Starting school at Templewood
Before starting at Templewood, you will have had the opportunity to attend either an Induction Evening(Nursery & Reception pupils) or a meeting with a member of the senior Leadership Team. To limit the amount of paperwork distributed during these meetings, we have created an area where all documentation is available for you to access in your own time.
|Reception & Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|Break||10.35 - 11.00am||10.35 - 11.00am|
|Lunch||11.50 - 1.05pm||12.15 - 1.10pm|
Procedures for Drop Off and Collection
In order to ensure that all children are safe in school, all pedestrians must enter the school site via the pedestrian gates.
Please ensure a responsible adult is with all EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils on the playground before school and for collection. Nursery parents can access the school via the Infants gate and through the Key Stage 1 playground, around the Reception classroom and up the pathway to the Nursery building.
A member of staff will be on duty on the Key Stage 2 playground from 8.40am to welcome and supervise children. Pupils can use the access the playground via the Key Stage 2 entrance gate. From Monday 28th January 2019, at the end of the day, parents can access the KS2 playground from 3.10pm to collect their child from outside their classroom. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 can walk home without an adult if they have provided consent through School Gateway or given written consent to the school.
Dogs are permitted on site if they are on a lead at all times and any dog waste is removed immediately.
If a parent is running late and unable to collect at school pick up time they will need to report to the school office to collect their child. In an emergency where the responsible adult is unable to arrive on time they should telephone the school with the name of another adult from their data collection sheet.
We kindly ask that conversations between parents and class teachers at the end of the day commence only once all pupils have been collected by their parents.
Please note the school car park is very small and spaces are limited, therefore no parents may drive into the school at any time. Parents with a disability may request to use the car park. Any parents with this concession are responsible for ensuring that their child arrives safely through the main entrance.
Templewood School Uniform is available to order from the School Office. Please complete the order form and return to the school office. The Templewood School Association (TSA) organises a sale of nearly new uniform each term. Please look out for details in the newsletter. Items can also be ordered using this form, subject to availability. Please ensure all clothing is clearly named.
- Grey skirt and trousers
- Long or short sleeved white shirt or polo shirt
- Maroon jumper with or without school logo
- White, grey or black socks / tights
- Black shoes for indoor use (no plimsolls)
- Grey shorts
- Yellow and white checked/striped dress
- Outdoor trainers
- Tracksuit or jogging bottoms for winter
- Plimsolls for indoor PE
- Plain black shorts
- White polo shirt
Children wear the same school uniform with maroon jogging bottoms.
The children may wear a watch but no other jewellery items. Children with pierced ears must wear one pair of plan studs only. Please try to avoid large bows and headbands. Nails should be short with no varnish.
Assemblies take place on a daily basis. We invite parents in to meet with class teachers in our Parent Surgeries during Tuesday assembly at 2.45pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the class teacher to discuss any queries you may have. Appointments need to be made directly with the school office and a ten minute timeslot will be allocated.
Assemblies cover a whole range of subjects and themes. They emphasise the importance of learning how to live together and cover a variety of current issues. The children are encouraged to participate in a range of ways including reading, singing, playing musical instruments, drama and sharing work.
|Monday||Music Assembly||2.45pm||Miss Shaw & Miss Clark|
|Wednesday||Smart School Council||2.45pm||In class|
(all pupils attend)
Learning Logs (Homework)
At Templewood our home learning is a whole school approach and is completed weekly. Pupils are given a red A4 book to complete their Learning Log. Pupils start this approach from January in Year 1 and continue until they leave in Year 6. Learning Objectives and Success Criteria are provided each week to ensure pupils are aware of the tasks and can self-assess against them. Learning Logs are given out to pupils on a Thursday and collected on a Tuesday.
Mathletics and Bug Club are in addition to the tasks set unless stated otherwise in that week's Learning Log.
Please see links below for further guidance for your child's Key stage.
House Point Teams
When a pupil joins Templewood they are allocated a House Team. There are 3 teams at our school: Robins, Woodpeckers and Jays. Each term the winning team receive a reward which is usually voted for by the pupils.
To help promote our ‘Healthy School’ status we kindly ask that parents do not provide sweets or party bags for their child's class. An alternative idea is to bring in a book which could be new or one in good condition. The teacher will put a special label inside commemorating the event and acknowledging the donation. This book will be read and enjoyed by the class and longer lasting as a birthday treat!
We hope you will support us on this idea.
School closures due to snow
Occasionally it has been necessary to close the school due to bad weather. When making a decision to close the school, there are a number of issues that have to be considered:
- Some staff members live a considerable distance from Welwyn. We have to be confident that there will be sufficient staff able to get here in order to teach the students. We have to ensure a safe level of supervision.
- The condition of the site – is it safe for students and staff to move around the school?
- It is a difficult decision to make and parents will appreciate the dilemma between giving everyone sufficient notice of closure and trying to guess what road and weather conditions will be between 8.00 and 8.30am
If at all possible a decision will be taken the night before or as early as possible on the day. Our decision will be posted on the school’s website and our school App, which will be updated regularly. A text message will also be sent to parents and carers via our School Gateway. Please make sure you download the app to save school costs as text messages are charged at 10p per text.
We will inform local radio stations – BBC Three Counties 103.8FM, Heart Four Counties 97.6FM or Bob FM 106.7FM and 106.9FM. We will also inform the local authority of closure – this information will be found on the Herts Direct website.
No closure message on our website means that we intend to open and all students will be expected to attend.
When the school closes we appreciate how inconvenient and difficult this is for families and how disruptive it is for students’ learning. Our primary concern has to be the safety of the students and staff. Please be assured we will not make this decision lightly.
Please find a list of documents designed to help starting school at Templewood a little easier.
You will be asked to complete some of these forms (along with a few others) by the schools office staff.