Westward School

Years 2 - 6 Notes for Parents

SCHOOL DAY

The bell rings at 8.45a.m. There is a member of staff on duty at the middle gate and in the playground from 8.30a.m.

Children arriving before 8.30a.m, if not attending a club, choir or orchestra, will be directed to the early morning Breakfast Club.

Breakfast club runs from 7.30a.m. - 8.30a.m in the school hall.

Entry to Breakfast Club, After School Care, choir, orchestra and the wake and shake sessions is through the side gate via entry code obtainable from the school office.

 

Telephone messages left on the answer phone will be listened to at regular intervals during the day.

Useful email addresses

School Office: admin@westwardschool.co.uk

Headteacher's email address: sstevenson@westwardschool.co.uk

Bursar's email address: jparkhurst@westwardschool.co.uk

Breakfast and After School Care email address: outofschoolcare@westwardschool.co.uk

All reservations and cancellations must be made via this email address.

 

At morning break children may bring in a small portion of fruit, vegetables or bread in a named container. They also have the option to purchase fruit and vegetables from the kitchen snack shop that is open at playtime. Prices advised at the beginning of term.

 

There are water fountains in the playground for pupils to have a drink of water at break times and playtimes. Small water bottles can be refilled for classroom use.

Water is also available during lunch sessions in the school hall.

 

Children in Year 2 may have a drink of milk daily during morning break if they wish.

 

School Caterers - Brookwood Partnership

Any matters regarding school lunches should be discussed with the Chef Manager in person or email: Westward@brookwoodpartnership.com

 

MEDICINE

If medicine needs to be administered during the day it should be handed in at the school office with clear instructions written on the green 'medicine authorisation form'. Please do not ask for any asprin based products to be administered.

A member of the office staff will administer all medicines at the time stated on the signed medical form.

HOME MESSAGE BOOKS/HOMEWORK DIARIES

Parents are asked to look at the Home Message Book (Year 2), Homework Diary (Years 3 and 4) daily. All messages must be signed. Parents may use the book to write any messages.

 

Please make sure you write your contact numbers, work numbers etc. at the back of the book.

 

Parents may also send in individual letters or messages via the school email address.

 

All Home Message Books in Year 2 are taken in daily and checked for messages.

 

Once the children move into the Upper School (Years 3 - 6) they are expected to take on more responsibility and show their teacher parental messages first thing in the morning.

 

Years 5 and 6 do not have an individual homework diary. You will be given an index card at the beginning of the year to write down your emergency contact details and this will be kept by the class teacher. Parents may send in individual letters or messages via the school or class teacher's email address.

 

All teachers in the Upper School are contactable via email. You will be provided with the class teachers email address at the beginning of the school year.

 

COLLECTION OF CHILDREN

Arrangements should be noted with telephone numbers. Teachers should be informed of any changes in rotas or if a child is going home with someone else.  Please introduce Nannies and au pairs to the class teacher.

We will not allow children to leave school with people we do not know.

 

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE ZIG-ZAG LINES DURING THE NO WAITING TIMES OR OBSTRUCT DRIVEWAYS.

 

PLEASE ALSO OBSERVE THE PARKING RESTRICTIONS. YOU MAY LEGALLY PARK IN THE PARKING BAYS ALONG HERSHAM ROAD AND STOMPOND LANE WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS.

 

If you need to collect your child during school hours, please wait in the porch area for safeguarding reasons and he or she will be brought to you by a member of staff.

 

YEAR 2 - YEAR 4

  • Year 2 - 3.20p.m.  The children will be dismissed via the side gate
  • Years 3 & 4 - 3.30p.m.  The children will be dismissed via the side gate

 

YEARS 5 & 6

  • The children are dismissed from the front door by their class teacher at 3.30p.m.
  • Year 6 children are allowed to walk home to encourage independence and road safety but only with parents written permission.

 

Should you wish to speak to a teacher please wait until all the other children in the class have been dismissed.

 

We can only dismiss to known parents or adults.

 

The side gate will be locked by the Year 3 or 4 teachers once their children have been collected. Those remaining will be taken back into school. Please use the front door once the side gate is closed.

 

Please do telephone the school and leave a message if you know you are going to be late to collect your child.

 

CLOTHING

 

All clothing and belongings should be CLEARLY MARKED with the child’s name. This includes shoes and trainers.

Regulation uniform is available from Unismart Ltd, 5 Oakdene Parade, Cobham, KT11 2LR

01932 868233.

Drawstring bags, sun hats, swim hats and woolly hats can be purchased from the school office.

 

No jewellery is permitted except small stud earrings and named watches.

 

No jewellery and watches to be worn in the Upper School on a Thursday. Earrings must not be worn for sport.

 

Money, valuables, sweets or toys should not be brought to school.

 

P.E Sessions

 

In Year 2, the children will need to wear P.E kit to School every Thursday (subject to timetable changes). This will be shorts, navy and maroon polo shirt, white or black trainers, sweatshirt and joggers. They need not bring school uniform to change back into but can wear outdoor shoes and bring trainers with them if the weather is wet.

 

Year 2 will also need to bring their P.E kit to School every Tuesday

 

Year 3 are required to wear their P.E. kit and tracksuit to school every Tuesday for their afternoon games session.

 

 Years 3/4/5 & 6 Thursday Afternoon Swimming/Sports at Xcel Leisure Centre

 

At the beginning of each term each child will be assessed by the XCEL swimming teachers and their levels established.

