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Chipping Hill School
Church Street, CM8 2JL, UK Witham
+44 (0)1376 512201
www:http://www.chippinghillschool.co.uk/e-mail:admin@chippinghill.essex.sch.uk

The first steps on an educational journey where children are valued and enabled to achieve their full potential, in a happy and safe environment.


OUR SCHOOL AIMS ARE...

  • To create a secure, caring and supportive atmosphere where learning is stimulating and fun.
  • To strive for high achievement for all.
  • To ensure equal opportunities for all, encouraging a mutual respect for others.
  • To offer a rich and balanced curriculum that will inspire and motivate all to reach their full potential.
  • To nurture a desire and enthusiasm for life long learning for all.
  • To encourage self-confidence and independence recognising and celebrating individual talents and achievements throughout the school.
  • To encourage everyone in the school community to live and work together amicably and successfully.
  • To encourage a sense of social responsibility fostering excellent pupil, staff and family relationships and links with the wider community.
  • To promote high standards of manners and behaviour.
  • To respond to and embrace initiatives which prepare our pupils for the future.

OUR SCHOOL

Chipping Hill School is a small infant school situated in the heart of Witham. The original school was built in 1902 as a two classroom, red brick building typical of the period. In 1923 the school closed but was closed but was re-opened in 1938. A relocatable hall was added in 1977 and this now houses the library, offices and also acts as the school dining hall.

Much later in 1997, two brand new classrooms were built to replace those in the original building. The old building now became the school hall and a small staffroom and boiler house were built on.
 



  In the summer of 2001, contractors moved on site to take away the remaining two relocatable classrooms and building began on their replacement. 2002 was our centenary year and was splendidly marked by the opening of two brand new classrooms. This now means that the children can access the curriculum in safety all under one roof.

The outside learning environment is an essential part of our children's learning experience and we take great pride in the upkeep of the grounds around the school. Throughout the year the children are able to detect the natural changes in the outside environment. In the spring and summer, particularly, they enjoy experiencing at first hand, the variety of life to be found there.

The school playing field has a Wild Area and pond in the far corner and also a 'Secret Garden'. Here the children are able to learn about plants and small creatures in order to enhance their classroom studies.
In another corner of our school field is the Adventure Playground, which was funded by our Parents' Association, 'The Friends of Chipping Hill School'. This safely built climbing frame is enjoyed by the children all year round and is vital in their physical development.

At the front of the school is the playground area where parents wait before and after school. It is surrounded by borders of shrubs and plants and there are many seating areas where the children can sit and chat quietly if they wish. The 'Friends' also built a gazebo for the children to play in. Around the school there are patios where the children can sit and read or work with an adult.

The children in the Foundation Stage have their own designated play area, which has recently been extended. It currently houses 'Daisy Lodge' - a wooden playhouse that was bought with funds raised by the children through their sponsored spell.

The whole school community takes great pride in the working environment. The children, parents and staff help with planting and watering and they are always involved in discussions for future projects. This year we have won an award for the 'Best Kept School Premises' in our town.

CURRICULUM

We wish to provide an education suitable to each child’s needs enabling them to reach their full potential in a welcoming, caring and happy atmosphere.

We are constantly aware of children’s varying abilities and interests, and prepare work accordingly. Boys and girls are given equal opportunities in all curriculum areas.

We want children to enjoy their learning in such a way that we encourage their independence, confidence to develop new skills, question and investigate and hence discover. In order to create a peaceful learning environment, children are taught to have respect and understanding for one another.


Whilst in the Foundation Stage, children follow the ‘Early Learning Goals’.

Personal and Social Development
Language and Literacy
Mathematics
Knowledge of the World
Physical Development
Creative Development

From Year 1, children are taught the subjects in the National Curriculum.

Literacy
Mathematics
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Science
History
Geography
Art and Craft
Design and Technology
Music
Physical Education (PE)
Religion Education (RE)
Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE)

From September 2006 we have introduced French into the curriculum.

We interlink many of these curriculum areas to provide a cross curricular approach to learning which is fun, exciting, challenging and embedded in meaningful project work.

OUR CHILDREN

Starting school is a major milestone in a young child's life and at Chipping Hill we want children to make the transition from pre-school child to pupil as smoothly as possible. Children settle quickly into school routine as they realise they are in a safe, happy environment where they are genuinely cared for. Nurtured within our caring environment, they soon progress academically. By the time the children leave us to begin the junior stage of their education, they are fluent readers and writers, competent Mathematicians and have the confidence to tackle many different tasks.

Right from the start children take part in every aspect of school life. There are outings, visiting speakers and school plays in which all children take part. The children also have a voice in the school as classes elect two members to sit on the School Council. The Council meets twice a term to discuss various aspects of school life. Even the youngest child has something to contribute. Year 2 'Playleaders' help the younger children during playtimes and encourage them to play games together. The school also runs several clubs during the lunch break and after school.

We believe that our school is part of the wider community and we therefore involve local residents and organisations in many of our school events. The children often walk to places in the locality which are of special interest and perform to local residents.

We set high standards of expectation for our children, academically and socially. We constantly stress the importance of consideration for other people’s feelings, for good manners and sensible behaviour. These values create a calm atmosphere where children and staff can work happily and confidently together.

Acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, politeness and helpfulness are recognised and praised. At the Friday afternoon assembly, we present two boys and two girls with ‘Chipping Hill dolls’ together with presentations of our school cups and shield. These are rewards for hard work, progress, friendship, initiative, determination, attitude, ‘sparkle’ and outstanding courage. They will take them home to show their families. Certificates are also awarded for good behaviour or good manners and attendance.

Life is extremely full at Chipping Hill but at the heart of everything we do are the children and their needs.

UNIFORM

We expect all children to wear our comfortable school uniform.

  • Pale blue polo shirts with Chipping Hill logo
  • Pale blue sweatshirt with Chipping Hill logo
  • Navy blue sweatshirt cardigan with Chipping Hill logo
  • Navy blue trousers, skirt or pinafore dress
  • Sensible, flat school shoes - no laces please

PE kit
  • Pale blue t-shirt with Chipping Hill logo
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Black plimsolls with velcro or elastic


There is also the option of purchasing a Chipping Hill navy fleece with the Chipping Hill logo for outdoor wear.

All items with the Chipping Hill logo are available from the school office.



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