September 2021 Reception Intake

Welcome to Poplar Farm School!
 
We are delighted you'll be joining us in September, and we can't wait to meet you all!
 
Enjoy the video below, which gives you a tour of our school. The video shows you the many areas in our school: classrooms; library; The Nest; sensory room; hall; food science room and our many outdoor learning spaces.
 
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Members of staff
These are some of the staff members you will see during transition events as we start to get ready for September!
Ms Lucy Blow

Class Teacher

Ms Blow is joining our teaching team in September 2021, and is looking forward to meeting everyone at the transition events.

Mrs Gayle Ellis

EYFS Leader

Mrs Ellis will work with the children on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, and is looking forward to September!

Mrs Kate Hodson

Head Teacher

Mrs Hodson is the Head Teacher and is looking forward to welcoming our new intake children - and families - to the Poplar Farm School family.

Miss Katie Hunt

Teaching Assistant

Miss Hunt loves being part of the EYFS team, and is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Miss Jodie King

Teaching Assistant

Miss King loves working in EYFS and is looking forward to meeting everyone at the transition visits.

Miss Bryony Mason

Assistant Head Teacher & SENDCO

Miss Mason is AHT and SENDCO at Poplar Farm School. If you have any questions regarding how we will support your child with their additional needs, please contact her - SENDCO@poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk

Miss Olivia Ransome

Class Teacher

Miss Ransome will teach one of the Reception classes in September, and is looking forward to visiting the children in their current pre-school settings.

Mrs Lucinda Thorpe

Administrator

Mrs Thorpe is the Administrator at Poplar Farm School. If you have any questions about paperwork, letters or starting school, please contact her at school - enquiries@poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk

 
Transition Events
To ensure that your child enjoys a smooth transition to joining us at Poplar Farm School, we have a number of events to make this possible.
 
For parents and carers, there is an information evening on Tuesday 25 May at 6pm, in the school hall.
 
For children, there are 4 bookable transition visits:
- Thursday 17 June, 1.30-2.30pm
- Friday 25 June, 10-11am
- Thursday 1 July, 1.30-2.30pm
- Friday 9 July, 10-11am.
 
On Monday 12 July, we have a whole school 'move up morning' from 8.45-midday. The new EYFS intake are able to book for this session as well.
 
Parent and carers will receive a Microsoft Forms email from the school office to book the children into some or all of the transition events listed above.
 
If you have any questions about these events, please contact the school office enquiries@poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk or 01476 850680
 

School Uniform

Poplar Farm School has a uniform code based on our belief that uniform enhances a feeling of pride, belonging and ownership of our school. The school uniform is as follows:

Uniform: Green Poplar Farm sweatshirt/cardigan, white Poplar Farm polo shirt and grey trousers/skirt/shorts. Poplar Farm coats and fleeces are also be available.

During the summer months girls can wear green checked dresses.

Grey tights or white ankle socks for girls, and grey or white ankle socks for boys.

PE: White Poplar Farm t-shirt, black sport shorts / black jogging bottoms, green Poplar Farm PE hoodie and trainers.

Shoes: To avoid injury children should always wear sensible shoes that cover their feet. As such, any heels, sandals or any other strapped footwear should not be worn to school.

We appreciate that sometimes logo uniform can be expensive so we researched thoroughly before choosing our supplier.  On occasion, we can support parents through the use of Pupil Premium.  For more information please contact the school.

Please click here to visit the suppliers website to order. 

During the busy summer period, orders can take up to 15 working days to dispatch.

 
Frequently asked questions
 
Do you do a lot of outdoor learning and activities? If so, does this continue throughout the school years as well as reception?
 
We love to embrace the outdoors. The Reception children have access to a fantastic outdoor play area throughout their day as it attaches straight on the their classrooms. We are also developing a sensory garden on our school field, which includes a fire pit for children of all ages to use.

 

What is the usual daily routine? Start time, finish time, break times, etc?

A plan of our school day can be seen on the school website via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/the_school_day/363323

 

Is religion or religious studies prominent in the school?

We follow the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus for our RE curriculum. Our religious education policy can be found on our school website via the following link:  https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

If a child has a toileting accident are staff able to help them clean and change themselves if needed? 

Our intimate care policy can be found via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How do you settle children if they get lost or seem unhappy?

We have a high ratio of staff:children some of the time, as well as a dedicated pastoral TA, who works in The Nest. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/the_nest/504868

 

What’s the usual child-to-staff ratio?

School works on a 1:30 ratio however we are lucky to have TA support meaning these ratios are lowered a portion of the time. 

 

What’s the school lunch like? And is there a packed-lunch policy?

We are very lucky to have an on-site school chef who prepares a variety of healthy meals for the children taking in to account a balance of meat free and vegetarian options. We do have a no packed lunch policy for children in Reception to Y2 as all children are entitled to a free school meal and we are able to offer such a variety. We also find that our family dining style aids more fussy eaters in making confident choices in selecting their own food. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/school_dinners/427683

 

What are the lunchtime arrangements?

On a usual school day the children eat together in the school hall and we follow a "Family Dining" routine. This means the food is served on platters and the children are encouraged to serve themselves. Currently this is not possible due to Covid-19 and we have had to adapt this slightly meaning some children are eating in their classroom to avoid crossing bubbles. 

 

Are there clubs - before and/or after school?

We were holding before and after school clubs as well as lunch time clubs, however these are not currently going ahead due to Covid-19. We hope to re-instate these as soon as guidance allows it.

 

How does the school deal with bullying?

Our anti-bullying policy can be found on our school website via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How do you support high or low achievers?

We monitor closely, hold interventions and communicate openly with parents in both cases. Our gifted and talented policy can be found via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How does the school communicate with parents and involve them in the life of the school?

We communicate with weekly newsletters and regular school updates via an app called ParentMail. We also use an app called Class Dojo to update parents with current learning including videos and photos of the children enjoying their time in class.

 

In Reception, what proportion of the day is available for free-flow, independent learning?

In reception we use a system call Plan Do Review. This gives the children a chance to choose which area they would like to learn in at various points in the day. They select their name and place it in whichever area they want to use and make an alternative choice if particular areas are already full. This includes the outdoor area which is attached to the classrooms allowing them to free flow in and out as the day goes on.

 

What is your behaviour management policy?

This can be found on the school website via the following link: https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

What are the safeguarding arrangements in school?

Our Head teacher Mrs Hodson is safeguarding lead and there are two deputy safeguarding leads on site also, Mrs Thorpe and Miss Bowden. More information is available on the safeguarding website page. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/safeguarding/432197

 

How many children are there in the class?

There is a maximum of 30 children per class

 

What style of learning is used?

We deliver an enriched curriculum – topic based and supported by rich literacy texts and underpinned by the Unicef rights of a child.

 

Is Year 1 separate to reception?

Each year group is separate and we have two classes per year group.

 

What sort of outdoor space do you have and are the grounds secure?

Hopefully you have been able to see some of the outdoor space via the virtual tour. We have a large field and playground and a separate outdoor area for reception which they access throughout the day as an extension of the classroom.

 

What is your Ofsted rating?

We do not have an Ofsted rating as yet as we only opened in 2018 so are awaiting our first inspection.

 

Do you have breakfast and after school clubs?

Poplar Pioneers, run by school staff runs our breakfast and after school club. They open at 7:30am and close at 5:50pm.

 

To apply for a place for Reception starters September 2021, please use the Lincolnshire County Council admissions website.
 
 
Primary school admissions open on 16 November 2020 and close 15 January 2021.
 
 
If you have any further questions about our school, please send us an email - enquiries@poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk or give us a call on 01476 850680.