Gold: Gold Certificate and a bookmark
· Platinum: Platinum Certificate and the child’s choice of book
· Weekly merit certificates are given out in assembly. One child is chosen from each class and the lunchtime supervisors choose one child.
· Pupils sent to other staff/headteacher for praise.
· Given jobs of responsibility within class, in Year 6 jobs outside the classroom are to change on a half-termly basis except for the libraries.
· 100% attendance certificate given at the end of each term.
· Teachers often with the help of pupils choose someone who has tried hard to be awarded the “Star of the Day”.
· At the end of each term there is a dedicated Upper and Lower School Celebration Assembly during which children are selected to receive the following rewards:
· Outstanding Piece of Work
· Sports Personality of the Term
· Arts Award
· Improvement Award
· Kind and Helpful Award
· Star of the Term
· Wonderful member of our Class (nominated by another child in the class)
· Class points: each class works together to be awarded class points (usually for good behaviour). Classes negotiate whole class rewards after a certain number of points have been awarded.
· Table of the day/week.
Do the children go on school visits?
We feel it is important to enrich the curriculum by inviting artists or speakers into school and organise trips related to the topics being studied.
This has included Dramatic Attic (a theatre group), Quantum Theatre for Science, Hams Hall, Selly Manor, Black Country Museum, St James' Church and an opportunity to work with an author, a poet and an artist.
Are there activities outside school?
A wide range of activities is organised after school. The nature of these activities depends upon the availability and interests of staff, but in a typical year there will be the following clubs:
Creative Arts, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Netball, Badminton, Games, Table Tennis, Short Tennis, Dance, Drama, French, Creativity, Engineering, ICT, Book Club, Maths is Fun Club.
What residential trips are organised?
Year 4 Kingswood - an ICT and Outdoor Activity Centre
Year 6 Maengwynedd, Wales - variety of activities
What if my child has Special Educational Needs?
Some children learn slowly, others are very able. We are well aware of this, and it is our job to provide the right work and support for every child. We have a Special Needs Co-ordinator who is trained and experienced in diagnosing learning difficulties and Learning Support Assistants who help to deliver programmes devised to help the child concerned. You can trust us to involve you and to consult with you if your child is experiencing difficulties.
Do you set homework?
The aim is to raise numeracy and literacy standards by utilising some of the 85% of time spent outside school and for our pupils to develop the skills and attitudes needed for successful, independent life-long learning.
Below is a guide to the amount of homework each year group will be given each week.
Year 3 Reading at least three times a week,
English or maths task at the weekend
Spelling and multiplication tables - regular practice
Any unfinished work
Occasional topic related work
Year 4 Reading three times a week
Occasional language, topic or science based activity or maths task at the weekend
Spelling and multiplication tables - regular practice; Maths - once a week; Any unfinished work
Year 5 Reading three times a week
Tables/spelling - when appropriate
Maths - once a week
Relevant related tasks as appropriate
At the end of each term, Years 3, 4 and 5 will be given a task related to their new topic.
Year 6 Reading three times a week.
Extended language / Research (topic/science) work each half term
Maths at weekends Occasional investigations
Any unfinished work
To enable you to participate in the development of your child's learning we would want you to: