Transition from KS1 to KS2
Transition from KS1 to KS2 can be a big step for some children, so here is a comprehensive list of the important things you need to be aware of:
The the first day of term
All the children in Key Stage 2 line up in the KS2 playground at 8.45am so that their class teacher can lead them into school and show them their cloakroom peg.
Teachers will continue to collect their class from the playground at 8.45am so that the children can enter and prepare themselves for registration which takes place at 8.50am. Please encourage your child to be at school on time so that a prompt start to the day is ensured.
In KS2 children may choose from a range of healthy snacks each morning break at a cost of 20p per item. Some children may wish to bring £1.00 on a Monday to pay for the week. If you prefer, your child could bring a healthy snack from home (no chocolate bars or packets of crisps). For reasons of safety, peanuts or peanut products are not allowed in school at any time as we have children in school who have severe reactions to these.
Lunchtime is from 12 noon until 1.10pm and dinners cost £2.30. Funds should be added to SIMS Agora as soon as term starts. If your child goes into arrears, a text will be sent reminding you to add funds to your child’s account.
Lunch boxes should be clearly named and place on the appropriate trolley outside their classroom. These can be then found in the hall when they go into lunch.
Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school on a Monday and they will be reminded to take it home on a Friday for washing. Keeping it in a draw string bag enables it to be hung on their cloakroom peg or kept in a box in the classroom. It is essential that all clothing is clearly named and after washing checks are made that the names are still visible. For indoor PE the children need red shorts and a white tee-shirt, whilst outside they may wear a tracksuit and trainers. They will also need a pair of clearly named indoor shoes, which can be left in school.
All children require their own water bottle so that they can have a drink when they need one. It must be clearly named and taken home each evening so that it can be washed. Water is always available to the children.
Could you please ensure any lunch boxes are also named and taken home each evening.
They are also allowed to bring one pencil case to school.
Collection of children at 3.30pm
If, for whatever reason, you are going to be late collecting your child at 3.30pm, please contact the school office. As the children in KS2 are not handed over to their parents by their teacher, please ensure they know to go to the office if they cannot locate the person collecting them. School will also explain this procedure to pupils at the start of the Autumn Term.
Please see the school website www.walkingtonschool.org, ? class pages for information regarding:
- Which Teaching Assistants are in your child’s class
- Which day your child has PE
- Which day your child has ‘show and tell’
- What happens with regard to spellings and homework
Curriculum Summaries are put on the website every term for you to download or a paper copy can be requested from the school office.
In KS2 your child is now offered an opportunity to play a musical instrument (currently clarinet, flute, guitar, violin, trumpet, French horn). Please contact the school office if you think your child might be interested. Bills are sent out termly and currently stand at somewhere between £40.00 and £50.00 per term. Instruments are available to hire from the Schools Music Service and details regarding this will be sent home with your child following a brief audition with the appropriate music teacher.
A music timetable is on the school website advising day and time for each instrument. There is also an East Riding timetable outlining which weeks the music teachers will be in school. Parents are charged for 30 lessons per year, however there are 34 teaching weeks (this allows for sickness, etc).
Term time holidays
At Walkington Primary School we are committed to working with other East Riding of Yorkshire Schools and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to reduce the number of school days missed due to term time holidays.
This agreement has been drawn up and published as a term time holidays policy that headteachers shall adhere to when considering any parental requests. Please contact the School Office if you would like a copy of our leaflet.
If your child is going to be absent, please let us know. The school office is open between 8.15am and 4.00pm to receive telephone calls. If there is no-one in the office, please leave a message on the answerphone and we will pick it up. It is important that you notify us immediately if your child is absent in an afternoon after going home for lunch.
REMINDER – if your child has either sickness or diarrhoea then they must be off school for a period of 48 hours.
If your child has a doctors/hospital/dentist appointment, please ensure the school office has sight of the appointment letter/card to enable them to keep accurate records.
Parents are requested to supply a local emergency contact telephone number so that if they are unavailable when their child is taken ill, another suitable adult may be contacted. It is imperative that this information is kept up to date.
Children with Asthma
Asthmatic children will be supervised if they need their inhaler. Please ensure that all inhalers are clearly named and are always in date.
In KS2, we try to foster an increasing amount of independence in the children. They are expected to take more responsibility for organising themselves and parents can help by ensuring their child has the correct equipment/homework for that day. They are also expected to write at greater length and develop their writing using more sophisticated sentence structures. They will have a reading comprehension lesson every week to extend and deepen their understanding of a text. You can help by asking them questions about their reading at home extending these to querying how they knew their answer.