We follow the Revised Literacy Framework which enables each child to follow a structured progression.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 the pupils have a daily designated phonics session which promotes strategies for early reading skills.
We have a rich reading curriculum which includes paired and shared reading; guided reading in small groups; special days promoting the enjoyment of reading, for example World Book Day. We do follow a graded reading scheme.
The Speaking and Listening skills taught in Literacy are used in every subject taught throughout the school.
The separate skills of English are best developed through work which integrates and links these skills. We seek to provide activities which are interesting and motivating in themselves and lead to worthwhile outcomes.
The use of practical activities reinforces the understanding of Numeracy. Children spend a lot of time sorting, matching and using mathematical vocabulary. They are helped to observe things carefully so that they begin to understand mathematical ideas. Each child is taken on to the next stage of their mathematical development only when they are ready.
In Key Stage 2 we follow a structured progression through all the mathematical concepts. ICT is an integral part of our Numeracy lessons.
We have a cross-curricular approach in the teaching of the Foundation Subjects. Children are encouraged to use a variety of resources including ICT, accessing ‘Learningbeck’ – an intranet website. We also have a purpose built library which the pupils use to support their learning.
We use the environment for our topic work; the village and the local surroundings provide us with many opportunities to develop skills of observation and knowledge. We regularly make visits as part of our work and often invite parents and members of our local community to accompany us. Recent visits have been made to The City of York, Hadrian’s Wall, the Tees Barrage, Hindu Temple and Skipton Castle. We encourage visitors to the school to help us with our topic work and greatly value the contribution local people can make to the children’s education. As children develop, we encourage them to look for various sources of information, parents, grandparents, books, magazines, their surroundings, television and radio.
Discussion and questioning amongst the children form an important part of our topic work. All of this work at school can be supported at home in a variety of ways.
Science is a way of encouraging a child’s natural curiosity. The children should learn how to carefully observe the world around them, to question and experiment, to note differences and similarities and to make reasonable generalisations from their experiences in their science work. We hope to develop attitudes of curiosity, perseverance, open-mindedness, responsibility and independence in thinking.
Information, Communication and Technology
We believe that computers are an integral part of everyday life. It is our duty to prepare our pupils not only to feel confident with the technology, but to view it as yet another tool in communication to be explored and exploited. ICT is used throughout our provision of the National Curriculum. We are fortunate that each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard which is an integral part of our Teaching and Learning.
We have an interesting range of musical instruments which enable all pupils to experience music making whatever their individual ability or talent. We are very fortunate to have music specialists who teach in school.
When children are ready, we encourage them to begin learning to read music, we make up tunes to a few notes, and we compose music, e.g. if a story in which there was a storm, was being read, children might work in groups, using a range of instruments to compose the sounds of the storm.
From year two, children are able to learn to play recorder and guitar. Instrumental lessons in flute, saxophone and clarinet are also available. Parents at present are asked to make a contribution to the cost through the School’s Music Service.
In the development of a wide range of physical skills, we hope to promote enjoyment of a range of activities that the children will take with them into adult life. These activities include: creative movement, dance, ball skills leading to team games, athletics and swimming. We also offer residential experiences at outdoor centres for
junior children where activities such as canoeing, fell-walking, ghyll scrambling, orienteering and rock climbing provide the children with challenging and exciting opportunities. A residential experience is one not to be missed.
The older junior children take part in several team sports which include netball, football, tag rugby, rounders and kwik cricket. The teams take part in league competitions and tournaments with other local schools. Sporting activities are one of the ways we forge links with other schools in our wider community.
We were awarded Active Mark, acknowledging our good practice in P.E. This is a prestigious national award by Sport England which recognises schools that show a commitment to promoting the benefits of physical activity.
We aim to develop children’s creativity and imagination and to aid their understanding of, and response to, the world, by offering a wide range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences.
We stimulate children’s creativity and imaginative responses by exploring ideas and meaning in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. We develop children’s understanding of colour, shape, line, space, form and texture and we encourage them to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning.
We teach children about the different roles of artists and about the functions of Art, Craft and Design in different times and cultures. Children are encouraged to make judgements and decisions about how they can change and shape their environment. We regularly visit art galleries and exhibitions both locally and further afield. we use ICT to access art collections worldwide.
Parents regularly help in art lessons and after school art activities. Each year we work with at least one Artist in Residence and have found this to be a rewarding and enriching experience for children and staff. Our excellent provision of Art was nationally recognised by the Arts Council, when we were awarded ‘Arts Mark’ in June 2008.
Design & Technology
Design & Technology is a subject area which is very much related with areas of the curriculum such as science, art and craft, and language work. It is intended to provide children with problem-solving experiences. They are encouraged to plan, design, make and evaluate. The children have access to a wide range of materials like construction kits, fabrics, wood, plastic and other items that can be used in their work. We also have a wide range of tools which the children, while supervised, are encouraged to use correctly and safely.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children study two modern foreign languages – French and Spanish – on a two year rolling programme. We enhance the children’s learning by holding designated language days.
We understand the role school plays in the Community Cohesion and aim to equip our pupils to live and thrive alongside people from diverse backgrounds. Everyone in our school is an individual who has special qualities which we aim to foster and value.
An awareness, understanding and respect for different cultures and ethnic backgrounds is deliberately built into our curriculum content and activities in order to promote and reflect diversity.
As we are a Church of England controlled school, we follow the principles of the Agreed Syllabus. This means that we are required to give general religious teaching, not teaching of a denominational nature. However, in a controlled Church of England school, any parent who would like specific Church of England doctrinal teaching for their particular child is entitled to it. Representatives from the Church of England and the Methodist Church visit the school each week to lead the pupils in collective worship. Special assemblies are held in the Hall when parents, governors and friends are welcome. We encourage thought and reflection and have a structured approach to developing children’s social thinking and skills.
Any parent who would like to withdraw their child from religious education is also entitled by law to do so. In March 2008 the school were involved in a successful subject specific inspection on the teaching of RE.
Assessment is a continuous process whereby the class teacher is constantly monitoring each child’s progress throughout the year. We assess pupils progress using the Assessment for Learning which feeds into the school tracking system.
The children are assessed over the first six weeks of their school life. They continue to be assessed throughout their first year in school using the Early Years Foundation Profile. Each child has their own EYFS Profile where their attainment is recorded. This allows us to gain a baseline of information from which they can develop. Standard assessment tests are given to all children at the end of Key Stage 1 (7 years) and Key Stage 2 (11 years). These results are reported in the children’s individual report to home at the end of the school year.
The governors have decided, because of small numbers and for confidentiality, the school’s Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessment results will not be published. All parents are given a copy of the national comparative results with their child’s school report. All children receive a written report at the end of each year and we welcome both children’s and parent’s comments.
Targets are set weekly and recorded in the KS2 pupils home school diaries or displayed on the classroom wall. Termly and yearly targets are set throughout the school year and are reviewed with pupils individually.