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Canford Heath First School
Learoyd Road, Canford Heath, BH17 8PJ, UK Poole
+44 (0)1202 380015

Canford Heath First School is one of the largest first schools in the country with 420 children currently on roll. The school is located to the north of Poole in Dorset. The children who attend our school, whose ages range from 4 years to 8 years, are organised into four Year bases each consisting of four classes.

This is a happy and hardworking school and we are proud of our children and their achievements. This web site should give you an indication of the experiences and opportunities we provide. Please do contact the school office if you have any queries.


Our Mission

  • To challenge and inspire all learners, adults and children, to fulfil their learning potential and develop personally
  • To make learning active, hands on, engaging and fun
Our Vision

CHFS will develop:
  • Confident, independent lifelong learners
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Respectful, collaborative learners
Our Values
  • Lifelong learning
We will develop self motivated learners who are persistent and eager to learn and explore.
  • Creativity
We will nurture natural curiosity and questioning by providing an environment where all learners are encouraged to be imaginative problem solvers and risk takers who can learn from their mistakes.
  • Harmony
We will provide a welcoming and secure environment for all. We will develop tolerant, respectful, collaborative learners and responsible citizens who live, play and learn together and take responsibility for the world around them


At Canford Heath First School, we recognize each child as an individual, with their own strengths and areas for development. The needs of all the children are met through a carefully planned and structured curriculum that focuses on children's learning. The teacher will plan learning opportunities that cater for the varied ways that children learn.

Teachers will offer the appropriate experiences using such teaching styles as:

  • Whole Class Teaching - All children will be taught at the same time and with the same planned and intended learning outcome. This method is often used at the start of a new phase of work and will give the teacher an opportunity to see what the children already know and what they will need to gain in the future.
  • Group Work – Groups of children will be taught a specific learning outcome and this might be different from another group within the same time. Groups are organised according the needs of the individual children and each child will be placed in an ‘ability’ group depending on their actual need. Ability grouping will often be used for the teaching of literacy (English) and numeracy (Maths). The groups are very ‘flexible’ with opportunities for children to move to a different group if it means their needs will be met more effectively. On occasions, groups of children will be organised using different criteria e.g. friendship groups, mixed-ability groups or random groups.
  • Individual teaching – An individual child works on a ‘one to one’ with the teacher or learning support assistant. This allows a teacher to ensure a specific need is met and that the child receives a short, intense focus which enables them to achieve a particular target.
The National Curriculum provides a framework for teachers to work within and serve as a guide to parents in understanding their children‘s progress. Each teacher holds a curriculum leaders post of responsibility. Regular staff meetings and courses help us to review the children's learning.

We aim to make all our work interesting and lively to stimulate the children’s desire to learn. We offer a wide variety of first hand experiences to make learning real, meaningful and appropriate. We plan to provide a balance in the curriculum so that children have as wide a range of learning experiences as possible. We expect high standards in both learning and behaviour. We look for the best that each individual can achieve. We want children to enjoy their learning and to tackle everything with enthusiasm.

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