We are currently following the National Primary Curriculum, and teach many of the ‘Foundation’ subjects (like History and Geography) through a termly theme which always contains a visit out or a visitor in to ‘wow’ and inspire the pupils.
The themes are planned over a 3 or 4 year cycle and include for Cogden and Seatown classes:
Year A: Jurassic Coast, Early Eslamic Civilisation, Celts/Iron Age
Year B: Romans, Fame/leaving my mark, North and South America
Year C: Reach for the stars, Ancient Egypt & Anglo Saxons
Year D: Vikings and Anglo Saxons, Ghana, Field to Plate
Themes are reviewed, adapted and planned for the interests of each cohort of pupils.
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For Burton class the themes include:
Year A: Who Am I and where I live? Toys and Into The Woods
Year B: Space – landing on the moon, Going to School, and off to the Seaside
Year C: Ourselves and Our Pets, Homes, From field to plate
Year D: Shops and Shopping, Fire Fire, Fossils at the Seaside
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Reading is taught at school through individual and guided group sessions, encouraged at home and developed through our Book club for KS2 pupils. The school uses a variety of book schemes to cater for all children’s reading tastes and skills including: Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat. These have been ‘banded’ into colour coded National Curriculum reading skill levels. Children are also encouraged to read and enjoy real ‘non-scheme’ books. Letter sounds (Phonics) for spelling and reading are introduced to children principally using the systematic synthetic phonics scheme ‘Phonics Bug’.
Religious Education is taught according to the Dorset Agreed Syllabus using Discovery RE and we are beginning to use Understanding Christianity. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. However, permission must be requested in writing, to the Head Teacher.
French is taught throughout the school from Reception by our qualified language teacher, Mrs Nikki Mundy.
Physical Education is taught in part by professional coaches. Sports covered include both the traditional (e.g. Tag Rugby, Netball and Athletics) and modern (e.g. Street Surfing). We very the range that the children can access from term to term and aim to cater for all abilities and aptitudes. The children are transported to Bridport Leisure centre for swimming, gymnastics and badminton sessions. Our aim is that all pupils will receive 2 hours physical education every week and opportunities for daily physical activity.
Collective Worship is held every day. The whole school attends a church assembly led by the local vicar every Wednesday in Powerstock Church. Pupils are encouraged to reflect and experience moments of awe and wonder. The main religions of the world are referred to and explored but the main focus is Christianity following our ethos as a Church of England school.
We are proud of our learning spaces and are designed to promote flexible teaching and learning styles and meet the needs of all our pupils. From allowing children to solve maths problems standing up, doing artwork on angle to desks that genuinely allow children to concentrate on their own our classrooms are able to provide our children with what they need. Each class is provided with a set of iPads to promote ICT access at their desk and outside. Our aim is prepare children to use effectively and safely use ICT as they encounter it in the ‘real’ world.
We have high expectations that all children will read, share and enjoy books at home with their parents and carers. We encourage that pupils practice basic number facts e.g. times tables and spellings at home through the school week. During Key Stage 2 children are asked to produce projects on things that they have been inspired as they have studied a topic. As children progress through the school, expectations for home learning increase and at Year 5 & 6 there is an emphasis on getting ready for ‘homework’ at secondary school.
If you would like to find out more details about what your child is learning, please speak to their teacher directly or make an appointment via the school office.