Learning happens outside of the classrooms through planned and purposeful educational visits. Our curriculum challenges children whilst providing support when necessary ensuring there is equal opportunity for all. Children across school from Y1 to Year 6 have an annual block of swimming lessons to develop water confidence, which is so important due to our coastal locality. We recognise as a priority the careful and thoughtful delivery of the core subjects of English, and Maths with Science, Computing and Religious Education. We have developed creative approaches to the curriculum through the Inspire Curriculum, which we believe is an inspirational way, to teach the foundation subjects of Art and Design, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music and some aspects of Science, PE and Language.
We encourage creative thinking across the curriculum. We focus not just on what pupils learn but crucially on how pupils learn, not least in the developing knowledge of how our brain works. We understand the varied preferred learning styles of our children and ensure that themes are planned with the children and delivered in a way to engage all learners. Our Teachers ensure that creative, challenging work is planned and that skills, concepts and knowledge are transferred between different areas of the curriculum.
The themes selected for study are balanced both across the year and key stage. Links are made to ensure that children develop the self-confidence to move from the familiar to the unknown and challenge themselves in a secure and supportive learning context. We create opportunities for real experience through day visits, professional partnerships and workshops. Our planning ensures that every theme studied has an 'entry point' to launch the study.
As children progress through the school several residential opportunities are offered to them to enrich their experience. All National Curriculum subjects are coordinated and managed by an allocated teacher; each teacher plans development, monitors coverage and standards, offers support and advice and initiates experience rich opportunities to celebrate learning. Parents receive a termly curriculum update from their child's class teacher providing information on themes and areas of study ensuring that this crucial parent teacher partnership supports the development of their child.
In addition to the National Curriculum subjects taught in school, we offer a large selection of extra-curricular activities. These activities are important to the culture and ethos of the school, as they provide opportunities of all ages to experience and enjoy a wide range of pursuits. Offered throughout the year. There are a wide range of additional sports opportunities available to schools within our local area hosted at St Ives School and Mounts Bay School. In a wide variety of sports our school is involved in a programme of festivals, competitions and galas. Fixtures are arranged on a regular basis and these provide opportunities for our children to meet and compete against children from other schools.
We maintain high standards of attainment and progress through continuous assessment and tracking of children’s learning. Through this on-going process and involving children in their personal assessment and progress judgments, we build a picture of all aspects of each child’s development. Assessment takes many forms; we assess through discussion, marking and observation as well as using more formal procedures such as tests.
Parents receive information about progress in their child’s annual school report, but discussions regarding progress form a significant part of our parent consultation meetings. Our home/school communication books also provide valuable ongoing dialogue regarding progress between parents and staff. Individual targets in English and Maths are shared with parents each time they are set and achieved to ensure that parents are fully aware of their child’s next steps in learning. National Curriculum Tests (SATS) are administered at the end of each Key Stage i.e. KS.1 - Year 2 (to confirm teacher assessment only) and KS2 - Year 6. Teacher assessments, especially in the core subjects, are an integral part of the recording cycle of each child's progress.
Phonics Screening - This screening measures the number of Year 1 children who have achieve the required standard of phonic sound acquisition. It is taken in June and retested in Year 2 if the necessary standard is not met. Parents are informed of their child’s result in the summer term.
We ensure that all children have the same entitlement to the full range of the school curriculum; we are inclusive in our practice and appropriate accessibility is assured through differentiation and by adopting a range of teaching and learning strategies to cater for individual learning styles. All parents should feel confident that their child's progress is being carefully monitored. If staff feel additional support would be helpful for a pupil - either because they are exceptionally able, experiencing a plateau in their learning, or because they are facing difficulties in a particular area - we will consult you at an early stage. We strongly believe in early intervention to address the needs of individual children and our Inclusion leader is available via appointment each week.
Our school building is fully accessible for pupils with a physical disability, with easy access for wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities. The 'Special Educational Needs Code of Practice' is central to our policy of support for children with SEND. If appropriate, and after a full consultation with parents, we will seek advice and support from the LA and other outside agencies.
We believe our school has a key part to play in promoting community cohesion through our approach to:
Equity and Excellence: removing barriers to access and participation, offering equal opportunities to all their pupils to succeed at the highest level possible.
Engagement and Ethos: providing opportunities for children, young people and their families to interact with others from different backgrounds.
Equality and Diversity: It is our intention to ensure that every member of our community, child or adult, is given their opportunity to shine regardless of age, gender, culture or background.
Teaching and Learning: Teaching pupils to understand others, promoting discussion and debate about common or differing values and social/cultural/spiritual diversity.
Should you require further information on our school curriculum please contact Mrs Emma Olney, school secretary and she will arrange a meeting or phone conversation with the appropriate Key Stage Leader.