Class Teachers

Mrs Wilson & Mrs Rackstraw

Achievement Coaches

Mrs Rackstraw, Mrs James

Things that are the same

  • The Primary Gate opens at 8.45am and closes promptly at 9.00am. The bell goes at 8.55am. Senior Staff are available each morning on the gate to answer any questions/pass messages to teachers or help with any concerns or worries.
  • Homework is given out on a Thursday and must be returned the following Monday.
  • No Mobile phones are allowed in school.
  • Only 1 earring per ear is permitted.
  • Watches are encouraged.
  • Long hair needs to be tied back for work and sport.
  • Children should read for 15 minutes everyday at home, reading activities will be different over the year (e.g keywords, sharing stories and reading books.
  • Children will need to bring PE kits to school on a Monday and Thursday.
  • Children need to bring a pair of wellies to leave in school for outdoor adventures!

    Things that are different

    • Lunchtime will be 11.55am – 12.45pm.
    • Children need to bring a pair of wellies to leave in school for outdoor adventures!
    • Children will be dismissed from the primary gate at 2.45pm.

    PE days

    Children will work with Mrs Greenwell a dance and gymnastic coach on a Mondayafternoon.

    On a Thursday the children will complete basic moves with Mr Football.


    Throughout the Autumn Term the children will be looking at pattern and colour and Core texts which are of interest to the children.  Seasonal change will be a huge part of our curriculum and understanding the world around us and how things work. Outdoor learning will be key to the deliver of our curriculum.  Parents will receive continual updates of the learning within our classroom and be invited to join in with us.

    Phonics and Text Focus

    In Autumn term we will be introducing a letter sound a day for those children who are ready to learn.  We will be asking parents to practise each night their sound and tricky words with your child. The children who are ready will be given a reading book which we would like you to practise daily.  We expect all parents to support us with this request to ensure that all children make their expected good level of development and progress.


    EYFS Curriculum and Classroom Environment

    EYFS curriculum will be delivered in line with the new EYFS documentation – Statutory Framework for Early Years. At Academy 360 when walking into the Foundation Stage Unit you will see:

    Quality and consistency – to ensure all pupils make good progress.

    A secure Foundation – established and ensured by staff planning around the needs and interests of all children building knowledge from ongoing assessments and reviews of environment and productivity, engagement and progress.

    Partnership working – staff and all stakeholders ensure clear lines of communication are maintained.

    Equality of opportunity – all children are included and supported.

    Learning and Development Requirements.

    The overarching principles shape the practice within Reception at Academy 360:

    Unique Child

    Positive Relationships

    Enabling Environments

    Children develop and learn at different rates within reception class it will be evident as you enter the classroom environment that the 3 prime areas are high profile:

    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal social and emotional development.

    The classroom will reflect an engaging and stimulating environment where all children are enthused, motivated, stimulated and challenged to ensure a high level and good quality learning and teaching is ensured within:

    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal, social emotional development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding of the world
    • Expressive arts and design.

    All areas will consider the individual needs and interests. Planned purposeful play, adult led and child-initiated activity with all be ensured and delivered. Staff are responsible for ensuring that positive interactions are encouraged at all times.

    Children will be encouraged to take risks, play and explore, be active in learning and creative and thinking critically.

    Play and exploring  – what does this mean and look like at Academy 360?

    • Children will be encouraged through adult led and initiated ‘to have a go’ – explore both indoors and out.
    • An experimenting area will be developed according to need.
    • An investigation area will be present
    • Signage and displays will reinforce this with good examples, questions and problem solving.

    Active learning – what does this mean and look like at Academy 360?

    • Resilience will be fostered and encouraged.
    • Staff will encourage children to keep trying and celebrate achievements
    • Display will reflect the above
    • Photographic evidence with captions will reinforce active learning
    • Staff will model a range of thought processes.

    Creating and thinking critically – what does this mean and look like at Academy 360?

    • Opportunities, both child initiated and adult led will encourage strategies for learning
    • Role play areas and resources will be high quality and accessible to encourage strategies and link ideas together.

    All staff will be clear of the expectations of requirements for foundation.  All new staff will be inducted accordingly to ensure all staff are working to increase the outcomes, opportunities and progress of all staff.

