Prospective Parent/Carer Tour
How many children are there in the school?
We currently have around 310 Children at Kingswood Lower and 410 Children at Kingswood Upper. A total of approximately 720 children at Kingswood Primary School. Each class will have a maximum of 30 children.
How many adults work in each class?
Each class has a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. Other adults may be allocated to classes if there is a high level of need within the class. We also have a range of trainee teachers and teaching assistants, who also may work in a class throughout the year.
Teaching and Learning
Our curriculum is unique to the Gipsy Hill federation and much research of best practice has been undertaken in order to make sure the children get the best start to their education. We teach using topic-based lessons so that all areas of learning are linked. This enables children to make connections between themselves and the world they live in. Some lessons are taught discretely, such as maths, science, PE and RE. Further information regarding our curriculum can be found on our website.
What sports opportunities does the school provide?
All children have the opportunity to learn a range of sports and PE skills through our PE curriculum. Typically, children will receive two lessons per week. They will have a range of opportunities through PE lessons, which encompass all the main sports and associated skills. Children in Key Stage 2 would normally visit the local swimming pool to receive swimming lessons. This has been put on hold for now due to COVID-19 restrictions.
What phonics scheme will my child be learning?
The school uses the DfE programme Letters and Sounds to deliver phonics sessions from Nursery to Year 2. Children will sit the National Phonics test at the end of Year 1.
How much art do the children do?
Art is embedded into our topic-based curriculum and is also delivered by our specialist art teacher who works across each of the schools in the Federation. We have a detailed art plan that ensures that children are exposed to a range of art mediums and that skills are built on from Nursery to Year 6.
Does the school have an ICT suite?
Kingswood Upper does have an ICT suite but Kingswood Lower does not. Children from Lower Site would normally be able to visit the ICT suite at Upper Site, However, due to COVID-19 restrictions in place this is currently not able to happen. The school does have access to a wide range of laptops and iPads that are used to deliver the ICT curriculum alongside the computers. These devices are used within children’s classrooms.
Will my child learn music/a musical instrument?
Yes. Children have music lessons delivered by our specialist teacher throughout their time at Kingswood Primary School from Nursery to Year 6. All children learn the Ukulele in Year 4. There is also the chance for children to have private music lessons in Key Stage 2, such as piano, violin and guitar. We also have a school choir that we are hoping will be able to meet again soon once COVID restrictions are lifted.
Will my child learn a second language?
All children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will learn Spanish in their classrooms and in the weekly Spanish Assembly.
Support and Interventions
What support will my children receive?
Children’s progress is tracked each half term. Any children who are not making the required progress will be given additional support. We ensure that all children make progress in their learning and put actions and interventions in place to enable this. Parents/Carers will be informed if children are receiving any additional support. Support and interventions will be carried out by the following: Class Teachers, Deputy Headteachers, specialist reading teachers or Special Educational Needs Practitioners.
My child has a diagnosis/special educational need – will their needs be met here?
In each year group, there are a number of children who have additional needs within each class. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator oversees the provision for these children and draws upon a range of external services to make sure your child’s needs are met.
What is the settling in process to Reception and Nursery?
All children who will be joining us into our Reception and Nursery Classes will have the opportunity in the Summer term to come and stay and play with their child. In addition, a home visit will be organised so children can become familiar with school staff. Please note that these are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions that may still be in place.
In the Autumn term, children start Reception for a morning, then a morning and lunch and then finally a full day. This is reviewed for each child and can be adjusted based upon individual children’s needs. Children joining our Nursery will also have staggered start and end times to allow them to settle into their classrooms.
How much time do children get to choose to play in Reception?
There is a balance between adult directed and child-initiated play. All reception children will have a chance to be with their teacher at key points of the day to learn. For the rest of the day children are able to play both indoors and outdoors with activities that the teacher carefully plans. During this free-flow time, teachers and TAs will work with small groups of children.
We are afraid that due to COVID-19 restrictions we are currently not able to take children out on school trips. We are hoping that we will be able to do this very soon. Normally each year group would go on class trips linked to the topic-based learning that they are completing. We would also normally invite companies to come into school to deliver different experiences to the children. Again, we are hoping that we will be able to start inviting outside agencies into the school soon.
Wrap Around Care
Can my child attend breakfast club?
Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am until the start of the school day, at a cost of £5.50 per day. Parents/carers can book any day and session using an online system.
Can my child attend after school club?
After School Club runs from 3.30 – 6pm, (6:20pm at lower site) at a cost of £9.50 per child, per day. Parents/carers can book any day and session using an online system.
What activity-based after school clubs are available for my child to attend?
School would normally offer a range of activity-based after school clubs that would run from the end of the school day, such as football club, gymnastics club or poetry club. Due to COVID-19 restrictions school is currently not able to offer these but we are hoping to be able to soon.
Does the school have a Risk Assessment in place for COVID-19?
We have a thorough risk assessment in place for COVID-19 which can be seen on our website. This risk assessment is reviewed and updated as needed following Government Guidance.
How are the children grouped at school?
Children are grouped in Class Bubbles and Year group pods. A Class Bubble consists of the children in the current class and the named adults for that class (teacher and teaching assistants). A maximum of 30 children will be in each Class Bubble. Year Group Pods will consist of a maximum of two classes. This is to reduce the risk of spread of infection to the entire year group/school.
Children in the same Year Group Pods will have the same playtimes and the same lunchtimes. The children will remain in their Class Bubble for learning time.
What time is the start and end of the school day?
Children in the same Year Group Pods will have the same school start and end time. These start and end times are staggered to reduce the number of children entering the school building at the same time.
Are parents and carers allowed on site?
Due to COVID-19, we do not allow parents and carers onsite. There are designated areas for parents and carers to line up at the beginning and end of the school day. We ask that all parents and carers adhere to social distancing whist they are lining up and we encourage parents and cares to wear face masks. Parents and Carers who need to speak to a member of the school office are welcome to enter the school building and report to the office area only. We encourage parents and cares to wear face masks when entering the school building.
What actions will school will take if symptoms of COVID-19 are displayed by a child on site?
If a child displays symptoms whilst at school then they will be taken to the isolation rooms. The child with symptoms will remain in this room until they are collected by their parent/carer. Any person in the room with them providing care or first aid will wear Personal Protective Equipment.
What actions should parents/carers take if their child becomes symptomatic of COVID-19?
• If a child has symptoms of Covid-19 then they must isolate for 10 days from the day the symptoms began.
• Please call 119 or follow this link https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name to book a test. This should be within 3 to 5 days from the onset of the symptoms.
• All other household members (including siblings) are to begin 14 days of isolation.
• If the test is positive then the isolation periods detailed above, will need to be completed.
• If the Covid-19 test comes back negative, your child can return to school and household can stop isolating as long as no other member has developed symptoms.
What happens if a child of staff member has a positive test result?
If a child or staff member has a positive test result for COVID-19 then school will contact the Department for Education and take advice regarding any actions that school needs to take. If a Year Group Pod has a forced closure or if a pupil has to self-isolate then Online home learning will then be provided by the class teachers.