We believe that children learn most effectively when they are interested in and see the relevance of what they do. We place emphasis upon children's active participation in a variety of learning experiences, a relevant visit, a speaker who comes into the school or children working on small group investigations.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised under six Early Learning Goals:-
Communication -language and litercy, Mathematics, Physical skills, Knowledge of the world, Creative activities and Personal, social and emotional development. Work is planned under a topic heading with skill development focus for each area in order that pupils can work towards the Early Learning Goals.
Key Stages 1 & 2 plan work according to the revised National Curriculum 2000. The core areas are English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and R.E. which together with the foundation areas of history, Geography, art, music, PE, games, design technology, health and personal social education and citizenship help support several curriculum areas in the development of skills.
The National Literacy Project has been in place since 1998 and The National Numeracy Project since 1999, the framework of both are now followed by all classes.
The school has an ICT Room which allows us to undertake work as a whole class and we also have at least one networked computer in each classroom. Information technology skills are highly valued.
Hours spent teaching, excluding assemblies and breaks are:-
Key Stage 1 22.25 hours Key Stage 2 23.5 hours
Special Educational Needs
The school has a SEN policy under which pupil's needs are assessed. Extra support from within the school's resources may be given. Parents are involved at early stages and help work on Individual Education Plans. Sometimes outside agencies may be involved in supporting pupils.
We aim to provide every pupil with the opportunity to develop body awareness and co-ordination, gain a basic foundation for a variety of games skills and understand the rudiments of team games. Pupils have games sessions each week and there are also opportunities for out of school clubs.
Children have the opportunity to play a variety of musical instruments. These include:
Violin/viola and cello in Years 2 and 3
Woodwind and Brass from Year 4 and also piano if they have a piano or organ available at home.
Availability of instruments to hire and music teacher's time can result in children being put on a waiting list. Fees are paid directly to the Music School.