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Maids Moreton C E School
Avenue Road, Maids Moreton, MK18 1QA, UK Buckingham
+44 (0)1280 812058
www:http://www.maidsmoreton.bucks.sch.uk/e-mail:office@maidsmoreton.bucks.sch.uk

MAIDS MORETON C OF E SCHOOL

See our SCHOOL PROSPECTUS (click here)

 OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The school provides a Christian foundation for life, a respect for and understanding of, the beliefs of others, and welcomes all children who wish to come to our school.  

We aim to provide a safe, happy caring environment in which all our children can develop fully their social, moral, spiritual, physical and academic potential

To see a copy of 2005/2006 School Profile    click here


Maids Moreton is a Voluntary Controlled, Church of England School, serving the villages of Maids Moreton. Foscote and Leckhampstead.  It is a small, friendly village school, with a family ethos attracting many pupils from outside its reserved area.

The school was originally established in 1854, in the old building on Main Street, Maids Moreton.  The present building was opened in 1965 and has recently been refurbished and updated in 2003 to include a new Reception Classroom and outdoor area, library, ICT suite, entrance hall and secretary’s office.  The school has three fully equipped classrooms, a hall, which is used daily for assembly, P.E., music, drama and at lunchtime, as a Dining Hall.  The well stocked library is centrally situated with access to the ICT suite.

The latest OFSTED inspection described the school’s spacious grounds as:

“It has a playground, large playing field, a spinney, a pond and pocket park.  These provide excellent on-site resources for environmental studies.  There are many areas for children to sit quietly.  The Reception children have a separate fenced outdoor area”.

The school has a car park for staff and official visitors.  The children can access all parts of the school without having to cross this area.

PARENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSE:  As part of the school's ongoing aims to provide the best for the children in our care the school regularly sends out a parental questionnaire to obtain feedback from parents on what they think the school does well and what they would like to see improved.  Click here for the latest responses to our parental questionnaire. (June 2007)

If you would like to find out more about the village of Maids Moreton then follow the link below.

Click here for link to Maids Moreton Conservation Group 

Click here for Location Map of Maids Moreton (School is located on Avenue Road)


Headteacher:  Mrs. Patricia Ainsworth  

Chair of Governors:  Mr. David Owen  

Education Authority:     Buckinghamshire Education Authority, County Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UZ

Diocese:    Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, Diocesan House, North Hinksey,  Oxford, OX2 0NB

Staffing (September 2007):  

Headteacher: Mrs. Patricia Ainsworth  
Teacher:  Miss Keira Ainsworth
Teacher:      Mrs. Amanda King
Classroom Assistant: Mrs. Ann Meek, Mrs Philippa Toone, Mrs Carole Gibbs, Mrs Jo Wraight, Mrs Jane Bowman
Bursar:   Mrs. Joyce Field  
Caretaker/Cleaner: Mr Yanik Bielska
Midday Supervisors: Mrs. Jane Bowman, Mrs. Carol Gibbs

The school has close links with our local St. Edmunds Church


ADMISSION

Maids Moreton is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School for children of 4-8 years of age.  There is an admission number of 30 children for each year group.

The Governors will allocate/offer places at the school in the following order of priority:  

To children living in the reserved area of the school.

To brothers and sisters of children already attending the school on the date of admission.

To children of parents who show a denominational preference for a Church of England School, supported by proof of church commitment e.g. letter from vicar, parish priest.

To children with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by appropriate written evidence from  a doctor, social worker, educational welfare officer.  

To children with exceptional educational needs, supported by written evidence from  appropriate  professional.

Once the above criteria have been applied, then further places will be awarded according to the  distance between a family’s front door and the school’s nearest entrance gate: closest first.  

The Primary School over subscription criteria are applied in the following order:  

            1.       To in-area first preferences

          2.       To out-area first preferences

          3.       To in-area, then out-area second preferences

          4.       To in-area, then out-area third preferences  

At each stage, late preferences are considered after preferences expressed by the deadline.

In the event of an unsuccessful application, parents may choose to appeal through the Bucks County Council Appeals Procedure.  Details of this will be provided by the school.

DATES FOR ADMISSION

Children are admitted to the school in September at the start of the academic year in which they celebrate their 5th birthday.  Children will attend full time in the term in which they become 5, the school operates a very flexible policy and will decide whether full time or part time is most appropriate for younger pupils.  

Prior to admission the children are invited to three “taster” sessions to become familiar with the teachers and other children who will start school at the same time.  This is intended to make the transfer from home to school as smooth and comfortable as possible.  The school has very close links with the local on-site Playgroup.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR VISITS

Parents who wish to come and view the school may do so by pre-arranged appointment; please contact Mrs. Field, the school bursar.  

