
Mrs Collins is our Safeguarding and Attendance Officer. She will always work with parents and carers to support regular attendance. Please inform us if you are experiencing difficulties in getting your child to school and we can help and support you wherever possible.
School starts at 8:55am, all external doors will be closed at this time. Please ensure that your child is on time each day, ready to begin their learning.
As a school we work closely with the Local Authority Attendance Enforcement Team and will refer children to the Local Authority for poor attendance.
Fines and formal warnings have and will be issued. Home visits are made where we have concerns with regards to attendance.
Holidays during term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Parents and carers are expected to request leave of absence before booking holidays, just as is the case with parents’/carers’ work requirements and conditions of employment.
When fines are imposed, they are for every child and every parent. For example, a family with 2 children may well be subject to fines totalling £240 (4x £60).
We do appreciate when parents are honest with us about taking holidays. If we do not know where children are then this is a safeguarding issue and your child may officially be classed as a missing child.
What to do if your child is going to be absent from school
If your child is going to be absent from school, then please call the school on the first day of absence, before 8:45am and let us know either by speaking to a member of the office staff or by leaving a message on the answerphone if the school office is closed. The school telephone number is (0191) 526 2006.
For safeguarding reasons, we do expect you to inform us on each day whether your child continues to be ill.
If you need to take your child out of school during the day please be aware that we will only allow a child out of school in exceptional circumstances, such as to attend hospital appointments. Appointments should be made wherever possible outside of school hours and proof will be required.
School Meals and Lunchtime Arrangements
We are currently developing a packed lunch policy for September after gathering the views of parents and children. Children are not allowed to bring fizzy or high energy drinks to school.
For the safety of pupils who have nut allergies, this school is a nut-free zone. Please do not include any nuts, nut products or chocolate spread in your child’s packed lunch.
We have 2 lunch sittings for KS2 children. Lunchhound is a newly introduced system which allows children to preorder their school lunch so that meals are cooked to order and all children get a school meal of their choice.
School meals are to be paid for via ParentPay, unless your child is entitled to Free School Meals. To find out if you qualify for Free School Meals please click here. Free School Meals application forms are available by contacting the school office.
For further information on ParentPay please click here
Wrap Around Care
Information on Breakfast Club can be fund here
Information on After School Childcare can be fund here
Mrs Henson is our SENCo please contact her if you have any questions with regards to your child in terms of special educational needs.
Please contact the school office before 8:50am if your child is absent. Once a child is five years old parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly.
Holidays forms must be completed for term time holidays.
Please inform us of any change of address or telephone numbers via Operoo.