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Our School Day
Punctuality is an important life skill for children to learn. Please help your children to arrive at school on time so that they can avoid having to miss the start of their day’s learning.
Start of the Day
• Breakfast Club starts in the Meadow Cafe at 8.00am. • The school day starts at 8.45am for Nursery pupils. • For all other children, classrooms are open from 8.45am and the playground is supervised from this time if they choose to play outside. • Registration for all children is at 8.55am. • Any children arriving after 9.00am will need to come into school through the main office. • Please note that from 9.05am children will officially be late and recorded as such on the register
End of the Day
The end of the day is staggered to allow parents who have children of different ages in different places at Watercliffe Meadow the time to collect them: • Children in Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) finish at 3.00pm. • Children in the downstairs classrooms (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) finish at 3.05pm. • Children in the upstairs classrooms (Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6) end the day at 3.10pm After school clubs will start at 3.15pm. The times of these will be advertised on the Community noticeboards.
OUR SCHOOL UNIFORM
The decision to have a school uniform and P.E. kit was made by our whole school community including parents/carers, staff in the school and the children.
• All pupils must wear a sweatshirt, cardigan or fleece that is embroidered with the Watercliffe Meadow logo. • Polo Shirts can be either sky blue or royal blue and these can be worn with or without the school logo • PLAIN black or grey trousers, tracksuit bottoms, shorts, pinafore or skirt (no denim) • Flat black shoes, or plain black or white trainers • Girls can wear a blue gingham dress in the summer. It is important to put your child’s name on all of their clothes – with almost 500 children in school it is very difficult to identify lost clothing if it has no name on it! Uniform and name labels can always be ordered through the school office.
Because our school is carpeted throughout and we have 500 children using our school every day, children will be expected to change into some indoor shoes when they go into their classrooms. Thesecan either be plimsolls, a pair of flat full slippers or flat sandals.
All children must bring a PE Kit into which they will change into for PE lessons and lunchtime/after school clubs. This is really important for reasons of hygiene. Our PE kit is very simple: • Plain black shorts • Plain white t.shirt, with or without our school logo • Children must have appropriate footwear for outdoor PE – plimsolls or trainers • Plain black leggings or tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE • Plain sweatshirt /tracksuit top for outdoor lessons
We operate a no jewellery policy with the exception of one pair of stud earrings which your child needs to be able to remove for PE. If your child is planning to have their ears pierced please do this at the beginning of the Summer Holidays so they have time to settle down before the new term begins.
Pupil Premium – Nature of support 2015-2016
Every school or academy has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. Pupil Premium, which is additional to main academy funding, is carefully managed to enable us to offer personalised support for children in a range of ways.
Overview of the school 2015-2016
There are 4 key areas where we use pupil premium money to try and ensure maximum benefit for as many children as possible.
1. Early Intervention in Speech, Language and Communication Needs
We work closely with our speech and language therapist to accelerate speech, language and communication skills of our children in Foundation Stage. Stage appropriate language groups are part of our core provision in nursery and reception and we use some pupil premium funding to enable these groups to happen.
By the end of Foundation Stage our children have been in line or have exceeded national results every year since opening. From much lower than average baseline starts, this shows accelerated progress for our youngest learners.
2. Targeted Intervention in Reading, Writing and Maths in Y1 & Y2
We are a Reading Recovery and a Numbers Count school and we use both these interventions to target pupils who are falling behind in reading and maths in Y1 & Y2. The aim of these interventions is to plug gaps in skills and understanding to accelerate children’s progress back up to age related expectations. These children are then tracked through the rest of their school life to check that they continue to make good progress.
Last year 8 children completed Reading Recovery and on average made 14.75 book bands progress. In Numbers Counts 12 children were targeted for the 3 month intervention programme and averaged 14 months gain. Tracking of children over a longer timeframe suggests that for most of these children, good progress is maintained.
3. Support for Vulnerable Children and Families
The group of children at WCM who struggle the most to make progress are those where family life is chaotic, there are often other issues such as debt, attendance, struggling with boundaries, lack of early attachment, etc. We work hard with these children and families to give support and guidance and try to help them re-dress the balance of their difficult start in life.
