Shanklin Primary School is a First School within the Isle of Wight from the Reception Year through to Y4). At the current time (February 1999) we have 206 children across that age range (in September 1999 we anticipate 215+). There is a Pre-School Nursery based at the school that caters for children between the ages of 1 and 4. The children of school age are organized into KEY STAGE groups, and classes, according to their age.
The youngest of the school-aged children in the Reception Class are accommodated in two large classrooms in the school; the classes each have about 20 children. The Reception classes have 2 teachers sharing the teaching responsibilities and 2 full time Ancillary Classroom helpers ably support them. We try to concentrate non-teaching assistant’s time and energies with this age range in the school.
Y1 and Y2 children (KEY STAGE 1) are currently divided into 4 classes and use 2 adjacent classrooms in the center of the main building (both Y1 classes) plus a Y2 class in the new extension and a mixed Y2/3 class in the new mobile classroom. The class sizes in the Key Stage 1 vary, in Year 1 they are about 20 in year 2 they are about 30. The three classes form a Key Stage 1 grouping within the school.
Y3 and Y4 children (KEY STAGE 2) are in 3 separate but adjacent classrooms. Y3 in a new classroom in the new extension, Y4 in the very generous classroom (that was once the school's swimming pool) and the mixed Y2/3 class in the New Mobile classroom. These 3 classes form a Key Stage 2 grouping within the school. The class sizes vary and are 32 in Y3 and 33 in Y4.
The classes within each of the 2 Key Stage groups work closely together and share resources and expertise.
In September 1999 it is our intention to open our 9th class which will use the new mobile classroom on the playground.
The organisation for September 1999 will probably be:
||2 reception classes of 24 each|
||2 Year 1 classes or 21 each|
||A Y2 class of 26|
||A mixed Y2 & Y3 class of 27|
||A Y3 class of 28|
||2 mixed Y3 & Y4 classes of 27 each|
( NB: At the time of printing this brochure it is not possible to be precise about the class organisation in the Autumn Term. )
The organisation within each class will vary depending on the learning activities being undertaken at the time, the teachers always ensuring that the most effective and appropriate organisation is used.
At times there will be whole class teaching led by the teacher with all children involved in the same task. At other times the children will be organised into groups and will be involved in a range of different activities at the same time. This could mean, for example, that 3 or 4 different activities are taking place simultaneously for example group 1 could be involved in a creative activity with a parent in the shared area, group 2 involved in a practical Mathematics activity also in the shared area with an ancillary helper, group 3 working with the teacher in the classroom on some formal task and group 4 working alone but within the classroom on a set task. Then during the day the groups will rotate so that all experience the range of work for the day. Children working within the different groups are given work that is matched to both their ability and aptitude.
Children are also often given individual tasks and assignments.
In activities such as P.E., Music and Drama the children will come together as a whole class to work together.
An average day would see a child undertaking tasks in many different curriculum areas and in a variety of different ways.
Our aims as a school and for the curriculum are outlined. In all our work with children whether individually, as part of a group or as a whole class our emphasis is upon the progress and the development of each child as an individual and upon co-operative and active learning throughout the whole curriculum.
We seek to give each child their full entitlement as described by the National Curriculum and to build upon that basic entitlement and extend it into a full, broad and balanced set of learning experiences. We achieve this partly through subject teaching and also through a thematic approach in which the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum are brought together in cross curricula topics. The topics are carefully planned and regularly reviewed.
The School has over the last 6 years developed a comprehensive and dynamic set of Curriculum Documents. Parents are welcome to see these they are available at the school office (it is with regret that they are not available to take off of the school site but they may be read on the school site). The development of the curriculum is a constant and on going process with the teaching staff always trying to improve the quality of what is taught in order to get the children to achieve at the highest possible level.