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Learning

We want every child to reach their potential, developing skills, interests and passions. The foundation of learning is the ability to read, write and communicate well; this is the bedrock of all learning. We want children to leave primary school with the skills and knowledge in place so that they can be lifelong learners, able to choose the career they want and be full active and responsible citizens.

Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Reception children are taught from the Early Years Foundation Stage, Years 1-6 are taught from the National Curriculum. The curriculum is taught in projects, which contain all the national curriculum subjects, to enable children to link subjects together and apply their learning to different situations.

All current school curriculum policies are available for parents to read online, if a paper copy is required please contact the admin team. We use a variety of teaching methods to enable children to become independent creative learners. Children are taught by teachers and learning assistants as a whole class, in groups and individually.

THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

This is a specialised curriculum for 0-5 year olds. Providing learning opportunities that will fully develop the individual child: intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and morally. The basis of the teaching is through child centred learning at children’s needs and challenge levels. Nursery and Reception Year children are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children will begin the Programmes of Study for the National Curriculum in the term after their fifth birthday or earlier if they have achieved the Foundation Stage levels. The Prime Areas of Learning and Development are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. The Specific Areas of Learning and Development are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. Each child has a learning journey that is recorded and shared with parents over the year; parents are invited to record in it any milestones that their children make at home.

KEY STAGE 1 AND 2

Building upon the Foundation Stage, children then work according to the programmes of study specified in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum subjects are: Art and Design; Computing; Design Technology; English; Foreign Language (French); Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; PE; Personal, Social and Health Education; Religious Education and Science.

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning, it is used to identify strengths and next steps so staff are able to create learning opportunities that ensure each child reaches their individual potential. Informal and formal assessments are carried out towards the end of every term, parents are informed about their child’s progress and achievement through the termly report which is shared at parent/teacher meetings. Formal government assessments are undertaken in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 6; see the calendar for details of when this happens.

Biting

Biting is not tolerated at Ash Grange Primary School. If a biting incident takes place staff have a duty to inform both the parents/ carers of the child who has been bitten and the child who has bitten. Children are supported to realise the hurt and damage this can causes and educated to change their behaviour in partnership with families. Any bites where the skin is broken parents will be informed and advised to seek immediate medical attention.

Certificates

Children work towards certificates (in reading, writing, maths, computing, times tables and swimming), which track progress and show next steps. If a child achieves a certificate, it is given in a celebration assembly and a copy is sent home for parents to know what their child has achieved and how you can help them at home to achieve the next one. Every time a children achieves a certificate they receive a prize and add a subject icon to their star point in the entrance to the school, so keep an eye on how well your child is doing

Dummies

At Ash Grange Nursery 1, it is important for children to settle well and be happy whilst in our care. During the initial home visit, we will discuss the use of a dummy in school, as part of a child’s settling process to support a smooth transition between home and school. Once the child has settled, their dummy will be used to comfort when upset if other distractions are unsuccessful. If the child sleeps as part of their daily routine, then a dummy may be given in line with home practice. When not being used a child’s dummy will be kept in their own dummy box out of child’s reach and labelled with their photograph and name. After use and if dropped a dummy will be cleaned and stored/given back to the child. It is important for parents to understand that the constant use of dummies can have a huge negative effect on children’s speech and language development.

English as an additional language (EAL)

At Ash Grange we recognise the uniqueness of every child based on their skills, attitudes, needs and life experiences. We value our rich multi-cultural school and we embrace the opportunities that this provides for all our children. We recognise that not all children arrive at school fluent in English and aware of all the different cultural aspects of British life. Our role is to develop children’s knowledge and skills so that they (EAL) can communicate well and live in harmony with one another. PRACTICE - Liaison with Parents/Carers

Upon entry to school, all parents/carers are invited to discuss their child’s prior education to provide an accurate profile of their child If necessary, a translator will be sought Class teachers will liaise with the parents/carers of newly arrived children with EAL to ascertain prior experience of English and first language competence. Newsletter and other written materials will take account of whether the family understand communications in English Parents/carers are informed through progress report meetings and informal meetings of progress and any issues of concern. Parents/carers will be supported through workshops, 1:1 meeting, reading materials and coffee mornings.

Identifying Needs

The teacher will monitor the child’s language competence in English through involvement in ordinary lessons. SLT members will support staff to identify resources and strategies to help the learner. If required, we will make a referral to the EAL support service if a fuller assessment or translations are needed. Work will be differentiated appropriately. Support will be given to enable the child to reach their potential.

MarvellousMe

This is a celebration app that we use for Reception to Year 6 parents to share your child’s marvellous achievements in the form of badges with you and family members (6 links available per family).  Families are provided with a unique password which they set up once at parent.marvellousme.com

Reports

In the Spring term there is a brief report (Yr-6)/learning journey update (Nursery) for each child so parents are aware of their child’s progress, effort and achievement as compared with peers nationally.  In the Summer Term there is a more detailed report exploring progress and achievements over the whole year and in comparison to their peers nationally. Year 1 phonics results, Year 2 and 6 SATS are published with the summer report.

Standard Assessment Tests - SATS

Government assessments to identify children’s progress at the end of each key stage in Year 2 and Year 6, which is compared to all children nationally.

Year 2 the SATs are used as part of the Teacher’s assessment of the child. 

Year 6 this is a formal invigilated process, involving tests in Reading, Writing and Maths with Teacher Assessments in Writing.

All children are prepared in age appropriate ways for these key assessments.

There are SATs talks (dates on the calendar) for parents to find out about the purpose and procedures prior to these tests.

All classes have assessments at the end of the autumn term, mid-year in February and end of the year in July to assess progress and achievements. 

In addition, Year 1 have a national phonics assessment in June. 

Tapestry

This is a communication app for Early Years Families (Nursery and Reception Class), to share targets, progress and achievements in their Learning Journey. Parents can use this to share achievements at home. Contact the school office or class teacher for further information.

Toileting

Children are encouraged to use the toilet facilities at breaktimes. 

Nursery 1 children who are not yet toilet trained are expected to bring nappies for changes as required. 

Nursery 2 children are expected to be toilet trained and need extra clothes in case of accidents.  Until a child is toilet trained and not having daily accidents they cannot attend full time.

Reception Class children are expected to be toilet trained and need extra clothes in case of accidents.  Until a child is toilet trained and not having daily accidents they cannot attend full time.

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