We admit children to school in the September of the year that they are five years old. For the first few weeks this is on a part time basis, beginning with mornings only, followed by a few weeks of mornings plus lunchtime, then moving to full time. This ensures a smooth start to school life at a time when children are prone to tiredness.
Our School is delivering the new National Curriculum. We have carefully mapped out the requirements of the curriculum in a way that ensures children’s learning is relevant, exciting and has clear progression of skills as pupils progress through the school. You can view a summary of the curriculum in each class in the curriculum section of the website.
Sometimes we may immerse ourselves in one area of the curriculum for a week, where all activities are centred on this, or arrange for visitors to come into the school to share their knowledge and enthusiasm on a given subject. We arrange lots of visits and make great use of specialist teachers for subjects such as sports, music and modern foreign languages.
Many lessons involve ‘hands on’ experiences, while others include learning through drama. We try, whenever possible, to deliver lessons
in a cross-curricular way to ‘join up’ the children’s learning. However, this is not always the most appropriate approach, as some subjects are best taught in isolation. Lessons are ‘personalised, to meet the needs of individuals.
We have kept up to date with new technologies by investing in our IT infrastructure ensuring best use of wireless devices and Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging.
As children grow older they are encouraged to work more independently, being responsible for their own resources. By the time the child reaches the end of Key Stage 2 we aim to have equipped them to cope with the changes they will find in secondary education. Our excellent relationship with local secondary schools enables a smooth transition into children’s next phase of education.
ASSEMBLIES AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The daily act of collective worship takes place as a whole school or class.
Although assemblies are broadly Christian in character, the children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and responses, especially in relationships at home and in school.
Our collective worship is closely linked to our aims and values and regularly involved visitors from outside school. Each term, we worship at least once in the local church.
Our class structure may vary from year to year as the number of children in each year group may change from one year to another as may the needs of cohort. We will, however, always consider the needs of every child when making changes to our arrangements, ensuring the best possible education for every child. We are very creative in our approach to organising class structure. We make the very best use of the indoor and vast outdoor spaces in the school which often enables us to learn in small groups, operating for some lessons as five or more classes.
FINDING OUT ABOUT CHILDREN’S PROGRESS
Assessment of children’s progress takes place throughout the school year in various forms. For the younger children, this will mostly take the form of talking to the children, observing them and looking at the work they produce. Older children are also set individual targets for improvement. Statutory tests take place for children at the end of Key Stage 1 (for children at the end of their infant years) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (for children at the end of their junior years).
Parents receive test results along with the end of year reports. Parents are welcome to view their child’s educational record on written request. Please ask the Headteacher for details of the procedure involved.
There are parents’ consultation evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms. About a week before parents’ evening, parents are given a report card which details current academic levels for each child along with targets for children to work towards in Maths, Reading and Writing. Towards the end of the Summer term, a more detailed report is sent to all parents. This is also followed by an opportunity to discuss the report, should you wish to do so.
You are welcome to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher and/or Headteacher at any time during the year. All we ask is that you make an appointment for a mutually acceptable time.
The School is proud of the achievements of its pupils in music. As a class, children from Year 2 are collectively taught to play a musical instrument by a specialist teacher. We teach drumming and wind instruments. Older children are part of a windband that consists of trombones, tubas, clarinets, french horns and saxophones. For an additional charge, we offer individual and small group lessons for guitar, piano, flute, saxophone and violin. Please ask for more information.
Children represent the school in a variety of sporting events. We regularly take part in football tournaments, running competitions and other sporting events as they arise. We use external sports coaches to ensure specialist coaching for pupils in some sports. The school offers extracurricular sports clubs throughout the year.
In Year 5 we offer pupils the chance to learn to ride their bikes safely on the roads through the Bikeabiliity programme.
Homework takes many forms. Younger children are encouraged to take home books to share. This will include parents reading to children as well as children reading to parents. Sometimes children will be set a challenge or a project and other times a set task may be sent home. We particularly welcome children undertaking work at home connected with our termly studies.
Throughout the year various excursions are planned, which link to school activities.
The older children take part in a two night residential trip. In recent years our residential visits have alternated between a cultural experience such as visiting London to include museums and shows, and an outdoor and adventurous trip to a specialist centre which provides team building opportunities by qualified coaches and leaders. These visits are an excellent opportunity for developing social skills in a different environment from home and are thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children alike.
Trips focus on both the academic and personal development of pupils and risk assessments are carried out prior to these, in order to ensure a safe and successful time.
Naturally, seat belts are always insisted upon, and parents are informed of the mode of transport.
Parents run a football club on a voluntary basis on a Saturday morning. Other clubs run from time to time, usually at lunchtime. We currently run a multi-sports club after school on Fridays.
Other after school activities are run in connection with ‘Scamps’ our before and after school club.
"Pupils thrive because the school’s values are exemplified by the staff and governors."