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Paddock Junior Infant & Nursery School

Paddock Junior Infant & Nursery School

"Working together, learning together, growing together - your child, our team, Paddock achieves"

Here are our answers, to what we find, are the most frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact the school office and we will be happy to help!

Contact Details and Medical information
It is very important that the school has up-to-date contact and medical information for all pupils.  Parents are asked to inform the school immediately if there are any changes to the information held about their child.  We will contact you if your child is taken ill or has a serious accident in school.

Medication
If you require us to give your child medicine during the school day, then you will be required to fill in a consent form.  Please give the medicine to the school office with your child's name on it and dosage instructions from the doctor.  We will only administer prescribed medication.  If your child has asthma we will need to have one lot of medication which will be kept in the child's classroom.  Please fill in an asthma card so that we are fully aware of your child's needs.  The asthma card can be obtained from the school office.

School Nurse
The school nurse will on occasions visit school to carry out health interviews.  You will be notifed if these involve your child  and you will be invited to attend.

Clubs and Activities
We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs throughout the school year, at break times and after school, as well as one-off events to involve the whole family.  We try to offer a range of clubs to the different year groups.  If your child is interested in one of the clubs, they will bring home a letter.  You will then need to sign this  and you will be informed  whether your child has been successful in securing a place.  Unfortunately, if we do not have enough interest in any of these clubs then that specific club may have to be cancelled.

Sport and P.E.
All children in school take part in a variety of physical education including dance, skill work, apparatus and gymnastics.  The amount of time varies  in line with the age of the children.
  • Early Years            -    1 hour
  • Key Stage 1           -    2 hours
  • Key Stage 2           -    2 hours
  • Swimming (Y5/6)   -    30 minutes in the water
Various coaches and activity leaders visit school over the year to work with children and enhance our Physical Education provision.  We are also part of the School Sports Partnership, which provides inter-school competions  and workshop activities.  We hold a Sports Afternoon once a year where parents are invited to come along.

Swimming
Children in Year 5 and Year 6 go swimming at Huddersfield Sports Centre on a Tuesday afternoon.  All children will need a swimming hat, costumes, swimming trunks and towels.  Transport is provided.  They will work towards certificates in line with National Curriculum requirements.  We also enter the Huddersfield School Swimming Gala.

Homework
The purpose of home learning is to support and enrich children's learning; develop independence; and encourage  personal organisation.  We believe that parents have an important part to play in encouraging and supporting their child with their homework.  Throughout the year homework will be set for children in Reception and Key Stages 1 and 2.  It would be helpful if you could ensure your child can work in a quiet environment and by all means do help them but please don't do it for them.  It is also important that your child brings the homework back to school on time.  School book bags are available from the office and can be paid for on ParentPay.

Special Educational Needs
At Paddock Junior Infant and Nursery Shool we are committed to including children with Special educational needs in all aspects of school life, and the needs of these childrwen  are specifically considered in lesson planning, grouping and the provision of additional support.  We aim to work as a team including the children and their parents in the planning of targets and assessment of progress.

Children with special educational needs have learning difficulties that call for special provision to be made.  All children may have special needs at some time in their lives.  Children have a learning difficulty if:
  • they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
  • they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities that are provided for children of the same age.
Disability Access
The entrance areas to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have disabled access and an external lift gives access to the Early Years Unit.

Gifted and Talented Children
We recognise that all children are individuals with their own specific needs, gifts and talents,  Children who are identified as being exceptionally able  or talented are monitored and provided with stimulating and enriching  lessons appropriate to their needs.