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Welcome to Chetwynd Primary Academy!
Everything we do at Chetwynd is about providing our children with an excellent education and enriching experiences to promote a love of learning. Our aim for our school community is to strive to be better than our best!
We think Chetwynd is a very special place to be because of our wonderful children. We strive to provide the very highest standards of education within a caring, exciting and stimulating environment.
We want our children to be excited by the curriculum and challenged to achieve their full potential. We want our children to enjoy their learning and feel valued. By working closely with our parents and governors, we ensure that all our children have an excellent start to their educational journey.
We hope that our website captures the spirit of Chetwynd and the rich and varied opportunities children receive at our school.
Parents are warmly welcomed to come in and help so please drop in and chat to a member of staff.
Lorraine Tonks (Principal)
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The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) unit consists of two classes (called Puffins Red and Puffins Blue). Each class is assigned one Teacher and one Teaching Assistant but as we join together for our Discovery Time we all get to know each other very quickly! The children are separated into two classes but have access to the entire unit, including the outdoor area which is separated off from the main school playground and the field.
The team provide enjoyable, appropriately challenging activities that ensure that every child progresses in their learning. Observations are made of the children's interests, development and learning to inform planning. Members of staff continually assess how they can adapt the learning environment to best cater for the changing needs of each children.
We have a wonderful outdoor space including a new Forest School area. The Forest School area is open to all classes to use. We love noticing changes in the environment, making and cooking on an open fire, getting muddy in the mud kitchen, exploring the bug hotel and so much more!
Our school field is a great place for children to explore during play and lunchtimes. The outdoor classroom is available for children to sit quietly, chat with their friends or read a book.
We have a trim trail at the side of our field which children have access to when supervised by a member of school staff.
You can encourage your child to be independent by helping them learn to:
- dress and undress, including fastening their coat
- use the toilet and wash their hands
- play games, take turns and share
- try new things
- tidy away their toys
- recognise their name
What do I do if...?
...my child is not well enough to come to school?
Please ring the school office on 0115 9177 353 if your child is ill before 8:30am each day.
...my child is late for school?
If on the rare occasion that you may be late, please ensure that you register your child at the office when you arrive at school.
...I have been unavoidably delayed and may be late picking my child up from school?
Don't panic! If you are running late please try to inform the school office on 0115 9177 353, your child will be supervised until you arrive.
...I have a particular concern about my child?
All teachers are very approachable and want the best for your child. Please try to see your child's class teacher at the END of the school day once they have dismissed all of the children. The beginning of the day is very busy. Alternatively an appointment can be made with the class teacher, at an agreeable time, if you would like a more in depth chat.
Universal Infant Free Meals
At Spencer Academies Catering, we believe that a nutritious hot meal at lunchtime is so much better value than a packed lunch, even more so when it is free!
We just want to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have a child in reception, year 1 or year 2, your child is entitled to enjoy a school meal for free every day.
The average saving per child is around £450 a school year. The other advantage is you will save on the time preparing the packed lunch.
Even if your child is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal it is still important to confirm eligibility, this will ensure your school will be in a position to obtain further funding from central government to provide additional support to your child. This funding is also referred to as Pupil Premium. Please check with your school to see what is available to you.
We would love to hear from you and welcome all ideas and suggestions to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service.
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(See 'Reading' link for further information on our Reading Curriculum).
Our pupils at Chetwynd Primary Academy are given the opportunity to read at school on a daily basis. This happens through shared and independent reading of the class text during English sessions and also through whole reading sessions within classes.
We place a high importance on the children's ability to not only read a text but also to be able to comprehend what they have read including developing the skill of inference as well as developing a broad and varied vocabulary. All children have access to a range of high-quality texts within classrooms which they can choose from and take home.
Schools are charged with maintaining a safe, supportive environment which protects the rights and needs of children at all times. School staff have regular contact with children and young people, and a responsibility to help to identify signs of children in need of additional support or protection accordingly.
Together, these responsibilities are called safeguarding.
At Chetwynd Primary Academy, the safety and welfare of our children is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise our safeguarding responsibilities to include:
- creating a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices;
- ensuring that adults who work in school, including volunteers, are able to work with children safely, and are properly trained and equipped to do so;
- teaching children and young people to stay safe; and
- maintaining an environment in which children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
As part of our safeguarding delivery Chetwynd Primary Academy follows the procedures set out by the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (formally called Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board). New safeguarding arrangements are required by the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018 and these arrangements set out how agencies should work together to safeguard children and promote their welfare.
- Safeguarding - The Chetwynd Approach
- Safeguarding Letter to Parents
- Child-Friendly Safeguarding Booklet
- Safeguarding Policy
- Parent PANTS Guide
- Young Person's Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
The English curriculum at Chetwynd Primary Academy is broad, balanced and creative, going beyond the classroom and permeating throughout our Irresistible Curriculum. We understand the importance of a vocabulary-rich curriculum, and English is a strong feature of all lessons which is essential to help develop the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The importance of English is emphasised by the 'Moving English Forward' document produced by Ofsted in 2012:
"There can be no more important subject than English in the school curriculum. English is a pre-eminent world language, it is at the heart of our culture and it is the language medium in which most of our pupils think and communicate. Literacy skills are also crucial to pupils' learning in other subjects across the curriculum."
Discrete English lessons take place daily, where Rainbow Grammar is taught and embedded fully to allow children to experiment with sentence structures that match audience and purpose. Writing is very often based upon 'real-life' purposes and is linked to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Each year group has blocked units where specified genres are explored and these are designed to maximise learning opportunities linked to their topics.
Wherever possible, the units are also linked to high-quality texts (written or film) that add to the immersion of the topics. All staff have access to year group overview for genre coverage, a more detailed grid identifying texts and links to topics and knowledge organisers to ensure coverage and progression.
Handwriting skills are taught and practiced regularly across the school.
We are very proud of our teaching and learning of Phonics at Chetwynd Primary Academy which follows the teaching sequence set out in the NCC 2013 Letters and Sounds Revised Programme (Formally the Letters and Sounds - The Primary National Strategy 2007 programme). High quality phonics sessions are taught daily in FS2 and Key Stage 1. Sessions are 20 mins long and these sessions are enhanced by a multi-sensory teaching approach being aware of different learning styles including, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. In Key Stage 2 sessions are taught dependent on need.
(see 'Spelling' link for further information on or Spelling Curriculum).
We have recently started using the 'Sounds and Syllables' system to teach and develop spelling skills from Year Two onwards. This involves breaking down words into syllables and sounds, focusing on the smallest units of sound and whereabouts within a word that children go wrong, rather than on the entire word being wrong. Pupils see greater degrees of success with the accuracy of their spelling, knowing that they may spell three quarters of a word correctly. They are taught four steps: say it, snip it, sound it and target it.