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Life in Year 4

Useful information for parents of children in Year 4 2023-24

We are looking forward to you and your child joining Year 4 at The Mall School. We hope you will find this booklet helpful but if you have any other questions please contact the school.

The best way to contact your child’s teacher is by email:

4N                   Dr Newton         newtonr@themallschool.org.uk

4C                   Mme Capell        capellf@themallschool.org.uk

Start to the Day

Children, unless required for music, should be delivered to the playground entrance gate. Children should arrive no earlier than 8.00 am when there will be a member of staff on duty, and no later than 8.25 am. Registration is at 8.30 am each day.

Before School

We offer a breakfast club from 7.30 am. Further details are available from our Extra Curricular Co-ordinator (clubs@themallschool.org.uk).

Absence

If a child is ill parents must notify the school welfare officer immediately (welfare@themallschool.org.uk) , stating the nature of the illness. Parents are asked to confirm by email any absence of more than three consecutive days.

All requests for leave of absence for children should be addressed to the Headmaster, at least one week in advance – leave of absence for periods of time adjacent to school holidays will not normally be granted.

Additional Support

At various stages during their school career some children may find parts of the curriculum more demanding and they will have the opportunity to receive some additional teaching support. The children’s parents will be informed of this and feedback on their progress will be forthcoming via parents’ evenings, termly meetings with the appropriate staff and the school reports.

A child who has English as an additional language and is experiencing difficulties in class as a result may need to receive extra support. There will be a charge for this service. Parents will be contacted and, once the support is in place, there will be feedback from the appropriate staff as described above.

After School Care

Homework club is available daily running from 4.10 pm to 6.00 pm. Homework club operates on a drop in basis. Any child not collected by 4.10 pm will join the homework club and a charge will be made for this additional supervision.

There is a range of after school activity clubs available at an extra charge, including swimming, chess, judo, table tennis, science, stop-animation, and seasonal cricket nets. All clubs are booked on a termly basis. Further details are available from our Extra Curricular Co-ordinator (clubs@themallschool.org.uk).

Behaviour

Staff operate a positive rewards system which recognises and encourages child’s behaviour, as well as hard work and progress. Children receive credits in line with the school’s reward system and they are awarded certificates which are presented in a weekly assembly. However, children are not always perfectly behaved and if they make the wrong choices they may receive a verbal reprimand, be given a minus (as per the Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions policy), be kept back at break or be spoken to by the Deputy Head. If such behaviour is persistent, the class teacher will, of course, inform parents.

Break and Lunches

Children should bring a healthy snack (no nuts) and a bottle of water (not juice) each day.

Lunch is on a cafeteria system with children going into lunch by year group. There is a choice of food available with one meat and one vegetarian option provided. Food is freshly prepared on the school premises and the school has a healthy eating policy. Further catering information is to be found on our website as are the daily menus. The school is able to operate nut-free catering but parents of children with food allergies must inform the school in writing with full details, so that any risk can be assessed. To support children with nut allergies, parents are asked never to send nuts or products containing nuts to school as snacks.

Communication

Communication to parents is via email, a weekly newsletter and the school website. The school subscribes to ClarionCall, a text-based service, which enables us to contact parents quickly in an emergency or when there has been an unexpected change to the school routine (for example cancellation of games, late return from a school trip, etc.).

Should you wish to speak to your child’s class teacher, please email them to make an appointment. Please allow 24 hours for a response but we will normally respond as soon as we can.

End of the Day

Children are dismissed by teachers at 4.00 pm.

Should your child be collected by someone other than yourselves on any particular day, please inform us via the office. You may only take another child if a parent has specifically asked you to collect them and informed the class teacher of the arrangement. This will prevent any uncertainties and ensures the safety of the children.