    The foundation classroom environment must be orderly, high quality teaching display and resources to ensure high standards are maintained and continually evaluated to ensure learning is outstanding.

    What will the Prime areas look like at Academy 360?

    The classroom environment is extremely important.  It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure resources, display and classroom organisation is consistent and in line with vision and values.  In reception the following areas will be present and the curriculum will reflect their importance:


    Reading – A reading area will be present, it will include, fiction, non fiction, rhyme and counting books to reflect the stage of development of the pupils.  In other areas of the classroom books and print will be high profile.

    Key words and topic words will be displayed.  Reading books and phonics will be clear around classes.


    Children will be encouraged to write indoors and out.  Writing will be developed according to stage and development of children.  A range of equipment will be available to ensure fine motor skills are developed.  Role-play, construction and creative areas will develop writing. A range of print will be displayed and children’s writing will be displayed with an overview of task.


    Maths equipment and opportunities will be integrated across the curriculum.  Staff will lead and develop basic skills but ensure opportunities for children to apply.  Display will encourage mathematical thinking and next steps.

    Understanding of the world

    People and communities will be at the heart of the curriculum through speaking and listening and activities.  Through social and emotional development children will be encouraged to be considerate, understanding similarities and differences.  Displays will incorporate family, communities, traditions combined with significant events in the calendar.

    The world

    A range of opportunities must be presented.  The classroom environment and curriculum must be reflective of statutory requirements.  Display an interactive displays must be developed.

    Technology – children will be encouraged to use technology and be able to identify types of technology.

    Expressive Arts and design

    The curriculum will ensure children have the opportunity to sing, make music, dance and be artistic with colour, design and texture.  Display will reinforce the above. A designated art gallery will be developed. An area to listen to music and dance. An orderly and accessible creative area will be developed and maintained.  Availability to creative materials will be ensured.


    Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual

    needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for  them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements, specified in the statutory guidance help Academy 360 to create a high quality settings which is welcoming, safe  and stimulating, where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence.

    Our priority is to take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well.  In order to safeguard children we follow the statutory guidance which stipulates that we must:

    • ensure the suitability of adults who have contact with children;
    • promote good health and  behaviour
    • maintain records, policies and procedures.

    Further information can be found in our whole school safeguarding policy.

    Child Protection

    Mrs West is the designated person, nominated deputy for safeguarding who leads early years at Academy 360.  All staff are aware of the protocols and procedures surrounding areas of concern and child protection. Recent  training made available reinforced to staff how to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and highlighted the importance of responding in a timely and appropriate way. These may include:

    • significant changes in children’s behaviour;
    • deterioration in children’s general well-being;
    • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect;
    • children’s comments which give cause for concern;
    • any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home; and/or inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children. For example: inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images.

    The Academy buys into Safeguarding First Ltd who supports with audits, paper work and provides the necessary termly briefings and updates around safeguarding in the local area.  The school has clear paperwork and recording systems when concerns arise. We also have good outside agency links. See the recently updated Safeguarding policy for more information.

    Suitable People

    All adults employed by Academy 360 have been thoroughly checked in line with safeguarding procedures.

    Staff taking medication/other substances

    Practitioners must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children at Academy 360. If practitioners are taking medication which may affect their ability to care for children, we advise those practitioners should seek medical advice. Currently we can confirm that the staff in the Early Years are not taking medication.

    In the event of a member of staff at Academy 360 requiring medication we  will ensure that those practitioners only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair that staff member’s ability to look after children properly. Staff medication on the premises is securely stored, and out of reach of children, at all times.

    Staff qualifications, training, support and skills

    The daily experience of children in early years settings and the overall quality of provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Academy 360 ensures that all staff including trainees receive induction training to help them understand their roles and responsibilities. Induction training includes information about emergency evacuation procedures, safeguarding, child protection, the provider’s equality policy, and health and safety issues. There are a number of opportunities for staff to engage in appropriate training and professional development to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for children that continually improves.

    All staff have regular performance management reviews including teaching assistants.  With reception class all staff have additional opportunities to discuss their practice and support and advice is provided by the EY lead.

    Please refer to our whole school safeguarding page for more detailed information.