Reception Admissions September 2021
Welcome to our school. I hope this page gives you a taste of our school and would like to invite you to come and visit us first-hand on one of our Open Tours:
Monday 7th December 1:45pm
Wednesday 9th December 11:00am
Friday 11th December 2:00pm
Monday 14th December 1:45pm
Wednesday 16th December 9:30am
Wednesday 6th January 9:30am
Friday 8th January 2:00pm
Monday 11th January 11:00am
To book a space please telephone the school 01793522346 or email Mrs O'Brien email@example.com
In our reception class, the children play and explore through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Each day we will set out different activities in our carefully designated areas of the room.
Throughout the week the activities change depending upon the interest level of an activity. During the day the children have the opportunity to participate in child initiated activities where they are encouraged to work together, to share and interact with others and to be independent learners as well as adult led activities which may be as part of a group or on their own. They will have opportunities to listen to stories, listen to a variety of music, play percussion instruments, and develop fine motor skills such as cutting out or drawing, be creative or join in maths or phonics activities.
All of our teachers are good. None of the teachers are too strict-they are all nice.
Lily and Shakiya
I am new to the school and I like the school because there is no shouting and I have made friends really easily.
I like mathematics best because of the maths challenges the teachers give you in every maths lesson. I am proud when I succeed at the Use It and Own It.
I like the fact that our classes are named after endangered animals because it creates awareness of this.
Every English lesson I learn something new and when we write, teachers give us real writing opportunities and I like it when we write to real, important people.
Evie and Daisy
Lunch orders are good because you get to choose what you'd like rather than a first come first served option. Madie
Everyone is kind-if someone is alone at playtime, someone always goes up to them and asks them to play so no-one is left out.
I like the fact that there are equal opportunities for girls-we have girls in our school football team.
'The school is small, friendly and accessible-very welcoming to new pupils. The teachers have taken the time to get to know our children and understand ‘what makes them tick’. They are encouraging and get the best out of them.'
'Very caring staff and atmosphere. High quality education across a wide range of subjects. Excellent community feel. My child is safe and happy here.'
'The way all members of staff know the children, express care for them and enable them to grow in all areas-not just academically.'
'I love the school and how happy my children are to come in the mornings. They feel safe and happy and they learn so much.'
'We are happy with this school. Our daughter loves coming to school and always leaves at the end of the day very happy. We like the atmosphere and how the school welcomes the parents. Our daughter thoroughly enjoys it here and feel she is doing very well. Thank you.'
'The caring environment it provides. Both of my children have gone through King William and have been very happy. I am pleased with the academic progress my children have made.'
'The teachers are approachable and helpful. My child enjoys going to school. Anti-bullying policy is exceptional.'
'The ethos, values, quality and care/nurture. The openness and opportunities and the tangible drive for the best provision for the children. It’s a wonderful School-I am proud to have had 3 children go through the school.'
King William Street is a school where pupils feel welcome and included. They told us that they feel safe and that staff care about them.
Pupils play well together at social times. Pupils enjoy the additional responsibilities given to them, including peer mediation which develops their moral and social skills well.
Leaders and staff want the very best for the pupils and have high expectations of what pupils can achieve in English, mathematics and science. Pupils enjoy their learning because teachers make it interesting for them.
The children are taught how to make a positive difference within their local community and wider society by living, and putting into action, their Christian values.
Leaders in the early years make sure that the curriculum develops children’s language effectively. As a result, children are confident, independent and achieve well. They make a good start in Reception.
Pupils learn well in mathematics. Teachers use their knowledge of what pupils can do to revisit what they have learned previously. As pupils develop their fluency in mathematics: they are able to apply this to more demanding work, solve problems and explain their answers confidently.
Pupils read well. Pupils in key stage 2 enjoy reading books from their class library and they like talking about them. This enables pupils to gain a love of books and understand what they read.
All teachers and leaders are ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Teachers meet their needs well and use a range of ways to support pupils’ learning.
The way all members of staff know the children, express care for them and enable them to grow in all areas-not just academically.
Frequently Asked Questions
We plan carefully to ensure that transition experiences are positive so that the children are familiar with the school before they start in September.
In May we invite parents/carers to a Welcome Evening where you will be able to meet the staff who will be teaching your child in September as well as other members of staff. We will familiarise you with the daily routines, school uniform, school dinners, breakfast club etc and you will be able to look around Blue Whale classroom.
During the month of June, staff either visit pre-schools or contact them via telephone to ensure we have information on each child just in case any additional support might be needed.
In addition, usually the first week in June, staff visit you and your child at home.
In July, your child is invited to come into school for three short sessions where they will meet the staff and familiarise themselves with Blue Whale classroom.
In September, we operate a short phased induction which means the children are in full time by the fourth week of term.
In June and July 2020, despite Covid-19, we managed a smooth transition too. Videos were placed on our website, a postcard from staff was sent to each child, staff dropped off at each house an 'All About Me' bag of craft activities for each child to complete as their Brilliant Beginning. The children were also able to visit the classroom and meet staff before the summer break.
Here are some guidelines about what you can do to help your child get ready for school.
We offer a range of after school activities across the week such as Art, football, tag rugby, STEM, choir. These usually run for a period of 10-12 weeks after school. Some of the activities are open to all ages, some are open to particular year groups.