Equipment

Children will need their own pencil case with their own writing equipment if you have been awarded a pen licence, ink pen and washable blue cartridges; spare pen; biro for science; 2 sharp pencils; a set of coloured pencils; pencil sharpener; rubber; small glue stick; 2 clear rulers (15cm and 30cm); small pair safe scissors (not pointed); highlighters for occasional use; geometry set and a glue stick. It is advisable these items are named. They will also need 8 plastic wallets or folders, one for each academic subject, as this helps enormously with organisation. These should be labelled with their name and the name of the subject. Good examples are plastic wallets and school folders.

Exams

Our exams are paper based tests to prepare for future school assessments. Throughout the school year children take termly standardised online tests in literacy and numeracy. All exam results and standardised assessments are shared with parents. Written exams take place in the spring and summer terms in English, maths and reasoning (verbal and non-verbal). Exams are followed by a parents evening to go through child’s performance.

Filming and Photography

The school does not wish to prevent parents from taking photos or filming events which involve your children. However, there are some circumstances when photography or filming are not permitted. Firstly, for some school plays we are required to purchase a performing licence where we would be in breach of copyright restrictions if photography or filming were to take place. In this situation a member of staff will inform parents at the beginning of the play of this restriction. Secondly, as is common practice elsewhere, we also ask that parents do not film or take photographs in the swimming pool or changing rooms.

For other events we ask that if parents are taking photographs or filming they show consideration to other parents by not being so enthusiastic that they spoil the occasion for others by getting in the way. We also ask that if the photographs or film you take contains images of children other than your own you do not upload these to social media sites.

Health

A Health and Safety Document, available from the Bursar explains how boys are treated if ill or injured and how parents are contacted if necessary. A copy is issued to parents when a child joins the school. All medicines and inhalers must be handed to the office, rather than the class teacher, for safe keeping and administering. Please let the school welfare officer know of any health problems or allergies that your child may have; also any special dietary needs but please do not include food likes and dislikes (welfare@themallschool.org.uk).

Homework

Children in Year 4 have 6 pieces of homework a week. Homework will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams. In addition to their homework, all boys are expected to read for about 15 – 20 minutes each night and what they have read should be recorded in their reading booklet. Parents should try to listen to their sons read 3 – 4 times a week. As your child’s reading improves the number of times you listen to them can decrease. However, even the most able reader can benefit from having a parent listen to them and discussing the story or explaining new vocabulary.

Houses

Children are placed in one of four houses: Corpus, Magdalen, Pembroke and Trinity. As well as competing in their houses for sporting events and competitions such as general knowledge quizzes, art and music, children can earn credits for their houses through good work or behaviour.

Jewellery

Jewellery such as earrings can present a hazard to both the wearer and other children taking part in sports activities including PE, swimming and games. Therefore children are not permitted to wear jewellery, including pierced earrings, during sports activities.

Teachers are not allowed to take out or replace children’s earrings if they are unable to do so themselves. Taping of earrings is not allowed. It would therefore be helpful if earrings could be taken out at home on days where sporting activities are taking place. Children are responsible for their own earrings if they are taken out at school.

If a child has recently had their ears pierced and are unable to remove their earrings, they will not be permitted to take part in the practical aspect of sports activities for six weeks, after which time they will be expected to remove their earrings in order to participate in lessons. We therefore ask that if a child is having their ears pierced this takes place at the beginning of the summer holiday.

Mall School Association (MSA)

The MSA supports the school via fundraising and social activities and parents who would like to volunteer to take an active part can contact the current Chair at (msachair@themallschool.org.uk).

Music

Peripatetic music teachers can provide on-to-one tuition for a range of instruments including most orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, drums, singing and recorder.  There is an additional charge for this service. Please contact The Director of Music for further information (music@themallschool.org.uk).

Concerts are held in the theatre and all children studying an instrument have the opportunity to perform if they feel ready to do so. There are also several ensembles (eg the string orchestra, the samba band) and choirs which rehearse weekly during school time and children are invited to join these by the Director of Music as soon as they are ready.

