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Whitley Park Infant School
Basingstoke Road, RG2 0JA, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 901 5566
www:http://www.whitleyparkinfant.reading.sch.uk/e-mail:head.whitleyparkinf@reading.gov.uk
admin.whitleyparkinf@reading.gov.uk


Welcome to Whitley Park Infant and Nursery School

Whitley Park Infant and Nursery School is a Reading Borough Council Community School located in the South of the town.

The school teaches children aged 3 to 7 years. The school shares its campus with the Junior School.

South Reading After School Club is based at the school. For more information contact the club leader on 0118 901 5567.

Whitley Park Infant and Nursery School  is part of the Whitley Excellence Cluster (WEC) launched in January 2004

Ofsted June 2006: ''This is a good school with outstanding features. It is held in high regard by parents. Pupils achieve well. The quality of care is outstanding. Pupils' personal development is good. They are really enthusiastic about school life. Pupils have a very positive attitude to learning.''

Please read the school profile for parents.


Working with the wider community

We believe it is important that children learn about the wider community. We support national charities with special events to collect goods or raise money.

When we celebrate harvest each year the contributions from the families are given to the local community through the local church of St Agnes.

At the annual Christmas Carol Service with parents a collection is taken for a different charity each year, chosen for its importance to families or staff in the school The charities supported have included BIBs, REACH, Stillbirth Trust and Macmillan Nurses.

The children are sponsored by family and friends to complete a puzzle game. The money raised helps support the NCH work with vulnerable children and their families. Cedric the dragon came to thank the children for all their hard work.

Cedric the Dragon came to thank the children for collecting money for the NCH

On Red Nose day, the children are invited to dress up as a nursery rhyme or fairy tale character and bring a contribution for Comic Relief.

The school supported the Tsunami 2004 relief effort through the work of Feed the Children collecting a range of dry goods.


The Learning Environment

The Nursery building has classrooms, a kitchen, library and large space for indoor physical development opportunities. You could meet 'Bob' the builder, 'Percy' in his park shed or be the local hairdresser.

Outside there is a lovely garden with well-established trees and plenty of space for children to enjoy sand and water; running, climbing; bikes and prams; and a range of role-play sheds.

 
The Infant School is a single storey building with good access all round to the outdoor environment. Foundation Stage children in the Reception Year have ready access to a secure outdoor classroom. Outdoor classrooms are being developed for Key Stage One children.

All the children in the infant school make good use of the large playground and grassed area for playtimes, during lessons and for p.e. The playground has areas for quiet play, tables and benches, and a range of activities are provided for playtimes.

All the classes have access to a well stocked school library and a good range of resources to support the curriculum.


Visitors and visits

Throughout our school year we plan a variety of performances, workshops and visits to support and enrich the curriculum. The children learn to watch, listen and respond appropriately, participate and learn new skills. We have been very well supported by Reading Rotary clubs through 'Kids Out', 'Kids In' and generous donations and personal support.

Visits and visitors have included:

Train ride to Bristol. Key Stage 1 went to Bristol with First Great Western and enjoyed a journey by train, they were entertained on the way and had a visit from Santa on the return journey. In Bristol they went to see Polar Express in 3D. Thanks to 'Kids Out' and the Rotary Club

Seaside visit to Sandbanks in Poole. Maiden Erlegh Rotary have sponsored Year 1 to visit the seaside for a great day on the beach

Kaya Drumming who led drumming workshops for all children, stress busting sessions for staff  and led our Native American day, when they brought a teepee to school.

Martin the Puppet Man is an annual visitor to the school and always performs high quality productions with his range of puppets, which the children really enjoy

Berkshire Young Musicians Trust perform exciting live music to the children and talk about the instruments used and how they are played.

Poets in School have led shared poetry sessions and poetry workshops with Key Stage 1 and poetry sessions with Foundation Stage children

Reading Museum service - offers class-based sessions where the children can handle artefacts and gain an insight into the past. The workshops have included 'toys' and 'seaside in the past' which have linked into out school topics.

Katesgrove School, museum service:   Key Stage One have enjoyed 'Homes through History' where they learn what homes were like before electricity. The children experienced a strict regime of lessons in the Wartime school room!

