Martinshaw Primary School Prospectus

Succeeding Together Happy Successful Confident

Welcome to Our School As the Head Teacher of Martinshaw Primary School, it is a pleasure to welcome you to our wonderful school. We are very much a community here at Martinshaw, with a happy, nurturing and aspirational ethos. At Martinshaw, we see every child as an individual, developing their specific talents and interests. We pride ourselves on helping each child to grow and develop socially and emotionally, as well as ensuring that they achieve their academic potential. As you look through our prospectus, you will see that we focus on bringing ‘learning to life’ through a challenging and creative curriculum which is full of real-life experiences. Our school is a vibrant and enabling learning environment with excellent resources and facilities. We are proud of our passionate and dedicated team of talented teachers and classroom assistants, all of whom believe that our children come first. This enables us, along with the support of our Parents/Carers, to prepare children for the wider world. At Martinshaw, we believe that we can succeed together. If you would like to take a closer look at our school, please get in touch. Mr Neil Elson BSc (Hons), QTS, MA & NPQH Head Teacher “We have had a fantastic experience at Martinshaw! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the school to other parents.” PARENT Polite Thoughtful Caring 2

Contents Welcome to our School 2 Martinshaw Preschool: Preparing for the Future 4 Providing the Best Start: EYFS 6 Our Curriculum: An Inspirational Education 7 Learning without Limits: Outdoor Learning 8 Beyond the Classroom: Extra-Curricular 9 A Helping Hand: Wrap Around Care 9 Martinshaw School: A Fantastic Choice for your Child 10 Independent Caring Honest “Martinshaw is special, it’s not just a school, it’s a home.” THANOS 3

“I am so pleased with my son’s development at the Preschool, he loves to attend. The staff are amazing and the provision is incredible! We are continuously happy with the care and support that he receives. We are confident he will be ready for school, both academically and socially.” PRESCHOOL PARENT 4 Preschool: Preparing for the Future At Martinshaw Preschool, we prepare your child for their future school journey, giving them the best start to their education. Our aim is to transition children into school as happy, confident and independent learners. We nurture the uniqueness of each child and enable them to develop a sense of pride in their own identity. We are a teacher-led setting and can offer our children an inspiring and fun-filled Early Years curriculum. We have a large classroom, our own outdoor learning area and use of the school’s facilities, such as the woods, trim-trail, large playing field and sports hall. Our children have full access to the indoor and outdoor area throughout the day. This free-flow play environment offers a rich learning experience for children. It allows them to progress at their own, individual pace and develop independence in their learning.

5 Play Discover Learn “Martinshaw is a wonderful place for my children to learn! Both of my children have improved in all areas of the curriculum..” PARENT We work closely alongside you as parents and carers, ensuring that you feel informed and involved in your child’s early education. Each child is allocated a Key Person who will encourage and extend their learning experiences. Their role is to ensure that your child feels happy, secure and well cared for, whilst developing important key skills, in a stimulating and nurturing environment. We understand that starting school is a huge step for little feet. At Martinshaw Preschool it is our priority to prepare your child for the next stage in their learning journey. They will develop the social skills, communication skills and independence they need for a successful transition to school. We want all of our children to have the best start, which is why we work hard to provide a smooth transition to your child’s chosen school. Martinshaw Preschool offers flexible sessions, with morning, afternoon or full days available. We are also able to accept the FEEE 30 hours free childcare available to eligible parents and carers of children aged three and over. We warmly welcome you to arrange a visit to our Preschool or to find out more, please contact our Preschool Manager - preschool@martinshaw You can follow our adventures on Facebook @martinshawpreschoolandearlyyears “Martinshaw Preschool is a happy place, full of confidence and love, to help our little ones shine!” PRESCHOOL PARENT

Providing the Best Start: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) We know how important your child’s first experience of school is… for your child and for you! That’s why we have created a warm, welcoming and exciting environment for your child to settle in to. Our modern, purpose-built Early Years building provides our children with a vibrant and stimulating learning environment. Our friendly and caring staff nurture and develop each individual child, responding to their needs and being there for them every step of the way. Making sure that your child loves learning and being at school is one of our main priorities. Our staff plan an exciting and stimulating curriculum that is centred on the specific interests of the individual children in the Early Years. From pirates to princesses, Disney to dinosaurs… we’re prepared to take your child on a learning journey that they will never forget! “I love Martinshaw, we get so many great opportunities here!” AVA 6

