At Wick we are committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment for all children. We regularly meet to discuss the changing needs of the children, and where we identify a need, we are able to offer the support of our two Parent Link Advisors to support the child - whether this is a short term need, or a longer term issue.
What do PLAs do?
Mrs Wiltshire and Mrs Kitchener have several sessions a week in which they meet regularly with children identified by staff and parents as needed a little extra support. This could be just time to talk, activities which relax the child, Lego therapy, or small group work to help with issues such as team work and playing nicely. We are fortunate that we have been able to identify two spaces in school which we have designed to enable children to relax - The Rainbow Room and the Tranquil Room. We review the children we work with on a termly basis, and will carry on for whatever time the child needs.
We recognise that some children find lunchtimes noisy or too busy, so we have a separate space where a small group of children eat their lunch with one of our lunchtime staff. We play music, chat and generally relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the main hall.
Our sports coaches work with selected groups of children one lunchtime a week to provide support and work on team building skills. An alternative to this is our Lego Therapy club run by Miss Collins which works with invited children on social skills and team building.
Although children are placed in separate classes with a class teacher, the pastoral care of the children is seen as a responsibility to be shared by all the teaching and non-teaching staff. Being a small school the staff quickly get to know all the children, and this leads to a friendly, relaxed and caring atmosphere.
It is our aim to maintain, for your child, conditions at work and play which ensure health and safety at all times. The children are always well supervised both within the school and in the grounds. The playgrounds are shared by pupils aged from four to 11 years. We try to make as much use of the school playing field as possible and KS2 children are asked to bring a change of clothes for lunch play during the winter months so that they can continue to use the field.
As our main aim is to make Wick School a safe place for children, we expect them to show acceptable standards of behaviour. Such behaviour should at all times be non-aggressive. The issue of bullying is addressed through Personal and Social Education which is on the curriculum of every class. In this way we hope to instil in each child a feeling of confidence and self-worth and give him/her the skills and strategies to avoid difficult situations and to deal with them if they occur. Our Behaviour Policy was drawn up in consultation with Governors, parents and staff. A full text is available from the Headteacher.
There are sanctions in places for children who behave in an unacceptable way. according to their age and maturity. This is normally verbal, but may involve a loss of privileges. A serious offence or persistent disruption of a class may lead to the exclusion of a pupil or even to the transfer of him/her to another school.
Parents should be aware that the school's first concern is for each child's welfare. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow the Local Authority's Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.
Parents will be informed of any action as soon as possible.
Additional Education Needs
All children have additional needs which are unique to their individual development. However some children will have learning requirements outside the average range of ability. Such children will include those who are exceptionally able as well as pupils who may at some time experience difficulties with their academic progress, or social and behavioural development.
We will cater for additional educational needs within the ordinary classroom wherever possible, enabling those pupils to function as valued members of peer groups. There will be times, however, when pupils need to receive individual attention or work in very small groups away from the classroom. This help is generally provided by a Classroom Assistant.
The identification of children with additional educational needs is primarily the responsibility of the class teacher
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Under the terms of the 1988 Education Reform Act parents may ask to withdraw their children from Religious Education and/or Collective Worship. Parents withdrawing their children from RE will need to set appropriate RE work for their children. This will not be marked by the teacher.
Religious Education is taught via a scheme of work which is based on the Local Authority's Agreed Syllabus 'Mystery and Meaning' a copy of which may be seen by applying to the Headteacher.
We aim to provide experiences in Assembly, in the classroom and playground and through personal example which will enable children to:
• gain an understanding of religious beliefs and the traditions of Christianity and other world religions,
• develop an awareness of beauty and feelings of wonder and awe,
• develop kindness, consideration and respect towards others,
• behave with self-discipline in social and learning situations,
• gain an awareness of the world, the people around them and the relationships they have with them.
All pupils are offered the option to take part in daily Collective Worship. Assemblies take place during each school day and some are for the whole school. It is also appropriate to have separate assemblies for KS1 and KS2, as well as within each classroom.
At Wick Primary School, Sex Education is regarded as part of a cross-curricular health education programme providing children with an elementary understanding of how their bodies work and what a healthy lifestyle involves. It is a matter of policy that children's questions about the physical differences between the sexes and about human reproduction are dealt with factually and honestly as they arise. As part of a specific input about Sex Education, the children in Years 5 and 6 watch a video. Parents are invited to a preview of this video, which they may attend with their child, if they wish. The school is grateful for the help given by the school nurse at this important time in a child's school career.
A full copy of the Governors' statement on Sex Education may be seen by applying to the Headteacher.