Zoolab. Robin brought a selection of his animals for the children to handle and learn about -including a cockroach, a millipede, and a tarantula

Millers Ark Farm are annual visitors to the Foundation Stage children. They bring a range of animals traditionally found on farms. The children are able to handle many of them and find out just what size and shape they really are.

Bob T Bob led fun workshops on puppet making and story telling

The Bear Factory , in the Oracle - as part of their work on 'Toys' were able to make a class bear.

Year 1 visit Rushall Farm Bradfield. It is a great opportunity to see a farm, farm animals and experience the countryside at first hand

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire - The children are able to see a range of animals from around the world, and take part in a workshop session called 'fur, feathers, scales'.

The Elastic band in Guildford - for a live production of music from an orchestra

Annie Welch, community artist, has worked with the children to produce a mosaic pond for the school garden, and created an 'insects' mural in the playground. She has also worked alongside a team from Thames Water who painted a countryside mural in the school playground

Annie was specially commissioned to reproduce the school logo in mosaic and this hangs in the school hall.

TERM DATES

Academic Year 2006 -2007

Term 5: Monday 16th April 2007 - Thursday 24th May 2007

School will be closed for staff training - Friday 25th May

Holiday Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June

Term 6:Monday 4th June 2007 - Tuesday 24th July 2007

Holiday Wednesday 25th July - Friday 31st August7

Academic Year 2007 -2008

Term 1: Tuesday 4th September 2007- Friday 19th October 2007

School will be closed for staff training  -  Monday September 3rd

Holiday Monday October 22 - Friday October 26

Term 2: Tuesday 30th October  2007- Friday 21st December 2007

School will be closed for staff training -  Monday 29th October

Holiday Monday December 24 - Friday January 4th

Term 3: Tuesday 8th January 2008 - Friday February 15th 2008

School will be closed for staff training - Monday 7th January

Holiday Monday 18th February - Friday 322nd February

Term 4: Monday 25th February 2008 - Friday 4th April 2008

School will be closed for staff training - Thursday 20th March

EASTER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 

Friday 21st March - Monday 24th March

not part of the 2 weeks school holiday  

School reopens Tuesday March 25th

School holiday Monday 7th April  - Friday 18th April

Term 5: Monday 21st April 2008 - Thursday May 22nd 2008

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May

School will be closed for staff training - Friday May 23rd

Holiday Monday 26th May  - Friday 30th May

Term 6: Monday 2nd June 2008 - Wednesday 23rd July 2008

holiday Thursday 24th July 2008 - Monday 1st September 2008

UNIFORM

School Uniform

Children are encouraged to wear the school uniform -  a blue sweatshirt and blue polo shirt with grey or black skirts, trousers or shorts.

Blue check summer dresses are also available.

We also have school hats for summer and winter.

P.E.Kit

Children need a PE kit...shorts, t-shirt and pumps, all in a small and named PE bag.
Black slip-on pumps can be purchased from the school shop.

Book Bags

Children need a waterproof, labelled bag to carry home reading books and library books. Blue 'Busy Bee' school bags can be purchased from the school shop.

School shop

Uniform, pumps and book bags can be bought form the school shop, during school hours.
The school shop is in the main entrance of the Infant School

CURRICULUM

At Whitley Park Infant and Nursery School we teach children aged 3 to 7 years old. The school is highly regarded in the local community and works in close partnership with other professionals committed to the successful development of young children. The R.E. curriculum follows the S.A.C.R.E. guidelines as adopted by Reading Borough Council.

Ofsted June 2006: ''The quality of teaching and learning is good with examples of outstanding practice in both key stages. The curriculum is good. it allows pupils to be creative and enjoy their education, as well as catering for their academic needs.''

The school offers good value to the children's learning

In the Foundation Stage (3-5 years old) all the  children learn through child-initiated and adult-directed activities which have been carefully planned by the Foundation Stage team. The children make good progress following the stepping stones towards the Early Learning Goals.

Poetry workshops - the aliens have landed!

A Caribbean Carnival in the sun

 

Ribbon dancing

In Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 years old) we ensure a smooth transition for the children as they move from the Foundation Stage at the end of their Reception Year into Year 1. The children learn through a range of tasks and challenges, with an emphasis on interactive teaching. The National Curriculum  is made exciting through the development of a creative curriculum where areas of learning are linked. The school offers good value to the children's learning.

 

All Key Stage 1 children contributed to the mural, led by Annie Welch, community artist.



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