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Queen Eleanor Primary School
Galley Hill, Stony Stratford, MK11 1PA, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 562955
www:http://www.qeps.org.uk/e-mail:Queen.Eleanor.School@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Welcome to the Queen Eleanor Primary School Website

'A school with significant strengths' Ofsted 2006

Queen Eleanor Combined School opened in September 2001 to cater for children aged 3+ to 12+.

The school serves families living in the North West of Milton Keynes. From September 2005 we became a Primary School, catering for children aged 3+ to 11+

You are invited to visit Queen Eleanor Primary School and are welcome to visit classrooms, watch the children in an assembly and see their displays as you tour the school and feel the atmosphere for yourself.

       


School History

Queen Eleanor Primary School opened in September 2001 to cater for children aged 3+ to 11+. The school serves families living in the North West of Milton Keynes. Specifically our area includes the Fullers Slade and Galley Hill estates and that part of Stony Stratford south east of a line from the junction of Calverton Road and Augustus Road across London Road to the Loop Road and including the Limes, Coronation Road and Hale Avenue.

Parents of children living out of the area, who may wish their children to join us, should contact us to make arrangements to visit the school. Full details of the procedures are given in the Information Booklet issued by the Education Authority; these are available from the school office.

The school has been formed from established First and Middle Schools and is set in large and attractive grounds. The best features of each of the schools have been incorporated into our current building.

Outside, the facilities include a large tarmac playground and extensive fields and shrub areas. One of the fields is to be redeveloped as an extensive environmental area. We hope this will not only serve our school but also children from neighbouring schools.

The Foundation Stage, that is, Nursery and Reception Classes, have their own separate enclosed area with a tarmac playground, ideal for large play equipment, and a grassed and shrubbery area. This space also includes a memorial garden.

Our spacious accommodation, good facilities and close liaison promote the right working atmosphere for the children. Without doubt, our most valuable asset is our well-qualified and highly motivated staff team. All staff place great emphasis on encouraging a friendly, co-operative, caring atmosphere throughout the school. We believe children need to grow in self-confidence and become self-disciplined. All children are expected to be co-operative, polite and well behaved throughout the school day.

Queen Eleanor Primary School is a member of the Radcliffe Community of Schools. This is a partnership of the Primary Schools whose children usually transfer to Radcliffe Secondary School at age 11+. We work closely with the Radcliffe School and neighbouring Primary Schools to ensure consistency and continuity of the National Curriculum.

We are an open, friendly school and value the partnership which exists between children, parents and staff. Please talk to us about any matter, large or small, at any time. We welcome parents in school, to help in the classroom, library or with after-school clubs.

Each child is unique, with different talents, personalities and abilities. We work hard to recognise and foster individual abilities. It is important to enable talents and gifts to grow, with clear and challenging targets, as well as opportunities for imagination and creativity. Equally, we are able to recognise when extra time and support is needed to ensure secure understanding and confidence. Building self-esteem and respect for others makes for effective learning and a happy school.


CALENDAR

Times of the school Day:
 

Children arrive at school 08.35
Playground Bell is rung / Register / Early Morning Work 08.45
Nursery 08.45 – 11.15
Morning Break 10.15 – 10.30
Lunch Year R 12.00 - 1.15
Lunch Years 1 to 6 12.15 - 1.15
School Ends 3.00
Extra Curricular Activities (if running) 3.10 - 4.00pm

Term Dates 2007-2008:
 

  Training Days Open on the morning of: Close at the end of afternoon school on:
AUTUMN TERM Monday 3rd September    
  Tuesday 4th September Wednesday 5th September Thursday 18th October
  Friday 19th October Monday 29th October Friday 21st December
SPRING
TERM
Monday 7th January Tuesday 8th January Friday 15th February
    Monday 25th February Thursday 20th March
   

Closed for Easter weekend

    Tuesday 25th March Friday 4th April
SUMMER TERM   Monday 21st April Friday 23rd May
  Monday 2nd June Tuesday 3rdJune Wednesday 23rd July

Please note:
Easter weekend is not in the two week holiday between the Spring and Summer terms.

CHILDREN

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2
       
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

NURSERY CORE INFO

The aims of our nursery are:

  • To provide secure foundations on which to build future learning;
  • To foster enthusiastic and independent learning;
  • To encourage self-control, build self esteem and develop a positive self image;
  • To learn to co-operate with, and show respect for, all nursery members;
  • To help each child reach his/her full potential;
  • To involve parents fully in their child’s development and keep them informed of progress.

Nursery Staff

In the nursery your child will encounter the nursery teacher and learning support assistant, on a daily basis, as well as the EMASS teacher, student nursery nurses, and parent helpers.

Starting Nursery

At the end of the term prior to your child starting nursery, we invite parents/carers into school to view the nursery, along with the rest of the school, and to answer any questions you may have.

We then arrange home visits for the beginning of the term your child is due to join us. This allows us to meet your child in an environment that is familiar, secure and non-threatening.

