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Sandy Lane Primary School
Sandy Lane, RG12 2JG, UK Bracknell
+44 (0)1344 423896

Welcome to Sandy Lane Primary School

At our school, we aim to provide all our children with challenging learning opportunities throughout their foundation and primary years.  All our staff work hard to achieve the highest possible standards within a supportive school setting.  We value the strong and close relationship that we have with parents and work in partnership to enhance each child's learning.  We recognise that all children will begin their early school journey from different starting points, but the goal remains the same; to develop each child's potential and celebrate success.


It is our firm belief that children learn best with the support and interest of all the adults within the school.  For this reason, we aim to place trained teaching assistants in every class.

A beautiful wall hanging presented to Sandy Lane Primary School, created by the children.


 All children have different talents, interests and abilities.  At Sandy Lane we recognise these differences by providing a wide range of opportunities both within the classroom and through extra curricular activities and clubs.  These include residential journeys to Lakeside in Cumbria and representing the school in competitive sporting fixtures, dance, choir and musical activities such as our newly formed string band with over twenty stringed instruments.

Our aim is that Sandy Lane Primary is a thriving educational community where children will enjoy learning, act responsibly towards one another, be challenged by their teachers and enjoy success.

Meet our Staff

Foundation & Key Stage 1 Staff

Key Stage 2 Staff

Other  important people you will meet in school

Clubs at Sandy Lane

At Sandy Lane Primary we try to offer the children a wide range of activities outside the school day.

Some of these clubs, such as French, Judo, Mindlab, learning to play brass and stringed instruments, incur a cost as we employ outside teachers.

Teachers also run clubs for children after school. We have a flourishing choir, line dancing club, craft club, bird watching club and stamp club.





Birdwatching club refilling the birdtable

We also organise extra sporting activities and training. We have a football team (Runners up in the Bracknell Forest Schools League 2004 ? 2005 and Five a Side Champions 2006). There are opportunities for cross country running, kwick cricket and tag rugby.

Children who are learning to speak English as a new language can go to the computer suite, with a friend, on Monday lunchtimes and use different websites to help them learn English.

After School Club

Sport's Clubs

Music Clubs

Craft Club

Birdwatching Club

Judo Club

The Speak Easy Club 

French Club

Governors' Page

Sandy Lane Primary School has a large and active governing body. Our role in life, as with any governing body, is to provide the high level strategic view for the school, monitor the schools progress and to act as a 'critical friend'.

These pages are intended to provide useful information for a variety of potential readers, including:

  • Sandy Lane Governors - providing information on who we are, our meetings, committees, policies and the like;
  • Potential Governors - providing information on how you can become a governor;
  • Parents and other interested parties - providing information on who the governors are and what we are doing.

Sandy Lane Governors

Sandy Lane Governors' Diary

Governors Links to Useful Information

Governors Structure and Responsibilities

Instrument of Governance

Welcome to our Nursery where you will find 

Mrs Walker and Mrs Reading working with the children.

The Nursery classes are part of the Foundation stage at Sandy Lane Primary.  It is called the foundation stage because it is where the children begin their learning journey. 


The children start to develop many of the important skills which will help them as they move through the school.


Outside play on a summer morning



In the Nursery, the children learn through play.  They explore and investigate the world around them by finding out how things work and grow.

When a 'Farm' came to visit.



The children love listening to stories, songs and rhymes with which they join in, acting them out and creating their own characters. 




When PC Reading came to visit.

Welcome to Reception where Mrs Lisney and Mrs Shambrook will be working with the children.


The Reception classes are equipped with an interactive whiteboard, art area, role play area, reading area and many varied play resources which support the children's learning.


A display of some of the children's work.


Planning is based around the curriculum guidance for the foundation stage which is organised into six areas of learning; personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; physical development; creative development and knowledge and understanding of the world.


We plan on a topic basis taking each one of the above areas of learning into account.  Our topics this year include myself, nursery rhymes, animals, Spring, Chinese New Year, minibeasts, Summer, homes and materials.


Chineese dragons


Our main focus in Reception is to support the children's learning through well-planned play activities, both indoors and outdoors, that give the children the opportunity to explore, cooperate, think creatively, communicate, investigate and practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills.


Curriculum Newsletter Reception 2007.pdf

Welcome to Year 1 where Mrs Foster (1F) and Mrs Peck (1P) are our class teachers for this year.


Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, small role play area, play and discovery materials and in the morning has the services of an excellent teaching assistant. 


The day is slightly more structured than Reception but will be building to include a more formalised Literacy and Numeracy hour during the year. 



The children working together


The work covered this year will be topic based; these will be Ourselves, Light and Dark, Materials, Changes, Homes and Movement. We provide a range of opportunities for the children to develop their creative skills.  The children are all given the opportunity to choose their own reading book from a levelled selection.  They change their books three times each week; they are also able to choose a fiction or non-fiction book from the library on a weekly basis. 


The children are given Literacy and Numeracy homework each week as an extension activity based on the work covered in class. 



Investigating properties of materials



We have two P.E sessions per week and alternate between Games, Dance and Gymnastics. We are fortunate to have a football coach from Bracknell Town F.C visit in the summer term who works with them and teaches a range of different ball skills.


Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter.pdf

Welcome to Year 2 where Miss Crinnion (2C), Mrs Mann (2M) and Mrs Duncan/Mrs Jenkins (2DJ) are the teachers for this year. 


They are supported by Mrs Durbin, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Harley.


We have an exciting year planned for you, more specific details of which will be published in our termly Curriculum Letters which the children will bring home.



When the victorians came to visit.


 A brief outline follows of the broad topics the children will be covering in the Spring Term:


  • Design Technology  we will be designing and making puppets .  Watch this space for requests for help.
  • History - We are concentrating on how life has changed since Victorian times.
  • Geography - We are studying a contrasting locality this term, the village of Tocuaro in Mexico.
  • Science - This term we are looking at different materials, their origins and what they can be used for. 

It is encouraging to see how well year 2 children have settled and are now coming into school independently.




Children using a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics


We welcome parental support and help in the classroom.  We particularly need volunteers to help with reading.


Your help is appreciated in reading with your child at home and ensuring home learning is handed in on time.

Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter.pdf

Welcome to Year 3 where Mrs King (3K) 

and Mrs Davey (3D) are the teachers for this year.


Year 3 is the beginning of the junior stage of children's  education and it builds on the learning that took place in year 2

We are the first classrooms you come to in the junior section of the school, just before the junior hall.






When the Vikings came to visit for the day!

Here are some of the topics we cover in Year 3

·   Invaders and settlers - this includes studying the Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings in Britain.

·   Plants

·   Magnets and springs

·   Rocks and soils

·   Light and shadows

·   Materials

·   Teeth and healthy eating

·   Portraits in art

·   Moving monsters in Design Technology



Art sculptures with different materials


Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter.pdf

Welcome to Year 4 where Miss Loft (4L) and Miss Chant (4C) are the teachers for this year. 


In the school, Year 4 is situated just up the stairs from Year 3. In Year 4 we consolidate and build upon the skills children have learnt in Year 3. As well as literacy and numeracy, we cover a wide variety of subjects and try to make the lessons interesting as well as fun and interactive. We now have interactive whiteboards in each classroom, which have proved to be a great tool, giving us access to up to date and a much wider range of information.


In the summer term we look at the Egyptians and each year we arrange to have a company called 'Off the Page' come in to help the children experience life as an Egyptian.

Egyptian Day

In the autumn term our topic in history is the Victorians and we arrange an out-of-school trip to Katesgrove Victorian Schoolroom in Reading.


In science, we look at various topics including forces, electricity and habitats and in geography we look at ways of improving the environment around us and what life is like in a village in India.


The children are given homework on a weekly basis which they are expected to complete, as this furthers their understanding of work they have been doing in class during the week.


Curriculum Newsletter Y4.pdf

Welcome to Year 5 where Mr Smith (5S) and Mrs Andrews (5A) are the teachers for this year.

Here you can only give a flavour of what is planned.  There will a termly newsletter which will contain more details about all of the subject areas that will be covered during that term.  These will be sent home at the beginning of each term.





Interactive teaching using the classroom whiteboard

During the year the history topics are 'The Tudors', in the autumn term, and 'The Aztecs' in the summer term. 
We plan to visit a Tudor manor and see, in costume, what life was like in those times. 
This promises to be a wonderful experience for the children.  As part of our Aztec topic we are hoping to have a group, called Mexicolore, visit the school for the day and offer hands-on activities for the children to enjoy.

Also in the summer term, as part of the ICT we plan to visit 'Legoland' and learn about monitoring and sensing.

The design and tecnology topics involve making a moving toy using a cam, in the  spring term, and making a musical instrument, in the summer term so be warned we will be asking for card tubes, boxes etc!


Curriculum Newsletter Y5.pdf

Welcome to Year 6 where we have

Mrs Pirson (6P) and Mr Strutt (6S) as class teachers for this year.


Year six is the final stage in all the learning and teaching in Sandy Lane Primary School. It culminates in the national SATs test in science, mathematics and literacy in May before the pupils move on to the next part of their education - Secondary School.


Through their learning, laid down in exemplification material, the pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress and achievement through open dialogue with the teachers. They evaluate and assess their own efforts and determine targets that they next want to achieve.  


Social and moral issues are addressed through the Amythest programme at Easthampstead Park, and the Sex Education programme, both in the summer term.


Year six focuses on teamwork throughout the year and is an integral part of  a residential week spent in Lakeside, Cumbria and activities at Sandy Lane School for those children that don't go on the trip during this week.




'Having a go' on the climbing wall at Lakeside


The production at the end of the summer term and the pupils' own end-of -term performance clearly demonstrate how far the pupils have developed in maturity, self-confidence and awareness and they are always a great sense of pride at the end of the year.


The system of appointing House Captains and Head Boy and Head Girl, Peer Mediators and Librarians further supports our commitment towards developing and nurturing the 'whole' personality of the pupil. Together with encouraging children to help and organise the extra-curricular activities e. g. Book Weeks, School Fete and charity events such as Children in Need.  All children are given the opportunity to develop their social skills and so gain in confidence and awareness.






A Year 6 Design & Technology lesson.

(making slippers)


It is a challenging year, from the academic point of view, as SATs and the preparation leading up to them is always in the background for the children. The expectations are raised and the goal posts are moved. However it is a year of progress and achievement with an element of fun running through the year. The children gain so much from their experiences and are ready and prepared to take on the challenges of the next stage of their educational journey.


Curriculum overview Y6.pdf

Curriculum Letter to Parents Y6.pdf

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