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The Curriculum

Out intent at Grove Lea Primary is to ensure we meet the needs and interests of our children and the community which we live in.

We implement this by reviewing our curriculum each year taking into account the above.  The curriculum provides the children with learning basic skills in a creative and cross curriculum way. Long term plans below ensure all subjects are covered in each year group.  We pride ourselves on the provision we offer our children and the opportunities they have.

We aspire for all children to develop a love for learning and to develop a resilience in order to meet challenges.

As a school we work hard to ensure transition for children between schools and key stages is through and individualised to meet the needs of our children and parents.

Other Information relating to the School Curriculum can be found under 'Parents' and then 'Support your Child at Home'.

 

The Curriculum



In planning the curriculum we endeavour to ensure that it is:

• broad: providing a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience.

• balanced: so that each element is given sufficient time to contribute effectively to learning.

• relevant: directly relating to the learner’s experience.

• coherent: so that each element is linked, to make the learning experience more meaningful.

• progressive: so that what is taught builds upon what has gone before, to develop skills, knowledge and concepts in a systematic and appropriate way.

• differentiated: so that what is taught is matched to aptitude, ability and achievement.

• diverse: to cater for academic and creative talents.


Children in the Foundation Stage are taught from national guidance set out in the “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage”.

Children in KS1/2 follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study as well as the Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics.


NATIONAL CURRICULUM:

English, Mathematics, Computing and Science are core national curriculum subjects.
For home reading books  we follow  Oxford Reading Tree.  Children are assessed by adults in school before they move onto the next stage.  In the delivery of phonics children follow 'letters and sounds' and teachers use a variety of resources from e.g. Hamilton Trust, Espresso, phonics play, etc to enhance and support lessons.
For the teaching of mathematics please feel free to download our Calculation Policy.

Non-core Subjects are: History, Geography, Design Technology, PE, Art, Music, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and RE.

We also teach a Modern Foreign Language (French).


Each year we check pupils’ progress against nationally agreed standards in English, Mathematics and Science; the latest results can be found in the School Data section of the website.


COLLECTIVE WORSHIP/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
All children take part in a daily act of collective worship that is of a mainly Christian character.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for worship, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to develop understanding and tolerance of other religions and beliefs. Religious education takes place within the classroom to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and of other religions. This work is based on the Local Education Authority’s agreed R.E syllabus.
Please note that whilst the school is not affiliated to any religious denomination, the law gives parents the right, on request to the headteacher, to withdraw their children from assemblies/R E. Parents are asked to seek the advice of the headteacher on the alternative provision which is available for pupils.


SEX & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
Sex and relationship education is provided through the Science and PSHCE Curriculum.

This is supported by visits from School Health and Education Welfare Services.

Issues which arise on an individual basis are handled with appropriate sensitivity. Questions arising are answered honestly according to the age and needs of the child, with parental involvement.



MUSIC TUITION
As part of our music curriculum Key Stage 2 pupils are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, chime bars and keyboard. Peripatetic teachers of stringed, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments also visit school on a regular basis and lessons in playing these instruments are available to pupils in KS2 at a cost to parents. Parents should be prepared to provide the instrument if necessary.

Letters from the music service are sent out separately.



SPORT
Great importance is placed upon the development of sporting skills. Our general aim in the Physical Education Programme is for children to progress through a range of activities and experiences that will develop control, coordination and mastery of their own bodies. We provide a balanced programme which gives children adequate time to develop, understand and improve skills. Children acquire a sense of satisfaction, achievement and enjoyment through working purposefully to overcome the challenges presented by their practical work. They develop an ability to work safely following LA guidelines in all areas using a wide variety of apparatus.

Children take part in indoor and outdoor activities. They develop specific skills appropriate to a variety of activities, including athletics, dance, gymnastics, games and swimming. We have two specialist PE teachers and specialist coaches are
consistently used to support aspects of our PE curriculum.

Children from Grove Lea compete against local schools in tournaments, galas and other events. They also demonstrate their skills at community events.

The government have recognised the importance of PE and have allocated schools with additional funding.  Additional information about PE Sports Funding can be found on this website.



EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Activities are designed to match the interests and aptitudes of all pupils.

The school offers a range of extra curricular activities including:-

Football Tag- Rugby ICT Drama
Gymnastics Art Music Netball
Food Technology

After-school clubs have a charge of £1 per week to cover running costs. Clubs are run voluntarily by staff.


ORGANISATION OF CLASSES
Classes are organised in single age groups with a maximum of 30 children per class. This
is our admission limit. Occasionally this is exceeded if parents successfully appeal to the LA.

Although specific teachers are assigned to a class, teams of teachers and teaching assistants work together to deliver Grove Lea’s curriculum.

