A message from Mrs Malam
Thank you so much for considering Lincoln Carlton Academy as the school for your child. LCA is a truly special place and I am very proud to lead such a dedicated and wonderful team of professionals. We are a haven in which everyone flourishes, everyone is welcome and differences are celebrated. We are often oversubscribed but we don’t take this for granted as we know that parents have a choice about where their precious children go. We work hard to make our school an amazing place to attend.
In the Autumn term, we look forward to throwing open our doors and welcoming your family in to see what a wonderful place LCA is. As a parent we want to ensure that you have as much information as you possibly can, so that you can make an informed choice about which school would be best for your child. Please have a good look at the information here for you, our prospectus, details of our foundation stage, and our whole school curriculum. If you have a specific question which has not been answered in these information pages on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01522 522633 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you. Mrs Becky Malam
Admissions and choices
Every year we are able to take 60 children into our EYFS unit. Since opening, we have always been over-subscribed and in many cases have had at least 30 more children who have applied than we have room for. When we do have more requests for admissions than places available, the following criteria are applied, in order, by Lincoln County Council when offering places:
1. Children who have an Education, Health and Care plan where Lincoln Carlton Academy is the named school.
2. Looked after children and all previously looked after children, including those children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
3. Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application. In the event of there being more siblings than there are remaining places in a year group, it is possible that a sibling under these circumstances would not be offered a place. Where siblings exceed the remaining places in a year group, places will be allocated by the drawing of lots.
4. Children of staff at the School, in either of the following circumstances: a) The member of staff has been employed at the School for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the School is made, or b) The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
5. Other children by distance from the School with priority for admission given to children who live nearest to the School. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the Post Office Address Point of the home to the Post Office Address Point of the schools, calculated electronically to three figures after the decimal point (e.g. 1.543 miles).
It is always great to hear when families put LCA as their first choice. However, we are always realistic with parents, especially if they live anywhere other than the Carlton Estate and do not meet criteria 1-4 above. We always recommend that parents put a second and third choice of school on their application and that they would be happy for their child to go to either one of these. If you only put LCA as a first choice and you are unsuccessful, the local authority may offer you a place at any school in the county, not necessarily the one that is closest to where live.
Keeping our children safe in school
Mrs Burford is one of our Assistant Heads and she is responsible for Safeguarding and pastoral support in school. Here is a message from her:
There are 30 children in each of our reception classes and they are cared for by a teacher and a teaching assistant. Our classrooms provide a safe, vibrant and nurturing environment where your children will spend their days playing with their friends and exploring the world around them. They will also have access to our outdoor classroom throughout the day so if your little one enjoys the great outdoors this will always be an option for them.
How will my child learn during their reception year?
Learning through play runs through the heart of our early years curriculum at LCA. We passionately believe that our little ones learn best when they are exposed to high quality play experiences, intertwined with support from their teacher to grasp the foundations needed for the next stage of their learning journey. We want to build confidence, resilience and independence in our pupils and we do this by building strong relationships with them so that we can support them at whatever stage they are at.
Please follow the link below to a video about learning in the foundation stage classroom. It's quite large, so please be patient when downloading! We have a lots to show you!
The school year is divided into themes so that learning can follow a particular theme, however we are also keen to follow the interests of our children in order to making play and learning meaningful and fun. Here are the topics covered during the reception year:
- Autumn Term - All About Me!
- Spring 1 - Animal Magic
- Spring 2 - Once Upon a Time
- Summer 1 - Let's Grow!
- Summer 2 - Are we nearly there yet?
How will my child learn how to read?
From the very early days of Reception we will start to teach your child how to read. This will include rehearsing skills from nursery such as rhyming, hearing initial sounds in words and playing games with alliteration.
We follow the Little Wandle programme for phonics teaching which a research based, systematic approach. Children are taught the phonemes (sounds) created by each letter or groups of letters. They are then taught to blend these together to read words.
Phonics is taught everyday and children also have access to phonics activities throughout their play.
By the time they leave us at the end of Reception, children can read simple sentences and will be accessing many books independently.
A message from Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator...
A Day at LCA....
The beginning of the school day
The school day starts at 8:55am when the big school gates will be by opened by Mrs Malam and other teachers from the senior leadership team. We will always say hello and give you a wave so look out for us! You can then walk around to your classroom door to meet your teacher.
Inside the school building
When you go through your classroom door you will be in the cloakroom and this is where we keep all of the hats, coats, scarves, bags, cardigans and wellies. You will have you own peg with your name on so that you can keep everything safe. This is also where you will find the toilets if you need to go. Don’t forget to tell your teacher first!
In your classroom
When you go into your classroom there will be lots of children and lots of exciting things to do! If you have been to nursery before it will feel a lot like this. There might be some water play, a sand pit or some Lego. The best thing is that it’s always a surprise as there are different things to play with every day! You will be able to choose what you want to play with; it’s completely up to you!
The Outdoor Classroom
We are very lucky to have a big space outside to play in all day long. There is always lots to do outside: you could dance on the stage, ride on a bike, make a mud pie or build using the crates and logs! It’s always helpful to have a pair of wellies in school but we have lots of waterproof clothes for you to wear. That means we can go out in all weathers!
What will happen at lunchtime?
Lunchtime starts at 12 noon. You will eat your lunch in the school hall with your class. There will be a midday supervisor who will look after you at lunch time so that your teacher and teaching assistant can eat their own lunch. You will probably have a hot dinner that is made at school by our chef, Dan. However, you might decide to bring a packed lunch instead. Once you have eaten your lunch you will clear your own plate and cutlery away and then you can go and play on the big playground with all of the other boys and girls.
At the end of the day
At the end of the day there will be lots of things that you need to get ready before you go home. You will need to get your:
Coat (and any other clothing items you need to take home)
When your grown up arrives they will come to your classroom door and your teacher will let you go.
Getting ready to start school
There are lots of things you can work on a home to help your child's transition into Reception. This includes:
- Making sure that your child can put their coat, shoes and jumper on and take them off without the help of an adult.
- Helping your children to recognise their name so that they can find their peg and other belongings independently.
- Singing the alphabet sing and knowing some of the letters of the alphabet.
- Being able to count up to 10 (saying the numbers out loud and in the correct order).
- Encouraging them to ask for things that they need in preparation for doing this in the classroom.
- Using the toilet independently (this includes wiping independently and washing hands). Don't worry if your child is not ready to do this, but please let us know if you need support with this prior to your child starting school.