Online Learning

Pupils will be provided with logins for online learning sites. These will be written in their books at the beginning of the school term.

Parents’ Evenings

There is a meeting early in the autumn term for parents to meet the form teacher. This meeting covers the types of activities provided for the children, the daily routines of the school and other general information.

Parents’ evenings where you can meet your child’s teacher individually to discuss their progress are held every term. Parents’ evenings are virtual and conducted on Microsoft Teams. Additional parent meetings face-face are available on request.

Parent Portal

The Mall School parent portal is a communication tool which will give parents quick access to information about your child such as attendance records and assessment reports. Extra-curricular activities and parents’ evenings are also booked through the parent portal.

Parking

Parents are reminded that in the interests of safety they may not stop on the zigzags outside the school site. We ask parents to show consideration for our neighbours and local residents by taking care not obstruct the entrances of offices, houses or flats close by, nor park in their car parks or driveways. Pupils are also told that they must not cross the road except at the pedestrian crossing, even if accompanied by an adult, and parents are asked to reinforce this elementary road safety policy with their children.

PE & Games

Children have PE once a week on site and two afternoons of games (Tuesday and Thursday) at Sunbury Cricket Club. Children will need their full PE and games kits from the start of term. Children will need either football or rugby boots. Astro boots are not permitted. Please ensure that all items of kit, including boots, are named. Children should wear their games uniform to school on games days.

Policies

The following are available on request and are also available in hard copy:

  • Admissions (also available on school website)
  • Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions (also available on school website)
  • Disciplinary
  • Expulsion and Removal
  • Anti-Bullying (also available on school website)
  • Special Educational Needs (also available on school website)
  • English as an Additional Language (also available on school website)
  • Safeguarding (also available on school website)
  • Curriculum
  • Health, First Aid and Security
  • Health and Safety; Tours, Visits and Events
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Previous Years’ Academic Results
  • Complaints (also available on school website)

Publicity

From time to time the school will wish to create material to be used for publicity purposes.  Should you not wish your child to be included in any such materials you are asked to notify the marketing manager in writing immediately (marketing@themallschool.org.uk).  Otherwise the school reserves the right to include your child in any publicity material, eg. news releases, prospectus, school email newsletter and magazine, school website, social media etc. Your child’s full name will not be included with their photo, unless parental permission has been given to do so. For more information on how the school uses photos or videos of your child, please refer to the school’s privacy notices which can be found on our website: www.themallschool.org.uk.

Reports

A full written report is published on the parent portal at the end of the spring term. Our reports aim to be positive but are honest and will highlight child’s strengths while suggesting areas for improvement. We welcome comments on reports via an online survey link, which are always read by the class teacher and action is taken when appropriate. All reports are published on the Parent Portal, in a PDF format which can saved to your own files.

Achievement and Effort grades are awarded at half term and the end of term and are also published on the Engage Parent Portal.

School Transport

School buses currently run each morning from:

Chiswick, via Osterley

Isleworth via Richmond

Sunbury via Hampton

Richmond via St Margaret’s

Two afternoon services currently run to Kingston via St Margaret’s and Chiswick via Isleworth and Osterley. These leave from the main site at 4.30 pm.

Children may begin using school mini buses from Reception, providing they are able to securely fasten their own seatbelt. Further details are available from our Extra Curricular Co-ordinator.

Security

The pedestrian gate is locked from 9.00 am until 2.50 pm each day and admission during this time is via intercom to the school reception. At lunch and break times all children are supervised by members of staff. No child is allowed off the school premises unless supervised by an appropriate adult.

In the highly unlikely event that a child went missing, his parents would be informed immediately, all available members of staff would search the school premises for the child and the police would be contacted.

Senior Schools

The Headmaster meets individually with all parents during the year to begin to plan for the transfer to senior school at the age of 11.  A general information evening is held in the autumn term about preparing for the 11+ assessments.

