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Micklands Primary School
Micklands Road, Caversham, RG4 6LU, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 901 5500

Welcome to Micklands Primary

Micklands School has served the local community since 1944 when a temporary building was set up to accommodate children who had previously had to walk to Dunsden School.

The school has been modernised and expanded over the years to offer a full range of facilities.  Micklands now educates between 265 and 300 pupils aged from four to eleven years.  Recently we have opened an After School Club; the room provides an additional room, which is often used during the school day for activities such as cooking and drama.  All children and staff enjoy working in our computer suite, a facility which was financed by our supportive and hard working Home School Association (MASH).  In addition to this we have introduced interactive whiteboards into every classroom.

The school is set in spacious grounds with substantial playing fields and its own copse.  It also has a vegetable garden and a pond for ecological studies.

There is an independent pre-school on site, which has strong links with the school.

Micklands has no affiliation with any particular religion or religious denomination.


Vision Statement

“Imagine a school where everyone is valued and respected. Where success is celebrated and effort and achievement are equally important. Where differences are valued and the enjoyment of learning is the basis for education. Where all staff strive to provide the highest quality of education and where pupils respond with enthusiasm, enjoyment, pride and a sense of humour. Where parents and the local community know they have a positive role to play and where all are happy and cared for. Where pupils are confident, well prepared for their future education and able to take an active role as citizens in a technological and global society.

This is our vision for Micklands Primary School”.

Parents and Schooling

We are very aware of parents' unique and valuable role in the education of their children.  A child entering school at five years of age will clearly reflect the pre-school experiences he or she has enjoyed - the time spent by you as parents reading to them, playing, cooking, going out and generally enjoying the important formative years together.  We believe that this involvement in your child's education should not cease or lessen once the child enters school.

Educating children should be a partnership.  This is why we actively encourage parents to participate in school life.  Parents help in a number of ways in the normal school day: in the school library, with cooking, drama, music, games, accompanying parties of children on day visits or school journeys, to name but a few.

We aim to provide stability and security for the children.  A good relationship between staff and parents is essential.  Micklands is a school which welcomes parents.  We need to feel that we can communicate with you, for we care about your child as an individual, and not simply as a member of a class of children.

Parents' consultation evenings are held regularly to enable you to discuss your child's progress with his/her teacher.  A written report is also sent to you each year.


Parents are able to exercise a degree of choice when deciding on a school for their children.  However, governors are required to follow the admissions criteria determined by Reading Local Authority.

The set of criteria is as follows:

  1. Children whose home address is in the designated area of the school;

  2. Where the designated area for a school has been altered in the last 7 years, children living in the former designated area, who have a sibling at the school who was admitted to the school at the time that the sibling was resident in the designated area;

  3. Children who have siblings attending the school;

  4. Children who have strong medical or social grounds for admission;

  5. Children who have strong family connections with the school;

  6. Children whose parents choose the school on grounds other than those above.

We also have an Open Day in the Summer term at which potential new parents and pupils are able to view our school in action.

Parents are welcome to visit the school and receive a full guided tour prior to making a choice of school for their child.

If you decide on Micklands, you and your child will be invited to spend an afternoon with us during the term prior to admission.  Parents will hear a talk by the Headteacher and will then have the opportunity to ask questions, while your child spends some time with the teacher.  We aim to make this afternoon a friendly and informal affair.  Following this the children can attend school for 1/2 day per week until they start full time.

Micklands is fully accessible to all children and we can cater for children with disabilities.  If a child was admitted to our school with particular needs, the parents would be invited to discuss these with the Headteacher so that any support arrangements could be put in place prior to the child starting.

Curriculum Statement

In order to achieve our aims, Micklands provides a curriculum which:

  1. is broad and balanced and which develops pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding through learning programmes and experiences appropriate to their ages and abilities, irrespective of their gender, ethnic or social background or special educational needs;

  2. provides children in their early years with a wide range of educational experiences including planned talk and play and develops their knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to provide a sound basis for later education and enables them to make an effective transition from home to school;

  3. satisfies the requirements of the Education Reform Act relating to the National Curriculum and religious education, ensuring that sufficient time is allowed for all aspects of this basic curriculum;

  4. provides continuity of coherent experiences, and progression within, between, and beyond the two key stages;

  5. offers challenge leading to high standards of personal achievement, taking account of ability and aptitude;

  6. includes assessment of the progress and attainment of each pupil to determine whether learning objectives have been achieved and to decide on the next steps in learning;

  7. includes recording the progress and attainment of each pupil and reports on these to parents and pupils;

  8. prepares pupils for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life in a multicultural and technological society;

  9. extends knowledge, experience, imagination and understanding in ways which develop critical and analytical capability, awareness of moral values, and capacity for enjoyment;

  10. develops constructive attitudes and qualities through spiritual awareness and aesthetic appreciation, and fosters respect for the environment; promotes equality of opportunity, and develops understanding of and respect for the rights of others; promotes the importance of healthy living and emphasises the value of personal relationships based on mutual respect;

  11. works in partnership with the family and local community, leading to an appreciation of the value of co-operative development.

