The school curriculum co-ordinator is Mr J Savage.
Our aim is for our children to achieve their highest potential academically, physically, emotionally and socially, whilst they are with us. We have tailored a curriculum, using a variety of resources that provides for them a happy, structured, stimulating learning experience that recognises and acknowledges their individual learning styles. We create real life experiences for children and build on their own prior knowledge thus enabling them to write for a purpose and to give real meaning to their learning.
We ensure full coverage of the national curriculum and closely monitor progression of skills throughout the years which enables teachers to take an integrated and thematic approach. Pupils engage with their learning so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and their lives. Children have the opportunity to develop a sense of their own Nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the Nationalities and cultures of others. We support pupils to develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and to respond to the changing contexts of their future lives.
If you would like to view our Curriculum policy then it can be viewed here.
Below are the Topic titles which the different year groups will be studying this year.
How do I know how my child is progressing?
Throughout their daily classroom practice teachers are continually monitoring the progress of each child. Teachers are then able to amend and tailor learning opportunities to meet the specific needs of the individually in the classroom. Three times a year, in October, February and May every pupil is formally assessed. Progress is reported to parents in termly reports and at regular consultation meetings.
Staff use a positive approach to managing behaviour based upon a system of rewards and consequences which have been discussed and agreed with the children. The emphasis within this is upon rewarding positive behaviour (catching them doing it right), rather than catching them doing it wrong. There are many rewards in place for those pupils who make good choices including team points, stickers, Head teacher’s awards, golden lunchtime tickets to name but a few. In the unusual circumstances of a child failing to respond to the rules and guidelines in place action appropriate to the individual is taken including contacting the parents and encouraging them to work in partnership to address the situation.
International learning and British citizenship
Where ever possible teachers will try and expand childrens’ learning on a global level. Children will learn about other countries, faiths, foods, education and religions. Where possible, links to very contrasting international schools will be made with some long successful partnerships already running. They will be taught in a way that promotes tolerance, respect and understanding of others faiths and beliefs and in a way that is reflective of being a British citizen. ie. democracy, mutual respect, the rule of law and as mentioned tolerance of others faiths and beliefs.
Whole school assembly themes.
Every fortnight we welcome our guests from 'Open the Book' where they celebrate and reenact passages from the bible. The children often partake and join in these fun assemblies using role play to interpret morals and act out key messages.
Mr Walsh then holds a whole school assembly every other week covering the following themes: New beginnings; resilience; making mistakes; positive learning habits; anti radicalisation; keeping safe (safeguarding)and what to do; behaviour and behaviour for learning; respect; cultural diversity; British law; Getting on and falling out; online safety and attendance. Other themes may be covered as and when there is a need to do so, for example natural disasters or global issues that may have arisen.