Welcome to our school!
Here are the ‘Class Essentials’ you need to know:
Our morning routine
Our school day starts at 8.40 a.m. If you arrive earlier please wait in the hall and then take your child to their classroom.
We ask all children to bring a water bottle to school, and KS2 are encouraged to bring a morning fruit break (these are provided free for Reception and KS1).
All KS1 classes have a communication book for parents who are not collecting their children at the end of the school day, to write down their child’s after school arrangements including Ebbeneezer’s. We ask you do this daily.
We ask all children to arrive before 8.55 a.m. - if you are late you will need to sign your child into the ‘late’ book at reception. Diana Forbes is available in the hall from 8.40-9.00 for all payments and clubs. Jo Williams or Susanne Addis are available for all other queries that do not involve money at reception
Our afternoon routine
School finishes at 3 p.m. Children in EYFS to Year 3 should be collected from their classrooms. To minimise congestion in the cloakrooms, this is from their outside doors which lead on to the field or playground. Children in Year 4 to Year 6 are allowed to leave their classrooms independently. Parents and carers should wait in the playground for them. If parents are late children will be taken to the blue chairs in reception to wait.
All children in Reception and KS1 are eligible for free school meals, but they may bring a packed lunch if they prefer. These should include a healthy balance of protein, fruit and veg and carbohydrate. No sweets or energy drinks please. Children in KS2 can choose to either have a school meal (cost £2.10 per day) or bring a packed lunch.
School uniform and PE Kit
We have no school uniform at St. Ebbe’s, but we ask that children dress appropriately for active learning and play and wear shoes that they can run around in. Please bring sun hats to school when necessary.
All KS1 and KS2 children need a pair of outdoor shoes suitable for wearing in bad weather on the field, and a change of shoes to wear indoors; these should be plimsoll style (no flip flops, crocs or slippers). Children in Reception only need one pair of shoes and a pair of wellington boots for the outdoor learning area. Additionally all children with long hair should have it tied back; this helps reduce the spread of head lice and, in the absence of school uniform, draws a distinction between home and school.
All KS1 and KS2 children need navy shorts or leggings and a blue T-shirt in a named bag for P.E. For Health & Safety we ask that no jewellery is worn to school except studs for pierced ears.
Children in Y3 and Y4 will all go swimming during the year. Children will need a swimming hat (available to buy from the office), and goggles may not be worn without written permission from the child’s parent.
If your child is ill, please ring the office before 9.30 a.m. If there are exceptional circumstances, parents may apply to the head teacher for leave of absence using the official form. We will not authorise time off for holidays in term time. Please see our Attendance Policy for further details.
Homework (KS1 and KS2)
We ask children to read daily (preferably to an adult until they are fluent readers), and record their reading in their journal or diary. We will give children weekly spellings and tables (or number bonds) which must be learned.
In addition teachers will provide a variety of optional activities in the form of a concept map related to the curriculum theme for the term. Teachers will award bronze, silver or gold certificates for this homework.
We encourage parents to get involved and this can be through helping in your child’s class, or help for a curriculum visits. Please speak to your class teacher for more information.
We have an active parent association called SESA (St Ebbe’s School Association) that organises fundraising and social events. To get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a parent council made up of representatives from each class, that meets with the head teacher and parent governors every term. Please contact SESA if you are interested in serving on this council.
We have lots of school events involving parents and for parents throughout the year. Dates are added to the website google calendar and shared in the weekly newsletter.
Mrs Bagnall is available at the front gate most mornings from 8.40-9.00 a.m. for any general queries.
We send out a weekly newsletter on Friday containing important information and dates and news. This is sent out using mailchimp, and you need to sign up on the front page of our website (http://st-ebbes.oxon.sch.uk/). All classes will also send out a weekly curriculum letter on Fridays which is also uploaded to their class page on the website.
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning or welfare, in the first instance, please speak to their class teacher. It is best to do this after school in order not to delay class registration. If your child’s teacher is not able to resolve the issue, please make an appointment at reception to speak to Mrs Bagnall.
We hold parent-teacher consultations in November and March and reports are sent home at the end of the school year.
Please use the calendar on the school website http://st-ebbes.oxon.sch.uk/