“School should feel like a child’s happy place, if they feel nurtured they will learn. Seeing that everyday is what makes me proud of Martinshaw..” GOVERNOR Our Curriculum: An Inspirational Education At Martinshaw, we firmly believe that children need to feel happy and inspired to learn successfully. That’s why all of our pupils are taught through an interactive and exciting, topic based approach that is delivered in a warm and caring environment. We are proud of the balanced coverage that our creative curriculum offers and our high quality moral, social and cultural teaching. We believe that academic success in Maths and English is achieved through engaging themes, inspired by the wider curriculum. Whether it’s becoming a WW2 newspaper reporter, presenting a weather report on our green-screen or using our drones to explore angles. We are sure our curriculum will inspire your child to love learning for life. We have a fantastic team of passionate Teachers and Classroom Assistants, who deliver high quality teaching every day. Our skilled teaching staff offer support or challenge for pupils as it is needed. Our high standards and expectations across the school drive each child to reach their academic potential. 7 Resourceful Innovative Excellent

Learning without limits: Outdoor learning At Martinshaw, we recognise and value the positive impact that learning outdoors has on children’s wellbeing and academic success. There are no limits to children’s learning when they step outdoors and we are extremely fortunate to have excellent outdoor facilities. Whether it is lighting a fire and cooking bread, using natural materials to create artistic masterpieces, a den building competition or fishing in our pond, there are so many learning experiences for our children to enjoy! The outdoor environment is also a great stimulus for writing and mathematics. Your child might learn how to measure the age and height of a tree or produce fantasy writing about the elves living in our woods. In or out of the classroom, at Martinshaw, the learning never stops! “There’s so much room to play and learn!” EDEN Resilient Courageous Reflective 8

A Helping Hand: Wrap Around Care The needs of our school community are of upmost importance to us. Our Breakfast and After-School clubs are run by school staff and provide a homefrom-home experience that is open to all children from Foundation to Year 6. They are a fantastic resource for busy Parents and Carers or for children who just want to stay and play with their friends! At Breakfast Club, children are provided with a nutritional breakfast and staff work hard to provide a safe and welcoming start to the day. Our After School Club has a dedicated play room as well as the use of the hall, an outdoor play area, our playing field and woods. Our pupils take part in fun and exciting activities, such as cosmic yoga, forest school, cooking and ceramics. These varied activities provide the opportunity for them to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day! Beyond the Classroom: Extra-Curricular We promote a varied and broad curriculum and we are proud of the additional activities that we offer here at Martinshaw. From football to orienteering, cheerleading to art, there are plenty of things for children to get involved in and lots of opportunities to develop or discover new talents! We know that learning doesn’t stop outside of the classroom. That’s why we regularly organise educational trips and welcome visitors into our school. We also provide opportunities for our children to get involved in their local community, whether it’s planting trees in the nearby woods, competing in a regional engineering competition or singing at a village fayre, we want our children to feel part of the community they live in. “I can’t thank the staff enough for caring about my daughter’s personal, social and emotional needs and not just her attainment in Maths and English.” PARENT “We love that the staff go the extra mile!” PARENT 9

Martinshaw School: A Fantastic Choice For Your Child “I am so happy at school!” EMILIA 10 There are many other reasons why Martinshaw is a fantastic choice for your child. Here are just a few extra things we have to offer... A Passionate Team Our staff are passionate about what they do. Each member of our team works hard to deliver good quality teaching and demonstrates genuine interest for each individual child in our school community. Partnerships with Parents/Carers We understand the importance of a Parents/ Carers involvement in their child’s education, that’s why it is one of our top priorities. Parents/Carers are encouraged to attend class assemblies, open evenings, stay and play sessions, productions, school trips, sports events and information evenings. We also have a dedicated class page on our website and a school facebook page, to ensure you feel involved in your child’s day-to-day education. At Martinshaw, our doors are always open to you. Outstanding Learning Facilities We have a fantastic array of facilities at Martinshaw including our very own woodland learning area, pond, large playing field, orchard, top of the range ICT equipment including iPADs, VR headsets, green-screen and drones, a modern children’s kitchen, raised planting beds for each class, a fantastic library and a modern, purpose built EYFS and Key Stage 1 building. Outstanding Pastoral Care Sometimes our children need a ‘helping hand’ too. The emotional wellbeing of our children is really important to us. That’s why we have an Emotional Learning Support Assistant (ELSA) in school to offer additional support to children when they need it.

Determined Reflective Principled “We learn new things every day!” EMILY & RIVER Take a closer look at our School… We would be delighted to welcome your child into our wonderful school community. To secure a place for your child here at Martinshaw, visit the LA website: www.leicestershire. and make an application before the closing date. For further information or to look around our school, please feel free to contact one of our team on 01162 876 749. “I couldn’t ask for a better school or teachers!” JOSHUA