Language development is an essential basis for learning. Talking to your child and reading to him/her is the most important thing you can do as a parent/carer. We send books home on a regular basis for you to share with your child. It is also helpful if you supplement the range of books we offer by joining the local Public Library and regularly borrowing additional books for your child to share with you. We value children’s early attempts at writing in order to encourage them to be confident and independent writers. Alongside this we teach correct letter formation, handwriting skills and spelling patterns.
The school is culturally diverse and many of our children speak more than one language. We view the children’s bilingual abilities as an asset. We have extra support staff who work with children who have English as an additional language. Every effort is made to help these children to become fluent in English whilst continuing to value their mother tongues and cultures. The content of the Literacy Framework is taught through a variety of methods appropriate to the age of the children.
Infant mathematics is essentially activity based as good practical experience provides the basis for a deep mathematical understanding. Recording of mathematics takes various forms. Children will work through all aspects of number, measure, shape, space and data handling. The content of the Numeracy Framework is taught through the topics planned for each year group. Parents can help children with mathematics by practical activities at home such as counting stairs, cooking, shopping, sharing etc.
As children move through the school, the teaching methods become more formal, but much emphasis is placed on children having practical mathematical activities and a sound understanding of mental strategies.
In Science many of the activities will be of a practical nature, encouraging children to develop their natural curiosity to explore and investigate. Children will have many practical experiences which may include investigations of the following; living things and life processes, forces, floating and sinking, light, sound and electricity.
Information and Communication Technology is a fast moving area which encompasses all areas of the curriculum. We have computers in each classroom, a suite of computers and interactive whiteboards across the whole school. Children use a wide range of programmes and also access the internet for research work.
At the start of each term or topic, the class teachers send out news letters explaining the work to be covered and ways parents and carers can support their children’s education. This letter also gives information about PE/Games and homework set.