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Molehill Copse Primary School
Hereford Road, ME15 7ND, UK Maidstone
+44 (0)1622 751729
www:http://www.molehill-copse.kent.sch.uk/index.htmle-mail:headteacher@molehill-copse.kent.sch.uk

Welcome to Molehill Copse Primary School

Welcome to Molehill Copse School where we have tried to establish a friendly and stimulating learning environment, into which children will settle quickly and happily.

This School was opened in 1954 to serve the southern part of the Shepway Estate and the roads leading to it. The school caters for boys and girls from the age of four to eleven years. It is well equipped, having its own library, dining hall, assembly hall, sports field and nature reserve. The school is now a Community School

It stands in beautiful grounds that we have developed especially to aid curriculum studies.

There are approximately 300 children on roll of which 18 are designated places for hearing impaired children who may start school at age 2 ½ years.

Parents are always welcomed and their concerns are valued. To have the teacher's fullest attention, we appreciate visits during non-teaching time.

Contact meetings between teachers and parents are arranged at regular intervals. At these interviews parents will be able to discuss their child's progress, development and any other problem - behavioural or social -with the class teacher. A letter will be sent at such times inviting parents to make an appointment and we will make every effort to offer times suitable to both parents. Should it be necessary to consult the school on a matter of some urgency, the Headteacher and staff will be available to give a personal interview to parents, but prior notice is necessary.


 

TERMS

Term 1 2007
Begins Monday 3 September 2007
Term ends Friday 19 October 2007


Term 2 2007
Begins Monday 29 October
Term ends Wednesday 19 December 2007

Term 3 2008
Begins Tuesday 3 January 2008
Term ends Friday 15 February 2008


Term 4 2008
Begins Monday 25 February 2008
Term ends Friday 04 April 2008

Easter Friday 21 March – Monday 24 March inclusive

Term 5 2008
Begins Monday 21 April 2008

Term ends Friday 23 May 2008


Term 6 2008

Begins Monday 02 June 2008
Term ends Wednesday 23 July 2008

5 Staff Development Days (children not required to attend) – dates to be arranged

ORGANISATION

There are ten classes in mainschool and three classes in the UHIC, one of which is a special nursery class.

As there are not always the correct number of children to make up single age band classes, some classes have a two year age span. Children are selected by age order, friendship groupings, maturity and additional needs provision.

3.1 FOUNDATION STAGE


New entrants are invited to visit the school before their admission to gain insight into the school routine. For a while these children attend part days to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings. Throughout the Foundation Stage each child will be assessed using the Foundation Stage Profile and parents will be involved in the process.

3.2 KEY STAGE 1

Children are allocated to classes according to both age, attainment and social groups. Children take part in SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) in the May of Year 2.

3.3 KEY STAGE 2

Junior children are normally placed in mixed ability classes according to age. The teachers match the level of work with the ages and attainment of the individual children. Your child may be taught individually, in small groups within the class or in a whole class group depending upon the nature of the lesson. If we feel your child needs more support in his or her learning, we will keep you informed. In May in Year 6, pupils take part in SATs again.

At the age of eleven, children transfer to secondary education and enter Key Stage 3. We enjoy happy and regular links with our local secondary schools to prepare the children for their transfer. You will receive detailed information about the schools before you are asked to express a preference.

CURRICULUM

A large proportion of the teaching time is taken up by the National Curriculum. This comprises three core subjects - English, mathematics and science, and six foundation subjects – design technology, history, geography, music, art, physical education and information communication technology (ICT). Religious education is also taught. It has been agreed by the Governors that the school adopts the Kent Curriculum Policy and Statement

At Molehill Copse the National Curriculum is mostly delivered through a theme-based approach. The programmes of study are linked into the main theme studied as far as possible. In this way the children are able to build upon a growing understanding of the geographical, scientific, historical and technological situations that they experience at school. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is taught across all subject areas.

UNIFORM

The Governors have found that most parents are in favour of school uniform as it establishes a habit ready for Secondary School. The recommended colours and styles are as follows:

skirt, pinafore dress, trousers navy blue, grey
sweatshirt, pullover, cardigan, jumper navy blue
socks/tights navy blue, grey, white
shirt, blouse white, pale blue, grey
summer dress blue check
PE shorts in a drawstring bag navy, black
PE shirt white, pale blue, navy blue
plimsolls black, white

Sweatshirts, fleeces and T shirts with the school motif, are available from the school office.

Parents are asked to provide suitable clothing - shorts and plimsolls - to allow for the safe use of gymnastic equipment. Trainers are not suitable for indoor work. Children will require suitable equipment for outdoor games, i.e. football boots, old shoes, socks, jersey, etc. It is suggested that these items may be kept in a drawstring bag to hang in the cloakroom.

The wearing of jewellery is discouraged at all times by the KCC. It is not appropriate for children to wear rings, neck chains or ear-rings, which can prove dangerous to both the owner and other children, particularly during PE, games and gymnastics lessons.

There is also the possibility that such personal items could be lost or damaged.

Other items such as money, mobile phones, toys and 'swops' are better left at home. Should the need arise for a child to have money at school (other than dinner money), it should be handed in to the office or to the teacher for safe keeping.



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