Nelson Infant School is a co-educational County Infant School with an age range of rising 5 to 7 years.

The present building was completed in 1974. It is situated halfway down Northumberland Street, on the right hand side when approaching it from the Dereham Road. The main entrance is on Northumberland Street, but there is also a gate and a small car park by the swimming pool on Nelson Street.

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Nelson Infant School has an indoor swimming pool, which the children use weekly. It is our aim that all children will be able to swim before leaving us.

Each class has its own outside door. This is where the children enter and leave, at the beginning and end of each school day. Parents should come right to the door to meet their children, so that the teacher can ensure each child is met by a responsible adult.

The offices are just inside the main entrance and the School Administrator can be found there.

It is important, in order to secure the health and safety of your child, that you let the class teacher, Headteacher or office know if there are any changes to collection arrangements for your child at the end of the school day and that you ring the school if, for unavoidable reasons you are held up and you may be late collecting your child. Please inform the school in writing if your child is to be taken home by an older brother or sister.

TRANSFER

At 7 years old, most children transfer to Wensum Junior School. However if you live outside the school’s designated area you will be offered a place for your child at the Junior or Primary School, which serves your area. You are of course, able to register your child at any Junior or Primary School as long as that school has space for your child and you are prepared to provide transport to that school.

THE NELSON PRE SCHOOL

A privately run pre-school is housed on our site. We have developed a close working relationship with the pre- school
The pre-school may be contacted directly by telephone on Norwich 615355.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

There are occasions during the year when children are taken out of school for educational visits linked with their schoolwork. Full details are sent home before each visit and it is vital that consent slips are signed and returned to the school before the visit.

Norwich images 3 The Forum, City Hall and St Peter Mancroft Church
Educational visits include:

• The Castle Museum, Norwich
• Millennium Library at Forum
• Gressenhall Rural Life Museum
• Time and Tide Museum
• Local area walks
• Strangers Hall
• The Broads

The school works with a wide range of local and national arts organisations to enrich the learning for all children, including theatre groups, dance, library services or local museum service. Each year the school organises a trip to a local theatre for the whole school to see a stage production of a well known children’s book. This is always a memorable and exciting experience for adults and children alike!

Children are taught about safety, including e -safety , through curriculum teaching and through links with local providers such as the neighbourhood PCSO, NCC road safety team, the local church and school health professionals.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

School uniform is not compulsory but most children like to wear the school colours of Navy Blue and Grey. Usually this takes the form of a Navy Blue jumper or school sweatshirt and grey skirt/pinafore or trousers. A white blouse/shirt/polo-top is usually worn.

Jeans, cycle shorts and trainers are not suitable school wear. It should also be noted that for reasons of health and safety, skimpy tops that leave shoulders and mid riffs bare are not suitable items of school clothing.

Book bags, PE bags, and swimming hats are sold at the school office. School sweatshirts can be bought from the National Schoolwear Shop in Ber Street, Norwich.

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PE KIT

This usually comprises:

• P.E. shoes • plimsolls (no trainers, please)
• Shorts and T-shirt, or leotard for girls (no bare midriffs, please)

In the interests of safety, long hair must be tied back and ear-rings must be removed or covered with tape.

SWIMMING

• One piece swimming costume/ trunks (NB not shorts as these inhibit boys when learning to swim)
• Swimming hat
• Towel

All clothing should be permanently marked with the child’s name for easy identification.

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Each class participates in weekly outdoor lessons. It is important that your child is dressed appropriately for this ie with wellies and waterproofs.

SCHOOL MEALS

We are extremely lucky to have our meals cooked on site. We have a choice of main courses plus a vegetarian option each day and children can choose puddings from a wide variety, which always includes fruit.

All children are entitled to a free school meal as part of the FSM Program

Water is served to all children at lunchtime but if your child would like juice or a carton of milk, then please bring an extra 20p for juice, or milk in a named purse. If your child is absent the money will be carried over to the next week, or can be refunded at the end of the school year. If a child goes home on the day after 10.30am, for whatever reason including sickness, the money is forfeited.

Menus are sent home with the children and the day’s choice is displayed on the white board in the hall.

If you receive Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit please collect a form from the Headteacher or the School office to apply for free meals.

The school also provides a place to sit for children who wish to bring a packed lunch. If you include a drink, please ensure that it is not in a glass bottle or a fizzy drink. Children who have a packed lunch can purchase a drink at lunchtime. They will need to bring 20p in a named purse or envelope.

If you take your child home for lunch you will need to sign him/her out at the school office. It will also be necessary for you to sign him/her back into school so that we have a record that your child has returned. Any child who goes home to lunch should be returned to the school office at 1.15pm.

MID-MORNING FRUIT

The school participates in the free fruit for schools scheme. This enables all the children to try a variety of fruit at break time free of charge.

DRINKING WATER

We encourage children to drink small amounts of water throughout the day as this practice has been proved to lead to improve learning and health. If you would like your child to bring water into school please provide water in a NAMED bottle with a SPORTS TYPE TOP (These can be purchased at the school office).

THE FRIENDS OF NELSON INFANT SCHOOL

We do hope that you will want to be involved in activities organised by the The Friends of Nelson Infant School. They would be delighted if you are able to join their committee, which meets about once a half term. They raise funds for the extras for our school and arrange a variety of activities. The Friends have recently raised money for, and purchased a new outdoor classroom. Activities they have organised in the past include:

• Christmas raffle
• Easter egg raffle
• School discos
• Non-uniform day
• Summer Fete

Every year, the Friends also purchase a Christmas present for every child, and books for year 2 leavers.

The Friends is affiliated to the National Confederation of Parent/Teacher Association (NCPTA)

CHARITIES

As a school we encourage children to raise funds for various charities. At present, the school sponsors Yainkain, a child from Sierra Leone, through Action Aid. The school also supports Jeans for Genes day. Each year the school also supports Children in Need, Red Nose Day and the BEFA sugar collection.