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Admission Arrangements

 

We hope that you will want to send your child to Barton Junior School. Before you make your decision please do come and have a look around the School and ask any questions that you may have. We hold Open Days for prospective parents every year, please contact the school office to find out more details.

 

Preliminary Visits

 

In the summer term, before your child moves Schools, we invite parents to a meeting that will provide information about the school and preparing for transition.

At Barton Junior School we are part of the Kent Local Authority admissions procedures. Our admissions policy can be found on our website at http://www.bartonjuniorschool.org/policies/

The Admissions and Transport Office for Kent is based at:

Sessions House

County Hall

Maidstone

Kent

ME14 1XQ

You can also email the Admissions team on kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk

Transition

The transition from Year 2 to Year 3 is viewed as extremely important by the school. We ensure that all children in Year 2 have the opportunity to visit Barton during the school year. The children who have chosen to come to Barton are invited into the school on Transition Days, providing the opportunity to see their new classroom and meet the adults who will be working with them.

 

School Life

 

The School Day

8.50 Registration 11.00 English

9.00 Maths 12.00 Spellings

10.00 Key Skills 12.15 Lunch

10.30 Assembly 13.15 Topic Work/Science

10.45 Break Time 15.10 End of the School Day

 

 

Children enter school from 8.40am and go straight to class. For the safety of your child, please do not leave your child unattended at school before this time as the school gate is not open.

At 8:40 a member of staff will man the school gate if any parent has a query or wishes to make an appointment to see a teacher. Parents may still visit the office if they need to drop of letters or money.

All children using a mobile phone will need to hand it in to the office, turned off, at the beginning of the day. They will be stored, securely until the end of the day, when they should be collected by the child in person.

Please be ready to collect your child at the end of the day. If you are unable to collect or you have to make alternative arrangements please notify the school.

 

Absence

 

Children are expected to attend school regularly and on time. The school has a statutory requirement to report authorised and unauthorised absences to the Local Authority. If your child is ill or will not be at school for any reason, please notify the school by 9.30am.

 

During the winter months, if the weather is particularly bad, it is advisable to check the Schools website at www.bartonjuniorschool.orgor listen to Radio Kent’s Schools broadcast. Should the school be closed for any reason, text messages will be sent to any mobile phone numbers we hold for parents, so please ensure these are kept up to date.

 

Illness

 

Please inform us, as soon as possible, if your child is unable to attend school through illness. Should your child becomes ill at school we will make every effort to comfort him or her until they can be collected. Please do ensure that your contact details are always up to date to help us with this. We have a number of qualified First Aiders in school.

 

Earrings

 

If children’s ears are pierced, plain stud earrings or sleepers should be worn for school. We advise parents to only have their child’s ears pierced over the summer break as earrings MUST be removed on PE days. No other jewellery should be brought to school.

 

Hair

 

Long hair must be tied back for school every day. We do not allow children to have words, symbols or lines cut into their hair.

 

School Lunches

 

School dinners are provided through Independent Catering at a cost of £2 per day and are cooked on the premises.

If you prefer, your child may bring a packed lunch. We are a healthy school and we ask that children do not bring in fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolates or nuts in their lunch boxes.

 

Water is freely available for all children throughout the day and all we ask is that children bring in their own water bottles to refill from the water dispensers around the school. Water bottles are available to purchase from the school office for £1.

 

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals please contact the School Office who will help you apply for these.

 

Teaching

 

Our team of Teachers and Study Support Managers (SSM) at Barton Junior School try to bring out the best from all the children to ensure that they all fulfil their potential.

 

We follow a creative curriculum making links between subjects and the wider world wherever possible. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of all children in the class and are taught using different groupings and pairings.

 

Class Organisation

 

Each class is of mixed ability and will have their own. Teacher and a Study Support Manager (SSM). Children requiring additional support may receive this within the classroom or may be withdrawn for small group work if appropriate.

 

Inclusion

The school works hard to deliver a relevant and exciting Curriculum with quality teaching.

Children who require additional help with accessing the Curriculum are given support both in class and in special nurture groups. These interventions are delivered by Class Teachers and SSMs under the guidance of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

 

Gifted and Talented

 

Teachers are constantly monitoring and evaluating all aspects of their pupils learning. Children who show particular talent or skill in any area of the curriculum will be placed on the Gifted and Talented register and provision will be made to ensure that these skills are nurtured and encouraged.

 

Homework

 

We have a shared reading scheme. The children are encouraged to choose a reading book to share at home with parents or carers, these books should be read every night and parents/carers should make a record in the child’s reading record book.