Parents/carers will be notified of the after school activities in a newsletter and spaces are offered on a first come first served basis.
All items of our school uniform, with the exception of King William Street cardigans and sweatshirts, can be purchased from a range of high street stores and supermarkets.
If you wish to purchase a jumper, cardigan or fleece with the school logo embroidered on it, you need to order and purchase these online from www.kingwilliam.reschooluniform.co.uk
These items can either be posted directly to your home or collected from Recognition Express West, BSS House (Unit 22) Area 35A Cheney Manor Industrial Estate Swindon SN2 2PJ.
To order a school meal, you will need to register for an account with SchoolGrid. Here you can select your menu choice and pay for your child's meal. You will also be able to add allergens to your child's record.
All children in Blue Whale, Tiger and Puffin are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal. For children in other classes who are not in receipt of Benefits Related Free School Meals, the cost of a school meal is £2.50 per day.
All classes have weekly homework set by the class teacher. The homework is set on a Friday and is returned by the following Wednesday.
Every child is encouraged to read to an adult every day. When they read at home, it is recorded in their Reading Record book or Reading Diary. The children are rewarded for regular reading nights-when they reach 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 nights they receive a reward.
In Blue Whale, homework will include completing an activity card as a family alongside a phonic worksheet.
Tiger, Puffin, Panda, Polar Bear, Zebra and Leopard
Homework will include:
An online mathematics activity using either Doodle Maths or Times table Rockstars.
A list of spellings to be practiced and learnt ready for a spelling test on Thursday/Friday. Sometimes the words will be a particular set of words e.g. related to tricky/high frequency words or they may be associated with a spelling rule that has been taught. E.g. how to form a plural if noun ends in a y. Accompanying this list of words will be an activity to practice these e.g. Ransom Note-cut out the letters from a newspaper/magazine and glue them in to spell the words.
This is an opportunity for the children to complete an open ended task related to the theme to be explored in the following term. It could take many forms, preparing a talk, completing a piece of research or conducting an interview. This will be set by the class teacher in the last week of terms 2, 4 and 6 and will include a clear explanation of the expectations and how the homework should be presented. The task should be returned to school on the first week of term 1, 3 and 5 where it will be displayed in the classroom.
Our breakfast club run by our school staff, Miss Rowe and Mrs Watts, is available from 7:45 am every school day and is open to all children.
At our breakfast club, a healthy meal to start the day is available. We offer a range of activities for children to take part in before they join the children in the playground at 8:30 am.
The school does not have an after school club. However, there are a number of childminders who pick up from the school so we would be able to provide their contact details.
All children have the opportunity to participate in sport. Specialist coaches teach our children for all outdoor PE sessions.
Each year group also has an opportunity across the year to participate in a range of sporting opportunities such as ice skating, tennis, golf, rugby and swimming.
Children in year 4 and year 6 also participate in outdoor adventurous activities as part of their residential to Oxenwood (year 4) and Plas Pencelli (year 6).
All children in year 3 learn to play the descant recorder.
For children who have an interest in music, we offer individual guitar, drumming and piano lessons provided by Swindon Music Cooperative. There is a charge for this. During the year, these children showcase their talents at several musical evenings.
Breakfast Club - 7:45 am to 8:30 am
Start of school for Tiger, Puffin, Panda, Polar Bear, Zebra and Leopard classes - 8:40 am The class teacher collects the children from the playground.
Start of school for Blue Whale class - 8:50 am The class teacher collects the children from the KS1 playground.
Learning Time - 8:40 am / 8:50 am
Assembly / Collective Worship - 10:15am
Morning Break - 10:40 to 10:55 am Children in Blue Whale, Tiger and Puffin class are provided with a fruit snack. Children from other year groups can bring their own fruit snack.
Learning Time - 10:55 am
Lunch for Blue Whale, Tiger and Puffin at 12:00 to 12:45 pm
Lunch for Panda, Polar Bear, Zebra and Leopard at 12:30 to 1:15 pm
Children can choose to have a school meal or bring in a healthy pack lunch. The children sit together around tables in our hall. Each day members of staff sit and eat their meal with the children. During the summer, children can eat their pack lunch outside on our picnic benches.
During lunchtime, we offer a variety of resources and activities to keep our children active and busy. These are run by our mid-day supervisors and our Polar Bear and Zebra play leaders. Peer-mediators from Zebra and Leopard class are on hand to assist their peers in maintaining positive and friendly relationships.
Learning Time - 12:45 pm / 1:15 pm
Our school day ends at 3:15 pm, except for Blue Whale class which ends at 3:05 am. Our school gates are opened from 3:00 pm every afternoon. The class teacher will bring the children onto the playground to be collected. Please ensure that the teacher knows that you have collected your child.
Although we are a church school, we are inclusive to all members of the community we serve. Our aim is that children from all faiths and those without a faith feel safe and happy, secure in the knowledge that their beliefs are respected and valued.
Our school’s Christian character contributes significantly to the personal development and wellbeing of all learners as well as their academic achievement. Our six Christian values guide our children to become well rounded individuals who are considerate of others and are ready for whatever the future holds for them.