We made the decision to not run a traditional nurture group this year. The impact has not been as great as in previous years. Watercliffe Meadow runs on Nurture Principles and these run through everything that we do. This has allowed the Inclusion and Engagement team to use their expertise and resources in a different way and target more children.
We have an ‘Early Years Learning Mentor’ who attends all home visits and will offer additional for over 30 families in the course of a year. Part of this support will be signposting to other services. An integrated support plan is put together for the most vulnerable families. Our early years learning mentor since September has begun working with 7 different families; she was part of a home visit for every new nursery child.
All children from Y2-Y6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential. The residentials are planned to give a progression of experiences that our children would rarely access otherwise. The vast majority (between 80-95%) of our children take up this offer, which is subsidised for our families on low income.
4. Additional support for Children with Complex Special Educational Needs
We have a growing number of children with complex special educational needs. To cater for these needs we pay for additional SENCO time to ensure provision for these children is appropriate, targeted to their needs and ensures they make good progress in their small steps.
our SENCO is able to keep a close eye on intervention and impact and this is tied into the fortnightly TA meetings.
PE & Sport at Watercliffe Meadow
As a new school (opened in September 2008), Watercliffe Meadow has a purpose built sports hall and considerable grounds, which include 2 multi-use games areas (MUGAs), 2 traditional playground areas and a field. In 2013, our community raised money for an all year running and cycling track on our school field. Together with money from last year’s sport premium money this also enabled us to create an additional off-road track and ‘PE circuit’ around the outskirts of the field.
PE and Sport Government Funding
In 2014-15 we have used the sports premium (amount received for 2014-15 was £9955) to contribute towards funding our 2 (0.6 hours) sports coaches, whose roles are to focus solely on PE and sport in Watercliffe Meadow. As a healthy school we are very driven when it comes to providing our children with opportunities in sport both socially and competitively. There is a particular emphasis on fitness and enjoyment of sport. Having two specialist sports coaches in school means physical activity in curriculum time has significantly increased. We have been able to provide children with a greater range of sporting experiences both for fun and competitively. The range of sports we cover in curriculum PE is very wide from traditional games football, rugby to alternative sports such as tri-golf and ultimate Frisbee. Our key aims in 2014-15 are to continue to increase the amount of time children spend being active both through the curriculum and through a wide range of activities on offer at social times and as out of school clubs and activities. We will continue to make use of our running track and challenge all children to beat their PBs set last year in a number of recorded physical challenges.
Opportunities we have provided in the 2013-14 academic year:
Motor Skills Club Mon, Tues, Wed Mornings / one-ones daily. Regular Interschool Football and Basketball against Pathways, Firs Hill and Pye Bank school at lunch times and after school. Inter-form Competitions in curriculum time PE Lessons in striking and fielding and invasion games. Whole School Fitness Testing – At the start of each term in September, January, June.
Weekly after school clubs
Gymnastics, Cross Country, FUNdamentals, Family sport clubs.
Other after school clubs this year
Parkour, Cheerleading, Judo, Dance. Cross-country season September – March 2014. Y5/6 Boys football season September – November 2014. Playmaker Award started November 2013 ongoing. South Yorkshires Sainsbury’s School Games 2014. Judo festival 4th March 2014- 8 children. Orienteering 11th June 2014- 8 children. Chance to shine DRAX Cricket Competition 26th June 2014- 10 children. Tri-Golf – 19th June 2014- 10 children. Ruggereds taster rugby sessions: F1, Y1 and Y2 31st March 2014/ 30th April 2014. Sheffield Federation of School Sport (city wide body that arranges inter-school competition). Athletics competition – 3rd June 2014. Athletics City finals -19th June 2014. SWFC Football tournament – 16th May 2014. Watercliffe World Cup – Y3-6 summer 2014. BBraun Basketball and Dance projects – 14th January-2nd/3rd April competitions. Links partnership Girls Football – 29th January 2014, 4th March 2014, 6th May 2014, 14th July 2014. Tour de France challenges week beginning 30th June 2014.
Sheffield Local Authority administers all admissions to Watercliffe Meadow through the Pupil Admissions Team.
You can find out more about the admission policy and how to apply for a place for your child on the Sheffield City council website. Admissions information from Sheffield City Council