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Shinewater Primary School
Milfoil Drive, Langney, BN23 8ED, UK Eastbourne
+44 (0)1323 762129

Shinewater Primary School

...where children come first

Shinewater school view from playground

Parents Matter - Welcome to the first edition of the termly newsletter for Shinewater Primary School parents/carers. At Shinewater Primary School the motto is "children come first" but we also think that parents/carers matter too!

As some of you are aware we have been successfully running The Incredible Years parenting course and will be continuing to offer this to you. In addition to this we can also offer you a family information support drop in weekly session. This is run in conjunction with Causeway School and takes place in the childrens centre 9 - 10.30 every Tuesday morning during term time.

Over the next few terms we hope to introduce new opportunities for you within the school day.

If you would like help or support about issues in or out of school you could always contact the Parent Information Contact who would be happy to help you:

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Ann Marie Cox - Parent and Pupil Support Manager

You can ask at the reception desk for her to contact you, you can telephone her at the school 01323 762129 or email her at


School Clubs - Thursday after school - free of charge
Choir - finishes 4.15pm (KS2) see Mrs Force
Netball - finishes 4pm (Y6) see Miss Napier
Basket Ball - finishes 4pm (Y5) see Mr James

Breakfast & After School Clubs - Crash Pad - Click here


Crash Pad is run by Flossie Hayllar, she can be contacted via the school or Shaftesbury Centre Office. Shaftesbury Centre Tel: 01323 760654

Crash Pad after school clubs/activities - 50p per session Start after school and run until 4.15pm unless otherwise stated. Collect a booklet from Shinewater School Reception (Mrs Andrews) or Flossie Hayllar and complete the registration form in the booklet. You will be informed via school which group your child has a place on, along with any other necessary information.

Monday - Activities on Monday will finish at 4pm. Bop ‘n’ Boogie - learn the latest moves to all the chart hits & discover how to create your own routine.

Tuesday - Cooking and Sport

Tuesday Evening -Year 6 only - in Shinewater Community Centre 6pm-7pm. Intermission Youth Café - Come and hang out with your mates. Play pool, Giant Jenga, PS2 games, dance mats, board games, and many more things. Tuck is available so please bring a small amount of money for this.

Wednesday - Art/Craft and Drama

Thursday - Spydaweb

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Youth Café This is run in Shinewater Community Centre from 6pm-7pm and is for Year 6 children only. There are various activities from pool, PS2, Giant Jenga, Graffiti wall, tournaments and competitions. There is a tuck shop available for penny sweets and drinks. The profit from this buys more tuck, trophies and equipment and is also used to subsidise a trip at the end of the year such as ten pin bowling.

Registration for Crash Pad. Each year the children register to join Crash Pad by filling in a form with personal information, parental contact details and which activities they would like to take part in. This form is then valid for the whole school year. Each half term children are selected to take part in one of their chosen activities for half a term. They then change to do something else the next half term. If they only choose one or two activities they may only do those for half a term and then not come next time. If they choose lots then they may get more than one activity per half term. Some activites are very popular like cooking and last year not all the children had the opportunity to take part as we have to limit numbers for safety reasons.


Crash Pad in the Summer We try to run an activity group during the summer holidays subject to staffing and funding. These usually run for three mornings a week over three weeks. Each week has a different theme. Up to 20 children attended each day and we made lots of different things. Last year we took part in a pantomime with wheel chair users from Shinewater Court. We did two performances, one at Shinewater Court and one in the school. These were very successful and we hope to do further work with Shinewater Court in the future.

Who is Crash Pad for? Providing your child is in school years 3-6 and goes to Shinewater Primary School, they may attend. There may be age and number restrictions on certain activities.

Registration and documentation A register of staff and children is completed each session. Children can only attend once the registration form at the back of the registration booklet has been returned and you have been notified via the school that they have a place in one of the groups. You only need to fill in one form each year to register. All information is kept confidential.


Equal Opportunities and Special Needs. We promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all. We aim to meet all children′s requirements under our inclusion Policy and Health & Saftey. This policy ensures that we provide and maintain a safe play environment. Accidents are documented and parents informed of any incidents. There is a qualified first aider on the premises.

Behaviour Management. We aim to create an environment that promotes positive behaviour. We have adopted the school rules as all children should be familiar with these. Staff and volunteers never use physical punishment or aggressive/abusive language. We have adopted a time out policy to manage behaviour issues. Parents/carers will be informed of persistent or significant poor behaviour. If bad behaviour persists then the child will not be allowed to attend further activities.

Internet Club Policy A strict Internet policy is adhered to and unsuitable web sites are blocked by the school as far as possible. An Internet agreement should be signed by all the children attending the club.



For further details and information about the activities please contact Flossie Hayllar, Children’s Activities Coordinator via the school or Shaftesbury Centre Office.

Shaftesbury Centre Tel: 01323 760654 Shinewater School Tel: 01323 762129


Art and Design

We provide opportunites for the children to make 2D and 3D models and pictures of what they have seen.We aim to develop the children's understanding of a variety of media and techniques, to allow them to choose the appropriate material for the task. The children will develop an awareness of different forms of visual art from a range of times and cultures, including our own. Pupils will also take part in art activities through cross curricular topic related work and themed weeks, which we hope will foster an enthusiasm for the subject.

Design and Technology

We provide a developmental framework of quality design and technology tasks. These relate to the QCA scheme of work based on progressive skills and technical understanding. We aim to enable children to develop particular skills and knowledge required for solving problems and making decisions, with confidence and independence.


We aim to develop the child's natural sense of curiosity about people and places, to teach the skills which enable the children to become geographical enquirers, and use practical learning, working in the school grounds, the immediate locality, the town and the surrounding area.


We will try to provide the children with the skills and knowledge they will require in order to understand more about themselves as individuals and as members of society. They will develop an understanding of how the past influences the present and the future. We believe that what the children learn can influence their personal decisions, attitudes and values. The teaching of History is fundamental to skills needed both within school and in adult life. Children need to be able to research, sift through evidence and argue their point of view in order to reach personal conclusions and to develop positive attitudes and values.


Music at Shinewater is highly regarded and lessons follow the QCA guidance through the Music Express scheme with lots of practical singing and instrumental activities. The school is well-stocked with percussion instruments and electronic keyboards and has a dedicated music/drama hall where lessons take place. Computers are also used in composition activities. Pupils are encouraged to listen to music and comment on music from a wide range of times and places. Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular music activities such as the choir and instrumental lessons.

Physical Education

We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil's physical development and well-being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils' increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.

Religious Education

The RE curriculum follows the agreed syllabus for RE in East Sussex through studying Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. We aim to encourage children to appreciate the religious and spiritual significance of everyday things and gain a better understanding of the world around them and the people in it.


The science curriculum follows the QCA scheme of work. We aim to teach skills which will empower the children to investigate the world around them, through practical experience, interactive learning and the opportunity to question and discuss. The children will gain scientific knowledge and understanding.

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