About our School
Our school is a place which revolves around the needs of the children, intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cultural. If all of our children are to achieve their full potential, we, as the responsible adults, need to nurture and encourage the development of trust, respect, confidence, self-esteem and the desire to learn.
All children have a right to expect to achieve a good level of basic skills to enable them to access into the world. The pace of change in our lives is so great that we do not know what they will need in their new lives beyond good social skills, good basic skills, an ability to think for themselves and a love of learning.
We encourage children to think for themselves and make decisions in a variety of contexts throughout their schooling. Active teaching of the different types of thinking is part of the taught curriculum. Alongside this, we teach skills of evaluation, reflection and analysis.
We aim for children to be excited by a curriculum that is well designed to suit their needs, interests and aptitudes. We set activities that are relevant, meaningful and pitched at a level that builds confidence and challenge at all times for all children.
As part of the planned curriculum, we give children opportunities for independent research and investigation. This includes compilation and presentation of their work to a variety of audiences.
Our school ethos revolves around high expectations for everyone to achieve their best at all times and in all things. As part of this motivational training, we have firmly embedded systems for positive rewards that are accessible to all children and based on this "notion of best."
The School Day
8:30 - The doors are opened and children arriving at school are expected to come straight into class through the front entrances
09:00 - 09:05 Registration
09:05 - 09.25 Assembly
09.25 -10.45 The first teaching session
10:30 - 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 - 12:00 The second teaching session
12:00 - 01:00 Lunchtime
01:00 - 02:00 The third teaching session
02:00 - 02:15 Afternoon break
02:15 - 03:20 The fourth teaching session for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
02:15 - 03:30 The fourth teaching session for Key Stage 2
Each week children from each class across the school share some of the work they have been doing throughout the week. If children have special news from their outside hobbies, e.g. dancing, music or sport awards, this is shared with everyone. Also we celebrate children's birthdays, announce the winning Eyrie for the week, find out who has been awarded a star of the week( reader, speller, writer and mathematician) and work out who has gained enough marbles to have Bernie for the next week. This special assembly is held for Foundation and Key Stage One every Wednesday and for Key Stage Two every Friday at 9.05am in the hall. Parents are invited to come along to the assembly to see what has been going on and join in with all the celebrations.
Classes in our School
Children in our school are grouped into classes named after garden birds. We chose this theme largely because of the abundance of wildlife in and around our lovely grounds, but it also links historically to the woodland nature of the area.
Robin and Nuthatch - our Foundation classes
Children in the first year of their schooling follow a specifically developed curriculum which enables them to continue their early learning experiences through a variety of first-hand experiences. This highly structured play-based curriculum underpins all ten curriculum subjects through six areas of learning.
We want the children to enjoy school from their very first day and work closely with parents to ensure that their early experiences are happy ones. To this end, we are very flexible in terms of children coming to school in the first few months, following a staggered entry approach which ensures children are not too tired. Details can be arranged with the class teacher to suit individual response.Woodpecker, Wagtail and Wren
These are mixed classes of both year 1 and year 2 children.
Because of the highly individualised learning programmes we follow, teaching children of two year groups within the same class is as effective as single-age classes.
Year 1 is the start of formal schooling, when the children move out of the foundation stage curriculum and start to follow the National Curriculum.
By year 2, we expect the children to have acquired a good understanding in the basic skills of reading, writing and number. Learning becomes a little more formal, but we aim to keep first-hand and practical experience at the heart of all we do.Swallow, Swift and Siskin
These are mixed classes of both year 3 and 4 children.Magpie, Goldfinch and Lark
These are mixed classes of both year 5 and 6 children.
Our Key Stage 1 and 2 classes follow a rolling 2 year curriculum plan to ensure all children learn progressively, following the 2014 National Curriculum.