Children learn best through first-hand experience and educational visits provide them with this opportunity. Each class undertakes termly trips or enjoys a visitor to enrich the learning experience. There are two residential trips during Key Stage 2. In Year 3 and Year 4, pupils have an overnight stay in Guildford, and Year 5 and Year 6 pupils spend a week away undertaking challenging physical activities.
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Wrap Around Care wil be provided by Sport4Kids at Sandfield Primary School from September 2020. This is very exciting for us and we will be working with familiar staff from S4K who know our children very well.
To book any before or after school care, please complete the form below. Contact details for S4K are also on the form and you will need to notify them directly regarding who will collect your child at the end of the day and also for reporting any positive Covid-19 symptoms.
If your child has been diagnosed with a nut allergy, the school must be informed immediately and a Health Care Plan completed by the parent or carer. Any medication required for your child must be kept at school and in date.
Packed lunches must not contain nuts (e.g. peanut butter/cereal bars containing nuts), in line with School Policy.
If you are making any items for healthy snack sales or bring edible items in for Christmas or Summer Fairs, please ensure that these do not contain nuts.
A school meal is available for all of our pupils and they have a choice of a main or vegetarian hot meal, a jacket potato or a sandwich/baguette.
Pupils in Years Reception, 1 and 2 are entitled to receive a free meal under the Universal Free School Meal scheme, all meals for pupils in Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6) must be paid for in advance.
All meal orders and payments must be made using the Apsens school meal online ordering system for which parents will be issued with a unique code and log-in details when their child starts at the school. A copy of the menu is available on the Aspens website as well as on display in the office foyer.
Provision is made for children who bring packed lunches to school or for those wishing to go home to dinner for religious reasons. Children staying for packed lunch must have a labelled container for their meal and drink. For your information packed lunches must not contain nuts (e.g. peanut butter/cereal bars containing nuts), chocolate bar or fizzy drinks in line with School Policy. Children need to place their lunchboxes in their class trolley in the hall at the beginning of the school day and collect it from there at the end of the day.
Parents will need to register their child and order the meals as and when required. This includes children on Free School Meals and Universal Free School Meals (Years R, 1 and 2) although no payment details will be required for these. Those children that only have a meal on special dinner days (i.e. Christmas) will also need an account set up to enable these meals to be ordered.
Please contact Mrs Elliott in the school office before completing this form.
For information specific to Milk and Fruit, please see popups next to this one.
Universal Free School Meals
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the governments Universal Free School Meal scheme. No registration for this scheme is required by parents and children are automatically included in this scheme unless confirmation is received from a parent advising the school that their child will be bringing a packed lunch from home.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 whose parents believe they may qualify for a Free School Meal as they are in receipt of one or more of the qualifying criteria will need to complete the relevant Free School Meal Eligibility Form (from the list on the right-hand side). Completion of the form enables the school to check with the Government database for Free School Meal eligibility and also if additional money (Pupil Premium) can be claimed from the Government.
Children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 whose parents who also meet the criteria above should complete the Pupil Premium Application form which enables the school to check if additional money (Pupil Premium) can be claimed from the Government.
Tuck Time Policy
All pupils are allowed tuck for a mid-morning break. Sandfield understands that snacks can be an important part of the diet of young people and can contribute positively towards a balanced diet. Healthy choices are encouraged at all times.
Key Stage 1 pupils are provided with fruit or vegetables daily at break times, as part of the Government’s national School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. They can also bring their own choice of healthy snacks as an alternative.
Key Stage 2 pupils can bring in their choice of a healthy snack which they can eat as part of their morning playtime.
Examples of Healthy Snacks
Fresh fruit e.g. apples, bananas, small oranges, grapes (must be cut in half)
Fresh vegetables e.g. carrots, sticks of cucumber, small tomatoes
Dried fruit e.g. apricots, raisins, mango
Any pre-packed fruit or vegetables that are brought into school must not contain nuts and must not contain any sugar content higher than 20%. Please see the nutritional value on individual packs for this information.
All crisps and cereal bars are not permitted due to the high salt content and/ or possible inclusion of nuts.
Key Stage 1 pupils under the age of 5 are provided with free milk provided through the “Milk to School” Scheme. Parents of children over the age of 5 years can opt to buy in to this scheme too.
What if my child doesn’t like fruit or vegetables?
There is only the option of fruit or vegetables, no other form as in bars, drinks or winders are acceptable. It is an opportunity to improve children’s understanding of the value of fruit and vegetables and often children will want it if their peers are enjoying it. If your child does not want it they do not have to have it, it is a choice.
Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the school day, to aid concentration and learning. A school water bottle can be purchased to keep in the classroom and water fountains are available. Children are not allowed to bring in other bottles.
For health and safety reasons, Sandfield is a nut free school. Nuts of any kind are not permitted at tuck time or in lunchboxes.
If you would like your child to have grapes, please ensure that they are sliced in half to avoid choking.
Milk - The School and Nursery Milk Scheme
The School uses Cool Milk as the provider of our School Milk Scheme.
Cool Milk supply free milk for under-fives that have subscribed to the scheme and subsidised milk for over-fives. They collect payments directly from parents and retain electronic records for audit purposes and submit all relevant milk claims on the schools behalf.
