In the early years your child will concentrate on the basic skills - learning to read and write and use numbers. Under the National Curriculum your child will also begin to explore Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, RE, Music and PE. So as well as learning basic skills your child will follow a broad, balanced curriculum that prepares the way for secondary school.
Young children enjoy telling stories and playing imaginative games. This helps them learn to speak clearly, listen carefully and to want to read and write stories for themselves.
By 7 they should be starting to read independently and beginning to write legibly, producing short pieces of writing on their own, using complete sentences and spelling simple words correctly.
By 11 they will be able to read different kinds of texts and make simple comparisons between them. They will begin to match their style of writing to different audiences. They will be getting better at organising their work, punctuation, spelling and putting their ideas across clearly.
Young children’s first steps in Mathematics are through counting, rhymes and practical activities like weighing and measuring.
By 7 most will be able to deal with numbers up to 100; work out change; recognise common 2-D and 3-D shapes; know the common units of measurement.
By 11 many pupils will have developed and understanding of the precision needed for mathematical calculations and of how important Mathematics is in their own lives. They will know their tables, and be able to make 3-D objects, find areas, perimeters and volumes, use graphs and diagrams. They will be working out calculations in their heads or on paper, and making a start with algebra.
Children’s natural curiosity about the world around them provides the starting point for their exploration of Science.
By 7 they will have started to look at the variety of living things, simple properties of materials, the effects of pushes and pulls, and the relationship of the earth to the sun and moon.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
The topic approach throughout the school broadens and deepens pupils’ understanding of Information Communication Technology and its applications. Many of the children in the juniors learn to use the word processor. Other work carried out includes experience of programming, desk top publishing, computer-aided design and computer control. Opportunities after school are provided for any child to extend and develop their skills in computers. The school has 45 computers.
Our children practise a variety of religions, so at Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School religion is taught with great sensitivity. Our general aim is to develop a deeper faith in the child's own religion as well as fostering an interest in other customs and beliefs.
Your children may have the opportunity to participate in one of our club activities. These usually take place either at lunchtime or after school and are run by teachers who are giving up their time voluntarily. At this time the clubs available are recorders, dance, football, netball, swimming, hockey, computing, science, games, thinking skills, history.
The school values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils. We endeavour to provide the best learning conditions for each pupil, promoting development in understanding and social maturity alongside their peers wherever possible. Special Educational Needs are identified early and the school works closely to plan a curriculum to meet the children's needs. For more information see Special Needs.
Sex education is taught at all levels and according to the National Curriculum attainment targets 3 (Processes of Life) and 4 (Genetics and Evolution). The older children receive more formalised education using resources available from outside agencies, e.g. the School Nurse.
Complaints about the curriculum and religious worship
The Local Education Authority has published a leaflet explaining what parents should do if they have a complaint about the curriculum or religious worship in their child’s school. This leaflet encourages parents to discuss the complaint with the Headteacher (or with another senior member of staff). It says that the great majority of complaints can be resolved in this way. However, a parent who is still dissatisfied can refer a complaint to a panel of the school’s governing body.
Parents in Partnership Meetings and Information Days
Parents in Partnership Meetings
These are held once a term and provide opportunities for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the teachers who take them, and to set targets for further development. These days prove extremely valuable to the staff as well as to the parents.
Throughout the year meetings are held with parents to inform them about the National Curriculum. There are workshops for parents on Literacy and Numeracy.