Newton Road Infant School
The School is for children aged 4 to 7 years, and the maximum planned to accept into the 4+ age group for 1985/86 is 70.
Head teacher: Mrs R E Almond, M.Ed., Dip.Ed.
Chairman of Governors: Mr A Mantle
Home School Liaison
Discussions about a child's progress and the school curriculum are possible any day with the Head Teacher. Obviously it is better to make an appointment but urgent matters can be dealt with immediately. During the Autumn Term a Parents' Evening is arranged when parents are encouraged to come along for an individual consultation with the class teacher about their child's progress and to see some of the activities in which he/she has been engaged. An Open Evening is arranged in the Summer Term.
Parents may best support their children in school by taking an interest in all they do, by bringing them to school on time and ensuring that they have the things they need for school at the right time. One way in which parents may help with reading is to read to and with their children. The school encourages this action by providing library books and home readers for the children to take home if they choose to do so.
A number of parents come into school to help on a voluntary basis, usually under the direction of the teacher in the classroom. They are involved in a wide variety of activities and this is seen as beneficial to the parents, the teachers and the children.
Pre-school children together with their parents, are welcomed into school one afternoon each week to the Rushden Toy Library. The toys, which may be borrowed, have been selected with a view to assisting a child's development through play.
The following criteria are used in framing the aims, objectives and content of the curriculum in this school.
The curriculum may be defined as all the experiences to which a child is exposed at school.
Language and Literacy
Reading: the school aims to develop the skills necessary for reading, both for pleasure and to obtain information.
Written Language: the school aims to help children to acquire the skills necessary to express their own ideas both fact and fantasy, and to write legibly.
Literature: the school aims to give the children wide experience of stories, poems and rhymes both traditional and modern.
Social and Environmental Studies
Art, Craft, Design and Technology
Health and Safety
There is no formal programme of sex education. However, reference to sexual matters may be made as a result of the normal interest which young children show in the birth of babies or animals. Questions are answered simply and in a way appropriate to the child's development.
Children With Special Needs
Further details regarding the provision of education for children with special needs can be found in the Authority's publication "Schools in Northamptonshire Information for Parents" which may be obtained from either the school or the Education Department.
1. The morning session in school is from 8.50 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. The afernoon session is from 1.20 p.m. to 3.20 p.m.
2. There are school colours; navy, blue and white, the wearing of which is optional. As far as possible, children need to be able to undress and dress themselves and this should be borne in mind when clothing children for school. Children dress in vest and pants for Physical Education, tee-shirt and shorts may be provided by parents if preferred. The children need plimsolls for outdoor activities and a shoe bag in which to keep them. Indoor activities are conducted in bare feet.
3. Lost property is kept in school for two or three months. Parents are asked to report any losses of personal property immediately. No responsibility is taken by the school for jewellery and watches worn in school. All school clothing should be clearly marked with the child's name.
4. SCHOOL MEALS Cooked meals are served on the premises. The price is 60 pence per meal. Money is collected on Monday morning each week.
FREE MEALS Forms to apply for free meals may be obtained from the Head Teacher or the Secretary. All matters relating to free meals are dealt with in confidence.
PACKED LUNCHES Children may bring a packed lunch. This should be in a plastic container with the child's name and class. Cold drinks may be brought in tightly sealed unbreakable containers. Any changes in lunchtime arrangements should be notified in writing one week in advance. All queries relating to lunchtime arrangments are dealt with by the Head Teacher or the Secretary.
5. Children may have ⅓ pint of milk to drink mid morning, the money is collected at the beginning of each week.
6. Children are encouraged to think of the needs and well-being of others and hence to develop self discipline. If children behave in an anti-social manner either towards each other or towards the resources of the community of the school the matter is discussed and the child is made aware that this is unacceptable. Punishment takes the form of withdrawal of privileges; in line with Authority policy, this school does not use corporal punishment. If a behaviour problem is either very persistent or serious the matter is discussed with the parents. The children are expected to be polite to everyone with whom they come into contact in school, and to be co-operative.
7. The school is concerned for the children's welfare at all times. Should a child have an accident in school first aid is available and an appropriate qualified member of staff can be consulted. If medical treatment is required the parents are contacted and the child may be taken to the appropriate medical centre or hospital. Similarly, if a child becomes ill at school he/she will be cared for until the parents can be contacted. For this reason parents are asked to give the school details of their phone number, place of work etc., in order that they can be contacted quickly should an emergency arise. If a child suffers from a chronic illness, for example asthma, it is possible for the appropriate medication to be kept in school. Other medicines are not administered in school, the child should either be kept at home or the parent may come in to school to give the medicine at lunchtime.
8. Children do not have set homework.
9. The school has six classes and as far as possible the children are grouped according to age with mixed ability and boys and girls in each class. Each class has its own teacher who has responsibility for teaching most subjects within that class. The work is arranged so that each child is involved in class activities and group activities and in receipt of individual tuition according to the needs of both the individual and the whole class. Groups may vary according to the needs of the child and the activity.
10. The School Nurse visits the school regularly for one afternoon each week and is available to parents at that time to discuss matters concerning the health of their child. During the child's first year in school, the nurse will test hearing and vision, assess development and measure growth. Parents are asked to give their consent and requested to attend the examination. If a child has any medical or developmental problems an appointment will be offered with the School Doctor. Some children may be referred to other specialists for treatment or advice.
Children are encouraged to care for their teeth both through diet and hygiene. Community Dental Officers regularly visit the school to carry out dental inspections.
The details given in this booklet should prove helpful to parents. However, if you should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school.