All children entering school are subject to the National Curriculum.  This means that they will be taught 'core' subjects of English, Maths, Science and Information Technology along with other foundation subjects including: Design Technology, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music and RE.  In addition there is the cross - curricular provision of Personal, Social and Health Education.  At Micklands we include French as part of our teaching across the school.


Assessment is an essential part of our teaching. We monitor each child's progress through continuous classroom assessment in all National Curriculum subjects. We assess skills, knowledge and understanding in the different curriculum areas. We also monitor children's social and collaborative skills along with their attitude to work. The intention of these assessments is to:

  • support the learning and teaching; and

  • keep parents informed of their child’s progress.

Parents will be informed of their child's progress through parent/teacher interviews and written reports. Children in Years 2 and 6 will be assessed in the core subjects through Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) and teacher assessment. Parents are informed at the end of these Key Stages as to their child's performance. The results of the SATs are published in this prospectus.


The National Literacy Strategy was implemented in September 1998. All classes participate in a daily literacy hour.

The acquisition of language is a vital factor in your child’s progress.  Children who come to school able to express themselves clearly and confidently have a distinct advantage in the school situation.

We seek to extend the children’s ability to express themselves verbally through drama, taking part in assemblies and by providing classroom situations that encourage discussion and debate.

Parents are encouraged to support their child at home by reading regularly and helping them to learn spellings. Children are encouraged, from an early age, to use adjoined handwriting style as this helps them with spelling and fluency.

Through a daily mathematics lesson (often called the ‘numeracy hour’), we aim to help children to:

  • understand the basic concepts and relationships of numbers, measurement and space;

  • understand the language by which these ideas and relationships are expressed.

The programme includes:

  • understanding and memorising the basic number facts

  • addition                       

  • subtraction                   

  • multiplication                

  • division            

  • measurement               

  • facts relating to money

  • length

  • weight

  • capacity; and

  • time and space

Once children have learned a key mathematical skill, we give them several opportunities to use this skill to solve real life problems.

Many of the methods that we teach children today will be new for the majority of our parents. We always encourage parents to ask for information about this from their child’s class teacher so that school and home can work together to support the children’s learning in maths.

We encourage children to adopt an investigative approach to science by teaching them the skills of observation, and experimentation, constructing fair tests and drawing conclusions. At Micklands science is taught through topics which enable children to develop a significant bank of scientific knowledge and vocabulary by the end of the primary phase.

Information Technology (ICT)
ICT is now an integral part of learning and teaching at Micklands.  Children are expected to use computers and other forms of technology for a range of purposes such as: word processing, data handling, data interpretation, control, modelling and monitoring, and the reinforcement of understanding and skills through investigative games.

The school has a Computer Suite, which is available for whole classes throughout the school to use and every class room has an interactive whiteboard. Parents are provided with suggestions for good websites to use at home to support their children’s learning.

Geographical skills are gradually introduced and practised throughout the primary years.  Our school grounds provide the opportunity for mapping and orienteering work to be introduced and reinforced.  First hand experience is essential for the children to fully appreciate the fundamentals of geographical skill-based work. We make full use of our school grounds in order to promote this aspect of the curriculum. Children in Year 6 are given the opportunity to go on a week-long residential trip to Wales; the activities experienced on this trip really enhance the geographical work done in the classroom.

History at Micklands is planned in topics, which enable children to develop their concept of time as well as cause and effect.  Topics include ‘The Vikings’, ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Ancient Egypt’.  Children have the opportunity to make history come to life through visits to museums both locally and further afield, and through performance and drama activities led by visiting theatre groups.

Emphasis is placed on direct observation and study.  Children have the opportunity to develop skills in sketching, painting, including water colour techniques, modelling, tie-dyeing, batik, printing, etc. 

Design Technology
Designing and production form the major part of the programme of study.  Children are taught to be systematic in their approach, with the evaluation process being an integral part of the children's work and always evaluate their work to identify where improvements could be made.

Class music is an integral part of the curriculum for all. Children will be given the opportunity to learn how to compose music and develop musical listening skills whilst broadening their general awareness of musical appreciation.

We have a visiting guitar and keyboard teacher who take small groups of junior children.  Details may be obtained from the School Secretary.

In addition to classroom work we provide many extra-curricular music club opportunities.

Physical Education
We make full use of our large playing field both in summer and winter. Micklands’ programme of study covers games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and swimming and outdoor adventurous activities.  For P.E. kit, please refer to the school uniform section.

Sporting aims: An important part of life within the school is the athletic development of the children. By promoting P.E. in a positive way we aim to develop children’s enthusiasm and enjoyment for sport. Children are encouraged to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.  These aims are achieved in several ways:

teachers promote these aims in their lessons;

  • as a member of the school sports’ partnership we encourage outside organisations to help us, such as Supersports.

