Throughout your child’s time at school, they will be assessed regularly. This is to check their progress and identify the next steps in their learning. At CES we carry out a baseline assessment when your child starts to find out what they can do already. This is nothing to worry about – it isn’t a test and it’s unlikely your child will even know it’s happening.
Over their time in KG and Reception your child’s teacher will observe and assess the children and these assessments are based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. All of the information collected is then used to assess where your child is currently within the seven areas of learning. The school will give you a report of your child’s progress several times over the year. We use a fantastic programme called Tapestry to observe record and assess your child’s progress. See tapestry online for further information.
Health & well-being
Happiness and security is an important part of your child’s on-going success at school. If you have any concerns about your child’s well-being, please let your teacher know so that they can help find solutions to any problems.
We promotive positive behaviour at CES.It is in everyone’s interest for children to behave well at school, Each child has the right to feel safe and secure in their school environment. It makes for a pleasant classroom environment and means everyone will learn more. We use a lot of visual strategies to give children clear guidance of our behavioural expectations, and we have clear systems to help children to behave well. If you want to know more about how behaviour is managed or you have any concerns about your child’s behaviour or an incident they’ve told you about, make an appointment to see the class teacher.
In the early years of school, it’s common for children to get ill regularly as their developing immune systems meet numerous bugs and germs.
A minor cold, sore throat or headache should not prevent children from coping at school.
Please make sure that the school has up to date contact numbers for you so that they contact you if your child is unwell.
Always make sure that you have someone who can pick your child up from school if they are unwell and if you are unable to.
Contact us and let teacher know if your child has an infectious illness. It helps them to look for other children who might also become ill.
Please don’t send your child to school if they have a temperature, are suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea or have an unexplained rash. We have a policy that states that children must be off for 48 hours from when they were last sick or had diarrhoea to limit infection.
Don’t worry that your child may miss out or fall behind while they’re away from school. Talk with their teacher about what the class has been doing and see if there’s some way for them to catch up.
We expect children to attend every day and on time. Coming late means that your child is missing out on valuable learning experiences. school. There are two types of absences:
Authorised absences: This is where we as a school has given approval in advance of an absence or has accepted the explanation offered afterwards. Examples of such absences may be due to illness, medical appointmentsand other special circumstances approved by CES such as bad weather conditions, religious observances etc.
Unauthorised absences: These are absences that have not been approved by the school. Typically, this includes term-time holidays and unexplained absences, but exactly how they are defined is at the discretion of CES.
Working with your child's teacher
We value you and understand and respect that you are your child’s first and main educator and carer, both you and your child’s teacher want the same thing – a happy, confident child who enjoys going to school and loves learning. Building a positive relationship and partnership with your child's teacher is vital and here are some key pointers.
The best way you can support your child’s school is by being an active parent
Attend meetings for parents about the curriculum or other aspects of school life.
Help your child with their homework, and show enthusiasm for reading stories and books, display and acknowledge any work that they send home. It will be their work, not theTeachers.
Listen to them read when they get their reading books.
Ensure that they’re at school on time every day
Be available for Teacher Meetings, training sessions, coffee mornings, etc and always respond to messages from school.
Communicate with us if there are any problems and use Class Dojo for this.
If you manage to do all of these things consistently, then our school will valueyour contribution immensely. For parents who have more time, we are always keen for parents to be involved. You could
Help with fundraising events,
Help with picnics outings and school concerts. (These are only a few suggestions).
We at CES hold parents’ evenings three times a year and these are a very important part of the relationship that develops with your child’s school and their teacher. If this is your first experience of a parents’ evening, you don’t need to feel apprehensive. Here are some ideas on how to get the most out of meeting with your child’s teacher:
Check whether you can take your child with you as supervision can be a problem.
Very often the first meeting of the year is all about meeting for the first time and discussing aims and targets for the year, so don’t be disappointed if you do not get to see your child’s work.
Talk to your child and ask how things are going at school. Ask them what they would like you to ask the teacher. Afterwards, tell them how the meeting went
Try to come away from the meeting with some positive steps that you, your child, and the teachers will take to help your child succeed.
To support your child, your teacher and further enhance that parent partnership here are some further suggestions from us.
Social skills are more important than ABC
Will be used initially for communication.
Use respectfully during the day up until six and not before 6.30am.
Class posts will include letters, trips, etc.
Message the teacher privately if you have concerns. Please do not use this to voice strong opinions or concerns.
Photos will highlight learning and will not be of individual children. We hope to have tapestry for this.
Many parents focus on building academic skills before their child school, but independence matters more.
It helps if they can recognise their own name. Knowing what their name looks like will help your child find their own peg.
Diet and sleep are crucial.Ensure your child eats healthy meals at home and gets plenty of sleep. Developing children use lots of energy in new situations, and it's important that their lifestyle supports this. Children cannot be in school before 6.30am and must be picked up at 1.00. The late room is 2.00 only.
Check their school bags daily for letters/wet clothes. (Please provide a set of extra clothes).
Don’t stress out about reading.levels.All children learn in their own time, at their own pace, and there’s no place for competition over their ability to read and write. The best way to develop their reading skills is to enjoy books, pictures and stories together.
Be careful of the teacher’s time. If you’ve got a question or concern to raise with your child’s teacher, make sure you choose the right time and place to do it. Make an appointment to chat about any concerns.