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The School Day
The start of the day
Welcome to Motcombe!
School starts at 8.50am. Please follow the green path on the right-hand side of the school building and find your child’s classroom. The gate will have your child’s class name on. Please wait on the path until the teacher opens the gate in the morning.
We operate a one-way system around the school grounds for drop-off and pick-up.
Mrs Moore (Foundation Stage (FS) Leader) is on the FS patio every morning to take messages from you if necessary, for example, if someone other than you is collecting your child at the end of the day or your child is going to an After School Club.
If you do not leave this message in the morning, please phone the school office to let them know and they will pass the information to your child’s teacher. If we have not been informed that your child is going home with someone else , we will not let your child go with them until we have heard from you that this is your intention. We will phone you to ask you to confirm that you want your child to go home with this person. This ensures that we do not let any children go home with anyone they shouldn’t be. Keeping the children safe is our top priority.
The end of the day
Please wait on the green path outside your child’s classroom to pick up your child at the end of the day. The school day ends at 3.00pm. Please contact us to let us know if you will be late. If your child has not been picked up from school by 3.15pm, they will go down to Fireflies after-school club and there will be a charge of £12.00 for the session.
If your child cannot attend school (for whatever reason) please telephone the school by 9.30am every day of absence.
When your child has had 3 separate periods of absence, we will notify you that we will require medical evidence for any further periods of absence due to illness. Medical evidence may be in the form of a medical appointment letter from the hospital, a doctor’s appointment card signed by the doctor’s receptionist or a photocopy or photograph of prescribed medication.
We expect any family holidays to be taken during school holiday times, not during term time. Absence from school has an impact on both the academic and social aspects of children’s learning. If an absence is required due to exceptional circumstances, please fill in a withdrawal from learning form which you may collect from the school office, preferably 14 days before the period of absence.
Food & Drink
Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day. Water bottles must only be filled with water, rather than any other kind of drink.
Children are entitled to free school milk until their 5th birthday.
We provide a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables each day.
Children each day have a choice of packed lunch or school dinner. Within the school dinner there are three options: the main meal, the vegetarian option and a jacket potato. Children may choose beans, cheese or tuna on their jacket potato. The children are asked what they would like for their lunch when they come in to school. School lunches are free for all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2.
If your child requires a special menu due to medical issues, you must contact Chartwells to organise this.
At Motcombe we record the children’s Learning Journeys using Tapestry. This is a web-based tool and enables you to see your child’s learning as it happens. It also allows you to upload photos and posts of your own about your child’s learning and experiences. Each week there will be a home challenge that you may complete with your child at home and upload to Tapestry. Your contributions to Tapestry are so valuable and make a great contribution to your child’s learning and experience of school. Your child’s teacher will give you more information about Tapestry and how to use it.
Each week the school newsletter will be emailed to you. The newsletter is a key way we communicate with you and has important dates and other information on it. It also has a link on it to a special Foundation Stage newsletter which has specific information about what we have been getting up to each week in Foundation stage, including photos, as well as about upcoming events and other important information. It is also where we post the weekly home challenge for you to do with your child each weekend. These are optional but often feed into or consolidate the week’s learning, so are very helpful to do. Please do make sure you look at the newsletters each week so you don’t miss out on any information.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We are looking forward to working in partnership with you during your child’s first years at school!