We endeavour to create a friendly, happy, family atmosphere, welcoming parents, carers, visitors and the wider community into our school to support our core purpose of ensuring that all children achieve and learn. All members of the Governing Body and the staff feel that it is their responsibility to empower every child to achieve academic, social and personal recognition for his or her efforts. We are all committed to developing a learning environment where everyone can create, perform, think, explore and investigate for themselves.
The core skills of English and Mathematics are critical to a child’s education and self-esteem and so these are taught every day.
Our children read and write every day, enjoying stories, poetry, information books, letters, diaries, the list is endless. Through sharing books together, the children learn how to spell and use grammar and punctuation. They learn how to be good speakers and listeners in a group and they take a pride in their handwriting. Activities linked to spelling and writing are sent home on a weekly basis to support the children in English. All children have a reading book to take home every day and share together with you.
In Maths, children are helped to understand how the number system works and what really happens when you add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers. We use the progressive scheme of Maths No Problem from Year 1 to Year 6. Maths is taught using real life problems with money, measures, time and shape. Emphasis is placed on mental calculations, the multiplication tables, estimation and having a deep understanding of key concepts. We provide the children with use of NumBots and Times Tables Rock Star as homework, to support their acquisition of basic number facts and times tables facts.
Science in school is experienced through first hand experimentation, discovery and observation. The children are encouraged to be inquisitive, curious and questioning: “I listen and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” They investigate the human body, plants and animals, forces, magnetism, electricity, sound and light, rocks and minerals, solids, liquids and gases, the Earth, Sun and Moon and materials and their properties at various times through the school, building on their knowledge, skills and understanding each time. Information and Communication Technology prepares the children for a rapidly changing world where work and play have access to developed technical systems.
ICT is mainly concerned with learning how to use computers and software confidently, but children also use cameras, videos and audio equipment. With parental permission, children will use the Macs and iPads to access the Internet, spread sheets, word processor, email and control technology to support and enrich their learning across the curriculum.
Design Technology is a practical subject which involves the children planning, designing, making and evaluating their own products using a variety of materials such as fabric, wood, card, food, techno-kits and recycled rubbish.
Physical Education is vital to our well-being and so the children have the opportunity to access their entitlement of structured physical activity every week. We encourage everyone to enjoy sport and be successful at their level, making participation a positive experience. All children take part in 30 minutes of structured exercises each day. Dance and gymnastics are also an integral part of our physical education programme. Through our collaboration, we compete in inter-school sports events for all children across the school. We offer a variety of after school P.E. clubs, including GB Archery. We invest in JB Sports for a morning each week to teach the children progressive sports skills from Reception to Year 6. In addition to Years 3-6 enjoy summer swimming lessons.
History for our youngest children is all about the changes in their own lives and those of their families, especially their grandparents. Later on they will learn about “People Who Changed the World, both internationally and locally in our area. They will learn how to use artefacts, secondary evidence and writings to gain a historical perspective on their studies. Knowledge and understanding will be enriched through visits, visitors and theatre groups, bringing history to life and making it visual.
Geography for our youngest children will be all about people and places in their locality and a contrasting area in the British Isles and across the World. They will use maps, atlases and photographs to locate places. Later on they will apply their geographical skills to study a range of people and places in the world, looking at the impact of physical and human changes on the environment.
Art enables all of the children to explore and create from observation and the imaginary through painting, drawing, sculpting, collage, printmaking, clay and textiles. Their work is inspired by a variety of famous and local artists. Each year, we invite an Artist in Residence to work on projects across the whole school, to enrich their understanding of different skills and techniques.
Music is an opportunity for our children to share songs and musical instruments together, often culminating in public performances. Our music teacher, Mrs Gough, teaches chargeable, 1:1 tuition of flute, recorder and piano.
For our Modern Foreign Language, the children study French and focus on the basic vocabulary of colours, numbers, parts of the body, places, traditions around the world and festivities that are celebrated differently to our own cultural traditions and celebrations.