Milk for under-fives is fully subsidised by the Department of Health under the Nursery Milk Scheme. This scheme enables children under 5 to receive, free of charge, a third-pint (189ml) portion of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more. The key rules of the Nursery Milk Scheme are as follows:
One free third-pint drink of milk per day for each under-5 child in attendance for two or more hours that day
The scheme only provides one free drink of milk per child per day, not one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
Reception Class children in schools are not entitled to free milk once they turn 5.
Milk for over-fives is partially subsidised by the European Union and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The total subsidy is approximately 3.5p per 189ml portion, depending on the Euro:Sterling exchange rate. The basic principle of the over-five scheme is the same as for the under-five scheme – claims are limited to one portion of milk per child per day.
If you would like your child to have milk at school, please apply at www.coolmilk.com or telephone 0800 142 2972.
Fruit - The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS)
The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) helps your child achieve 5 A DAY.
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet.
It’s recommended that children – like adults – eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But research shows that on average children in England eat only about three portions, with many eating fewer.
If your child is aged four to six and attends a fully state-funded infant, primary or special school in England, they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.
That provides one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life.
Teachers find that distributing the fruit in class groups helps to encourage a sharing, calm, social time. It also allows them to incorporate the scheme into teaching and learning.
SFVS and the School Day
The fruit and vegetables are delivered to schools three times a week to ensure freshness. Depending on the season, the fruit deliveries include:
easy-peel citrus fruits, such as satsumas
Some schools also offer strawberries when they are in season. All the fruit and vegetables are washed before they are handed out, which is usually just before the mid-morning break, normally in individual class groups.
If your child has any allergies to a particular fruit or vegetable, please let the office know as soon as possible.
Please see our Tuck Policy on the popup next to this one.
On this page, you will find all the information on dates and times of workshops and any meetings that have been held in school to support your child’s learning. You will also find links to useful documents and handouts that are available. Please also see your child’s class page for any other information.
These ten minute meetings are a chance to discuss your child’s progress and next steps. We expect every parent to book a slot and these can be done by choosing a time from the new ‘Speak to a Teacher’ facility on Studybugs.
Next Parent Teacher Meetings: Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February 2021
Please log onto Studybugs using your browser to book an appointment.
At Sandfield we believe education is most effective when there is a positive partnership between home and school, parents, carers and teachers. To this end we warmly welcome parents/carers in the school. Parents, carers, grandparents, governors and friends assist in various ways including craft, reading, sport, handwriting and cookery. The help of parents is vital to support events, trips and enrich learning. If you are able to support the school on a regular basis then please inform the school office so an appropriate location and induction programme can be organised. Curriculum themes also provide regular opportunities for parents to come in and work alongside their children and see displays, presentations and assemblies. All parent volunteers are subject to child protection checks with the police and local authority.
We believe that pupils who are in a challenging and stimulating school curriculum learn a great deal throughout the day. We believe the time at home is valuable for children to spend with family and relax; therefore homework is minimal. In each class, every child is expected to read with an adult every evening.
All children are expected to undertake daily reading/language activities at home, parents are expected to comment on progress towards reading targets in the learning diary. Every class has a weekly list of words containing spelling rules that comes home for daily practise through games and activities. These spelling rules are assessed at the end of each week. Each class has specific times tables to learn off by heart and these are tested throughout the year. If parents/carers need any support or guidance with homework please talk to your child’s class teacher, or the Headteacher.
From time to time there may be issues concerning the school and your child which worry you. Please do not hesitate to mention your concerns to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or the Headteacher if your concern cannot be resolved with the teacher. Please click here for ourParental Concerns Policy
We encourage the home and school link in the following ways:
Parental involvement with reading, mathematics and other tasks
and homework at home
Parent/teacher consultation evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms
An annual report of progress sent to parents in July
Community/social events at the school
Attendance at whole school productions and assemblies
Attendance at music events
Attendance at sports fixtures
Helping in the classroom and on trips and visits
A chance to visit throughout the year
Parental support of school/class events
Studybug and email communications
Local community information resources
Workshops and Working Parties
Home-School Link Worker
As part of our provision at Sandfield we have a Home School Link Worker (HSLW) for three days a week.
Home School Link Workers can provide advice and information to parents and carers as well as supporting children and young people in dealing with temporary or longer term problems – such as children who are anxious or withdrawn, behaviour, bereavement, parental separation, illness and domestic abuse. They work closely with both schools and families and are able to link with a wide range of other agencies and sources of support and advice. In other areas where HSLWs have been working with individual schools, evidence shows that there has been improved attendance, behaviour and resolution of issues at an early stage – all proving to be of great benefit to the children and their families.
The HSLW for Sandfield is Mrs Lucy Lidstrom, if you would like to find out more about her role or would like to contact her please ask the School Office on 01483 566586 or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quotes from some of the children at Sandfield that meet with our Home School Link Worker
“She has helped me to think about my friendships and has helped me to stop having as many arguments”
“I now try to think about the other person’s point of view and this helps me to solve the problem”
“I can be honest about how I feel and this really helps me”
“I can trust her not to make a big thing about things and we talk through the things I find difficult”
“I feel less anxious now because I can use the strategies she has shown me which really help me control my thoughts”
Mrs Lucy Lidstrom
If you would like an appointment to meet with Lucy, please contact the School Office on
We are very lucky at Sandfield to be supported by all our parents.
Each class has a representative or Parent Rep , who can organise helpers on trips, healthy snack sales, volunteering in school and most importantly supporting all the parents in their class.
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