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Teaching and Learning

What are we trying to achieve?

How do we organise learning?

Our school covers two phases of education: the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2).  We have broad and balanced learning programmes which encompass the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum requirements.  Religious Education is taught in accordance with the 1988 Education Act and Kirklees Agreed Syllabus.

Our dedicated staff take great pride in providing high-quality teaching and learning in both Key Stages. They know the children well and build upon their interests and help them to develop new ones. We strive to teach subjects within a context that will be interesting to the children e.g. building a shelter on the school field to test the properties of material. We have wonderful school grounds and provide many opportunities for children to develop their learning in the outside environment. Use of computers is well embedded to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.  We find that children are motivated by the learning experiences that we plan for them, enjoy coming to school and achieve well.

Topics and themes are organized in blocks to ensure that children have adequate time to acquire and apply skills in order to embed their learning.

During inspection May 2012, Ofsted found the curriculum to be “varied, stimulating providing a wealth of experiences through which learning is effectively promoted” and teaching to be “consistently good with some examples of outstanding teaching.” This was judged to “promote high quality, nurturing relationships with pupils’ who as a result, “show a good level of confidence and clearly enjoy their time at school.”

Since then we have continued to work hard to enhance our curriculum especially in terms of developing active learning and thinking skills.

We embrace the changes introduced by the new National Curriculum September 2014 and look to continue to enhance the learning experiences offered to children at our school.