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Avon House School
490 High Road, IG8 0PN, UK Woodford Green
+44 (0)2085-041749


The School
Avon House is an independent, co-educational primary school, for children aged two and a half (the term they turn three) to eleven and is situated on the High Road, Woodford Green.

The school has a Christian (non denominational) ethos. We aim to provide a happy disciplined environment; emphasis is placed on the development of each child as an individual, allowing each one to realise their full academic potential and to shine is other areas such as sport, music, dance and drama.

Dyslexia Centre
The Avon House Dyslexia Centre, which now occupies the house at number 492, is accredited Category ‘DU’ by CReSTeD (The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils). The Centre, which is available to Avon House pupils, is an entity in its own right offering tuition and support to other schools, both state and independent, to great effect.


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We are now using a school communication system called ParentMail. All information can now be sent to you via e-mail. No more trawling through school bags! For more information on ParentMail please click the logo. ParentMail Registration Form


We have been working with the Borough of Redbridge to devise a travel plan for the school. If you would like to leave your car at home and travel to school by public transport you can plan your journey by using the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Parent Information - Questions and Answers

Winter Uniform List 2007 - 2008

Summer Uniform List 2007


Key Stage 1


Within Year 1 and 2 the children continue to develop at their own individual pace. The goal is for the children to write their diaries, working towards using correct punctuation with common spellingpegging patterns being evident. Use of varied ways of beginning a sentence and use of a wide and descriptive vocabulary is taught and encouraged. Story writing develops with the children looking at settings, characters, development of stories and conclusion. All genres of writing are used e.g. invitations, advertisements, labelling, poetry, diaries, recipes and instructions. Comprehension is taken to the next stage where the children will work independently or in a group. A reading and spelling age is taken in the first term.
Formal comprehension is introduced within group work. The children begin to look at characters, settings and the development of a story. The more able children progress to working independently and answering questions in sentences. Rhyming, looking up words in a dictionary, identifying nouns and adjectives are part of this year’s curriculum.

Children bar chartNumeracy - Year 1 begin to work into Level 1 and level 2 of the National Curriculum in number, mental maths and practical maths. The children work at their own individual level completing work in groups and individually. The children progress to working with a number line, developing strategies without the number line e.g. counting on from the big number, learning number bonds, working with number patterns and missing numbers. Separating the ten and using sets, solving simple problems and investigating numbers are important. Number activities such as time, measuring capacity and money all progress with the use of the correct vocabulary. Rapid recall tests are taken once a week.

Year 2 work into all levels of 1,2 and 3 of the National Curriculum. The children work to their individual potential and ability.

Big BookThe weekly curriculum is varied in that lessons are differentiated to challenge the more able pupils as well as assist those who need individual support and consolidation. Different styles of learning are also acknowledged which enables children to work practically as well as mentally and to work individually as well as in group settings.

The children work towards individual targets and those who wish (parental choice) may take public school entrance examinations during this academic year. This follows consultation with the class teacher and the Principal to discuss progress and attainment levels on 1:1 basis.

There is constant teacher assessment of children within their own ability range throughout the year.

History and Geography are taught through topic subjects in Key Stage 1. French is taught by a specialist teacher. The children begin French written work and the children use worksheets alongside songs and basic vocabulary.

Religious Education is taught through assemblies and a planned lesson. The children learnChinese Dragon about the major religious festivals of the foremost religions in the UK such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. They cover stories from the Buddhist culture and festivals such as Chinese New Year. Stories and fables are read from the Old and New Testaments, covering a basic Christian/Judaic ethic. The children are encouraged to show care and concern for those less fortunate than themselves.

Other Key Stage 1 activities include Art and Design where the children have the opportunity to investigate a range of activities and processes. The children experiences visual and tactile elements including working in a variety of two and three dimensions.

The children also have a weekly circle time or a class time to discuss their worries, concern, opinions and behaviour.

Science, ICT and Music

Sport and PE



Key Stage 2

We follow the National Curriculum Guidelines and we extend the curriculum to cover our specific needs. We give our staff freedom to work alongside the curriculum but to use their individual skills to add to the children’s learning. The children are usually split into year 6two ability groups for their literacy and numeracy work. Each day the children have both literacy and numeracy lessons and these usually take place in the morning where possible. On occasion these lessons will be accommodated during the afternoon – in some cases where the classes have split for other subjects.

The average class size in the Prep Department (Years 3-6) is 18 children. When split evenly for various lessons this will mean that no more than 9-10 children are present in the group at one time.

Literacy – one hour a day minimum. The subject covers a wide variety of areas. During the course of the week the children will have assignments in each of the following: spellings, comprehension, grammar work, handwriting skills, poetry/drama, story/creative writing and the various other components which make up a full literacy course. Every class using speaking, listening, reading and writing skills on a daily basis. Homework for this subject is in the form of a reinforcement exercise.

All children in Years 3 and 4 read to a teacher daily. While in Years 5 and 6 they read at least three times a week. Reading is always part of the daily evening homework. Oftenyear 5 the children will have a group reading session during the week, where small groups of children read aloud to each other from the same book. The classes enjoy reading for pleasure when a teacher will read to them. Each class stages a drama production once during the school year to which parents, family and friends are invited.

