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Welcome to Shenley Primary School

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Shenley Primary School and what we hope will be a long and successful partnership between your family and the school.

We are proud of the many achievements of Shenley School; the quality of teaching, the provision for the personal and social development of the children, the strong sense of community  and above all, the academic, sporting and artistic success our children enjoy. Parents, carers and Governors are actively involved in the life of the school and contribute much time and energy to help us enhance the environment; providing additional resources and quality learning experiences for the children.

Shenley Primary School is well-respected by the village community and our reception classes are consistently over subscribed. We have high expectations of behaviour and our desire for children to reach their full potential is well-known. Shenley Primary School has an ethos founded on respect for all and tolerance of every individual and we are proud to be Stonewall Champions.

We can achieve the best results for your child when there is close cooperation between home and school. There will be many opportunities to share in your child’s education and we are always willing to talk with you about your chid.  Children, parents & carers and teachers sign up to a home-school agreement as a sign of a commitment to working in partnership.

Shenley is a welcoming and well equipped school and we are always looking for ways to improve further. All classes are linked to our network with filtered internet access. In addition we have a considerable number of laptop computers, IPads and IPods which use the latest wireless technology to link to the network. These provide an excellent portable resource.

Our main hall offers good facilities for PE, dance and drama. We have two playgrounds; a playing field; climbing wall and apparatus; pond; wildlife area; vegetable garden; plus each Key Stage has its own raised planting bed.

We are a designated community school, which means that we are funded by the local authority and are not affiliated to any particular religious denomination. We are proud to be an inclusive school and welcome all children what ever their level need.

Although we stress the importance of English and Mathematics, we encourage children to take part in a broad curriculum, both during and after school hours. The modern foreign language we study is Spanish and we ensure that the arts and science also have a high profile.

We have a very strong and active PTA that supports the school in many ways. They raise tens of thousands pounds every year that helps to provide our children with the little extras that makes Shenley an irresistible place to come. Parents and carers are encouraged to become involved in some or all of their many activities. An information board on the outside wall by the dining hall is dedicated to the activities if the PTA.

Katy Longley

 

 

The Structure of our School

Shenley School is a village primary school for boys and girls of all abilities, aged from 3-11 years of age. As a primary school, Shenley covers three different stages of education: Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We take children from the age of 3 (in Nursery) up to the age of 11 (before transfer to secondary education).

The school has a standard entry number of 45 children in each year group. This means that  there are some mixed age groups within the structure of the school. The class organisation and structure of the school is as follows:

 

We have the Foundation Stage and 9 other classes. We can take up to 360 children on roll (including Nursery).

The classes are split strictly by age; no child is labelled as ‘not good enough’ or ‘too good’ for any particular class.

Each of the 3 National Curriculum phases have a split age class.

Each cohort of 45 children are split in to Home Groups  of 15 children by age. This results in 15 of the youngest children; 15 of the oldest children; and 15 of the middle age children. Children stay in these Home Groups  as they move through the school.

In any phase (Key stage 1 for example) the youngest and middle age children join to make a class of 30 year 1 children, while the oldest year 1 Home Group joins with the youngest year 2 Home Group to form a mixed age class, and the middle age and oldest year 2 children join to make a class.

 

FOUNDATION STAGE UNIT

Durham

Exeter

 

 

Am Nursery & Full Time Reception

Reception

 

 

3-4 years

4-5 years

 

 

 

 

                     Key Stage 1 (Phase A)

Glasgow

Hertfordshire

Kent

(Yr1)

(Yr1/2)

(Yr2)

5-6 years

5-7 years

6-7 years

Youngest & middle

Oldest yr1 & youngest yr2

Middle & oldest

       

 

                  Lower Key Stage 2 (Phase B)

Middlesex

Oxford

Plymouth

(Yr3)

(Yr3/4)

(Yr4)

7-8 years

7-9 years

8-9 years

Youngest & middle

Oldest yr3 & youngest yr4

Middle & oldest

       

 

             Upper Key Stage 2 (Phase C)

Swansea

Ulster

York

(Yr5)

(Yr6)

(Yr6)

9-10 years

9-10 years

10-11 years

Youngest & middle

Yr6  youngest

Yr6 oldest

       

 

 

The School Day

Reception aged children and children in Years 1 - 6 start school at 8:50am and finish at 3:15pm. Classroom doors are opened at 8:50am.

