Parent Handbook 2023-2024
Our Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) and primary students are taught using an innovative enquiry-based curriculum, called Curious City. This programme is based around big questions, which allow students to explore the interlinking areas of the curriculum, leading them on an exciting journey of discovery. This approach allows us to use a combination of experiential learning which anchors knowledge and skills, so that students have lots of opportunities to apply their understanding to different contexts and situations.
Our school prides itself on the learning opportunities we provide for children and for the preparation we give them for being responsible citizens. Children are encouraged to speak confidently through taught oracy skills, have excellent manners and show kindness and respect to others. Responsibility is encouraged and modelled throughout the primary school with vitals roles such as head boy and head girl and deputies, our team of prefects, ambassadors and our school council with representatives from each year group.
Our learning timetable provides opportunities across the curriculum and ensures we develop and secure the varied skills needed in reading, writing and maths. Our foundation subjects are taught through our Enquiry Curriculum of Curious Cities.
Enquiries change each term which allow children to question, understand and learn about the world around them, both present and past. Subjects are not taught in isolation as it is important that children are able to make links across subjects using a range of different skills and practical application.
As we are part of an all through-school children are also able to have the unique opportunity to be taught by specialist and skilled teachers. In Years 4, 5 and 6 they have the opportunity to experience some specialist subject teaching in music, art, modern foreign languages and PE.
The learning journey does not of course end at school and we ensure we have strong links with our families. All children are expected to complete daily reading, spelling and times tables to build upon their school based learning.
Children are assessed regularly across all areas in order to support their learning and progress. Formal assessment takes place at the end of Term 2, 4 and 6 to measure each child’s progress, set future targets and inform planning.
Parents’ involvement is crucial to the overall success of each child. Throughout the year there are a number of opportunities for parents to attend assemblies and celebrations. We are proud to be able to offer a very wide range of thirty after school clubs, as well as a breakfast club for early risers!
We are extremely proud of our school and welcome visitors. Please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information.
“The school council and the anti-bullying committee are forums where pupils can discuss issues.“