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Mapplewell Primary School Return to school information - September 2021

welcome back

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all our children, parents/carers and families. I am extremely excited about the forthcoming year and know that together we can support our children to aim high, reach for the stars and achieve wonderfully in all they do.

I hope that you have all enjoyed the summer break and that children are looking forward to returning to school.

Please find below key information to support a swift start to the new term.

Mrs Padfield - Headteacher

Meet the Team

Refresh yourself with who is who by re-visiting our 'Meet the Team' Spark Page on the link below.

September School day

We return to school on Thursday 2nd September and inline with the relaxing of restrictions we will return to a full school start and finish times.

Our school doors will open for EYFS2, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at 8.45am and close at 8.55am for registration. School ends at 3.10pm for EYFS2 and Key Stage 1 and 3.15pm for Key Stage 2.

Breakfast Club 7.45am - 8.45am

Breakfast club will resume to normality, please ensure you book your child's place on Arbor.

Birdseye view of the school plan

Senior Leaders and our Learning Mentor will be welcoming children and their families back to school in September and be available on the playground.

Uniform Expectations

We believe that the school uniform plays a crucial role in making pupils feel part of the school. Our uniform is practical and helps pupils maintain their pride in the school.

All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 are expected to wear school uniform at all times.

Boys uniform: Black/Grey trousers or shorts, blue polo shirt and navy blue sweatshirt

Girls uniform: Black/Grey trousers or skirt (blue or grey tights), blue polo shirt and navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan (girls can also wear a blue and white gingham checked dress in the summer with white socks)

Shoes should be black and have a secure fastening. Girls are not permitted to wear heals.

PE kit: Black shorts, white T-shirt with trainers or pumps. Please note: We will continue to ask pupils to wear their PE kit on their PE day. This allows us to make the most of time in the lesson rather than wasting time with the children changing. It is an expectation that children come in school PE kit and not any sports clothes. Leggings can be worn for PE but are not part of our school uniform outside of PE.

Key dates

  • 1st September INSET Day
  • 6th - 8th September Robinwood Residential
  • 10th September Dan Jarvis visit to Year 5 & 6
  • 20th - 23rd September Whole School Book Fair
  • 20th September Parent Workshop - EYFS2 Early Years Curriculum
  • 21st September Year 4 Parent Workshop - Time Tables
  • 23rd September KS2 SATs Parent Workshop
  • 24th September MacMillan Coffee Morning
  • 28th September Year ?? Parent Workshop - Reading
  • 30th September EYFS / KS1 Harvest Festival
  • 30th September National Poetry Day
  • 30th September Year 1 Parent Workshop - Phonics
  • 1st October World GB Sports Day
  • 5th October Parent Workshop - EYFS1 Early Years Curriculum
  • 8th October World Mental Health Day
  • 18th October Parent Workshop - EYFS2 Phonics and Early Reading
  • 20th - 21st October Parents Evening

Please note further communication will be shared with details of the above key dates.

Attendance

At Mapplewell Primary School, we recognise the importance of good attendance and the positive impact this has on pupils' progress, achievement and well-being. We place much value on this and have a number of mechanisms in place to support both parents and pupils to ensure attendance is the best it can possibly be.

We are so proud to say that the COVID pandemic, although impacting on attendance, has not stopped us achieving 96.1% attendance for the academic year 2020-21.

A massive well done to all pupils and thank you to all our parents and families for your ongoing support.

Mrs Clark is our Learning Mentor, she promotes and manages positive attendance and will support families where needed.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL

Throughout the summer break, staff will be working hard to ensure that:

Engaging lessons have been prepared and planned so there is an exciting and purposeful curriculum to meet pupil needs.

Class Twitter pages are in place for parents and pupils to follow. Please watch out for regular updates, key information and tweets about daily learning and school life.

A tailored Curriculum has been planned to ensure gaps in core skills and knowledge are addressed and pupils make speedy progress.

The school environment has been developed; creating stimulating and inspiring spaces where pupils can learn, develop and progress.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP?

 Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.

 Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.

 Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.

 Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.

 Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.

 Take family holidays outside term time.

 Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work.

 Attend parent evenings and school events.

 Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.

 Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.

For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Any child or young person who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and will fall behind with their school work.

In each Academic Year there are only a maximum of 190 statutory school days – this allows plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time.

Holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence.

hOMEWORk

Over our periods of lockdown and bubble closures we have really seen a strength in the use of Seesaw across school. In September we will continue to use Seesaw in school as well as for weekly homework tasks. It is an expectation that Seesaw will be used to access homework.

Twitter

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to see the learning, fun and activities we are doing in school each day.

  • Whole School: @MapplewellSch
  • Nursery: @MPS_Nursery
  • Class 1 & 2: @MapplewellPSRec
  • Class 3: @MPSClass3
  • Class 4: @MPSClass4
  • Class 5: @MPSClass5
  • Class 6: @MPSClass6
  • Class 7: @MPSClass7
  • Class 8: @MPSClass8
  • Class 9: @MPSClass9
  • Class 10: @MPSClass10
  • Class 11: @MPSClass11