“Pupils achieve highly because the school is determined they do so. The school uses its in depth knowledge of how children learn best to create a learning environment which nurtures their talents successfully.” OFSTED March 2018
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The school Ofsted inspection in March 2018 found that
“children enjoy learning and thinking hard.”
“Pupils show increasing resilience and know not to give up when work is challenging.”
All our children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Regardless of gender, race, religion, age or ability. It seeks to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.
We actively promote fundamental British values whilst also developing mutual respect of different cultures and beliefs and we aim to do this through creative, active, relevant and fun approaches to teaching and learning.
We believe in the importance of providing relevant, meaningful learning experiences centred around play and investigation as well as directed focused teacher led learning.
Ofsted March 2018 “The curriculum is enriched with a variety of extra-curricular activities, trips and visits.”
“Staff are especially proud of pupils’ high participation rates in sports such as athletics, football and curling and celebrate success in local sporting competitions. Music too, is a strength.”
All children can access their learning because of the teachers’ focused assessment for learning. We no longer have fixed ability groups. Grouping is fluid and dependent on which stage each child is in their learning journey.
All foundation subjects are taught with opportunities through Sports Funding for specialist sports coaches to come into school eg Year 1 tennis coaching, Year R and Year 2 football coaching. We also have the puppetman, HCC music performance in school.
The curriculum has opportunities for visits and “hand on” real enjoyable learning and SMSC experiences for all year groups. To prepare for these there have ben opportunities to involve parents and encourage homework preparation for topics. Visits: Year R Hillier’s and Longdown Activity Farm, Year 1 Beaulieu Motor Museum, Testwood Lakes, Bournemouth Oceanarium and day on the beach, Year 2 Beaulieu Countryside Trust, Portchester Castle, Nurture Group visit to Pizza Express.
In addition we provide
Special topic days such as Year 2 space day, Year1 build a home afternoon with parents (DT focus) and Harvest supper preparation and Year R Chinese New Year.
Special event weeks during the year to focus on different curriculum areas. Our weeks have been “Gruffalo week” (we found Gruffalo footprints and he came to see us) to focus on PSHE< communication and language, literacy, maths and DT. “Mud and Stick week” to focus on science, art maths, literacy and DT. “Spells and Potions week” to focus on traditional stories, instructions and writing outside to encourage boys writing, science and art.
Enrichment – we work with Testwood Secondary School and we attend master classes in art and design, science/chemistry, music, sport and mental maths.
International week to focus on creative arts from other countries with the opportunity for creativity with music – African drums and dance, Bollywood dance and art across the school.
Sports week at the end of July with children having experience of different sports – tag rugby, street dance, golf and yoga.
After school clubs – sports, choir, drama and song performance, yoga, running club, apparatus club, recorder and gardening club continue to be run by our staff or outside coaches.
Music and Theatre performances – Martin Bridle the Puppet man, M & M performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.
All our topics have a ‘hook’ at the beginning to draw in children’s interest and an outcome at the end which may involve a visit, sharing work or a special day planned to bring together all our learning.