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The children are grouped in seven single year group classes and the curriculum is delivered using a variety of teaching methods.
Children in the FS2 Class follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. In the other six year groups, our teaching covers all National Curriculum subjects and RE.
Each class works on a central theme for the term. We send out a ‘Topic Web’ to inform you of this each term. Teachers firstly spend time finding out what the children already know and what they would like to find out, and then share the planning with them in the form of a ‘learning journey’. Whenever possible the theme will link subjects together, although there are some areas of these subjects that need to be taught separately, for instance the skills of Numeracy and Literacy. We place great emphasis on the basic skills of these subjects; literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy (number work).
Our curriculum therefore, will help children in the following ways:
to acquire knowledge
· to acquire knowledge
· to acquire skills and practical abilities
· to appreciate the natural and man-made environment
· to develop a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs – a sense of self-respect, respect for others and the ability to live and work together with others.
The encouragement from, and co-operation of, the home is essential if our aims are to be achieved. We believe that education takes place not just in our school. Many skills, experiences and attitudes started in school will be encouraged and fostered through the right support once our children are outside the school environment. We seek to encourage links with the community of which we are a part and thus we wish to involve parents, governors and friends in the achievement of our aims.
Please click on class links below to view the Class Topic Webs. We also attach some of our key Curriculum Policies.
In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme supported by the use of Bug Club resources. The teaching of Letters and Sounds is differentiated within each year group across the school and common planning is shared to ensure continuity and progression. As the children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics they practise by reading texts from the Rigby Star and Bug Club schemes which support their decoding skills as well as introducing some high frequency words which do not always follow the phonic rules. In addition to this reading is also taught in all classes during differentiated guided reading sessions which link to phonics, spellings, comprehension and teaching objectives.
Throughout the development of their reading skills the children access our Book Banded reading scheme which contains book from various published schemes such as Rigby Star, Snap Dragons, Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree which are designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level. In addition to this children have access to Bug Club e-books at school and at homer from a personalised selection made by the teacher.
Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self select books for independent reading from the school library or home.
All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to foster a love of reading and in KS2 they may also be asked to give a written response to show the depth of their understanding.
The admission policy is controlled by the school Governors and the permitted number of admissions is 30.
Children may be registered after their third birthday but this does not guarantee admission to the school until confirmation is given either by the school or the Authority.
In the Summer Term arrangements are made for parents and children to visit the school. Parents who wish to move their child from one maintained school to another are requested to first consult the Head of the present school and then to consult the Head of the intended school which caters for the same age range. Such changes of school are normally only permitted at the beginning of a school term except in the case of a changed address and will require confirmation from the new school or the Authority.
Individual queries regarding admission can be dealt with by contacting the Headteacher (01934 620738) or Schools Admissions Section, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare, Tel. No. (01275) 888327.
Parents wishing to view the school prior to applying for a place are welcome to do so by appointment.
To request a place in Years 1-6 please click the link below and download a North Somerset application form. In Year Application Form
To view our admissions policy please click the correct version for the academic year of application.
For Admissions Policy 2016-2017
For Admissions Policy 2017- 2018
For Admissions Policy 2018-2019
Any comments could be sent in to the School Office or North Somerset Admissions Team at the Town Hall.
Apply online www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Education/admissions or alternatively an application and guide are available from :The School Admissions Team at Weston Town Hall.
We understand that beginning school for the first time can be a daunting experience for little children, and so we aim to ease the transition between home and school.
Opportunity is given for several visits to school by children and their parents prior to admission. An extra booklet, with help and advice for parents of children who are starting school for the first time is given during these visits.
Please click on the link to view complete policy.
Please click on the following links which will take you to:
School Self Evaluation Summary of Achievement 2015-2016
Department for Education School Performance Tables
Data Dashboard Self Evaluation Data Dashboard
Our Ofsted Report has now been published and I am delighted to advise that we have received a ‘Good’. Please click here for a full copy. Thanks once again for all your support.
Please click here for our SIAMS report.