Parents

2018-2019 Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018

School closed for teacher training – Monday 3rd September 2018

School Closure – 4th September 2018

Autumn term starts for children Wednesday – 5th September 2018

Half term – Monday 29th Oct to Friday 2nd Nov 2018

Children back in school – Monday 5th November 2018

Last day of term – (finish at Midday) Friday 21st December 2018

Spring Term 2019

School closed for teacher training – Monday 7th January 2019

Spring term starts for children  Monday 8th January 2019

School closed for teacher training Monday 7th January 2019

Half  Term – Monday 18th Feb to Friday 22nd Feb

Children back in school – Monday 25th February 2019

Last day of term – Friday 12th April 2019

Summer Term 2019

Summer term starts for children – Monday 29th April 2019

School closed for Bank Holiday – Monday 6th May 2019

Half term – Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2019

Children back in school – Monday 3rd June 2019

Last day of term – (Finish at Midday) Friday 19th July 2019

Teacher training day – Monday 22nd July 2019

Main summer holiday begins – Tuesday 23rd July 2019

2019-2020 Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term starts – Monday 2nd September 2019

Half term – Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019

Term Ends – Friday 20th December 2019

Chistmas holiday – Monday 23rd December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020

Spring Term 2020

Term starts – Monday 6th Januray 2020

Half term – Monday 17th Febuary 2020 to Friday 21st Febuary 2020

Term ends – Friday 3rd April 2020

Easter Holiday – Monday 6th April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020

Summer Term 2020

Summer term starts for children – Monday 20th April 2020

Half term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29st May 2020

Last day of term – Monday 20th July 2020

Main summer holiday begins – Tuesday 21st July 2019 to Monday 31st August 2020

2019-2020 Term Dates are provisional and could be subject to change

Awesome Attendance

To gain Victoria Park’s prestigious Class Attendance Trophy, children in the class will have attended everyday for a week. They will then be rewarded with being the keepers of the school attendance trophy for the following week and will receive a mini trophy to keep/exchange for prizes.

When exchanged, 1 mini trophy entitles the class to receive 5 mins extra playtime.
2 mini trophies entitles the class to receive a tin of sweets to share.
3 mini trophies entitles the class to receive a filled Pinata.
4 mini trophies entitles the class to receive a class pizza party.

Which class will be next?

Congratulations to Class 2JD winners of the KS1 attendance trophy for week beginning Monday 25th January 2019

Congratulations to Class 4SU winning the KS2 attendance trophy for week beginning Monday 25th January 2019

 

Guidance for Parents around Medical Exclusions in School.

Click here to download PDF document.

E-Safety

Victoria Park Academy provide advice on E-Safety as a downloadable information sheet.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please find a list of this half term’s extra-curricular activities below – September to October 2018:

Monday – Archery/Crazy Catch – Reception to Year 3
Tuesday – Balance Bikes – Reception to Year 3 & VPA Choir
Thursday – Football – Years 4 to 6 & VPZine Years 5 & 6

Sports clubs are charged at £2.00 per session.

New and varied clubs will be announced each half term.

INSPiRE

INSPiRE is recognised nationally as  an excellent parental involvement activity to help to increase parents’ awareness of children’s English and Maths skills, to build confidence in children and their parents and to help raise levels of achievement in Maths and English. The aim is for every class to be involved in a workshop session; these take place usually on a Wednesday afternoon in an informal atmosphere. Every child will invite an adult family member to attend; this is where your child can show what they have been learning about in school. The workshops are led by the children and facilitated by their class teacher. They are always fun and often you make resources with your child, which can be used at home as a learning aid, or to put proudly on display! INSPiRE has become part of our school culture for well over 7 years and it is a strong base for further parental and family involvement activities which develop the partnership between child, parents and teachers. The activities are practical and the environment is informal with an element of fun. Free refreshments are always available.Below is a timetable of when your child’s INSPiRE workshop is. Please note that if the workshop is on another date or cancelled you will be told by your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you.

