Classes

Class 1 - Nursery and Reception (Foundation Stage)
Nursery children can join Class 1 the term after they turn three and can be Government funded for up to 15 hours per week. They can attend any combination of morning and afternoon sessions as well as have their lunch in school. Reception children attend Class 1 normal school hours, full time.

The children play and learn in our free-flow classroom, they can access our self-contained garden and sheltered play area plus we also have use of all the school's facilities including the large hall and grounds.

We learn through play with a range of guided, supported and self-chosen activities. We support the children's development with seven areas of learning. The prime areas are: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development. Specific areas are: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum - Department of Education). We like to involve our families as much as we can and we enjoy a range of specialist teachers, visitors and volunteers. We are also able to attend special assemblies and events that happen in 'big school' as well as getting to know the older children and other teaching staff in school with joint play and lunchtime sessions. Learning is always fun in class One!!

Class 2 - Years 1 and 2
The outdoor environment continues to be a very special part of the Key Stage One curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and incorporated into lessons.

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects for Key Stage 1:
- English
- Maths
- Science
- Design and technology
- History
- Geography
- Art and design
- Computing
- Music
- Physical education

In addition to these subjects, Class 2 is also taught SEAL/PSHE (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning/Physical, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship and Religious Education. Literacy and Numeracy are taught over focused mornings. As well as Reading and Writing, Literacy involves the development of speaking and listening skills. Emphasis is placed on helping the children to foster a love of reading through interactive storytelling, drama activities and games. This in turn helps make the link between reading and writing, with regular shared and guided writing and reading sessions.

Phonics is taught daily, following Letters and Sounds, and is very much incorporated into daily Literacy sessions. There is whole class input, with differentiated activities according to the phase the children are in. We have various reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree. Children are heard read at least once a week and are adept at moving through the scheme at a pace appropriate to them. One or two books per week tends to be the norm, but we do emphasise that enjoyment and good understanding is vital, as opposed to simply rushing through the reading bands. We encourage parents to work with their child at home by hearing them read on a daily basis.

All of the lessons are differentiated to cater for children's individual needs and to ensure that progress is made. There is also a whole-school cross curricular approach, with a termly theme or topic. This is designed to make learning visual, fun and more meaningful.

Weekly homework is allocated, consisting of spellings, reading with an adult, and Numeracy linked to their KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts. We encourage regular and honest, close contact communication with parents and carers, through the home-school planners.

Class 3 - Years 3 and 4
Class Three is also taught SEAL/PSHE (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning/Physical, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship, French as a Modern Foreign Language (which will be introduced in the spring term) and Religious Education. Literacy and Numeracy are taught daily. As well as Reading and Writing, Literacy involves the development of speaking and listening skills. Emphasis is placed on helping the children to foster a love of reading through interactive storytelling, drama activities and games. This in turn helps make the link between reading and writing, with regular shared and guided writing sessions.

Teaching of phonics is very much incorporated into daily Literacy sessions using Letters and Sounds. There is whole class input, with differentiated activities according to the phase the children are working in.

The children are heard to read at least once a week individually and also through Reading Circles.

One or two books per week tends to be the norm, but we do emphasise that enjoyment and good understanding is vital, as opposed to simply rushing through the reading bands. Reading Circles are undertaken on a weekly basis by all children in groups whereby the pupils are able to apply varied skills to enjoy and comprehend a text beyond merely words on the page. Upon this, the pupils are able to build their speaking and listening skills as they discuss their ideas based on the text they share.

In Numeracy, focus is placed on mental recall and SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts), as well as the main calculation strategies. To ensure these skills are able to be applied with meaning, questions are asked within the classroom environment, often with a 'real life' context, to build upon developing the children's thinking and problem solving skills. To ensure progress to suit the pupils' needs, activities in all numeracy lessons are differentiated. There is also a whole-school cross curricular approach, with a termly theme or topic which can foster meaning and breed a love of learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Weekly homework is allocated, consisting of spellings, reading with an adult, Reading Circles (for Year 3 only from the spring term), and Numeracy (linked to their SMIRFs) or work they have needed to build upon during numeracy sessions. We encourage regular and honest communication with parents and carers, often by writing in the children's planners.

Class 4 - Years 5 and 6
As this is a mixed aged class, we carry out a two yearly rolling programme for all the foundation subjects to insure all aspects of the curriculum are delivered once the children leave their primary education.

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects for Key Stage 2:
- English
- Maths
- Science
- Design and technology
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- History
- Geography
- Art and design
- Music
- Physical education (including swimming)

In addition to these subjects, Class 4 is also taught SEAL/PSHE (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning/Physical, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship, French as a Modern Foreign Language and Religious Education and attend collective worship daily.

As well as Reading and Writing, Literacy involves the development of speaking and listening skills. A variety of approaches are taken in the teaching and daily delivery to include all learners and encompass the topical approach within other areas of the curriculum.

Mathematics follows in the same suit as Literacy in that it is taught daily and includes a topical approach where possible. Particular focus is placed on mental recall and KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts).

All the lessons are differentiated where necessary to cater for children's individual needs and to ensure that good progress is made.

Class 4 experience freedom within their development, utilising the topic approach as well as the practical and promoting a sense of 'real life learning' encouraging each child's full potential. VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) is also included to suit varying learning styles within the class.

Weekly homework is given out. This consists of spellings, Reading Circles and Numeracy (usually linked to their KIRFs). We also encourage reading at home to take place regularly and parents are invited to comment and keep in close contact with the class teacher through the home-school planners.