An Open Morning takes place in the Autumn and Spring Terms when parents can meet the staff and pupils and see the school “in action”.  If these dates are unsuitable, alternate ones can be arranged which are of mutual convenience.  

To make the transfer from home to school as smooth and comfortable as possible, parents will be invited to an “information gathering evening”, while the children will spend three “taster” sessions in Reception Class during the Summer Term.

UNIFORM

School Dress Code and Colours

Our school uniform helps to give the children a strong sense of identity and belonging. The Governors and staff expect high standards of appearance and have carefully selected practical and cost effective clothing to assist parents in meeting the school’s accepted dress code. Details of which are outlined below.

Girls:

  • Grey skirt or pinafore, pleated or plain or
  • Grey tailored school trousers (in cold weather)
  • White shirt or blouse
  • Burgundy cardigan or jumper with school logo
  • Burgundy fleece (optional)
  • White and yellow summer dress
  • Low heeled school shoes (dark colour) with closed fronts
  • White socks (summer)
  • White or grey socks (winter)

The burgundy and gold school tie, jumper, cardigan and fleece, embroidered with the school name, can be ordered from school.

Boys:

  • Grey trousers (long or short)
  • White collared shirt
  • Burgundy jumper
  • Burgundy fleece (optional)
  • Yellow polo shirt (summer uniform)
  • Sensible school shoes (dark colour) closed fronts
  • Grey socks

The burgundy and gold school tie, jumper, yellow polo shirt and fleece, embroidered with the school name, can be ordered from school.

P.E. Kit

To ensure safety the children are expected to change into shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls for physical activities.

  • Yellow t-shirt with school logo
  • Burgundy shorts
  • Black plimsolls
  • Tracksuit for warmth in winter

The above should be brought to school in a named drawstring bag.

We ask that children do not bring bags such as rucksacks or kitbags as our storage space is limited and bags left on the floor may cause a hazard. Please make sure that all coats have a strong hanging tab in them.

Watches, studs and sleepers may be worn, but for health and safety reasons, no other jewellery is permitted. Also, for safety reasons, jewellery must be removed, by the child before any P.E. lesson. If a child is wearing earrings that cannot be removed, they must bring micropore tape to cover them during P.E.

All uniform should be clearly named.

ALL items of clothing must be clearly named.  We encourage and train the children to look after their belongings, but young children do often misplace and lose things.  If items are named we can reunite them with the owner, saving expense and ‘searching’ time.  We have a lost property box in each classroom which parents may wish to examine when clothes are mislaid.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING  

Aprons for art activities, water play and cookery are provided in each class.

Ties, Sunhats and School Book Bags are available from the school office to purchase.

ORGANISATION

There are three classes in the school, Maple, Beech and Ash.  At present no class is larger than 20 pupils.  

  •          Reception (Ash)       4 & 5 years        Mrs. Amanda King  

  •          Beech                      Years 1 & 2        Mrs Patricia Ainsworth, Miss Kiera Ainsworth, Mrs Ann Meek

The Reception class is accommodated in a new purpose built classroom with adjoining outdoor play area which is used as an extension of the classroom.

Years 1 and 2 are housed in adjoining classrooms which are large and airy in close proximity to the playground and playing field.

The Reception Class follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, Years 1 and 2 follow the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum.


ASH CLASS (FOUNDATION)             BEECH CLASS                            


TRANSFER AT END OF KEY STAGE 1

The majority of pupils from Maids Moreton transfer to Buckingham Primary School at the end of Key Stage 1.  

We have established close links with the Junior School to organize opportunities for the children to visit and meet the staff in the term prior to their transfer, so that the transition is a natural progression for the children.

CURRICULUM

ENGLISH/LITERACY

The aim of English/Literacy is to develop the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading, spelling and writing. These related skills play an important part in every aspect of learning throughout the curriculum.  

At Maids Moreton we follow the National Literacy Strategy (1998) which involves a daily Literacy session of one hour for Years 1 and 2.  Children in the Reception Class work towards an hour of Literacy during their first year at school.

 We aim to build on understanding and use of language through a wide range of activities.  We recognize the needs and talents of individual children and endeavour to foster enjoyment and pleasure in communicating effectively.

Speaking and Listening  

Throughout the school, children are encouraged to listen carefully and every effort is made to foster the development of spoken language, enabling pupils to express themselves clearly and confidently.

Conversation and discussion are encouraged, so that children are able to ask and answer questions, understand and follow instructions, express their ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions.  It is our aim that all children will be able to listen and respond to stories, poetry and discussions with increasing fluency and concentration. 

Reading

Great emphasis is placed on the teaching of reading.  Our aim is to encourage reading as a pleasurable and fulfilling activity so that children develop a love of books, not only while at school, but for life.

 A wide range of books is available and children read regularly to teachers and teaching assistants, sometimes in guided reading groups or individually.  From the Foundation Stage we encourage the children to take home reading books and value the involvement of parents in nurturing reading skills.  

