Can my child bring toys in to school?
No, unless their class teacher asks them to as part of their topic work or on special occasions.
How do I find out if school is closed during severe weather conditions?
In this rare instance, we would use Twitter, update the school website, send out a text message and announce it on BBC Radio York.
It’s my child’s birthday, can I send sweets into school?
No. We stopped this recently for a number of reasons. It is an added pressure and expense that parents do not need, some children can't have the sweets because of dietary or religious reasons and it can be upsetting to those children who can't take part.
Your child may wear non-uniform clothes to school on his/her birthday. If their birthday falls on a weekend or in a school holiday, they may wear non-uniform on the preceding Friday or the following Monday.
Where will my child go when they finish Acomb Primary in Year 6?
This depends where you live.
Our children go to various secondary schools – Millthorpe and York High are the most common, with some going to Manor or All Saints depending on faith requirements.
What after school clubs can my child go to?
We send out a list of clubs running each term. Most clubs are offered to children in Year 1 and above. Some clubs are free, and others have a cost to them, depending on the activity and if it is being run by school staff or outside organisations.
What are Parents Consultation Evenings?
These are evenings in the autumn and spring terms when you can meet your child’s teacher for a 10 minute appointment to discuss your child’s progress.
What does SEN / SENCo stand for?
SEN stands for Special Educational Needs.
The SENCO is the SEN Co-ordinator. This is Miss Johnson, one of our class teachers. If your child has additional needs, then you will be made aware and may have meetings with Miss Johnson to discuss a plan for support.
What are INSET days?
INSET days are also called teacher training days. These are five days in the school year when the school is closed to children. It is not 5 additional days of holiday, as the children are required to attend for 190 days in a school year; training days are in addition to this and not taken off this total. They are an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff stay up to date with latest developments.
What is the Foundation stage?
The Foundation Stage is Reception (age 4-5)
What are Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and KS2)?
Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2 (age 5-7). Key Stage 2 is Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (age 7-11).
What is the national curriculum?
The national curriculum outlines what all children should be taught in each Key Stage. To find out more go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
What are SATs?
SATs is the common term used for national curriculum tests. These are statutory tests taken by children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The results give a ‘snapshot’ of children’s attainment; in other words how they achieved in particular tasks or tests taken on as specific day / week. They are part of the system of assessment that we use in school.
What is Teacher Assessment?
This is the teachers’ judgement about the progress and attainment of a child. This judgement will be made based on evidence gathered over a period of time and from a range of pieces of work, together with test results. It is a more
reliable judgement of a child’s attainment than a test result alone.
What is PPA time?
Planning, Preparation and Assessment time; all teachers are entitled to PPA time. At Acomb Primary, we employ specialist teachers for PE and music to cover this time.