Inspire Dates 2018 – 19

All workshops run on Wednesdays between 1.45pm and 3.00pm

Date

Year Group

12.9.18 2AP
19.9.18 2TH
26.9.18 2JD
03.10.18 6MA
10.10.18 6PA
17.10.18 1CN
24.10.18 1KB
14.11.18 1KK
21.11.18 3JB
28.11.18 3AP
05.12.18 3TB
16.1.19 4MC
23.1.19 4PF
30.1.19 4SU
06.2.19 5SW
13.2.19 5CU
06.3.19 1KB
13.3.19 1KK
20.3.19 1CN
27.3.19 3TB
03.4.19 3AP
10.4.19 3JB
01.5.19 4PF
08.5.19 4SU
15.5.19 4MC
22.5.19 5CU
12.6.19 5SW
19.6.19 2TH
26.6.19 2JD
03.7.19 2AP

School Meals

The school has its own kitchen and school meals and snacks are cooked fresh, on the premises every day. The school has won a healthy schools award and prides itself in providing a wide variety of choices including a meat dish, fish dish and vegetarian option and uses fresh vegetables when possible every day. We also have themed days to give children an opportunity to try new foods, e.g. Chinese Day. Menu’s giving details of the choices for each day are available from the school office and displayed in the canteen.

School dinners are £2.00 per day and include a main meal, pudding and drink which we believe is good value for money. We require dinner money to be paid a week in advance and on Mondays (£10.00). Money can be paid to the school office from 8.30am. Please be aware that due to the amount of money taken, we are unable to give change. However, your child’s dinner account with be credited accordingly, should you be unable to provide the exact amount. To enable us to plan accurately, we ask that children book dinners for a whole week rather than odd days. Thank you for your support.

Safeguarding Policies

Please find all relevant safeguarding notices below; for any other safeguarding concerns please contact the school office on 0121 558 8701 to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Officer.

 

General Information

School Uniform

Look smart | Think smart

It is the expectation of the school that all pupils wear school uniform. This helps to promote a positive identity, supports discipline, set standards and prevents pupils from wearing unsafe or unsuitable ‘fashion clothes” which are often more costly. 

School uniform (Year 1 -6) consists of:

  • Navy blue v-neck jumper with Academy logo
  • Plain white shirt (not a polo shirt)
  • Red, gold and blue striped school tie
  • Grey or black trousers or skirt
  • Grey or black shoes

Girls may wish to wear blue and white checked dresses in the Summer time. Shorts may be worn in the summer as well.

School uniform for Reception consists of:

  • Navy blue round-neck sweatshirt with Academy logo
  • Plain white polo shirt (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Grey or black trousers or skirt
  • Grey or black shoes
  • Wellies, raincoats, gloves, hats, scarves etc for when playing outdoors in all weathers

School uniform for the Nursery consists of:

  • Navy blue round-neck sweatshirt with Academy logo
  • Plain white T-shirt (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Navy blue jogging pants (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Slip-on or velcro strapped pumps, shoes or trainers
  • Wellies, raincoats, gloves, hats, scarves etc for when playing outdoors in all weathers

School jumpers, sweatshirts and ties are available to buy from the school office.  We suggest that trousers, shirts, skirts and shoes are purchased from a local stockist such as Asda. Book bags and PE bags are also available at a cost of £3.50 each.

Please make sure that all items of uniform are clearly marked with the child’s name.

We ask parent to support the school in encouraging their children to wear school colours and take a pride in their appearance.

Jewellery and trainers are not allowed.

KS1 Phonics Programme

At VPA we follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme written and developed by Ruth Miskin. We do however adapt the scheme to the needs of our children, where necessary.

The scheme is split up into three main elements:

  • Speed Sounds.
  • Ditties and Storybooks.
  • Get Writing!

The speed sound lessons give clear guidance on how to teach children the sounds which they need to read the storybooks and to follow the activities in the ‘Get Writing!’ books.

Once children can read and blend all the Set 1 sounds into words, e.g. cat, hot, big, they then read Ditties, then Storybooks.

The Get Writing! books help children to use their phonic knowledge to: write simple sentences, compose stories based on picture strips and compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.

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