We have high expectations of academic achievement. Children are expected to work hard and recognise that each day at school provides the opportunity to gain new experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills. Children do better when parents/carers work closely with the school and we encourage parents/carers to take a keen interest in their children’s education, making learning a part of everyday life.
It is our responsibility to ensure that pupils become confident and competent users of the English Language. Our fundamental task is to teach your child to speak, read and write English effectively. Great emphasis is placed upon phonics-based literacy from the outset. Each day, for one hour, children in Foundation Two (Reception) are taught intensively, but appropriately, in groups of about six to eight children. This early emphasis on literacy development has proved to be successful in helping children to achieve very high standards.
In Maths children are taught key skills rigorously and robustly. Skills are taught consistently from year to year to build confidence and mastery. Children are clear that Maths does not begin and end in the Maths lesson but applies continuously across the curriculum. All staff actively promote the value of essential Maths skills for life and give children ample opportunity to practice and consolidate their understanding in a wide variety of contexts. Staff actively seek out opportunities to include mathematical knowledge and understanding across the wider curriculum in an engaging and thought-provoking way.
The computing curriculum is fully cross-curricular and discreet sessions are taught weekly from a robust and progressive scheme of work. The school offers many opportunities for pupils to apply their ICT knowledge and skills across the curriculum using a range of hand held classroom resources including individual laptops. Our assessment system for computing takes into account learning and application across the curriculum.
The National Curriculum
All children study the National Curriculum (NC). In the Foundation Stage, children experience the six areas of learning required as part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum which is delivered nationally. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children are taught the ‘core’ subjects of English, mathematics and science and the ‘foundation’ subjects of history, geography, music, art, physical education (PE), design technology and religious education (RE).
A cross-curricular approach is used to teach the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects. A theme is selected and applied across all classes and ability groups, adding extra dimensions to learning and to cultivating lateral thinking. This skills-based approach has proved to be highly effective and inspires learning and high achievement.