The school employs a variety of teaching methods. For some of the time the children will be taught as a whole class, at other times they may work in groups or individually. The way in which teaching and learning is organised is based on the following principles:
identifying, valuing and building on each pupil’s existing skills, knowledge and experience
creating a learning environment which focuses on individual need, interest and concern, yet requires pupils to work collaboratively
establishing high personal and school expectations and clear targets within the capabilities of each pupil
requiring pupils to accept responsibilities and develop qualities of initiative and persistence
encouraging self-evaluation and the development of self-esteem
providing opportunities for success by systematic encouragement and the recording of achievement of each pupil
The curriculum of the school is based on the National Curriculum which provides framework for content, programmes of study and attainment levels. The National Curriculum comprises the following subjects:
Core Subject: Mathematics, English, Science, Information Technology
Foundation Subjects: Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art,
Physical Education, Religious Education, PSHE/Citizenship
Within each subject, Attainment Targets set the objectives for what the children should know or do and Programmes of Study describe what they should be taught.
The teaching of Literacy and Numeracy at the school is taught in accordance with the National Literacy and National Numeracy Strategies. These are set out in Framework Documents which parents may inspect on request.
Age groups are determined by the age of most of the children in the class. Reception children are aged 4-5, Year 1 are 5-6, Year 2 are 6-7 and so on up to Year 6, at the end of which the children have reached their 11th birthday and transfer to secondary school. The Reception class (R) is classed as the FOUNDATION STAGE, Years 1 & 2 comprise KEY STAGE 1 and Years 3 – 6 comprise KEY STAGE 2. Each subject is divided into Levels which represent the attainment which most of the children of that age will reach. Level 2 is the level most children will reach at the end of Key Stage 1 and Level 4 is appropriate for most children at the end of Key Stage 2. Children are assessed at the end of Key Stage 2 and the results of this assessment are notified to parents along with a summary of the results achieved by the whole class. This summary does not identify individual children.