Useful Information For Parents
Winter Menu 2020
Each meal costs £2.10 per child per day.
Payment is online through ParentMail. Meals can be purchased up to 09:00 on the day and you can pay more than one week at a time. If your child is absent due to illness, the money you have paid will be refunded.
Children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically qualify for Universal Free School Meals. However, to continue receiving/qualify for Free School Meals from Year 3 onwards, please follow the link below and complete the Essex CC Free School Meals Questionnaire/application.
In addition, if you think your child (in any school year) would be entitled to Pupil Premium Funding, which covers the cost of up to two in school clubs each term and up to ten pounds towards any class trip, also follow the link below and complete the Essex CC Free School Meals Questionnaire/application.
At Great Leighs Primary School we offer a range of clubs, run by either school staff or outside agencies. Our school fund clubs are as follows:
|Spring Term Clubs|
|Monday||Sewing Club||Y3, 4, 5 & 6||15:10 – 16:00|
|Tuesday||Early Morning Fitness||Y5 & 6||08:00 – 08:30|
|Tuesday||Badminton||Y5 & 6||15:10 – 16:00|
|Tuesday||Indoor Games||EYFS, Y1 & 2||15:10 – 16:00|
|Tuesday||Dance||Y1, 2 & 3||15:10 – 16:00|
|Wednesday||Netball||Y5 & 6||15:10 – 16:00|
|Wednesday||Creative Dance||Y4, 5 & 6||15:10 – 16:00|
|Wednesday||Endball/Benchball||Y3, 4, 5 & 6||15:10 – 16:00|
|Wednesday||Choir||Y3, 4, 5 & 6||12:05 – 12:30|
|Thursday||Recorders||Y1 & 2||12:00 – 12:30|
|Thursday||Recorders||`Y3, 4, 5 & 6||12:30 – 13:00|
|Thursday||Art||Y3, 4, 5 & 6||15:10 – 16:15|
|Friday||Band||Y2, 3, 4, 5 & 6||12:30 – 13:00|
We also offer:
- Breakfast Club Monday to Friday 7.45am – 8.30am at £3.00 per session
- Stay ‘n’ Play after school Monday to Friday 3.10pm – 6.00pm at £9.00 per session
Other Clubs available before or after school run by outer school agencies are:
- FOGLS Gymnastics KS1 and KS2 – Thursday after school
- Chris Finch Football Years 2 & 3 – Wednesday morning before school / Years 4, 5 & 6 Friday morning before school
- Chris Finch Tag Rugby Year 5 & 6 – Thursday morning before school
- Brogan’s School of Dance – Wednesday after school from 5pm
Peripatetic Lessons available during school that are run by outer school agencies are:
- Guitar – Wednesday
- Drums – Thursday & Friday
- Keyboard – Tuesday
- Brass/Woodwind – Friday
- Stave House – Singing/Violin/Piano – Tuesday & Thursday
Payment for these is made direct to the organisation.
Should your child wish to take up any of these peripatetic music lessons please let the office know ASAP.
We expect all children to wear school uniform and to take a pride in it. The main item of uniform is the red school cardigan or jumper, with an embroidered logo, and our school tie which can be purchased from the School Office. We encourage children to wear black trousers/skirts, a white shirt/blouse and black school shoes. All clothing should be clearly named. Girls can wear red gingham dresses in the summer months. Foundation Stage pupils may wear either a white polo ‘T’ shirt or white shirt, but are not expected to have a school tie until they enter Year 1.
Long hair should be tied back and sensible hair accessories – preferably with school colours – should be used. No jewellery should be worn to school. A watch and small stud earrings are permitted.
All Children should have a white school T-shirt with logo, and a pair of red shorts for PE. Plimsolls or trainers are needed for games/fitness outside. A plain tracksuit is needed for games in the cooler months. For safety earrings should be taken out for PE activities. If your child cannot remove their earrings by themselves, then please ensure they do not wear them to school on a PE day. All PE kit needs to be named and stored in a named PE bag.
Book bags/Ruck sacks
All children from Foundation Stage to Year 3 should use a named, school book bag to bring their reading book, home learning activities and letters to and from school.
Where can I purchase the uniform?
One Stop School Gear, who are based in Chelmsford, supply all our uniform. They have a shop at Unit 1, Beehive Business Centre, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9TE, where you can see and purchase the uniform, as well as ordering online. You are able to visit this shop during this year’s summer holiday if this is your preferred way of purchasing uniform.