Children are admitted to nursery a few at a time, initially for a shortened morning. Parents are welcome to stay for as long as it is felt necessary and can phone at any time to check on progress.

Nursery Day and Routine

The nursery operates one morning session a day with a maximum of 39 children. Our session starts at 8.45 a.m. and closes at 11.15 a.m.

We encourage regularity of attendance and punctuality of arrival to enable the children to settle well at the start of each session, to found firm friendships and to feel part of the nursery community.

Adults come into nursery to deliver and collect the children. A form is available inside the entrance door if someone different is to pick up your child.

Children enter nursery, self-register and choose an activity. When all the children are in we play music to tell the children it is time to sit down for our start. Sometimes this is a whole group activity, sometimes small group or a visit to another area of the school e.g. the ITC suite or library.

The children then have free choice time with opportunities inside and outdoors. There will normally be one activity a week that the children must undertake but the rest of the time the choice is their own.

At the end of this time we play ‘Bob the Builder’ to tell the children it is time to ‘fix’ the nursery. When the tidying up is complete we have our snack time. For this we sit around mats as our tables and have a social chat and discussion.

After snack we have a short time when everyone is required to go outside for some fresh air and exercise. We finish the morning with another group session -language based on Monday, Maths based on Tuesday, Creative on Wednesday, Physical on Thursday and Personal/Social on Friday.

Through all these activities the children are encouraged to talk, discuss, ask questions, listen, investigate and deduce from what they see, hear, touch and smell.

The Learning Environment.

We have tried to create an attractive and stimulating environment both inside and outside the nursery. Inside we have

  • A home corner
  • A forest
  • Another regularly changing role-play area
  • Book corner
  • Investigation area
  • Computer area
  • Games, puzzles and maths activities
  • Listening corner
  • Music corner
  • Puppet theatre
  • Fish
  • Drawing table
  • Water play
  • Painting
  • Play-dough
  • Construction activities
  • Small world activities
  • Junk modelling
  • Cookery

Outside activities regularly include:

  • A covered play area
  • A soft floor area
  • A playground exclusive to nursery and reception
  • Sand
  • Small world activities
  • Construction including large boxes
  • Bikes and ride on toys
  • Assault course
  • Bats, balls, hoops, stilts, quoits, ropes
  • Chalk
  • Bubbles

During the week the children will also visit other areas of the main school - the hall, ICT suite, library and music room.

During the year we join with the main school for celebrations such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter, parties and special days.

Opportunities available to your child

Nursery children follow the National Curriculum Footsteps which guide the children’s development through six areas

  • Personal and social development;
  • Language and literacy;
  • Mathematical development;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world;
  • Physical development;
  • Creative development.

We base our curriculum around well known fairy stories and main religious festivals. All other learning areas are then linked e.g. we study colours along with Little Red Riding Hood, we look at size with Jack and the Beanstalk.

Parents receive a curriculum overview at the beginning of each term informing them of the areas we will be focussing on in the following term.

Monitoring your child’s progress

Every day we choose one child on which to make careful and detailed observations. Significant achievements of any child will always be noted. Pieces of work that show milestones have been reached are photographed and put in scrapbooks along with photographs of non-tangible achievements such as using stilts or role-play.

Each child’s progress is assessed at the end of every half term against the Early Learning Goals Footsteps.

At the end of their time in nursery this information is used to write detailed reports of the children’s progress for the parents and is made available to the reception teacher to ensure a smooth progression between classes.

We do not run formal parents evenings for the nursery children except to discuss the reports at the end of the year. However we are always available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Supporting Your Child’s Development

There are many ways your can support your child’s learning and development.

  • One very clear way to show your interest, if you have a spare morning, is to come in to nursery and help the children in there activities. Parent helpers are always welcome;
  • There are books available to take home and share with your children regularly. A folder is issued to each child to keep these books clean as they travel to and from school;
  • Discuss the events of the morning with your child when you collect them;
  • Value the articles they bring home;
  • Let us know of any events significant to your child that occur outside school;
  • Label anything that comes into school clearly - clothes, drinks bottles, toys etc.;
  • Please keep jewellery and valuables at home.

Nursery Admissions

A waiting list for places at Queen Eleanor Nursery is held at the schools main reception. Applications are taken at any time but children will be accepted from our catchment area first and in order of age. We accept an intake of children each term who are admitted the term after third birthday.

CURRICULUM

Children are taught the National Curriculum subjects, in two Key Stages. Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2 (infants), Key Stage 2 covers Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (juniors). Our Reception children are taught the Foundation curriculum, which will include work leading towards the first levels of the National Curriculum. Their areas of learning and experience will include a wide range of activities: creative art, design, music, dance, drama and role play, reading, writing, listening and speaking, mathematics, science, technology, PE and activities leading to social, human, spiritual and moral understanding.

Click on the links below to find out more about each subject area:

Literacy
Numeracy
Science
Information & Communication Technology
Design & Technology
History
Geography
Art
Music
Physical Education
Religious Education
Special Educational Needs
Gifted and Talented



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