Supporting physical, mental and emotional development through fun in learning.
Academic achievement – Children are introduced to ‘Numicon’ activities and resources from the Nursery through to Year 6. Numicon resources can be found in every classroom and provides the children with a first-hand resource to develop their concept of number and geometry. ‘Times Tables Rock Star Maths’ is an App used by children for a short time each day to develop rapid mental recall of multiplication. Active Maths is used throughout maths lessons to ensure pupils actively engage in their learning and through exercise receive more oxygen to the brain for greater learning opportunities. In the same way Active English enables the children to use characters and actions within their writing. The governments’ approach to the teaching of phonics is through ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are introduced to Read, Write, Inc. which aids their phonics learning in a fun way. Parents are encouraged to support their child’s reading through our structured reading scheme, ‘Pearsons’ Bug Club’. In Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 this is supplemented through Pearsons’ group guided reading scheme which is taught weekly in the classroom by the class teacher. Special celebration book days or weeks take place each year to promote a love of books and celebrate the work of authors.
‘R-Time’ (Relationships Time) support children’s ability to work with others when solving simple problems. This takes place for a short period of time each week where two children are given the opportunity to solve a simple problem through taking turns and supporting each other’s learning. They think about what the answer might look like; they raise questions to consider what will help them to find the answers to the problem. They do not depend on the teacher to help them find the answers.
Forest School – Supports children’s communication and mathematical skills whilst working in the outdoors environment. Opportunities are given to solve problems which relate to environmental education and supports physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Sports – This year the school has appointed a Sports Apprentice who carries out physical activities with the children each day. Sensory Circuits takes place before the beginning of the school day to support pupils wellbeing, getting them settled for the day ahead. The Daily Challenge takes place at break times with children running, jogging or walking the equivalent of a mile.
Dojos – These are merits which are given to children to support resilience in their learning and encourage high quality work. They can be gained through good deeds carried out during the school day, for completing homework or for celebrating a piece of work which has been particularly challenging. Parents can sign up to the Dojo app and receive notifications alerting them to the nature of the Dojo which has been given.