Early Years and Foundation Stage
Young children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Children in the Foundation Stage work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Learning through play is a crucial part of their development. We provide opportunities for structured play that is supported sensitively by adults.
Key Stage 1
Wherever possible Literacy and Numeracy are linked directly to our learning themes. On a daily basis children are taught Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics and Reading skills. Our classrooms are organised into key areas of learning. Children are then given opportunities to skills, practise, consolidate & extend their learning to be independant & using exciting resources. As Spanish is taught in Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 are taught basic Spanish words e.g. numbers and colours.
Key Stage 2
Our KS2 curriculum has been sensitively structured to allow maximum coverage through themes that naturally link subjects together. Our curriculum develops an enjoyment of, and commitment to learning. It encourages the best possible progress & the highest attainment for all our pupils. It builds on their strengths & interests, allowing confidence to grow through working callaboratively and independently. We want our children to succeed & feel proud of their achievement. We are committed to enriching children’s learning through educational visits, visitors, themed days and enterprise projects.
Throughout Key Stage 2 children will learn to swim at the local swimming baths. In Year 3 children have weekly chess lessons to develop their problem solving skills. In Year 4 all children learn to play a brass instrument which can be continued into Year 5 and 6. Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2.
Sport & Physical Education
It is our school policy to encourage all children to: -
- Be physically active and enjoy physcial activity.
- Find a sense of achievement and fulfillment from physical activity.
- Develop positive attitudes to exercise such as perserverance, fair play and the ability to cope with sucess and failure.
- Learn how physical activity affects the body.
- Work as a team.
To achieve this we aim for children to: -
- Be involved in P.E lessons delivered by experienced teachers.
- Learn to swim 25m by the time they are 11.
- Be involved in Sports Day in school and other schools.
- Join after school clubs.
It is our aim to meet the needs of every child in our care. This is usually achieved by good quality classroom teaching and excellent relationships between children and adults within the school. For those children who need additional support,
Our Special Needs Coordinator will organise and monitor an individual educational plan. Parents will be invited in to regular meetings to discuss their child’s progress and review the plan.
How we use computers to support learning
We are able to provide excellent ICT facilities using the most up to date hardware and software. Our wireless network allows children safe and secure access to a range of appropriate software. All classrooms have netbooks/laptops, interactive whiteboards, listening stations and digital filming equipment. IPad’s and Kindle’s are also used throughout our school to enhance learning experiences.
The school subscribes to Purple Mash – a virtual learning environment and Education City, which can be accessed at home as well as school to support your child’s learning.