A variety of teaching strategies are used to suit the needs of the individual child.  As children develop as readers, they learn to use phonics, contextual clues and predict story outcomes.  Children are encouraged to discuss the stories they read, stating preferences and giving reasons for their choices to support the development of their skills.

 To further extend their reading to include more demanding texts, the children regularly use the well stocked Library selecting from the fiction and non-fiction texts.  These books are share with parents as well as in school.

Writing 

 

Writing skills are fostered alongside speaking and reading.  Throughout the school cross curricular opportunities are provided for creative and poetic writing, factual accounts and recording, writing lists, diaries and letters.  Children are encouraged to write individually, in pairs, as well as in groups.  They will also use word processors and evaluate their own and others’ work.  

Handwriting is a skill which must be learnt and practiced.  Children are taught the correct ways of forming letters to develop a neat, legible style of writing.  They are encouraged to take care and pride in the presentation of their work.

As children become familiar with the conventions of spelling, they are introduced to common spelling patterns, taught to spell words that occur frequently in their writing and attempt spellings themselves.  When the children are ready, we encourage them to learn spellings at home each week.

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MATHEMATICS/

NUMERACY

At Maids Moreton we are pleased to follow the Government numeracy strategy.  Children in Year’s 1 and 2 complete 45 to 60 minutes of numeracy a day.  The children in Reception Class work towards 45 minutes of numeracy during their first year in school.  Numeracy lessons are divided into three sections.  They begin with a whole class session, focusing mainly on developing mental strategies and introducing new skills, during the middle session children work in groups or individually, developing those skills.  The lesson ends with a class plenary or discussion which is intended to reinforce the skills learnt.  

Mathematics is an important aspect of the curriculum for all children as it provides a means to making sense of the world in which they live.  Children learn through first hand experiences and much of the work is practical, developing mental strategies.  Our aim is to make the activities as relevant as possible to enable children to feel confident in numeracy skills.  Mathematics is taught from the National Numeracy Strategy which follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics and covers the following concepts:

v     Using and applying Mathematics

v     Number and algebraic patterns

v     Space, shape and measure

The Mathematics curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that children are given opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to solve problems, and are regularly challenged to develop logical thought.

Children need regular practice in computation and mental calculations.  All children are encouraged to develop skills of mental computation and the learning of times tables.  We hope that children will enjoy Mathematics, develop a positive attitude and be able to work independently with confidence and enthusiasm.  

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SCIENCE

 

Children are surrounded by scientific phenomena just waiting to be discovered.  We aim to encourage children’s curiosity so that they may begin to ask questions, challenge ideas and reach sound scientific conclusions.  

We recognize the importance of ‘hands on’ activities, where children can begin to make sense of the world around them.  Such planned activities where children manipulate play with and observe Science at work, form a platform from which their ideas can be extended.

The pond area and spinney provide us with a valuable onsite resource, where children can gain first hand experience of living things in their local environment.

We aim to provide a broad and balanced Science curriculum that inspires, motivates and interests children.  Through scientific investigations, Literacy and Numeracy skills will also be developed, alongside children’s ability to work co-operatively and in small groups.

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

ICT skills are developed throughout the school in all areas of the curriculum through the use of a range of hardware and software.  Children are taught to develop their ICT capability through word processing, data handling, recording, problem solving, programming and expressive work.  ICT is also used to support other curriculum areas particularly literacy, numeracy and science and all children have access to ICT on a daily basis.  

Maple and Beech class have three computers in each class and Foundation has two computers.  There is also a dedicated ICT suite of four computers which is used by all pupils.  All computers are connected to colour printers and have access to the Internet.  The school has two floor robots, TV and video equipment, digital camera and CD/tape recorders.  The school has an interactive whiteboard which is an integral part of the school’s teaching and learning.  

We believe that ICT is an integral part of everyday life and all children are encouraged to apply and enhance their ICT skills, explore and value it for themselves and be aware of its advantages and limitations.

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

This subject encourages the children to develop thinking and problem solving skills through design and make tasks.  These tasks have been specially planned so that the children can develop practical skills, working with and exploring the properties of a wide range of materials, including textiles, wood and construction kits.  

They are encouraged to be critical, to discuss their findings, explain processes and evaluate their work by suggesting improvements.  The children are taught how to use simple, age appropriate tools safely and encouraged to finish their tasks to a high specification.   

The children also have the opportunity to participate in food technology.

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GEOGRAPHY

Our aim in teaching Geography is to help the children gain some knowledge of the world in which they live.  We teach the children to be aware of their immediate environment, including home, school and the village/s in which they live.  As their understanding of place develops, they children are introduced to the wider world, how people live and the influences they can have on their surroundings.  

