We aim to establish a happy, caring environment, where children grow in confidence, develop lively enquiring minds and acquire understanding, knowledge and the skills essential for future learning. Our Curriculum has a firm foundation of Values Education and a clear focus on Emotional Intelligence,Well Being and Academic Resilience.
We emphasise the active teaching of eight 'Learning Powers' - which encompass positive attitudes to learning, we also actively encourage and teach our pupils to recognise ten 'Learning Skills' - the skills needed to access learning. We strongly believe that this emphasis helps us to build truly independent learners.
Children are continuously monitored by their teachers. Assessments of Reading,Writing, S.P.A.G. and Maths are made at the end of every term carefully tracking progress.Science assessments are taken at the end of each unit taught and foundation subjects are monitored through teacher observations.
Foundation Stage Profiles for Reception children are ongoing from September. The Foundation Children are also assessed with 'BASE' to set a baseline on arrival into school. They then sit a Follow Up BASE in June this gives us a good opportunity to see progress made and to see the next steps needed for the childrens further development into year 1.
Formal standardised assessment takes place at 7 years of age over two weeks in late May when year 2 children are involved in Teacher based assessments and National S.A.T.s the year 3 and 4 children are assessed against National Standards using 'Head Start' Maths assessments and our own Reading and Writing Progressions sheets. In June Year 1 children sit the National Phonics Assessments. If children do not reach the expected standard in year 1 they are given a further opportunity in year 2. You will be notified of the dates.
We publish a Results page on our Downloads page for you to be able to see how our pupils perform each year.
ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM
We attach a high priority to the development of basic skills in english and mathematical development.
Mornings are dedicated to these skills and start with “Sounds Write” our phonics based reading and spelling programme , we move onto a numeracy hour, followed by E.R.I.C. Everyone Reading in Class. This is followed by a structured approach to the organisational skills involved in writing, grammar and handwriting.
During the afternoons our work is based on cross curricular themes. This work includes close attention to the subjects of Science, Computing and RE as well as the following foundation subjects Design and Technology, Music, Art and Design, PE, PSHCE, History and Geography. The Cross Curricular Themes run on a four year rolling programme this brings energy and vitality to our curriculum. From September 2017 our themes will run on three consecutive two year rolling programmes - Years 1 & 2 , Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 this will maintain our pledge to the children of 'never the same topic twice' whilst enabling us to ensure that high challenge and engagement is at the heart of our offer.
Our topic titles this year include “Once Upon A Time”, “Mountains High, Oceans Deep”, “Donkeys and Deckchairs”.
The National curriculum is on a two year rolling programme and is woven through our themes and where necessary a 'stand alone' topic is used to ensure content coverage. For a copy of our four year rolling curriculum coverage please go to the downloads section of our website.
We match the curriculum to each child’s development throughout the 4-9 year age range. We supplement the curriculum with educational visits, 'WoW days' and utilise the expertise of visiting speakers.