Prepared by FTS, as Parents
Q When my child starts Reception at Trinity; will they be in school every day all day?
A Usually the children will receive a home visit to allow the teachers to see the child in a comfortable environment., although during these current times we will be arranging zoom meetings instead, there will also be an opportunity to discuss the curriculum in more detail. This will usually be in the first two days of the year. The children are then timetabled for a progressive start to school. Further details of this will follow.
Pre-school may be able to assist with wrap around childcare, subject to pre-booking and space.
Q What are the terms dates for this academic year and other key dates, like training days?
A The school website includes a list of term dates. School usually circulates a list of key dates in advance.
Q What is ‘KS1’ and ‘KS2’?
A KS1 is Key Stage 1, which is Year 1 and Year 2. Key Stage 2 is Years 3 to Year 6. Reception is part of the Foundation Stage.
Q What does ‘FTS’ stand for?
A FTS is an abbreviation for Friends of Trinity School, to which all School families are automatically members. It is another name for a PTA as it might be called at other settings.
Q Where can I get uniform?
A Uniform is available via Total Clothing who are based in Peterborough. Total Clothing accept online orders as well as in shop orders. They can deliver free to school on certain days or can deliver straight to your home, although there is a fixed delivery charge for this. Order well before the start of term! Please do not forget to label everything! https://www.totalclothingshop.co.uk/tps
Q Is ‘pre loved’ uniform available?
A Yes, ‘pre loved’ uniform is available at a nominal charge from FTS. Please ask at reception for more details.
Q How is my child’s reading assessed ?
A By being listened to in class by the teacher and teaching assistant. Class teachers also use an assessment system similar to how they assess writing and mathematics. This is regularly updated and adapted as necessary.
Q If I think that my child needs to change reading stage, how should I make the teacher aware?
A Approach your child’s teacher or make a note in the reading record.
Q How often should I listen to my child read?
A It is important that children experience the joy of reading and the children are encourage to read as much as possible. Please listen to your child read at least 5 times a week.
Q How do I arrange school meals for my child?
A School meals are provided for KS1, free of charge. However all meals will still need to be booked through Love Food. For KS2, there is a charge and again all meals need to be booked via Love Food. You will be sent the menu for the term at the end of the term before and this is displayed on the schools website at http://trinityprimary.org.uk/index.php/parents/useful-forms
Love Food use an online booking system called Edu spot, once your child is registered with your school a password will be generated and texted/emailed to you. You can order up to midnight the night before the meal is required.
Q Do I need to provide extra food or snacks?
A Fruit is provided for Key Stage 1 but not for Key Stage 2 children. If you would like your child(ren) in Key Stage 2 to have a fruit snack then please supply from home.
Q Is milk provided for the children at school?
A Up to the age of 5 children are entitled to free milk. This is provided by ‘Cool Milk’: www.coolmilk.com. Details are provided in your Reception intake pack. Once your child reaches the age of 5 you can choose to pay so that your child continues to receive milk. This can be done via the cool milk website.
Extra Curricular activities
Q What after school clubs are run by the school/external companies?
A A variety of after school clubs such as film club, art and craft, cooking, photography, games and sports based clubs are provided throughout the year by staff and external companies
Q Some clubs are only available to particular year groups, why is that?
A The clubs are provided to the most appropriate age ranges.
Q What before and after school provision is available at Trinity?
A The school provides before and after school provision in which the children are able to partake in a variety of activities 5 days a week. Many children attend this club willingly as they really enjoy the activities that are on offer. Our before school club starts from 8am and runs until 8:45. Our after school provision runs from 3pm to 5.30pm.
Payment for this is through virtual credits. Essentially, you buy a number of credits and use them as you access the provision. You will be sent a weekly statement of how many credits you have left to use in your account. Breakfast club credits and after school credits must be bought separately. Visit the school website at http://trinityprimary.org.uk/index.php/parents/before-and-after-school-provision/buy-credits for further information.
Q Are music lessons available for my child?
A Music lessons are available for woodwind, guitar and violin.
Parents in school
Q What events should I attend as a parent?
A The School has a busy social calendar and all are welcome to attend. Sports Day, Easter Bonnet Parade, Summer Fair, Class Assemblies, Celebration Assemblies, End of Term Collective Worship, Stay & Shares. All welcome. There are certain guidelines regarding younger and older siblings but these are typically shared prior to the event.
Q What is Stay & Share?
A This is when parents/careers are invited in to their children’s class to partake in a variety of class based activities.
Q Does the School have Parents Evenings and reports?
A The school has two Parents evenings and reports are sent out once a year.
Q What are the parking/travel arrangements for getting to and from school?
A We are aware that parking at peak times (pick-up and drop off times) can be an issue. We have many families travelling from surrounding villages in their cars. Therefore, we encourage as many children as possible to use the bus services that are provided if you are able to.
For more information on how to use the bus service, please contact our school office.
The school also operate a drop off zone. This is a bay outside of the school, next to the yellow zig-zag lines which is supervised by an adult between 8:35 and 8:45. The school encourage you to use it if you are driving to school in order to reduce the amount of congestion in the village. Simply, drive into the drop off zone, say goodbye to your child, allow them to alight the car and drive away.
Other School Information
Q How do I join FTS?
A Everyone is a member of the Friends of Trinity School and all help is welcome. FTS runs various fundraising events throughout the year and that fundraising goes back into school to benefit all the children. You are welcome to join the committee, come to the meetings, attend events, help at events and even bake a cake. There are lots of ways you can help. Speak to a member of FTS or check out the latest newsletter.
Q Where can I get information on about the School and School events?
A Visit our Facebook page, the school’s blog and website for up to date information.
Q Are photographs taken at school?
A Tempest photography comes into school twice a year to photograph the children and the classes. These photos are available to purchase.
Christmas at Trinity
Q What events occur at Trinity at Christmas time?
A Reception and Year 1 perform a Nativity, for which there is a daytime and early evening performance. The FTS arrange a school Christmas meal and a visit from Santa. The whole school attends a local pantomime. There is also a Carol Service for the older children to perform in held at St Peter’s. FTS typically raffle a Christmas hamper and a Christmas hamper is donated to a voted for local charity.