We follow the new National Curriculum 2014 and aim for thematic teaching where possible, ie. subject areas which are linked together in topics.
We recognise that children learn in different ways and we employ a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to accommodate these. Classroom organisation takes these learning styles into account and children may work in groups, pairs or as individuals as well as through whole class teaching.
During their first year in our school at age 4, the children complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, started at their pre-school setting. This curriculum aims to provide for the children’s early development and learning through structured play, adult led activities and child-initiated activities. Children develop rapidly during this time – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. During this stage the key skills are: listening, speaking, concentration, physical development, persistence and learning to work together and co-operate with other children. Our close partnership with parents begins at this point.
To further enhance this partnership with parents within Foundation Stage we use an easy-to-use online learning journal called Tapestry, which helps educators and parents to record, track and celebrate children’s progress in early years education. Tapestry enhances this special time, allowing teachers to capture children’s experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child’s progress. Text, images and videos can be easily uploaded via e-mail and every entry helps to create a complete story of a child’s time at school.
We keep parents fully informed about their child’s progress. Assessments are used to monitor progress, diagnose weaknesses, and to give staff an indicator for a pupil’s future work. A detailed monitoring system enables the school to track individual and year group progress and ensure that teaching plans are updated accordingly. At the end of each Key Stage children are assessed and results reported nationally. In Year 2 this takes the form of tests and Teacher Assessments in Maths, Reading, Writing and Science.
At the end of Year 6, results of the national tests in Maths, Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will be reported to parents together with Teacher Assessments in these subjects in Writing and Science.