Early Years Foundation Stage
When your child enters Nursery they embark upon the first steps of learning at school. This incorporates a structured and balanced curriculum based on active learning designed to meet the guidelines outlined by the Government in their Early Years Foundation Stage document.
A partnership is built up between Home and School. Home visits are conducted a few weeks prior to when children are admitted to our school. In this way the relationship between home and school is started in which skills already attained and developed in the home are recorded and future learning and skill development can be planned within school. More information can be found in both the Nursery and Reception Induction Booklets.
Early Years children should be brought to and collected by a responsible adult.
If any parent feels that they could spare some time to help in the classes it would be most appreciated. Parents are encouraged to discuss any problems, however small, so that a positive, productive relationship is built up between home and school.
Principles and Overview of the Learning Challenge curriculum
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge approach is used as a structure and ethos for curriculum design. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the new National Curriculum and the school’s context a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. The subsidiary learning challenge is normally expected to last for one week but this does not need to be the case.
Key Stages One and Two
We pride ourselves that the curriculum is appropriate to all of our pupils, regardless of their ability. As our Mission Statement: We believe in the children and aim for everyone to achieve their potential.
We strive for a breadth and balance to the curriculum. The National Curriculum is our framework; English, Mathematics, Science, I.C.T., Religious Education, Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, Music, Physical Education and P.S.H.E. Some of these subjects may be taught discreetly and others may be linked as part of our Irresistible Learning Curriculum.
In addition we foster positive attitudes such as confidence, independence, curiosity, pride, co-operation and communication skills in order to help prepare our children for their life in an ever-changing world.
Literacy and Read Write Inc (in EYFS/KS1), is undertaken daily. This is a time when your child will spend up to an hour working on speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Read Write Inc (RWI) is a Phonetic Scheme which encourages reading, writing and spelling. If you would like to know more about this teaching scheme, please talk to a member of staff. A workshop is held in the Autumn term for Reception parents to find out more about RWI. To encourage writing skills we use Talk for Writing.
Numeracy is also firmly in place with children working up to an hour daily, developing mathematical skills. We have recently introduced Big Maths across the school.
The Irresistible Learning Curriculum is enhanced by the pupils discussing their ‘learning journeys’, and begin with a ‘Stunning Starter’ and end with a ‘Fabulous Finish’. Learning activities outside the classroom are supplemented by visitors to school and educational outings. We feel that learning outside the classroom provides a valuable experience, not only in enhancing academic skills but also extending and improving upon children’s social skills. The school has a Learning outside the Classroom; Educational Visits policy and a Charging (and Remissions) Policy for visits/visitors. We use our Pupil Premium money to subsidise visits/visitors to ensure equality for all.
Assessment and Reporting
Children are regularly assessed throughout their time at Abbey Primary School. Assessment informs teachers’ planning and targets are set for children to achieve. These targets are shared with parents who are encouraged to work with children at home. The school’s homework policy is available for inspection, upon request. We encourage ‘take away tasks’ as part of our Irresistible Learning.
At the end of Key Stage 1 in Year 2 and at the end of Key Stage 2 in Year 6 children participate in the national tests or S.A.T.’s.
All targets and results are shared with parents at Consultation evenings, (one per term). Data reports are sent to parents termly and an annual report is sent to parents at the end of the Summer Term.
The curriculum is inclusive. All pupils, regardless of gender, racial origin, ability or background are valued equally and have access to a curriculum which offers breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and progression.
All our pupils are educated towards an understanding of, and commitment to, a multicultural, multilingual, and multiracial society. The school curriculum reflects the diversity of cultures and races which now make up contemporary society.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
The religious education taught in school is based on the Walsall Authority’s Agreed Syllabus. This subject may be taught as part of Irresistible Learning. Time is allocated for pupils to learn about the Christian faith plus an insight into other major world faiths, so developing a greater understanding of the variety of religious festivals and celebrations, thus preparing children for life in our multi-cultural society.
Daily acts of worship and reflection are led by the Headteacher and members of the teaching staff, with classes also involved in leading assemblies, to which parents are invited.
Visitors to the school such as our local vicar, and charitable organisations have assisted with the delivery of R.E. lessons and have joined in acts of worship.
Parents who wish to withdraw their child from religious education and/or daily collective worship may wish to discuss the matter with the Headteacher before reaching a decision.
Abbey Primary School | Glastonbury Crescent | Mossley Estate | Bloxwich | WS3 2RP
Phone: 01922 710753 | Fax: 01922 404365 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Headteacher: Mr Mark Gilbert