Sports Teams, Fixtures and Results

Information about all of our fixtures, including location of matches, team lists and results can be found on The Mall School Sports website https://sport.themallschool.org.uk. Access to the team information is for current parents only and is password protected.

Staffing

A complete list of governors and staff (with qualifications) is to be found on the website and is available in hard copy on request from the office.

Swimming

Children begin swimming classes in the first week of term. They will need plain black speedo swimming jammers (must be tight fitting and not shorts), a Mall School swimming hat, a towel and a Mall School swimming bag (all items to be named). If a child has a verruca then he must wear a verruca sock or have the verruca “sealed” with Bazuka, to prevent cross-infection.

Uniform

Children are expected to be neat and tidy at the start and end of the school day. All children must wear a blazer or, during the winter term, a Mall School coat to school. Please name all clothes, including underwear, socks and shoes as these can become mixed up during changing for swimming.

Items in bold are school regulation pattern and can only be obtained from Stevensons, 1-5 Heath Road, Twickenham. (Tel: 020 8892 2201, twickenhambranch@stevensons.co.uk, www.stevensons.co.uk).

All year round

  • Mall School blazer
  • Long grey trousers
  • White long sleeved shirt (short sleeved shirt may be worn start of summer term to October half term)
  • Mall School grey v-neck jumper
  • Mall School tie
  • Short charcoal grey socks
  • Plain black shoes (Velcro or laces). No trainer type
  • Mall School backpack

Summer (September to October half term and post Easter Break)

  • Mall School sunhat

Winter (post October half term to Easter break)

  • Black coat (optional)
  • A scarf is optional but if worn must be a Mall School scarf
  • A hat is optional but if worn must be a Mall School hat
  • Gloves are optional but if worn must be plain black gloves

PE kit

  • Mall School white and burgundy polo shirt
  • Mall School white and burgundy shorts
  • White socks
  • White Velcro fastening trainers with non-marking soles
  • Mall School drawstring PE bag

Games kit (autumn and spring term)

  • Mall School rugby jersey
  • Mall School black rugby shorts
  • Mall School games socks
  • Mall School tracksuit – boys are also permitted to wear plain black base layer top and leggings under their games uniform if required.
  • Studded boots are compulsory to participate in rugby or football games sessions. Velcro fastening boots are available. Astro trainers are not permitted.
  • Shin pads are compulsory during the football season
  • A midlayer jacket is optional but if worn it must be a Mall School midlayer jacket
  • Mall School boot bag
  • Mall School holdall
  • Shin pads are compulsory for the football season
  • A gum shield is compulsory for the rugby season

Games kit (summer term)

  • Mall School cricket shirt
  • Mall School cap
  • Plain cream cricket trousers
  • White socks
  • White trainers with non-marking soles

Swimming kit

  • Black swimming jammers (must be tight fitting and not shorts)
  • Mall School swimming cap
  • Mall School swim bag
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Website

The school website at www.themallschool.org.uk includes information about the syllabus for each year group.

Email addresses

Main reception-  reception@themallschool.org.uk

Headmaster’s PA- headpa@themallschool.org.uk

Deputy Head –deputyhead@themallschool.org.uk

Welfare Officer  – welfare@themallschool.org.uk

Extra Curricular Co-ordinator- clubs@themallschool.org.uk

Bursar –bursar@themallschool.org.uk

Finance Manager –finance@themallschool.org.uk

Director of Music – music@themallschool.org.u k

Head of Games- pe@themallschool.org.uk

SENCo – senco@themallschool.org.uk

 

Parents can also raise concerns related to the quality of education or the welfare health or safety of pupils, to Ofsted (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted) tel: 0300 123 1231 and/or to the Independent Schools Inspectorate (https://www.isi.net/) tel: 020 7600 0100.

The Mall School is a registered charity. The Chairman of Governors is Mr R J H Walker, The Mall School Trust, 185 Hampton Road, Twickenham. Telephone: 020 8977 2523.

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