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Prospective Parents for Reception Intake September 2021

We are really sorry that we are unable to show you around school at the moment as we feel sure that you would love our school if you were able to step inside and meet the children and staff!  Choosing the right school for your child is a very important decision.  If your child does get a place at our school, they will spend 7 years here - this is the longest amount of time they will spend at any single educational setting!  

Our EYFS Unit

Currently, all our Nursery and Reception children are part of an Early Years Unit. We established the unit in September 2019 and we are thrilled to say we have had nothing but positive feedback from parents, children and staff about the provision we offer! The unit consists of 2 separate classes of Reception children and a smaller number of Nursery children. For some of the day, Nursery and Reception children work alongside each other within their class group or as a whole EYFS Unit. At other times, children are taught in smaller more focussed groups. The unit has a maximum of 45 Reception children and 13 Nursery children at any one time. We are very lucky as we have lots of space, both indoors and outdoors and lots of experienced and dedicated staff. The unit is always staffed by 2 qualified teachers and at least 3 teaching assistants.

Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Curriculum closely to ensure that children are given a wide range of motivating play based experiences that meet the objectives within the 7 areas of learning. Children are taught using a mixture of adult led and child initiated learning. We follow the Read, Write Inc. programme for teaching phonics throughout the Early Years and KS1 and we use the Maths Makes Sense programme throughout school as a basis for our Maths teaching. You can find out more about these programmes and the rest of our curriculum by visiting the 'Learning' section of our website.

Enhanced Resource

We have an enhanced resource for children with Autism at our school called the Rainbow Room. With support from an SEN TA, children are integrated into their mainstream class as much as possible and taught within the Rainbow Room when necessary. Children with a diagnosis of Autism and an EHCP can apply for a place in the Rainbow Room.

Please note the application process for the enhanced resource is different to the mainstream system - please contact school if you would like more information about our Rainbow Room.

Meet the Staff

There is no replacement for showing you around school during a fully-functioning day, but we hope that the short video below (originally made for our September 2020 starters) will help you to get to know the staff and give you and your child a taster of life within the Early Years Unit.

We have also made a list of some frequently asked questions below.  Hopefully you will find answers to lots of your questions on our website but if you would like any more information please do not hesitate to send us an email: enquiries@brampton.derbyshire.sch.uk or call school on 01246 232817.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a place?

All applications must be submitted to Derbyshire County Council.  Please visit their website for more details.

What are the timings of the school day?

Timings are a little different at the moment due to social distancing regulations. Under normal circumstances, our classroom doors are opened between 8:40am and 8:50am and home time is 3:15pm.  

My child doesn't know anyone else who is applying for a place at Brampton.  Will they be okay?

This is a common question.  Rest assured that our Reception children usually come to us from a wide range of different nursery settings as well as our school nursery.  Our staff work hard to make sure children settle in quickly.  Within a few days at school, our children play and learn alongside their new classmates very happily.  

What is the school uniform?

Children should wear a red sweatshirt or cardigan with a white polo t-shirt. Trousers and skirts/dresses should be grey or black.  If you would prefer to order uniform with the school logo, you can request an order form from the school office.

What happens at lunch time?

All children from Reception to Year 2 receive a FREE school meal. This is usually eaten in the school hall with some of the KS1 children. There is always a great variety of food to choose from - we can accommodate even the most fussy eaters! However, if you prefer, you can send your child with a packed lunch from home. During the lunch hour, your children are well looked after by our lovely midday supervisors.

What can I do to support my child at home?

We strongly believe that staff and parents/carers need to work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for children.  To help your child be prepared for life at any school you can:

  • try to ensure they are toilet trained.
  • spend lots of time reading to them and immersing them in language. 
  • help them to be curious about the world - experiencing lots of real world adventures. 
  • play games with them - making sure they don't win every time!  
  • practise sharing their toys with other children. 
  • encourage them to speak in sentences and use their wonderful manners.
  • Practise counting activities - counting objects by saying one number name for each item is a tricky skill to master!
  • Let them experiment with writing - perhaps they could learn to write their name.  

Please see below for the Derbyshire 'Ready for School' guidance.