We follow the National Curriculum for teaching in all subjects. During the school year your child will be working on a programme which will include all of the following elements:
English Mathematics Science Computing
Religious Education (RE) Geography History Music
Physical Education (PE) Art and Design Design Technology (DT)
Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education (PSHEE)
Since January 2011 the school has adopted a skills based creative curriculum. We aim to immerse every child in a thrilling learning adventure under a whole school topic that excites the children and teachers.
In January 2011 we found a giant hatched egg in the school grounds. Since then the school have experienced Bollywood dancing, been lost in space, discovered Tisbury’s past, celebrated the Olympics, designed a multicultural bedroom, built and learned about robots, festivals and experienced a whole school visit to The Tate Modern Gallery in London as part of an art project.
There are a variety of teaching methods used – sometimes the children will be working individually, sometimes in groups and sometimes as a class. Care is taken to adjust the work to cater for the more able children and to be aware of children who may have special educational needs. To inspire the children even further, we organise Profound Learning Experiences (PLEs) to further enhance the learning and make it even more fun!
There will be a cross-curricular approach to most subjects but it will be necessary for some aspects of the curriculum to be dealt with separately. There will also be on-going activities in Numeracy, (number bonds, multiplication tables and mental arithmetic), and Literacy, (speaking, listening, reading and writing, spelling and handwriting).
In September 2015 we streamed phonics and spelling, so the whole school are taught daily in small groups aimed specifically at their individual needs and ability. On Fridays the children have a dictation based on the “Spelling Made Easy” program so that they can apply their learning and put the spellings into context. It provides children with a structured introduction to new spelling patterns and a gradual introduction and revision of key words, backed up by reading comprehension questions.
Reading – The children are taught to read for information and pleasure. All children are encouraged to take home books to read in the evenings. The books may be from one of the reading schemes or from the school library. In all our work with reading and literature we try to pass on a deep love of books.
Writing – The children will be taught to write grammatically, to be aware of correct spelling and good presentation and most importantly, to express their thoughts fluently and imaginatively in a variety of styles.
Speaking and Listening – The children will be encouraged to express themselves confidently whether speaking to other children, adults or groups and to develop the skill of listening to their teacher, to each other, to instructions and to literature.
We use the Abacus Program throughout the school. Through practical experience and discussion the children will be introduced to concepts and learn to apply them in problem solving and mathematical investigations as well as being given regular practice in the computational skills. This program provides excellent interactive computer games that the children use for homework. We provide children with access to IPads and laptops in school for those children who do not have the technology at home. We have also introduced Maths Passports, which the children work on at their level to help with their mental agility. The passports become harder as they travel around the world!
Children are taught through investigations to acquire the skills of observation, comparison, measurement, prediction and fair testing and to record the results of their findings in a variety of ways.
All pupils have equal access to computers in each classroom as we have laptops and IPads available. Children have supervised access to the Internet to support their work in other subject areas.
We have a daily act of collective worship and provide Religious Education which is mainly of a Christian nature. Amongst other things we seek to give the children a respect for other people and their beliefs along with an appreciation of the world around them. The Rector comes in once a week to lead collective worship and we hold special festival services such as Christmas, in the Parish Church. Once a fortnight people from the community come into school for an ‘Open the Book’ service where Bible stories are acted out and the children take part.
Art and Design and Design and Technology
We aim to introduce the children to a variety of different media and to develop both their observational and creative skills. We use cross curricular learning to incorporate our art and DT to enhance the learning.
In Geography children learn about the world around them. They develop knowledge and understanding of places, cultures and environment through the use of geographical enquiry, mapping skills and investigative work.
Children learn about events in the ancient and more recent past through a range of topics. Links are made to other subjects whenever possible.
At various stages of the year your child will be taught gymnastics, dance, athletics, games, outdoor/adventurous activities and swimming. P.E. is used to extend the children’s awareness of themselves, their bodies and healthy lifestyles. They increase their body control, strength stamina, suppleness and develop creativity and expression.
We use the expertise and outstanding facilities of the neighbouring sports centre to teach PE. This includes an excellent outdoor swimming pool that the children use in the summer term.
We have a specialist music teacher that comes in once a week to teach KS1 and KS2 music. All children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. They also have the opportunity to perform and compose music. Through singing and the use of percussion instruments, keyboards, recorders and brass instruments the children learn to respond to music with understanding. The children contribute musically to the life of the school and to the wider community by taking part both formally and informally in Assemblies, Concerts, Drama and other events.
All children have the opportunity to learn to play recorder in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. We have music teachers that come into the school and children may learn to play flute, piano, brass and the guitar but there is a charge for lessons.
Personal, Social and Health Education
We aim to promote the personal, social, health and moral education of our children in all aspects of school life. We teach children how to look after themselves, to develop life skills and to develop interpersonal skills. We aim to help our children come to terms with growing up. To support the teaching we use the Learn 4 Life Wiltshire program along with the Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning program (SEAL) planning and resources.
Special Educational Needs
The class teacher will be very aware of the individual needs of all the children in the class and if it is felt that a child is having difficulties then the child’s progress will be closely monitored. Mrs Lisa Portch is the Special Needs Co-ordinator in school and will work with the class teacher and, you, the parents, to help your child.
The SENSS team and other relevant outside agencies can be called in for advice and, if there is a recognised need, additional funding can be requested for extra teaching or Education Support assistance. There is a lot more information on the website about SEN so please have a look for more details.
The school follows the Department for Education’s agreed Code of Practice.
Our Griffin class was established in September 2015 to help and support children with SEN. This has already proved to be very successful as we see the children become more confident with higher self-esteem. Every child in our school is treated as an individual and as we are such a small school their specific needs can be met. We have two trained ELSA TAs running specifically designed programs to suit the needs of the children in each group. The classroom is also used for the more able children to do group investigative work where they can challenge themselves and work with other like-minded children.