 

Please ensure all children are wearing their school tracksuit and trainers (or similar) to school. Underneath their  tracksuit they should wear the following:

 

  • (Boys) - School shorts and maroon rugby jersey (Winter/Optional when very cold) or maroon/navy polo shirt (Autumn/Spring/Summer)
  • (Girls) - School maroon/navy polo shirt and netball skort
  • School burgundy socks (girls and boys)

 

 

All children should have the following items in their PE bag:

  • Swim bag
  • School regulation navy swimwear
  • House colour swim hat for girls (available from the school office)
  • Goggles (if required)
  • Towel
  • Bottle of water

 

Please ensure that your child is not wearing his or her swimming costume to school underneath the tracksuit. It is part of the National Curriculum requirements for children to be able to dress and undress themselves and we are required to follow this procedure.

 

All children swim and participate in the swimming and PE sessions each week unless there is a letter or email from parents to say otherwise.

 

Please note that girls are not allowed to wear any jewellery on a Thursday. They will not be allowed to swim if they are wearing earrings due to health and safety considerations. Long hair should be tied back.

 

Athletics will take place at the Elmbridge Sports Hub on a Thursday before the XCEL session. 

Autumn Term until the October Half Term - Years 4 and Year 5 

February onwards Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 

11.00 - 12.00 - Athletics

12.00 - 12.30 - Packed Lunch to be eaten in one of the Sports Hub rooms

12.30 until first Xcel session - Xcel Leisure Centre hall

 

When we are offsite, the children should look smartly dressed in the correct uniform.

 

Years 5 & 6 have a timetabled sports lesson every Friday afternoon. They will change into their P.E kits at lunchtime.

 

SPORTS FIXTURES

If your child is selected for a team, he or she will receive a letter outlining all the details of the fixture. You are asked to complete the attached parental consent form and return it as soon as possible. Transport is either by coach, when you will be asked to make a contribution, or organised in cars by another parent.

Supporters are always welcome.

 

MUSIC

RECORDERS

 

Pupils in Years 2, 3 & 4 will have recorder session with Miss Luksch as part of their music curriculum time. These sessions will give pupils the opportunity to explore and develop their music notation reading, listening and performance skills.

Descant recorders can be purchased from the school office or from most musical instrument retailers, including ABC Music in Esher. We recommend that you purchase either a Yamaha or Aulos descant recorder for your child.

Year 3 pupils upwards may audition for the school choir and/or orchestra. Miss Luksch will provide audition details at the beginning of the school year.

TEXTBOOKS & OTHER EQUIPMENT

Particular care should be taken with reading books and text books which are brought home. School books are printed in rather short runs and quickly go out of print. Sometimes this means that when one or two books are lost a whole class set becomes unusable.

If a textbook or reading book is lost a donation of £5 will be requested to replace the lost item.

 

In Year 2 the children should use a school book bag and from Year 3 upwards a School rucksack. These items are sold by Unismart.

 

Equipment needed by children to be kept in a suitable pencil case.

 

YEAR 2

Two sharp HB pencils                  Colouring pencils

Rubber and sharpener                  Glue Stick

Art overall                                 A 15cm ruler

A small selection of felt tips

 

YEAR 3

Two 2H or 2HB pencils              A 30cm and 20cm ruler

Rubber                                         Pencil Sharpener

Pair of scissors                              A small selection of Felt Tips

Colouring pencils                          Two Glue Sticks

Art overall

 

YEARS 4/5/6

ONE PENCIL CASE ONLY PLEASE

Ink pen & blue cartridges – Parker Vector is recommended (available from W.H. Smith)

Two sharp HB pencils

Colouring pencils

Rubber and barrel sharpener

30cm ruler

Geometry Set to include; protractor, set square, pair of compasses and short ruler

Two glue sticks

Ink eraser pen

Scissors

Art apron

Packet of highlighter pens (Yr 5&6)

Packet of coloured fineliners (Yr5 & 6)

 

In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 your child will be provided with a homework bag.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL EQUIPMENT IS NAMED

 

HOMEWORK

Homework is set according to age. Time allocation will be advised by the class teacher. If a child takes longer to complete the work or experiences difficulties on a regular basis, please speak to the teacher or use the homework diary.

 

REPORTS

 

Year

Group

Meet and Greet Session

(Informal opportunity to

meet the teacher and view work)

Parents' Evening

(Individual appointments

with teacher)

Reports

Year 2

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Full Report in Autumn and Summer Terms

Year 3

Autumn Term

Spring Term

* Full report in Autumn and Spring Terms

* Target report in Spring Term

*Test results will be included in each end of term report

Year 4

Autumn Term

Spring Term

*Full report in Autumn and Spring Terms

*Target report in Spring Term

*Test results will be included in each end of term report

Year 5

Autumn Term


Spring Term


Transition to Year 6 meeting in the Summer Term

*Full report in Autumn and Spring Terms

*Target report in Spring Term

*Test results will be included in each end of term report

Year 6

Autumn Term

(Final School Choices)

* Report Card during the Autumn Term

* Senior School Report at the end of the Autumn Term

* Short Report in the Spring Term

* Full Report in the Summer Term

 

Parents should not wait for an official Parents' Evening if they or their child has concerns. Teachers are happy to see parents before or after school whenever the need arises. Appointments may be arranged via the home message book or the school office.

The class teacher is always the first port of call for any queries or concerns.

 

DISCIPLINE

Good manners and respect for others are expected at all times. Discipline problems are discussed with a parent at an early stage.

 

Please refer to the Extra Curricular section of the School website for up to date information about After School Clubs.