INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
Thank you for considering Maundene Primary School as a school for your child starting in September 2021. We are delighted to share further information with you here, including a video tour further down this page to help with your decision to choose Maundene
Maundene Primary School is a two form entry inclusive Primary School located in the heart of Walderslade, with the space to welcome sixty children to our Reception setting each year.
Our vision and values underpin all that we do, and we ensure that through our teaching, learning and provision, every child is given the best possible beginning to their education in order to make great strides in their learning. We work closely with outside agencies to meet any additional needs of the pupils, and partnerships with parents are crucial to us in supporting pupils' learning, progress and happiness. We have a ‘limitless minds’ approach to our learning and strongly believe that all children have the potential to achieve well when provided with rich learning opportunities, experiences, care and guidance. We challenge our children and ourselves to be the best we can be in a safe, creative, rich and purposeful environment.
Our learning is planned around a skills based global curriculum that we feel is relevant for life and learning in the 21st Century, and critically important for future success. We believe that global learning helps pupils make sense of the increasingly complex and rapidly changing world in which they live. Each half term we plan the pupils' learning in depth using a core-text approach, engaging the children in high quality texts and rich and meaningful learning experiences which ensures they feel connected to their learning and the world around them.
During our most recent Challenge Partners inspection in March 2020, they found that:
'The curriculum provides pupils with the knowledge and skills to challenge, make sense of global issues and to be a catalyst for personal action'
'Forest school for EYFS is effectively run and enhances the curriculum by developing risk taking, team building, fascination and knowledge of the outside environment'
'The relentless focus on quality first teaching has ensured that staff have a plethora of approaches to remove barriers for learning'
'The good level of development (GLD) in Early Years has been in line with national figures for the last three years'
'Teachers execute well-structured lessons with clear success criteria. Pupils are set different challenges according to their needs. New vocabulary is explicitly taught. Teachers use modelling and re-phrasing and ensure their assessments are accurate to plan next learning steps. Pupils are guided to link learning to previous learning and real-life experiences'
'The curriculum is carefully enriched by a wide variety of school trips and visiting speakers'
We consider every member of our school community to be a life-long learner and value all contributions to the continued improvements to our school
AN INSIDE LOOK AT MAUNDENE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We are delighted to share further information with you here, including a virtual video tour, to help with your decision to choose Maundene.
Prospective parents are more than welcome to schedule a telephone call with a member of our Senior Leadership Team. If this is something you would be interested in please call the school office on 01634 864 721 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time.
We are offering a very limited number of in-person tours of our school over the following dates: 5th, 12th, 16th and 26th November 2020. To check availability and book a place please call the school office on 01634 864 721. These tours will operate at a social distance and you will be required to wear a face mask (unless you are exempt).
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR PRIMARY SCHOOL APPLICATION
All schools in Medway have a single point of entry for reception and admit children in September. Please visit the Medway Council website for further details and an online application form at https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200137/schools_and_learning/1059/applying_for_a_primary_school_place
The deadline for Reception applications is 15th January 2020 at 5pm.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
At Maundene, we believe in shaping and educating our children to become citizens for the 21st century by broadening their minds and experiences. We do this through our Inspire Global Curriculum, which comprises of 6 themes:
- Peace and Conflict
- Human Rights
- Identity and Diversity
- Power and Governance
- Social Justice and Equity
- Sustainable Development
Each term, EYFS shape their learning around a topic which is enriched with a variety of quality core-texts, trips and provision. We also make strong connections with global learning and citizenship. The children will build up to a project each term. Past projects included planting gardens for the bees and delivering food parcels to needy families.
Along with this, we use Development Matters to ensure that children receive an age appropriate curriculum based on the seven areas of learning in EYFS:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In Reception, each child takes part in daily phonics lessons to develop their letters and sound knowledge, as well as to build on their early reading skills.
We encourage the children to use phonics throughout their learning, and regularly promote phonics development within the resources and provision.
The classroom learning environment is the ‘Third Teacher’. It supports us all in giving messages about our ethos and values and celebrates high quality learning. Through our high-quality learning environment, we provide children with a stimulating, enriching and creative learning experience.
All of our classrooms are arranged so that children can move freely, accessing the resources and provision that suits their needs and interests. The equipment and resources are planned around the seven areas of development, and the global theme or topic.
An important part of the Early Years curriculum requires us to provide children with ample opportunity for outdoor learning and malleable play, e.g. water, mud, dough etc. Children are entitled to access our outdoor areas at all times.
THE SCHOOL DAY
Our daily timetable encourages your child to learn and develop in a range of ways. Throughout the day, they will take part in whole class lessons, small group lessons, and engage in independent activities during ‘choosing’ time. This means they can move freely around the classroom to access the resources and equipment available. We also incorporate additional lessons on a weekly basis, such as Art, PE, Circle Times and more.
You can choose for your child to enjoy school dinners or they can bring a packed lunch to school. Our dinner menus are changed termly and are on a 3 week rotation. There are vegetarian options for every meal. We have fruit available each day for children to have as a snack, as well as free school milk.
From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
At Maundene, School Uniform is compulsory and consists of:
- Grey trousers/ tailored shorts (summer only)
- Grey pleated skirts/pinafore dress
- School logo Red polo shirt
- School logo Red cardigan/jumper
- Red gingham dress (summer only)
- Grey/white/red tights
- White/black socks
- Black shoes/ankle winter boots – no trainers
- Red shorts
- School logo Blue t-shirt
- Grey tracksuit no logos for outdoor PE
- Trainers for outside (black) Plimsoles for indoor
- Long hair tied up
- Hair toggles/headbands/bow to a minimum and either red, grey or white
- No makeup
- No nail varnish
- No jewellery other than plain gold/silver studs and a watch which are to be removed for PE
- or taped over (provided by the parent)
- School logo PE bags
School logo book bags or school backpack, no other bag is allowed
Children wearing hijabs, headscarves or head coverings should wear plain black, red, white, or grey to fit with the colours of the school.
Logo uniform can be purchased from Uniform Base or School Time in Railway Street in Chatham.
At Maundene School, we know that parents are children’s first educators and we value being partners with them in their child’s education.
We ensure that parents are fully involved in their child’s education by:
- Regularly sharing children’s ‘Learning Journeys’ through Tapestry and valuing the ongoing contributions to this from parents/carers
- Giving parents/carers the opportunity to take part in their child's education and share their interests and expertise
- Delivering workshops to share our practice, ethos and ideas with parents/carers e.g. Phonics demonstrations and Early Readers workshops
- Promoting a love of reading for parents/carers to read with their child
- Opportunities for parents/carers to participate in learning through celebrations