Numeracy – one hour a day minimum. The subject is usually taught by the class teacher, although in some classes specialist teachers will take one or more lessons per week. All the topics set out by the National Curriculum are covered during the year and each class differentiates for the varying levels of ability possessed by the children in the class.

Other subjects taught within Key Stage 2 are - Science, ICT and Music

In addition to differentiating within normal lessons, several children are given 1:1 support within the lesson where appropriate and sometimes with a peer led discussion. Occasionally extra support is needed and a TA will come into class.

During the summer term we take on a project which is driven by Year 6. 2004/2005 we worked on recycling. We liaised with the LBR Recycling Officer and carried out a survey of the whole school’s use of facilities and assessed what recycling was being done already. We also had a paper-making day and did a recycling assembly for the whole school. We won the Silver Eco-School Award for this work.

During 2005/2006 we looked into the topic of endangered species. We ran a school project assisted by Port Lymphe Zoo and we raised £100 to feed a new baby African elephant for one month.literacy.jpg

History – one hour per class per week. Our history teacher follows part of the National Curriculum. He teaches the same time periods as the National Curriculum covers: Year 3- Greeks and Egyptians, Year 4 – Romans and Saxons, Year 5 – Tudors, Year 6 – 20th century.

Geography – one hour per class per week. Each class follows the National Curriculum for Classworkthe subject. The geography teacher teaches each class once a week. The topics covered are those set out in the guidelines. For example in the autumn term Year 3 will study life in a village, Year 4 will look at improving the environment, Year 5 will study water and Year 6 will investigate rivers. Each lesson is subdivided into little ‘bite’ sized pieces of the topic. The children are encouraged to ask questions about what has been taught/discussed and then they complete set questions or activities that relate to the topic. Usually the questions and activities are completed as a group but on occasion children are asked to work independently. Differentiation is used for special needs children; this may include using a scribe or pairing able and less able children.

French – one hour per class per week. French is taught to most of the school by a specialist teacher who comes into the school on a Thursday. She teaches Nursery through to Year 4 (the Year 5 teacher teaches Years 5 and 6 French). French vocabulary, spelling of common words, numbers and colours are taught as well as basic conversation. Work sheets and a text book are often used during the lessons.

Nature – one hour per class per week. Each class has an hours nature lesson a week.Year 6 The topic work is often closely connected to the season. They look at weather and its effects, animals and their way of life, habits and habitats. They also look at birds, plants and trees. During the summer term often a continent or large country is studied in depth. Year 3 looked at the rainforest of South America last year.

We teach about environmental issues and educate the children about “saving the planet”.

RE – one hour per class per week. All the major religions of the world are covered in the RE lessons. During this time they will look at different religious festivals, buildings, books and symbols. They look at bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments and are encouraged to bring in religious artefacts. We have visited a local synagogue to see their sukkah at harvest time. Ministers of different faiths have also visited the school.

Pot makingArt – one hour per week. Children get the opportunity during the art class to explore and develop their own ideas. They use a variety of different materials to build, construct, design, craft and paint. Sketchbooks are used and the history of art is an integral part of the curriculum. Children are given the freedom to express themselves through this subject.

Sports and PE



Admission for Nursery is usually in the term of the child’s third birthday. At this age,Boots children are cared for in our Nursery, a self contained room with appropriate facilities and access to a safe play area (which is shared with Foundation 1 and 2). They have plenty of opportunities to explore the environment as they use the school garden and go on walks across the local green. In this department they embark on the first stepping stones of the Foundation Stage.

Foundation 1 (3-4)
The broad and balanced curriculum for the whole of the Foundation Stage covers six areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; PhysicalPlay area from Found 2 Development and Creative Development. As they move through to Foundation 1 our teaching teams ensure that the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals are taught and, on going assessments and observation are made on the children to ensure that their individual needs are being met. In this class they are taught by one main teacher who is supported by assistants. The main emphasis here is “Learning through Play” with the introduction of learning phonic sounds, key words and exploring mathematical and scientific concepts.

Foundation 2 (4-5)
The Foundation 2 class is for children aged 4-5 years. They are taught by a class teacher, supported by teaching assistants, in their own classroom. The children are given a baseline assessment upon entry to this class and results are reported back to the parents at a planned meeting. The children are set individual goals and ongoing observations are made in their Foundation Stage profiles throughout the academic year.Counting

The children in Foundation 2 extend and develop the skills that they learnt during Foundation 1 and become confident to start applying their knowledge in different ways.

All of the children in the Nursery and Foundation Department start taking French lessons from a Modern Language specialist. Both Foundation 1 and 2 children access the science room and equipment within their working days.

Science, ICT and Music

Sports and PE

Lacing and threading Found 1


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The Avon House Dyslexia Centre, which now occupies the house at number 492, is accredited Category ‘DU’ by CReSTeD (The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils). The Centre, which is available to Avon House pupils, is an entity in its own right offering tuition and support to other schools, both state and independent, to great effect.

For more information contact Fay Cookson - Head of the Dyslexia Centre on 020 8559 0708

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