Summary of Governors' Aims
It is our intention at Luddenham School to cater for the all round development of your child. We wish to develop in your child self respect and a knowledge and respect of others. We wish to begin to develop self discipline in behaviour and attitudes to learning.
We aim to help each child develop individuality and their abilities across a broad curriculum which includes all the subjects of the National Curriculum as well as health education, sex education and religious education.
Within the primary school not all these areas appear as separate subjects. They will often be found integrated within a theme or topic. It is important for children to understand the inter-relatedness of knowledge.
Much of the work planned for our children will be rooted in first hand, direct experience with an emphasis on active learning as well as teaching. As teachers we value the traditional high standards in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. We see knowledge as vital and also stress the value of knowing how to learn and find out.
We wish our school to be a happy and stimulating place where parents feel at ease to discuss their child's progress. This is an important aspect of our desire to create a partnership between home and school.
Structure and implementation of the National Curriculum at Luddenham School
We support the introduction of the National Curriculum as it describes an entitlement for all children. This is vital in an egalitarian society. The National Curriculum is divided into:
English, Mathematics, Science and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and RE
History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health Education & citizenship (PSHE) and Physical Education & Modern Foreign Languages, French and Spanish are taught at our school.
The traditional primary approach is to work through themes that weave these individuals subjects into a cohesive curriculum. Through careful planning and evaluation the correct sequencing of concepts and balance is achieved.
Thematic work is complemented by projects aimed at particular areas of the curriculum. At the beginning of each school year parents are sent a copy of our Year Book which outlines the curriculum plan for each year group. We hope this will enable parents to support their child's learning.
The National Curriculum is divided into Key Stages. Starting with the Foundation Reception Year, Key Stage One covers children in the infant years up to the age of seven. Children in the junior years, which extend
between the ages of 7 and 11, are covered by Key Stage Two.
At the end of each Key Stage National Curriculum Standardised Assessment Tasks (SATS) are administered to children to monitor progress. These tests are an integral part of the school's assessment procedures. The results of all the tests administered to our children are presented to parents in our end of year report available in mid July.
Our Parents' Library, which is situated in the entrance hall, contains copies of all our curriculum documents as well as a variety of information for parents provided by the School, the Local Education Authority, The Department for Education and relevant charities.
We have high expectations of our children and the staff use a variety of teaching methods. Class, group and individual teaching are employed according to need. In Key Stage two children are set according to ability and team teaching is used by the staff. This enables all the children to be taught by our subject specialists.