|Kingsnorth C E Primary School|
|Church Hill, Kingsnorth, TN23 3EF, UK Ashford|
+44 (0)1233 622673
To the south of the ancient market town of Ashford lies the village of Kingsnorth. The school sits in the heart of the old village, next to the church (just off the A2070 and close to junction 10 of the M20). The old school was originally built in 1866, whilst the first phase of the new school building was completed in 1997. This building was recently enlarged and the accommodation now comprises fourteen classrooms, an administrative area, assembly hall, medical room, staff room, library and reception area. The original school building has been incorporated into the complex via a covered walkway and is used as a second hall and music area. The grounds contain two netball courts, a pond and wild area. Additionally, during weekdays we have the use of the adjacent playing fields.
This is a Church of England (controlled) School, which means that, though it is controlled by Kent Education Authority, the acts of worship reflect Anglican beliefs, practices and values. An act of worship is held daily for all pupils. The older children have the opportunity to worship in the Parish Church once a week. Classes present church services for Harvest, Christmas and Easter. In addition, each class presents an assembly once a term, which focuses on the sharing of the children’s classroom activities. We encourage parents to share with their child these special occasions, so strengthening the links between home and school. The acts of worship are appropriate to the ages and family background of the children and opportunities are given for them to take an active part. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the daily acts of worship, on religious grounds, should they so wish. We are more than happy to discuss these, and other issues, on request.
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.
The school aims to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all pupils.
We believe that the education of our children is a shared responsibility between home and school and hope that you will be able to support us in our general aim, which is set out below.
The school aims to make equal provision for all children in:
· providing an up-to-date and efficient education and a bright, cheerful atmosphere which will encourage positive attitudes to learning;
· giving all children a sound, basic education in necessary skills, concepts and knowledge appropriate to their individual levels of ability;
· providing a variety of opportunities for creative expression and development in music, art and physical education, including participation in competitive sporting activities; providing the caring atmosphere necessary to foster spiritual, oral and social development in the children.
When children first begin school (in the academic year of their fifth birthday), they work on areas of learning known as 'Early Learning Goals'. These are continually assessed during the year using the Foundation Profile, which is shared with parents at our autumn and spring Parent Interview Evenings. The Early Learning Goals cover the following areas of learning:
· language and literacy
· mathematical development
· knowledge and understanding of the world
· creative development
· physical development
· personal, social and emotional development
Towards the end of the first year at school, learning begins to take on the structure based on the National Curriculum. As with the Early Learning Goals, these are nationally agreed programmes of study. The National Curriculum is divided into two main areas as follows:
English; Mathematics; Science; Religious Education and Information and Communication Technology
History; Geography; Design Technology; Music; Art; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education.
A child’s school career is broken down into stages through which they progress, as follows:
Foundation Stage: 4 & 5 year olds (Year R)
Key Stage 1: 6 -7 years (Years 1 & 2)
Key Stage 2: 8 -11 years (Years 3,4,5 & 6)
Key Stages 3 and 4 form pupils’ Secondary Education.
Children at the Foundation Stage and at Key Stage 1 may be referred to as Infants, and children at Key Stage 2 as Juniors.
Modern Foreign Languages
We belong to the European Community and Ashford International Station provides the rail link with France. Whilst learning a foreign language is not part of the primary National Curriculum we feel that it is important for all our children to learn some simple linguistic skills and to gain a basic understanding of other cultures. Children learn simple words, phrases and numbers, and study ways of living in other countries to compare with their own.
Drama is taught as part of Literacy and musical activities and presentations are encouraged throughout the school. In addition to the class lessons, private music lessons may be arranged via the Kent Music School. We also join with other local schools to participate in an annual concert and invite Secondary schools and external groups to give presentations.
Cycling proficiency tuition and testing is carried out in Year 6. The school has football and netball teams which compete regularly against other schools. Teams also take part (and have been frequent winners) in inter-school football, netball and rugby tournaments and athletics, cricket and swimming events.
Additional School Clubs
After-school and lunch-time clubs run by the school include football, netball, rugby, recorders, craft, chess and choir. The ages and numbers of children vary for each and some clubs are seasonal! There is also available a variety of clubs run in the school building outside school hours. Details vary, depending on demand. Currently Dance, French and Brazilian Football are proving most popular.
The curriculum may be further enriched by visits to sites of special interest or external events. Sometimes we are able to run residential visits for older children. All these visits are arranged with utmost care and we aim to fit each visit to the particular needs of the participating children.
The most precious gift that parents can give their child is time. Try to find the time to talk and listen, read stories together, sing and recite nursery rhymes. Let children help with jobs and cooking at home, encourage painting, drawing, cutting out and gluing.
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