In order for your child to get the most out of his or her learning opportunities, please make sure that your child is in school at 8:50am for prompt registration.

 

 

Nursery School

Nursery offers part-time or full-time places (subject to availability).  There are two free part-time classes, one in the morning from 8:30am to 11:30am for the youngest children and one in the afternoon from 12:30pm to 3:30pm for the older children.  Children who attend full time will be supervised at lunch time with either a packed lunch provided from home, or with a school meal cooked on site for an additional charge.

Full-time nursery children start at 8.30am and finish at 3.30pm.  There is a charge for full-time hours as these are in addition to the Free Place Entitlement. Further information and fees are available from the school office or website.

 

Extended School Times

We offer wrap-around-care in the form of our before and after school club called FUNkykids!

FUNkykids runs every school day for children in Reception up to Year 6.  FUNkykids Breakfast Club runs daily from 07:45am until the start of school and FUNkykids After School Club runs daily from 3.15pm to 6.00pm.  Children are engaged in a variety of activities and games and play both indoors and outdoors.  A healthy breakfast or drinks and snacks are made available. Further information and fees are available from the school office or website.

 

ADMISSIONS

The Governing Body adheres to the published Hertfordshire County Council admissions rules for primary schools. The allocation of places is administered by County Council Officers. Casual admissions for Reception to Year 6 (those that take place after the main start times for Nursery and Reception) are handled by HCC Admissions which can be found through www.hertsdirect.org/admission or by phoning 0300 123 4043.

 

FOUNDATION STAGE ADMISSIONS

We have one September intake for Nursery and Reception children. As we have 45 nursery places in total (half morning and half afternoon) parents are allocated a place according to availability that term. We therefore cannot guarantee that you will the particular session of your choice.

The Free Place Entitlement for nursery is 15 hours per week and we offer this as 5 part-time sessions of 3 hours either in the morning or the afternoon. We are unable to split this allocation with another setting. We will assume that parents accepting a place will take up all 5 sessions each week.

Children with morning allocation will attend 5 sessions a week from 8.30am-11.30am

Children with afternoon allocation will attend 5 sessions a week from 12.30pm-3.30pm

Children start Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday and they start Reception in the September after their 4th birthday. You will need to apply separately for a place in Reception even if your child attends our Nursery as there is no guarantee that they will gain a place.

We would like to see more of the younger children in our community benefit from the outstanding facilities and teaching on offer at our Nursery. We now offer additional hours so that children can attend our unit full-time, from 8.30am-3.30pm each day.  More details including fees for additional hours are available from the school office or website.

 

 

THE CURRICULUM

The National Curriculum lays down what should be taught to children during compulsory schooling from Year 1 to Year 13 (ages 5-16yrs). There are slight differences  for each key stage, but the subjects taught in primary schools are: English, Maths, Science and Computing are known as the ‘core’ subjects and have more time devoted to then that the others.

The following subjects are known as Foundation Subjects

· Design Technology                        

· PE (Physical Education)

· Music

· Spanish

· PSHCE (Personal Social, Health, Citizenship, Emotional.

· History

· Geography

· Art & Design

In addition to the Core and Foundation Subjects, all schools teach Religious Education. Here at Shenley we follow the Hertfordshire syllabus for RE. Teachers plan together to ensure that children in the same year groups cover the appropriate skills and knowledge.

 

HOW THE CURRICULUM IS ORGANISED

In order  to ensure that all children receive their entitlement of access to the curriculum, we organise the provision in a clearly defined way. The Core Subjects of Literacy, Maths and Science are differentiated so that the children in every class have access to the subjects at their own level, whether the class is mixed age or single age.

