In our Nursery the children learn through play. We aim to provide a safe, stimulating environment where the children can explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. They express fears or re-live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.
We encourage and value parental / carer involvement and each child has a Home Visit to begin the relationship between home and Nursery. We document children’s progress by written observations, examples of work and photographs. These are then compiled into a Learning Journey book, which is used as a record of their achievements in Nursery. The Learning Journey’s are shared with parents and carers and contributions from home are encouraged and included.
In the Reception classes the same principles of learning through play continue, however more adult led activities are planned to develop the children’s skills further. Home visits are also carried out at the beginning of the Reception year to encourage and continue the relationship between home and school. Homework activities are provided, beginning with reading books and learning key words, moving onto a Learning Log book in the summer term, which includes spellings and activities linked to the current topic.
During the Reception year children’s development is assessed. We make observations of the children while they are playing and use these to track the progress that the children are making. We also use information from some adult directed activities to make judgements about the children’s knowledge and understanding. Each child in Reception has their own Learning Journey book where their observations, photographs and examples of their work are stored. We share these with parents and carers regularly and we are always keen to add information from home.
KS1 and KS2
We have worked hard to introduce a creative curriculum (as introduced by Chris Quigley) that engages our children whilst developing areas of learning that require additional support e.g. writing and developing key skills.
Click on the link below to look at our whole school (with the exception of Nursery) Curriculum Map which outlines the majority of learning that takes place on a termly basis. It is to be noted that each term’s learning is enhanced with off-site visits, visitors e.g. to support RE, musical performances and special whole school curriculum days. Learning in all subjects is linked as closely as possible to the year groups learning theme e.g. Y3, Autumn Term, Volcanoes.
On a regular day, our KS1 and KS2 children receive one hour of learning in maths and one hour of learning within English. Children receive at least 2 hours taught PE. This is further enhanced with break time activity and after school clubs that are made available to all children.
We teach phonics from the offset with children experiencing phonics learning from nursery, be that through playing with sounds, learning basic actions and songs and beginning to read and write. This teaching continues throughout the school with children learning phonics through ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Letters and Sounds’. ‘Letters and Sounds’ support continues throughout KS1 and then develops into ‘Support for Spelling’, a programme that encourages children to learn spelling through rules, dictation and by applying it to their work, where needed. ‘Letters and Sounds’ is still taught as an intervention in KS2.
Reading at our school is an important part of daily learning and can be evidence as guided and home reading. We also hear children read on a 1-1 basis and have run reading clubs alongside encouraging literature circles and reading for pleasure. We have a wide variety of books available for children, including the well known and loved Oxford Reading Tree, some planet X books and a huge range that link with children’s favourite characters such as Ben 10, Star Wars, Angelina Ballerina etc. This bank of books is constantly updated and we are always looking out for new inspirational and supportive texts. We try to encourage reading for pleasure at all times and lots of our free reader books were selected by children, for children, with lots of favourite authors including Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and Alex Keller. We run lots of reading linked themed weeks and competitions to enthuse and ultimately inspire a love of reading. We are fortunate to have a school Librarian who works closely with our Reading Leader.
Alongside school based learning, we encourage home based learning too. Every child is given a Learning Log to complete learning activities at school. Learning Logs are first issued in the summer term of Reception. Please look at our separate Learning Log page to find out more information.
If you have any questions about learning at our school, please do contact our Teaching and Learning Deputy Headteacher or any class teacher. Or, if you have the opportunity, talk to the children who are proud of the learning that takes place in our school.