School Improvement Priorities
Each year we evaluate strengths of the school and identify our priorities for improvement. These areas are then developed throughout our curriculum. We also assess the impact of our actions on ongoing basis.
Our improvement priorities for 2017-18 are listed below:
· To ensure that the new leadership structure has a positive impact on raising standards
· To improve the quality of teaching so there is a higher proportion of outstanding teaching over time in the non-core subject areas
· To ensure that the continued promotion of positive learning characteristics among pupils leads to even higher rates of attendance consistently excellent learning behaviours
· To accelerate progress and raise the achievement of all learners with a particular focus on increasing the percentage of learners who achieve a greater depth of understanding in reading and mathematics
Our approach to English
Our English curriculum makes use of recognised programmes as initiatives such as ‘The Power of Reading’ where children are introduced to age appropriate and high quality literature. Our teachers are also trained to ensure that they are able to deliver very effective shared and guided reading opportunities. In order that our children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 are able to develop their phonological awareness, speaking and listening and key reading skills, we use a phonics resource called ‘Letters and Sounds’ which was first published by the Department of Education in 2007.
Our approach to Mathematics
After careful consideration and research we decided to introduce an established and world class mathematics scheme called ‘MATHS NO PROBLEM!’ This resource is based on a highly successful approach developed in Singapore. These lessons ensure that children are able to build mathematical fluency and understanding without the need for rote learning by introducing concepts using practical equipment and pictorial images. Please click on the following link to access video clips which help to explain some key calculation methods http://mathsnoproblem.com/en/video-library/basics-explained/
Our Thematic Curriculum
We have recently launched a new and thematic curriculum which is fully compliant with requirements and objectives of the National Curriculum 2014. This has been developed in consultation and liaison with other schools and colleagues who have been identified as delivering outstanding provision. Science, Art and Design, Design Technology, History and Geography are usually taught within the context of our topics. The PSHCE (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education) curriculum is closely aligned with themes which are launched and reinforced through assemblies, examples include ‘New Beginnings’, ‘Going for Goals’, ‘Say No to Bullying’, ‘Good to Me.’
Please be aware that some subjects such as PE, Music, Drama and French are taught by specialist teachers which ensures more regular opportunities and high quality input.
Extra and Additional Curricular Opportunities
In addition to the statutory curriculum, we offer children a wide range of extra and additional curricular opportunities including frequent trips and visits, special themed events e.g. book or performing art weeks and regularly commission various experts to come and work with the children around a range of areas e.g. artists and actors including those from indigenous cultures, e-safety experts, sports coaches etc.