Orders can be placed at any time online and be delivered to your home address but will be charged postage according to the weight of the items purchased. For further orders please see their website, www.onestopschoolgear.com.
The shop is located on Beehive Lane in Chelmsford, where they have adequate parking. The school will only stock a small amount of ties which can be purchased for emergencies.
To order school tracksuits, please contact the school office.
At Foundation Stage our children use specific programmes directed by the teacher to support their learning.
As the children enter Key Stage 1 children are expected to use the internet to research a variety of topics. From this age upwards all children receive an annual internet safety session at the beginning of the autumn term in line with our Responsible Internet Use Agreement
At this time parents are asked to discuss internet safety with their child and both child and parent need to sign and return our Responsible Internet Permission Form which is required in order that children can use the Internet in a supervised manner at school.
Following a meeting in February 2015 with local headteachers, it has been recognised that, at times, schools have needed to deal with issues arising from a negative use of social media websites, where inappropriate comments regarding the school or members of its community have been made and, as a result of the meeting, all schools would write to their parents regarding this issue. Please click here to view a copy of this letter.
We regularly publish internet e-Safety tips on our newsletter. Please click here to access them.
Being at Great Leighs school is not all about learning and fun! We are healthy too. We believe strongly that happy healthy children learn, grow and develop into wonderful people. Our children agreed, with the help of the school council, that our school policy was to have a healthy fruit or vegetable based snack Monday to Thursday and, as is healthy in life, a treat day would be Friday. We also have a Healthy Crew who meet half termly to discuss how we can continually make the school a healthier and happier place.
Please click here to view a powerpoint that the Learning Council presented to the school to promote healthy snacks and good hygiene.
Click here to see a poster that the Learning Council compiled about e-safety.
Looking for ideas for a healthy lunchbox? Click here for ideas for a healthy lunch box from the Learning Council.
Below are some very useful web links to recipes, advice and fun activities that can be supportive for yourself, and your child.
- http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/change-for-life-families.aspx – A website with a wealth of fun activities, advice (for all ages groups), physical activity suggestions, recipes and much much more!!
- http://www.nourishinteractive.com/ – Information is free here and there are lots of recipes and free printable materials for your child.
- http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk – Make a healthy lunch box and find advice for all age groups
- http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx – NHS Government guidelines and 5 a day meal planner
The Primary (Reception) admission round for September 2020 opens from 11th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 and the relevant booklets, once published, will be available here. You are welcome to visit the school on the following days and times:
- 11:00 am – Tuesday 24th September
- 11:00 am – Wednesday 9th October
- 11:00 am – Thursday 24th October
- 11:00 am – Monday 11th November
- 11:00 am – Friday 29th November
- 11:00 am – Thursday 12th December
- 11:00am – Thursday 9th January
Please contact the school office on 01245 361254 to confirm your attendance prior to making your application.
Whether your child is starting with us in Foundation Stage, or moving to another class in the school, you will find all the information you need here.
- Letter from the Chair of Governors
- 2019 2020 term dates
- School uniform
- Information about our PTA – FOGLS Booklet
- Admissions Policy
- Data Protection and Freedom of Information Policy
- School Prospectus
Forms to complete, sign and return:
Other Useful Links
Guide to Mathematics
- CBeebies – Newsround Staying Safe Online
- BBC – KS1 Bitesize – Maths
- Mathschase – general maths revision
- BBC – KS1 Bitesize – Literacy
- BBC – KS2 Bitesize – Maths
- BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Reading
- BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Writing
- BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling & grammar
- BBC – KS2 Bitesize – Science
- Department for Education Compare Schools – Great Leighs Primary School
- www.essexice.co.uk – Resources for pupils with SEND
Got a spare 5 minutes a day? Did you know you only need to learn 38 timestables, NOT 144!. Have a look at my mini maths follow the rolling 2 week programme to improve your speed and accuracy of recall.
Resources to help your child learn their times tables, including division facts and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The aim of each practise is to try and beat the time you achieved before.
Recently Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:
- “You can always come to me if you need help.”
- “What would you do if this happened…?”
- “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
- “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
- “Be respectful to others online.”
- “Think before you post.”
- “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
- “Remember not everything is true online.”
- “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
- “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/parent-and-carer-toolkit.
Remember to check our newsletter weekly for the E-Safety tip of the week written by our Digital Leaders!