The school has primary status and has pupils in the Reception year and National Curriculum Years 1 - 6.
The National Curriculum year of your child will be governed by the year in which their birthday falls - for example Year 1 children are those whose 6th birthday falls between 1st September at the beginning of the academic year and the 31st August the following year. Some children are in fact six before they begin work on the National Curriculum while others are only just five. This is why it sometimes appears to parents that children come to school 'early' or much younger than others. The reception year is designed to try to absorb some of this imbalance.
The curriculum of the school is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. We promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all the children and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The children are tested at the end of each Key Stage throughout their school life. At primary level there are two Key Stages:
Key Stage One - Years 1 and 2
Key Stage Two - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
As these two Key Stages have marked differences in their requirements the school endeavours to keep its pupils grouped within them.
We have mixed age classes, which enables teachers to be aware of and plan specifically for the needs of individual children. The school's curriculum policy documents are therefore written to enable the flexibility of teaching required to meet the needs of different ages and year groups within a class. All teachers use a combination of individual, small group and whole class teaching as appropriate. Rolling programmes of study have been devised to ensure that all children cover all areas set down in the National Curriculum.
All children study each of the National Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Information Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Physical Education. Religious Education is also planned for.
Work is carefully planned (on a yearly, termly, weekly and daily basis.) Units of work incorporate cross-curricular and single subject work. Children follow national strategies for both English and Mathematics to ensure progress at their own rate whilst whole class lessons develop children's understanding of broader concepts.