  • we have the benefit of several sporting After and Before School Clubs.  These include Basketball, Football, Table Tennis, Judo, Street Dance.

  • we take part in a range of inter-school competions.

The requirements for this aspect of the P.E. curriculum are met through the use of a local indoor pool. The aim is to facilitate all pupils to be able to swim 25m unaided by the time they reach Year 6.  Swimming lessons are provided for children in years 4-6.
Advice on swimwear and jewellery can be found under the section on  ‘uniform’.

Religious Education
Religious Education includes the study of Christianity and other world religions such as Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam.  The school follows the LA (Local Authority) syllabus and aims to give children a breadth of knowledge through exploring these other major religions.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons. Provision for supervision during such withdrawals will be made in consultation with the Headteacher.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
PSHE covers areas such as relationships, safety in the home and body changes.  Circle Time is another aspect to our Personal and Social education.  This time provides the children with opportunities to play team-building games and share concerns about issues.  As the lesson is very structured and under the direction of the teacher, children readily participate and enjoy one another’s contributions.  All children from Reception to Year 6 participate in Circle Time activites.

Sex Education
In accordance with school policy as agreed by the governors, children in Years 5 and 6 follow a sex education programme of study.  This provides an informative and sensitive set of lessons, tastefully presented and which allows for discussion time with members of staff. Should parents be concerned as to the content of the lessons they are welcome to see the video programmes. Parental consent is sought before the lessons begin.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the lessons if they so wish.

Children with Special Educational Needs
A child could be said to have learning difficulties if he or she finds it much harder to learn than most children of the same age, or if he or she has a disability which makes it difficult to use normal educational facilities in the schools in that area.

The Education Act 1996 has laid down the procedures with regards to assessing your child's needs and it recommends that schools should have regard to The Code of Practice. The Code gives guidance to schools as to how best the professionals involved with your child and yourself can help judge whether or not they will need to have a statutory assessment and whether a Statement of Special Educational Needs will be issued.

The Code of Practice has a two-stage assessment process, school action being a school-based assessment of educational needs. At a review of school action a decision may be taken as to whether or not to proceed to school action plus. This is if your child requires significant support and will only take place in discussion with you as a parent. If significant support is considered appropriate this application, the Local Authority has to inform you as to whether or not they will make a statutory assessment of your child.

A senior member of staff has responsibility for children with special needs.  She, together with the class teacher, monitors the progress of children who give cause for concern, and together they construct appropriate programmes of study. The school intends to fully implement the Code of Practice as set out in the DFEE Circular 6/94. We have regular support from the Educational Psychologist and other professional bodies as and when necessary.

Parents are fully involved at all times if their child is considered to have special educational needs.


Children work hard at school responding to the varied curriculum and the high expectations which staff place upon them as growing individuals.

We have a formal homework diary in which the junior children record regular set homework to practise basic skills and to learn facts.  These take time and some of this work can be undertaken when the child is at home.  In addition, investigations and research tasks can be shared between parents and children and can be rewarding for both.

We publish a termly overview of the current term’s planned work to assist parents in this supportive role. We hope all parents will endeavour to assist their children during these times and ensure that all work sent home will be completed and diaries signed and returned to school.


School Journeys
The Year 6 pupils embark on a 6-day school journey during Term One. This, at the present time, is undertaken at a centre for outdoor and adventurous activities in North Wales. This trip gives a major boost to our children's self-confidence and helps their personal development at this important stage in their lives.

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Day Visits
Arrangements are made regularly for day trips to museums and other places of interest, in connection with schoolwork. Parents are usually invited to help in supervising groups of children.  Occasionally we ask parents to make a voluntary contribution in order to help us to finance a school visit or visiting theatre groups.  No child will be excluded from such an activity because of parents’ inability or unwillingness to make a contribution.  However, if insufficient parents are willing to make such a contribution, the visit or activity is unlikely to take place.


  • Micklands strives to be a place where children can learn and develop valuable skills for life.
  • We aim to provide a curriculum, which enables each child to grow and develop towards increasing levels of academic, physical and general competence.
  • We aim to foster an atmosphere whereby children develop a sense of pride and achievement in their work.
  • We aim to encourage children to develop a sense of responsibility, and self-discipline and opportunities to explore and use their initiative.
  • We aim to provide children with opportunities within a positive atmosphere, in which self-esteem can be nurtured, enabling children to grow in confidence.
  • We aim to help children to live together, to respect and tolerate individual rights and identities.
  • We aim to encourage children to relate in a meaningful and productive way towards others, contributing to and benefiting from the school community and society at large.
  • We aim to provide opportunities through personal, moral, cultural and religious education to explore the quieter side of life, which will enable children to be guided towards making informed opinions of the world around them.
  • As staff and governors, we aim to demonstrate respect for children and an interest in their well being, fostering an atmosphere of co-operation, tolerance and respect for others.

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