Early Years - Aged 3 - 5 year olds
Younger children’s needs are met through an active Early Years Foundation Stage which provides supported, directed and independent tasks for children to learn. Teaching and topics are fun, lively and engaging so that our children can develop socially, emotionally and academically without even realising! Good use is made of the outdoor area and children are encouraged to be creative problem solvers who are motivated to try new things and curious about the world around them.
KS1 - Years 1 & 2 (Infants)
Our focus for younger children is to develop the core skills of language, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics and foster a love of learning; enabling them to become confident and resilient. Learning is planned around topics to interest the children and our core learning is evident in every lesson—we even learn maths when we do P.E!
Lower KS2 - Years 3 & 4 (Juniors)
As children grow older we introduce more breadth into their learning; our focus in Years 3 & 4 extends core learning and provides further knowledge of science, history, geography, art & design, music and physical education. We use ICT to make learning exciting and prepare children for the ever changing world they are growing up in.
Upper KS2 - Years 5 & 6 (Juniors)
The final Years 5 & 6 give our pupils the opportunity to become more responsible for their learning; to aspire to high expectations and ensure they are ready for secondary school.
Every child is given targets to work towards and can talk about what they have learnt and know their next steps.
Teachers continuously assess every individual so that pupils may achieve their full potential. We are always seeking to challenge and interest our pupils and our reflective practice ensures that the school is constantly moving forwards.
We believe that thematic learning motivates children and encourages them to take responsibility for their learning. The practical activities we provide enable young minds to develop problem solving and creative thinking skills. We have invested in wireless networking and the refurbishment of classrooms to enable active learning and the use of technology to equip our children for their future. We have adopted a Growth Mindset approach to our teaching and learning, giving children a 'can do' attitude based upon Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness. Our curriculum is further enhanced by educational visits and residential trips, visiting theatre companies, artists and musicians and our strong links with local secondary schools who offer specific subject teaching and opportunities to visit and use their facilities and expertise.
Children benefit from linking their learning in school with what they do at home. This may be sharing a reading book at home each day or completing Maths and English tasks and activities appropriate for other curriculum areas. The frequency of these tasks will depend on the year group involved and guidance is given as to expectations and timings.