The Foundation Stage is made up of two classes, Foundation 1 and Foundation 2.
The Foundation 1 class holds two sessions each day, a morning session which is made up of four year olds and an afternoon session made up of three year olds.
The planning for the class is based around the curriculum framework for the Foundation Stage, where children are working towards achieving the Early Learning Goal via stepping stones.
There are six areas of development, personal, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy, mathematical development, knowledge and understand of the world, physical development and creative development. These areas are further developed in the Foundation 2 class.
The Foundation 2 class is attended full time by children who are turning five. Throughout the year there are three intakes. The first in September, again in January and the last being in April. Children commence in the Foundation 2 class at the beginning of the term in which they have their fifth birthday.
Key Stage One comprises of two year groups with children between the ages of five and seven. Year 1 concentrates on the transition from the Foundation Stage, building on Personal and Social skills with this specific year having access to play in our shared area and outside secured area. Also in Year 1, building on prior knowledge from the Foundation Stage is crucial, as these children are still very young. Progress is carefully monitored.
Year 2 is the SATs year when the children are encouraged to be even more independent and to take charge of their own thinking and learning. During the year the children still study Literacy, Numeracy and other subjects; however, towards the end of the year there is an emphasis on the transition from not only Year 2 to Year 3, but from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two.
Key Stage Two caters for children aged between 7 and 11 years old. We currently have four single aged classes with five teaching staff (two job share), two paid teaching assistants, one Graduate Teacher Programme Student (GTP) and several adult volunteers.
Key Stage Two is a big step up from Key Stage One, with additional responsibilities and an expectation that children begin to take a greater control of their learning. A selection of children from all Key Stage Two classes are given positions of responsibility. Additional opportunities for the children in Key Stage Two include being part of and running the School Council, belonging to the Primary Enterprise Group, organizing road safety under the title of Junior Road Safety Officers, encouraging and supporting playground games as a ‘Buddy’.
The academic work is rich and varied. Each class explores a different topic each term, in which learning takes place through a variety of various cross-curricular activities, all supporting excellence and enjoyment. Visits out of school and the use of visitors into school are integrated into the curriculum on a regular basis to enrich the topic being studied.
Extra curricular opportunities are ripe in Key Stage Two with numerous sports, crafts and skills being developed. The children take part in competitions against other schools in football, netball and tennis. Extensive links with local organisations support the sport in Key Stage Two with visits to the local tennis and ice arena and KC Stadium.
The school holds the Quality Mark for excellence in basic skills.
Safe and supportive, our school is proud to be a Health promoting school. Through fitness, healthy eating, pastoral care, inclusivity and safe practices, our children are happy to live and learn together in a multicultural community where diversity is celebrated.
Our Behaviour Support Worker is there for all children. He works with individuals and families to minimize anti-social behaviour within our environment.
Our Learning Link Worker encourages and promotes parental involvement in school, planning numerous family orientated activities.