 

Each year group set a homework challenge which is expected to be completed by the end of term. This homework is explained by letter at the beginning of term and can be found on the website. It should reflect work undertaken throughout the half term and we encourage creative and imaginative ideas. Year 6 may be given more formal homework in the lead up to SATs in May.

 

Visits

 

Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to take part in visits out of school.

Drama and dance groups are invited to perform at Barton. These activities are of great value to the social development and education of the children.

 

The School Council

 

This group meets at the end of the month; two children from every class attend, together with members of staff.

The council addresses issues relating to the children and makes appropriate decisions.

 

Understanding the Arts

 

Working as artists and designers, children are encouraged to develop their own voice and to actively collaborate in order to communicate with different audiences through a variety of media and contexts.

The children will participate in a range of art forms including art and design, drama, music and dance.

The school uses its close links with Astor College for the Arts to give children access to a wide range of specialised art focused activities. We also hold an annual Multi-Cultural Arts Week where the children take part in a number of art and dance activities designed to help the children consider the diverse world they live in. This includes using art specialists and dance groups to hold workshops for the children.

 

Understanding English, Communication and Languages

 

The English curriculum is comprised of writing, reading, speaking and listening. The children are supported in their English development though directed phonics work and guidance in class from teachers and study support managers. The children are expected to write in various styles, both fiction and non-fiction based, and these skills are used across the curriculum. Cursive handwriting is developed across the school through daily practice and by the end of Year 3 children will start using handwriting pens after gaining their pen licenses.

 

Reading is viewed as central to the school curriculum as it is a skill used across all areas of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to discuss why writers choose certain vocabulary and how writers make their books interesting for the reader. At Barton we use the Accelerated Reader Program, a scheme that enables children to take a quiz based on the texts they have read. This then informs the teachers of children’s reading ages and National Curriculum level, and encourages a great amount of progress throughout each year group. Their progress is closely monitored through reading records and parents are asked to participate in this process too.

 

This area of the curriculum is widened by the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages. Children develop skills in speaking and listening, as well as literacy and are expected to show a cultural awareness of life in other countries.

Understanding Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing

Through this area of the curriculum, children are encouraged to live healthy and active lifestyles. They participate in a range of sporting activities throughout the year designed to develop skills. This is extended by extra-curricular clubs and competitions in the local area.

 

Children are taught about the importance of nutrition and how to keep the body healthy. The school delivers drug and alcohol education, along with sex and relationship education, targeted specifically for different year groups. This is supported by the parent and pupil manager and external agencies.

 

Collective Worship

The children gather during the week for whole School Assemblies, singing assemblies, class assemblies and celebration assemblies.

 

Throughout the year, children prepare special assemblies to share what they have learnt about their topic work. Parents are invited to these assemblies; dates are published in the school newsletter.

 

Sex and Relationships Education

 

The school has a Sex Education Policy in line with statutory requirements. The aims include encouraging pupils to behave responsibly and to respect themselves and others. All schemes are designed to be age appropriate and any parents who have any concerns or questions should contact the Principal.

 

Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

 

This area of learning encourages children to investigate the world around them, from the local to the global. They learn about the impact of their actions on the planet and understand the importance of developing a future that is sustainable.

 

Through exploring cultures, beliefs, values, human rights and responsibilities, children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and a sense of belonging. They see how societies are organised and shaped by people's values and actions, and how communities can live and work together.

 

 

The National Curriculum

 

The freedom we have been given through the National Curriculum for Primary Schools has helped us change the way subjects are taught. Subjects are taught through topics rather than as separate subjects.

 

Mathematical Understanding

 

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and supports learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them.

Children are grouped according to their needs and are taught by means of differentiated lessons and activities. The teachers encourage independence through problem solving and reasoning. The curriculum covers written, mental and oral work and children cover all aspects, including number work, shape, space, weight, capacity, data and measures.

 

The maths curriculum is designed to foster curiosity in children and to help them develop the numerical skills they need to function in society.

 

Scientific and Technological Understanding

 

This area of learning helps children to find new ways of looking at the world and to engage with how the world works. They learn the possibilities of science, design and technology, inspiring them to become the scientists, engineers, designers and innovators of the future.

 

Through the scientific curriculum, children learn about electricity, sound, plants, forces, light, materials, micro-organisms and the human body.

 

The other aspect of this area of learning is design and technology. The children are set projects to design and build to a specific brief.

 

Religious Education

 

Through the RE curriculum at Barton, children are taught about the major religions of the world. They study the various places of worship and how religion affects different people. They are taught to be tolerant of others and that diversity makes society much richer.

The school has close links with the local church and all children have access to a daily act of collective worship.

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