As part of their terms and conditions of employment teachers have time out of the classroom for PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment). We therefore have part-time teachers who are well known to the school to cover classes and deliver specialist areas of the curriculum.


ASSESSMENT
End of Key Stage national statutory assessments tests and tasks (SATs) are administered to pupils in Years 2 and 6 as required by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). In addition, ongoing teacher assessment occurs throughout the school and at Key Stage 2 more formal annual testing is introduced. The purpose of all assessment is to track progress and ensure that planning and teaching is appropriately differentiated to meet the individual needs of pupils.

For monitoring and Tracking Pupils throughout school.  The School subscribes to Target Tracker.  For more information please visit 'Key Information' then 'School Documents' for an outline on how the system operates.


SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Children learn in different ways and at different rates and sometimes when a child has a learning or behavioural difficulty, extra support may be necessary. Support programmes are flexible according to need and Miss N. Bedford, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, is responsible for ensuring that provision is made in line with DCSF ‘Special Educational Needs, Code of Practice’.
Children with special needs are included in daily activities, alongside their peers. All pupils are given equal access to the National Curriculum through the differentiation of learning objectives. Parents of children with special educational needs are involved in formulating an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for their child.


YOUNG GIFTED AND TALENTED
Children who demonstrate academic or creative skills or talents in any curriculum area are identified for personalised provision as part of the Young, Gifted and Talented programme.

Differentiated objectives ensure that these children are given an appropriate level of challenge in the core curriculum subjects, whilst specialist teaching in the non-core curriculum subjects and extra- curricular activities is designed to support, nurture, and celebrate special skills and talents.

Our links with local High Schools mean that our Young, Gifted and Talented children have opportunity to participate in SMART learning days where their thinking skills are developed and they benefit from working with children with similar talents and interests from other primary schools.


SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR POLICY
A copy of the School Behaviour and Discipline Policy can be found in the Key Information/Polices section of the website.

 


HOME-SCHOOL LIAISON
At Grove Lea we pride ourselves on the nature of our home-school liaison. Parents are encouraged to contact school regarding any matter relating to the education or welfare of their child. We endeavor to answer queries, offer advice and resolve any difficulties as quickly as possible. If longer appointments are required it is appropriate to contact school prior to your visit in order to ensure that staff can be made available to see you.

Parental support and involvement is welcomed throughout the school year in the form of:
Helping in the classroom
Supporting fundraising activities
Offering a special skill or sharing experiences with children
Accompanying classes on visits out of school
Attending school concerts and events

Formal parent – teacher interviews are held around October and April and annual pupil reports are given to parents in July. Appointments can also be arranged at other mutually agreeable times.


HELPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME
The most valuable resource that you can give your child is time. Spending time together talking, playing, reading or writing with your child not only shows them the importance that you place on these activities but also reinforces the efforts of school. Our school homework policy places shared responsibility on parents, children and teachers.

Please support your child with homework and ensure they return it to school. Homework prepares or re-inforces teaching in lessons.



PASTORAL CARE
The school attempts to be helpful and sympathetic to any problems which may occur with a child during the school day. If a child becomes ill or has an accident, which requires them to be taken out of school, then a parent or near relative will be contacted. It is therefore important that our records are regularly updated. Please inform us immediately of any change of address or telephone number.

Staff have a duty to each child in their care. In practice this means that teachers behave in “loco parentis” and endeavour to care for and comfort children whenever a problem arises. The Education Welfare Officer and Health Visitor regularly visit school to offer appropriate support. A Learning Mentor works in school with children who are experiencing difficulties with learning or personal and social development.

SAFETY
School security is as tight as is reasonably practicable. Children should not be on the school premises until after 8:30. The classroom doors are opened at 8:50. Throughout the course of the day visitors are requested to report to the main school office.

Children can not leave the school site unaccompanied during the school day. Parents who wish to take their child out of school must notify the teacher and collect the child from the main office. Our school health and safety policy provides clear guidance on many aspects of our procedures. If a child is going to be collected by a person other than the usual person, please contact the school.

When a child is absent from school please notify the school office as soon as possible that day, either by telephone or message with another adult. If no message is received you will be contacted by telephone.

If school procedures are observed, both parents and staff will know that children are safe. We have trained first-aiders in school.

Inevitably, some accidents do happen at school which need additional medical attention. In these instances the parent will be contacted. If parents can not be contacted the child will be taken to hospital by 2 members of staff or by ambulance with a member of staff.


CHILD PROTECTION
Because of day-to-day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour, or failure to develop. Parents should be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of school staff that a child is at risk, the school is required, as part of the local Child Protection Procedures, to report their concern to the Social Care Direct immediately.
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