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Nursery

All Nursery children must be brought and collected by a responsible adult. Doors to the Nursery are open just before 9.00a.m. Morning Nursery children must be collected by 12.00p.m. Afternoon children arrive at 12.30p.m. and must be collected by 3.30p.m.

Primary

Children should wait in the playground until the bell is rung at 8.45a.m. This is a signal for children to line up with their class. It is expected that Infant children will be brought to school by a responsible adult. All children should be collected at 3.15p.m. promptly from the back door of your child’s class. Please let the school office know who will be collecting your child and inform us of any changes to this arrangement. If you are going to be late, please telephone the school before 3.00p.m.

Please ensure that the school has up-to-date home and work telephone numbers of who can be contacted in the case of emergency. This is obviously very important. If a child becomes ill or is injured and the parents are unavailable, the Head of Primary Phase will seek medical help and may arrange for the child to be taken to hospital. We will continue to try and contact you.

School Meals

The meals are cooked on the premises. There is always a vegetarian dish, a choice of Halal meats and a salad bar. The children eat in the dining area and are supervised by Mid Day Assistants. Children may bring a packed lunch. If you wish your child to change from school meals to packed lunch or vice versa, you need to give two weeks’ notice.

The cost of each meal is £1.75. You can pay weekly by putting the money in the envelopes provided free from the school office. Dinner monies must be paid by Tuesday of each week. If you prefer to pay monthly or half termly (which is very helpful in easing the administrative burden of collecting money), please see Mrs Whitehead in the school office. Free meals are available for families receiving certain benefits.

Dress Codes & Clothing Requirements

We have a uniform that the children are expected to wear from Reception upwards. It consists of a black sweatshirt/ v-neck jumper / cardigan, white polo shirt or long sleeved white shirt/blouse, black trousers or black skirt, sensible black shoes (these can also include black trainers). Summer uniform for girls consists of a black and white check dress, and for boys it is white T-shirts and black shorts.

For PE – children require a white T-shirt, black shorts/leggings/leotard and black plimsolls. These need to be kept in a draw string bag. All items of uniform should be labelled with your child’s name. N.B. Years 4, 5 and 6 will also need a swimming costume/ trunks, cap and towel.

Clothes should be comfortable and appropriate for a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including some activities that can be messy. Footwear must be comfortable and safe to run around in – i.e. no high heels or flip flops. Children need a coat or fleece that is warm enough for outdoor play in winter.

Please make sure your child leaves their jewellery at home. Children may, however, wear a watch and small earrings.

How classes are organised

Each year group from Year 1(aged 5-6) through to Year 6 (aged 10-11) is grouped into one class per year group. No class has more than thirty children and all classes are of mixed ability.

Each class has a teacher, who normally remains with the class for one year. Other assistants work in classes according to the needs within that class. Our overriding aim is to treat every child at George Mitchell Primary as an individual. We seek to develop his/her special talents and to overcome areas of weakness, but above all to maintain a steady rate of progress at the child’s particular level.

Children entering the school are now following the National Curriculum and are assessed under the terms of the National Curriculum at 4 (Foundation Stage Profile), 7 and 11 years old.

When it is noted by a class teacher that a child is experiencing difficulties in learning, particularly in the area of language and mathematics, small group work or even individual tuition within the school may be given.

Occasionally it becomes apparent that a child is in need of specific specialist help over and above that which a class teacher can provide. Waltham Forest is most fortunate in that it has a wide range of specialist Educational Establishments to which a child can be referred. This may involve part-time or full-time placement elsewhere. Parents are of course fully consulted before any steps are taken in this direction.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, designed to be relevant and meaningful for all our children while at the same time stimulating and challenging them.

The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and the school’s own schemes of work.

The Curriculum for each age group is planned by staff in great detail to ensure continuity and progression throughout the school. Parents are kept in touch by receiving their child’s class Topic Grids. This informs you of what your child will be taught in all subject areas for each half term.

Much of the learning has a thematic approach, bringing together different subjects with a common thread. In this way skills and knowledge are transferred across curriculum areas.

Various teaching approaches are adopted which include whole class, group and individual learning. We follow the national frameworks for Numeracy and Literacy and these are woven into themes and topics studied. First hand experience, practical, investigative and problem-solving work feature prominently. Upper KS2 pupils will also receive specialised teaching from our secondary colleagues.