Broadstone FIRST School
Opening Evening 2020
As much as we would love to welcome you in for a tour of the school and attend our open evening we are sadly unable to do this currently.
We know there is no substitute for seeing the school for yourself, speaking to our learners and staff and feeling the atmosphere throughout the school. However in these unusual times, we would like to warmly welcome you to access our virtual ‘Open Evening 2020’ page. Below is a range of information which we hope gives you an insight into life at Broadstone First and why the children love coming here!
In addition to this, if you would like a 1:1 phone conversation you are also more than welcome to call the school office. A member of our senior leadership team will happily discuss the school further and answer any questions you may have.
You can also book a short visit to our Reception base should you wish to see this in person although we will need to delay this until after the planned lockdown restriction. This will be on a 1:1 basis with a member of the senior leadership team from 3.45pm when all learners have left the school building.
To book in a phone call or 1:1 visit please contact the school office on 01202 694376 who will happily book a slot for you.
We hope you find all the information formative and look forward to you joining the Broadstone First School Community.
VIRUTAL OPEN EVENING PRESENTATION
What our learners say…!
‘I love playing with my friends in class.’- Matthew, Reception Learner
‘I love colouring and role play time – I can be anyone I want’ – Rosella, Reception Learner
‘The best thing is discovery time, that’s fun!’ – Max, Reception Learner
‘I love my teacher she is the best’ – Oliver, Year 1
‘I love maths and my teacher, she is so kind’ – Ava, Year 1
‘The best thing is we get to learn so many different things’ – Oliver, Year 1
‘PE is so much fun. We try sports we have never done before.’ – Max, Year 2
‘I love the teachers they always understand’ – Jamie, Year 4
‘The best thing is everyone is so kind’ – Sylvia, Year 4
‘We are given responsibilities, the teachers trust us to do jobs around the school.’- Alfie Year 4
Frequently asked questions
We appreciate that parents/carers who are new to our school will have many questions they want to ask in order to find out more about who we are and what we do here at Broadstone First. We know we won’t have answered them all but we have provided answers below to our most commonly asked questions in the hope that you are able to find information to some of the questions you may have. If your particular question is not answered here then please do contact the school office on 01202 694376 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the school opening and closing times?
Our doors are open from 8.30am-8.50am for children to arrive. This twenty minute window of time allows for you to drop your child off at their classroom door. During this time the children will organise themselves for the school day. On arrival children will complete an activity setting the tone for the day and enabling them to be ready to learn. The register will then be taken at 8.50am and the school day will start promptly. The School day ends at 2.55pm for our Reception children. Years 1,2,3 and 4 finish at 3.00pm
Do you have a morning and after school club?
We do have both Morning and After School Child Care available which are held in our school hall and ran by our Learning Support Assistants. Morning club is available from 8am – 8.30am. After school club is available from 3pm to 3.30pm or 3pm to 4pm. We do charge a small fee for these clubs to cover the costing of the staff running this. For more information on prices please contact the school office.
Currently there is a booking system in place due to COVID-19 guidelines. This will be available for parents to register in July ready for September. If guidance changes between now and September then we update you as soon as possible to let you know any changes.
Will my child start school part-time?
In Reception we ensure a phased start for all learners. This aids transition and supports the children in settling into their new environment. For the first week we hold Introduction to School sessions where your child will attend for either a morning session or afternoon session each day. Following this introduction period your child will then attend school full-time the following week with the school day starting at 8.30 am – 8.50 am and finishing at 2.55 pm.
Do you have after school clubs from external providers?
All our learners receive a broad and balanced curriculum during the school day and we now extend this by offering our own in-house after school club activities over four days. These four activities change each half term and vary from dancing, netball, football and multi-sports and so much more!
We also have three external providers who are Chinese Martial Arts on a Monday, La Jolie Ronde (French) and Just Crafty on a Wednesday. Club leaflets for Autumn 2021 will be available via the school office in June.
Can I park at the school?
Unfortunately we do not have any visitor parking at school. Parents are asked to use the roads around school while avoiding the zig zags. Parents are able to park at the Junction Leisure Centre free of charge with a permit which can be collected from the school office.
Do you offer hot school meals?
Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to free lunches. We are very fortunate to have ‘Chartwells Creative Kitchen’ working locally. All meals are delivered chilled and our fully trained lunch time team cook these on site. You must sign your child up in advance, to receive a meal. The process for ordering your child’s lunch is online via www.dorset.mealselector.co.uk.
You may choose to provide your child with their own packed lunch. As we are a Healthy School, we do not permit the following items in lunchboxes: sweets, chocolate (including chocolate biscuits and chocolate spread) or fizzy drinks. We also request that children do not have any nuts in their lunch, including peanut butter under any circumstances.
How do break times and lunch times work?
All children have a morning break around 10.30am until 10.45am. During this time they will have an opportunity to have a healthy snack and drink within the classroom while enjoying a story before heading out to the playground for a run around with their friends. Children in Reception have one hour for their lunch and the rest of the school has 45 minutes. All Learning Support Assistants assist during lunch time and support their year group out on the playground, facilitating play. To start with Reception will only be in their playground and will not mix with the other year groups. We will introduce them to the main playground normally in the Spring term.
Can parents come in and help?
We heartily welcome parental involvement in the school on a day to day basis. Can you offer an hour in the year, term or week? Are you able to come in and help or could you do something at home for us? Do you have a Granny or Grandad who live locally who would like to help? Currently, parents help listen to children read and support children with their work. Parents also assist with the library, help with clubs and accompany day visits, but you may have something else to offer! Please speak to our school office for more information!
Please note due to current COVID-19 guidelines we are not having any visitors/parent helpers on site, we do hope this will change before September 2021.
How does the school find out about my child before they start?
We will speak with all nurseries before the children join us. We carry out transition meetings and contact all preschools and nurseries to discuss your child and find out all we can to ensure a smooth transition.