Prepared by FTS, as Parents

The intake procedure for Reception year – how does it work?

Q When my child starts Reception at Trinity, will they be in school every day all day?

A Initially the children will receive a home visit to allow the teachers to see the child in a comfortable environment. During this time, 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. This means that for the first two weeks, children attend only in the morning or the afternoon and for the third week the whole group attend all morning and stay for lunch. The week after this they start full time. You will be given the timetable in May/June when you receive the information pack.  

Pre-school may be able to assist with wrap around childcare, subject to pre-booking and space

Term Dates

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. Alternatively, look at the NCC website but do check training days with the school as these can sometimes change.

Terminology

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.

Uniform

Q Where can I get uniform from?

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 for 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 don’t 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.

Guidelines on Awards

Q What awards are given to children?

A: There are several awards and rewards that are given to children for behaviour and effort in school. These are:

House Points: Each child is assigned a house group and can earn points towards their group every week. Children are awarded house points for small acts of kind and positive behaviour or making a good effort with work. For example, children may be given house points for being polite to another child, helping someone else or working well on a set piece of work in class.

Star Points: Awarded by teachers for great work and behaviour.  Throughout the year the children can achieve certificates for Bronze (25points), Silver (50points), Gold (100points) and Platinum (200points).

Star of the Week: Each week one child per class will be awarded a certificate for star of the week for something special that they have done.

Jigsaw Award: Each class follows the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum. Children who have been identified as having reflected their class’ Jigsaw theme for that week receive the Jigsaw award.

Q Can I attend Celebration Assembly?

A All are welcome to attend a Celebration Assembly. These are typically at 08:55 on Fridays, although end of term Celebration Assembly may sometimes vary.  Younger siblings may attend these assemblies but it is appreciated if they can be kept as quiet as possible so that everyone can enjoy the assembly.  When a child has won an award, parents are usually notified by text in advance.

Reading

Q How is my child assessed with reading?

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 Can children read their own books and still count as 5 times a week?

A It is important that children experience the joy of reading and the children are encourage to read as much as possible. So long as it has been recorded in the reading record it will count towards the ‘5 times a week’ and the children will be rewarded with a star point for their commitment to reading.

School Meals

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, otherwise your child will not be catered for. 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 also displayed on the schools website at http://trinityprimary.org.uk/index.php/parents/useful-forms

Meals should be ordered and paid for via the Teachers 2 Parents Website found here https://login.eduspot.co.uk/public/portal/parent/?app=schoolmoney You will be provided with a login within the first couple of weeks of joining the school.

All meals are prepared by an external provider, Love Food. They are also able to cater for special diets.

Snacks

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.

Milk

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. You will be provided with the details when your child starts school. 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.

Buddy System

Q What is the buddy system in operation at the School?

A Every child in the school is paired with another through the schools buddy system. When children join the school in Reception, they are partnered with a Year 4 pupil and this continues throughout their time in school, ie Year 1 children continue having buddies with Year 5s and Year 2s buddy with Year 6. Where possible, the buddy system begins when children are in the Aldwincle pre-school as they partner with Year 3 children for shared events.

The purpose of the buddy system is to familiarise the younger children with older children and the older children then support younger children in various activities throughout the school year. for example, on world book day, the buddies will get together to share their favourite books.

Children and Responsibility

Q How does the school prepare its older children to take responsibility in preparation for the transmission to big school?

A Responsibilities are given to different year groups, for example, Year 4 have responsibilities as a Buddy to a Year R pupil. We also have the Pupil Leadership Team where children from across the school have roles such as behaviour ambassadors, learning ambassadors and media correspondants.

Residentials

Q What are ‘residentials’ and when do they take place?

A Residentials are when the children have an enriching educational visit which requires one or more overnight stays.  Currently, Year3, Year 4 and Year 6 have residentials.

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.

Q What is the’ Cluster Athletics’ at another school? Is this compulsory?

A Cluster Athletics is when children from all the schools in the local area meet for a variety of competitive sporting activities.  It is not compulsory but there are fantastic events for the children to take part in and meet children from other schools.

Q Are swimming lessons available?

A Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and lessons are provided for Years 3 and 4 (until they can swim 25 metres) for one term (10-12 weeks). We use the local swimming pool in Oundle.

School Trips

Q Do the children have school trips and what is the frequency of these?

A Each year group has their own school trip during the year as well as a whole school trip to the theatre at Christmas.

Q Do I have to pay towards the cost of these, is there an estimate of costs to help me budget?

A The school will ask for a voluntary donation to cover the costs of these trips. Prices will vary depending on the trip.

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 Who should attend the school picnics at the end of term?

A All parents/grandparents, siblings and careers are welcome to attend.

Q What is Stay & Share or Parental Engagement Sessions?

A This is when parents/carers are invited in to their children’s class to partake in a variety of class based activities and for the children to share their learning.

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.

Q How much homework will my child get and to what timelines?

A Weekly homework will be given out on a Friday and is usually due back in on the following Wednesday. Homework in Reception is based on reading and phonics. Written homework begins in Year 1. Generally, the children are required to read 4x a week and record it in their diaries; practise their spelling focus, set by the teacher, by logging in to Spellodrome; and one written activity which should take approximate 20 mins to complete. Children in KS2 also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars which is an online based programme which encourages children to practice recalling their times tables.   

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 Christmastime?

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.