Your Child’s Learning
The children are taught by their own class teacher in mixed ability classes with children of approximately the same age. There is one class per year group that takes up to 30 children. The staffing complement for each class in KS1 is a fully qualified teacher and a trained teaching assistant. Every classroom is fully furnished and equipped with the highest quality learning resources. Each class has access to laptops to enhance their learning.
The class teacher will get to know your child very well and will be pleased to involve you in their life at school. Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities that will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative and personal and social development of every child.
For more information about the curriculum please contact your child's class teacher or if you are a member of the public contact the administration team.
Learning and Development
Teachers and teaching assistants implement the seven areas of learning (Prime & Specific) and Characteristics of Effective Learning across the daily routine.
The Seven areas of Learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Characteristics of Effective learning
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Activities are planned from the children’s interests. Parents are informed in what the theme or topic will be and how you can support at home. Each child will have an individual Pupil Profile which records their progress through the Early Years Curriculum.
For more information see the 4Children Parent Guide, supported by the DfE that we have uploaded.
Key Stage 1 (Ages 5–7 Years)
and Key Stage 2 (Ages 8–11 Years)
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are called foundation subjects: Art and Design, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Languages.
Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the local agreed County Religious Education syllabus. Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are non-denominational and although they are of a broadly Christian nature due consideration is given to the multicultural society in which we live. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish. If parents do not wish their child to be taught the agreed syllabus or take part in short acts of collective worship then they should inform us in writing. Their child can then be excused and suitable alternative arrangements made.
Visits and visitors play an essential role in our school and take place on a regular basis. These are varied and can include places in the locality e.g. local secondary schools, swimming lessons at Fit City Eccles, historical trips to regional buildings and residential trips to LLedr Hall.
Relationships and Sex Education
The school has a policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
- Sex education is taught at Clarendon Road in two ways. It is taught at both Key Stages through the content of National Curriculum Science lessons and through special lessons delivered at the end of Years 5 and 6 as children prepare to move on to secondary school.
- In Science, part of the curriculum deals with ‘Life Processes and Living Things.’ Children at Key Stage 1 learn that humans and other animals can produce offspring and that these offspring grow into adults, while children at Key Stage 2 learn about the main stages of the human life cycle.
- Children in Y5 and Y6 have special lessons delivered by the School Nurse. Children are shown a video about the main features of puberty and any questions they may have will be answered. You have the right to withdraw your child from this particular lesson and are asked to give your written consent. You are welcome to view the subject matter of the video before you make up your mind.
We offer a wide variety of clubs that take place before school, during lunch break and after school. Some of the activities we offer are: art and craft, music, sports, eco action team, gardening.
LEARNING AT HOME
Homework is a valuable part of the learning process for every child. Our homework policy aims to develop an effective partnership between the school, children, parents and other carers.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH HOMEWORK
Parent support is a special part of homework and can really help your child. As they get older, it is particularly important for your child to become more independent in their learning. Your child is likely to get more out of an activity if you get involved, as long as you don't take over too much. If you're unsure about what your role should be, please call in and discuss this with the class teacher.
The teaching of phonics is intrinsic to helping children learn to read and write. It is an essential part of the children's learning that begins in Nursery and continues right through the school. To help your children's progress in phonics and learning to read we suggest that you visit some of the websites below to support their learning:
Special Educational Needs
Children’s progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept. Occasionally we find that a child does not make the progress we expect. If this were the case parents would be consulted and appropriate steps to support the child taken. An Individual Education Plan may be made with individual targets, review dates and ideas to help parents to support their child at home. If targets continue not to be met, outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or Behaviour Specialists may be called upon for extra support. After further consultation with parents the Local Authority (LA) may have to make a statutory assessment based on specialist advice. The LA may then draw up a Statement of Special Educational Needs. This describes all of the child’s needs and all the special help that should be provided. Parents will always be consulted and kept fully informed at every stage once we have identified that their child could benefit from some extra help. This could be for educational, physical, personal or social needs.
Our assessment procedures will identify children of very high academic ability and work will be planned to meet the learning requirements of these children. Outside agencies may be used to supplement school resources.
Assessment, in all its forms, is a critical part of the work of the school. It helps the school to identify patterns of performance in comparison with national, local and similar schools and the results enable the school to set targets for future performance. It helps teachers monitor the success of teaching strategies, informs future planning and pupil grouping and enables them to set targets for individual children. It allows the children to know what they are good at and what next steps they need to take to continue to improve. Finally, assessment allows teachers to monitor the achievements and progress of individual children and pass that information on to parents. Assessments are undertaken daily as the children are learning through dialogue with the child and the marking completed. More formal assessments take place at the end of each term to inform the target setting and planning for the next term.
In the summer term of years 2 and 6, the children carry out the required Standard Assessment Tasks and Tests (SATs). The class teacher assesses each child’s development in speaking and listening, reading and writing, mathematics and science. In addition each child undertakes a test in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. Parents are informed of how their child has done at the end of the summer term as part of their child’s annual school report.