We do not subscribe to one particular teaching method throughout the school and across the curriculum, although we do all subscribe to the same philosophy of teaching and learning. Teachers, as professionals, will elect to use the most appropriate method for the material, age and ability of the class. Individual, group and whole class teaching will be in evidence throughout the school. The features common to all approaches will be positive encouragement of effort, work that will stretch but not frustrate, recognition of achievement and work programmed to develop individual children and help them achieve their full potential. Our teaching style takes account of the learning styles of the pupils and caters for the full range. Ofsted December 2009 stated “Relationships are excellent and classrooms have a calm and purposeful atmosphere in which pupils relish the challenges provided for them.”
All children receive a broad, balanced curriculum through both subject and topic work. Children learn best from experience and our curriculum is carefully planned to provide opportunities for investigation, problem solving and visits to places of educational merit. From the Foundation Stage class to Year 4 the class is split to allow the children to take part in the shared learning areas and outside curriculum. This means that the children are taught literacy and numeracy classes that are half the class size. The subjects taught are: English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication, Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, R.E, P.E, PHSE.
To find information of the content of our school curriculum, head on over to our termly curriculum letters which can be found at the bottom of each class page.
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How we teach Phonics
In school, we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics actions. Children are taught Phase 1 phonics from when they start in Reception. This is taught in small groups according to their phase by teachers and teaching assistants. All staff teaching phonics are trained in the teaching of synthetic phonics. Phonic workshops are held for EYFS parents in the Autumn term. Children are assessed regularly and moved phases accordingly.
In Year 1 and 2, children are grouped for phonics according to their phase and assessed regularly to ensure they are in the correct phase. In the summer term of Year 1, children take a Phonics Screening check. This is a statutory test, set by the Government, to assess children's ability to decode words using phonics.
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