Specific skills are taught whenever appropriate which includes map and globe work, using Atlases, recognising land features and making their own maps.  Leaning is enhanced through visits to places of interest, the village of Maids Moreton is a valuable resource for both  Geography and History.

 

HISTORY

The children are encouraged to develop an understanding and awareness of time through direct experience.  Initially this historical study will center on the child’s family, later this extends to include local history, utilizing the knowledge and expertise of parents, grandparents and members of the local community.  A variety of artifacts, videos, CD roms, photographs and stories help the children gain an understanding of chronology and historical facts.

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MUSIC

Music plays an important part in the traditions of the school.  To maintain the high standard a part time teacher with a music specialism is employed to assist in the delivery of the curriculum.  The children are encouraged to have an enthusiastic and enjoyable approach to music, both as participants and audience.  They are given many opportunities to perform and listen to music in a variety of styles and from different periods and cultures.  The school has a wide selection of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments used by the children to accompany songs and compose simple rhythms, in groups or individually.  

The experience of singing and performing for concerts and assemblies also plays an important part in the child’s musical development.

 

ART

In Art the children are given the opportunity to express themselves through a wide range of mediums, using a variety of tools and techniques.  They are exposed to many art forms, traditions and cultures and are encouraged to produce accurate representations and imaginative, original responses to such stimuli.  

The school values and promotes an appreciation of the children’s own perceptions and expression through their art work.  

Activities include 2 and 3D work, painting, observational drawing, modeling, textiles, collage etc.

Display of children’s work is an important part of the aesthetic culture of the school.  It improves the visual environment and shows the children their work is valued.

 

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A wide range of activities is offered to encourage as many children as possible to enjoy and experience success in some aspect of Physical Education.  Lessons include Educational Gymnastics (including apparatus work), dance, drama and a variety of small team games and activities, each devised to develop strength, control, co-ordination, rhythm and partner/team communication and co-operation.  

The importance of PE in promoting a healthy attitude to exercise is explained to the children.  

Sports Day is held in the Summer Term.  This comprises of individual and team events.  There is also the opportunity for football coaching, which takes place as an after school club.  

Country and Maypole dancing are traditional at Maids Moreton School with the children performing for parents and visitors on May Day.

PSHE AND CITIZENSHIP

PSHE and Citizenship is taught as a discrete subject but is also included within other curriculum areas such as Religious Education, Science and Physical Education.  

The children are taught the importance of taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.  A daily ten minute session following playtime is devoted to eating fruit and drinking water to recharge the children’s batteries.  Issues are discussed to help the children develop negotiating an inter-personal skills.

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SEX EDUCATION

As the children are relatively young, the Governors and staff recommend that Sex Education is not taught as a discrete subject.  However, young children ask questions as part of their natural curiosity and these will be answered sensitively and honestly in a manner which is appropriate to the age and maturity of the child.
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION

Britain today is a society of many cultures and this should enrich society for all.  We aim to prepare children to live in this multicultural society with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to form and modify their opinions about others, particularly those whose customs and backgrounds differ from our own.  The staff and Governors believe in multicultural education for all pupils and totally oppose any form of racism.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Christian beliefs and principles form the basis of religious education in this Church of England school.  All staff consciously endeavor to foster tolerance, creating a caring, thoughtful community in which the personality of each individual, both adult and child, is respected.  The Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus 2001-2006 underpins the teaching as well as opportunities to learn about a range of beliefs, cultures and traditions from around the world.
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP AND ASSEMBLIES

An Act of Collective Worship is held each day.  It provides an opportunity for communal celebration, a time for reflection and forms a foundation for spiritual and social growth.  The Headteacher is responsible for planning assemblies which are based on Christian values as well as drawing attention to special festivals celebrated by other faiths around the world.  

The school has close links with the local parish church – St.Edmunds – and regular services are held there providing opportunities for parents and friends to join the staff and children for worship.  The Rector and his team lead Collective Worship each Wednesday.  Individual classes also organize their own assemblies to which parents are invited.  

At Maids Moreton it is hoped that all members of the school community will share and join in Religious Education and if parents wish to have their children withdrawn from daily worship and Religious Education lessons, they should contact the Headteacher to ensure that alternative arrangements can be made.

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Class teachers will be alert to the needs of all children to ensure they reach their full potential.  In some circumstances, special provision from within the school will be provided to support a child’s learning so that their confidence and progress are maintained.  

Where it is found necessary, the school’s attached Educational Psychologist will be consulted for detailed analysis and advice concerning the most appropriate programme of learning.  In addition the Specialist Training Service may be involved, depending on the specific need.  In all cases, the child’s progress is carefully monitored and communicated to parents on a regular timescale.  

Further information about Special Educational Needs is contained in the school’s Special Educational Needs Policy, available on request in school.



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