The rest of the curriculum is organised on a two year rolling programme, so that all children will access each learning topic once in each two-year cycle. For more detailed information, please speak to your class teacher and look on the class pages on the school’s Web Site for topic webs.

KEY STAGE ONE

When children complete the Foundation Stage at the age of 5  they enter Key stage 1 (Phase A). This stage lasts two years (Year 1 and Year 2) and will finish at the end of Year 2. Towards the end of Year 2, children are assessed by their teachers in English (reading, writing and speaking), mathematics and science. Results from these assessments are reported to parents as part of the child’s annual report and are also reported to the Local Authority as well as the Department for Children Schools and Families. Children in Key Stage 1 study all subjects of the National Curriculum (detailed in section ‘The Curriculum’) and Religious Education. English and Mathematics are taught separately. When possible, subjects will be combined into ‘topics’ to make learning more meaningful and fun for the children.

 

KEY STAGE TWO

Key Stage 2 lasts for four years (Year 3 & 4 make up Lower Key Stage 2 or Phase B; and Years 5 & 6 make up Upper Key Stage 2 or Phase C) and ends  when the children transfer to secondary school at the age of eleven. In May of their final year, children are assessed by their teachers and by national (SAT’s) tests in English and Mathematics. Results are reported to parents with the child’s annual report. In addition, parents are updated on their child’s progress and attainment at the end of each year as well as during parent consultations.

Children in this stage study all subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education. Most subjects are taught separately , but like Key Stage 1 sometimes learning is combined into ‘topics’ to make the best sense of the children’s learning. Spanish is taught in Key Stage 2 (foreign languages became statutory in 2010). Children in the younger age groups are introduced to Spanish in a less formal way to sow the seeds for their later learning.

 

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)

The Foundation Stage is where the yearly years of education take place, beginning in the Nursery and ending at the end of Reception. Children are provided for within our Foundation Stage Unit. The Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning. The prime areas of learning are communication & language; physical development; personal, social & emotional development. The specific areas of learning are literacy; maths; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and skills through games and investigation.

Our children are encouraged to use learning spaces in the unit which include 2 classrooms, a writing room and outside exploration space in order to experience the great variety of resources and learning opportunities on offer. The early years team plan opportunities to cover all 7 areas of the curriculum around an overarching theme but great emphasis is put on planning for the needs of individual needs and interests.

Children’s progress is tracked through teachers observing what the children achieve as they play and explore the unit. These observations help to inform the teachers of the child’s next steps.

 

 

REPORTING CHILDREN'S PROGRESS

We welcome parents and carers in to school when ever it is needed. We invite parents and carers to view children’s work and discuss progress formally in the autumn and summer terms during consultations but we have many other informal events where parents and carers can see what happens at school. So please take advantage of our website, newsletters, class assemblies, open mornings/afternoons, concerts, gallery events and productions. We also provide a written report on your child’s progress once during the academic year.

 

 

TEACHING BRITISH VALUES

Promoting British Values at Shenley Primary 
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” 
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Shenley these values 
are reinforced regularly and in the following ways: 
Democracy
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard 
through our School Parliament, Pupil questionnaires and pupil voice opportunities. Our behaviour, rewards and sanctions policy involves rewards which the pupils have devised themselves, this takes part in the form of 'Shenley Shillings'. Children are able to chose items such as stationery from the Shenley Shilling Shop.   
The Rule of Law: 
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the 
country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing 
with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 
laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the 
consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; 
Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. 

Individual Liberty: 
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe 
and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to 
make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms 
and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE 
lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge levels of how they record, or participation 
in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make 
choices. 
Mutual Respect: 
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values including 
‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means 
and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is 
reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, our behaviour policy and in our weekly 
‘Passport of Pride Award’. Pupils also promote mutual respect through running and leading, playleaders and peer mediators.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: 
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse 
society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and 
discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and 
supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We are Stonewall Champions and we are actively 
tackling homophobic behaviour in school using Stonewall resources as to support. Members of 
different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning 
within classes and the school. 

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