General Information

The School Day

School Opens – 8:45am

Registration 9.00am

Assembly 9:10 9:25 am
Snack time – 10:30am
Morning Break – 10:35am – 10:50am

Lunch Time – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration 1.00pm
Afternoon Break – 2:15pm – 2:30pm
Home Time – 3:30pm

School Meals

We are very proud of the quality of the school meals which are cooked on our premises. School meals are priced at £2.20 per day for children, with milk available at morning break for 20p per day (milk is free for nursery & reception children). Alternatively you may choose to provide a healthy packed lunch for your child.
School lunch and menu

Food and Drink

Blackshaw Moor School has achieved ‘Healthy School’ Status and discourages children from bringing in sweets and snacks for playtimes. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One receive free fruit at morning playtimes and children under 5 years receive free milk each day. Milk is available for older children at a cost of 20p per day. Hot snacks and drinks are available for children to purchase just before morning play time, such as toast, crumpets, oatcakes, teacakes, hot chocolate and orange juice, with prices ranging from 20p to 45p.

Absences

Parents should inform school if their children is to absent. Please try to arrange medical and dental appointments outside of the school day to minimise absence. If a child is absent due to illness, parents should contact school on the first morning of their absence.

Home-School Links

We believe that the best outcomes for pupils depend on the school working in close partnership with parents and carers. Termly curriculum newsletters are sent home in Key Stage 1 and 2 and weekly newsletters in Foundation Stage detailing the topics or themes that the children are studying, information about visits and ways in which parents and carers cab help their child at home. Parents are requested to encourage and assist their child’s progress by talking with them about activities and sharing books with them. Homework is a vital component of children’s educations as it is used to reinforce and extend the curriculum. We hope parents encourage children to complete homework on time and to a high standard. The type and amount of homework varies depending on the age of the pupils but may include activities such as reading, learning times tables and spellings, and completing maths and English activities. Key Stage 2 pupils have a homework book that parents can consult so they are aware of what is required of pupils. They are sent home weekly and children are given the opportunity to share their homework with the rest of the class.All children will bring home a reading book with a reading diary for parents to sign and record progress when they hear their child read at home. Teachers use this book to liaise with parents about children’s progress.

Annual parents’ consultation meets take place in the autumn term during which the children’s progress is discussed. Parents can also arrange a second consultation with teachers following receipt of the end of the year report. A behaviour and effort report is sent out termly.

Parent and Toddler Group

The school strives to contribute to building a strong local community and hosts a weekly session for parents and toddlers. The group meets in the school hall on Thursday mornings and has a designated storage area in school for toys and equipment. New members of the group are very welcome.

Extra Curricular Activities

We are proud of the range of after school clubs which are available to our pupils and aim to cater for different age groups and interests through such clubs as  sport, dance, gardening, gymnastics and art. Some of our clubs are provided by outside agencies but the majority are run by teachers from the school. Please see the link at the bottom of this page for information about our current after school clubs. We hold two concerts a year in which all pupils have opportunities to act and sing. The school has strong links with a local church and pupils participate on a voluntary basis in important church services. Our year 4 pupils take part in a three day residential visit to an outdoor education centre at Standon Bowers.

Behaviour

We want all children to achieve to the best of their ability and believe this is more likely to happen if they feel happy and secure at school and are engaged in and enjoy their learning. As they progress through school, we aim for our children to exercise increasing self-control and discipline. We encourage pupils in a positive way by giving verbal praise and rewards such as merit stickers and certificates to recognise their achievements. We aim to create a friendly, well ordered and purposeful atmosphere at Blackshaw Moor School. We set clear and high expectations of behaviour. Rules and expectations are known discussed with the children so that they are fully aware of the rewards and sanctions procedures. We ask that parents support us by reinforcing with their children the values and attitudes we wish they to develop, praising them when they have achieved well and working with our school when pupils need more support. Our children are taught that they have choices to make and that they are responsible for their own behaviour. They know that if they choose not to follow our code of conduct than sanctions will apply. If a child misbehaves persistently, the parents are invited in to discuss the problems with the head teacher.

Organisation and Pastoral Care

The school’s aim is to create a happy, welcoming and secure environment in which the young child can develop confidence and good learning habits, as well as understanding how to work with thought for other children and adults. Children are taught in mixed ability classes in the care of their own class teacher, who has responsibility for their education and welfare. Teachers have some help in the day to day running of their classroom from a teaching assistant.

Child Protection

Blackshaw Moor School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Parents can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children and staff have received appropriate child protection training.

E-safety

You can find our E-safety policy by opening the parent tab and navigating to policies.

This is a useful link to follow to get up to date advice from internetmatters.org

We also use Hector’s World A child friendly site to teach the children about being safe on-line.