On Friday 13th January, a topping out ceremony was held at the new Abbot Alphege School:
ENGLISH – READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, LISTENING
AIM : The ability to understand and communicate through the written word.
- To promote reading in the early years through books being made readily accessible to children, providing a source of stimulation.
- For each child to gain maximum benefit from pre-reading equipment and skills.
General Reading, Reading Schemes and Parental Help
- To foster an interest in books at home and school through a wide range of reading activities.
- To encourage a flexible use of correlated reading schemes.
- To aid reading through the teaching of phonics.
- To encourage parental involvement through the guided practice of reading activities.
- To enjoy Group Reading.
- To be aware of children with potential reading difficulties at an early stage.
- To record individual children’s reading progress in a systematic and continuous manner.
- To develop the higher order reading skills in all able pupils.
- To further develop a love of books and literature.
Reading for Enjoyment
- To promote reading for enjoyment in the classroom. To develop the ‘reading habit’ through the encouragement of the use of the local library.
- To be aware of the different styles of writing.
- To use a wide variety of stimuli to enthuse children about written tasks.
- To encourage children to explore their own thoughts and feelings through writing.
- Children learn to spell in a variety of ways. Consequently a variety of strategies and techniques will be used to teach spelling. Children from Year 1 upwards have weekly spelling lists to learn, at home, which are tested.
- To promote a neat agreed style of handwriting and to provide structured methods of teaching:
- A joined up handwriting style from entry to school.
- To progress to the use of pens in Year 3. Parents are requested to provide a fountain pen and blue/black ink.
Marking and Assessing Children’s Work
- To show positive encouragement whilst providing clear targets for improvement when reading, marking and assessing children’s work.
- To moderate and assess all pupils’ work in line with National Curriculum requirements.
- An individual Pupil Profile is kept for each child detailing their achievements in tests and assessments.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
We seek to provide an environment where children feel confident about speaking. Children are expected to listen respectfully to the views and opinions of others. We offer opportunities for public speaking through regular class assemblies and performances.
AIM : For each child to develop basic mathematical skills.
Your child should:
- Learn to memorise and recall mathematical facts with confidence.
- Acquire mathematical skills and techniques and be able to perform mathematical processes.
- Be able to show that he/she has an understanding of basic mathematical ideas.
- Be able to apply mathematical concepts in a problem solving situation.
- Develop the ability to work mentally in order to solve problems.
- Develop skills in a range of practical concepts.
AIM : To develop and foster observation, investigation and classification in a scientific manner.
- To stimulate curiosity.
- To encourage divergent thought.
- To encourage self-discipline and responsibility.
- To stimulate questioning and investigation.
- To increase an awareness of objectivity.
- To explore and record in a scientific manner.
Abbot Alphege Primary School has a good level of provision in this curriculum area. We have a laptop and desktop computers, projectors, interactive whiteboards, cameras and visualizers in each class which are particularly valuable tools when explaining a concept or task to the whole class before the children go to work independently. They are used across the curriculum as we teach children a range of computing skills. There is internet access, allowing the children to explore the possibility of researching using the worldwide web and also for accessing a range of e-books through the library system. Our Reception classes use tablets for the introduction of early Information Technology skills, while we also use tablets throughout the school to improve our computing skills such as app design in upper KS2.
Both Key Stage One and Two have networked laptops allowing children to store, retrieve and edit their work wherever they are in the school. Each class also has access to video cameras, green screen technology and the relevant software to edit their work.
We aim to:
- Develop the necessary skills for children to access Information Computer Technology effectively.
- Provide opportunities for independent research, using Information Computer Technology to assist this.
- Consider the range of applications for Information Computer Technology
- Support work across the whole curriculum through the use of Information Computer Technology.
Pupils are offered creative and practical experiences, taking into account both organised knowledge and systematic approaches in the solving of simple problems. The materials used to implement this are simple and readily available, e.g. paper, card, textiles, wood, food, plastics as well as construction kits and modelling materials.
Design Technology spans all aspects of the curriculum and provides a practical extension to topic work. Attention is given to group work and the development of individual skills by the practical application of knowledge from a broad spectrum of activity.
- To give children the opportunity to design, make and evaluate artefacts.
- To provide opportunities for work with a diverse range of materials.
HUMANITIES – HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
At Abbot Alphege Primary School, we offer a cross-curricular topic-based approach to the teaching of History and Geography. We also use it as a vehicle to extend and diversify children’s skills and knowledge in Literacy.
AIM : To stimulate a child’s curiosity, enthusiasm and imagination and his/her awareness of the world.
- To encourage an awareness and enjoyment of our environment and a sense of responsibility towards it.
- To encourage the development of the understanding of other people and how their environments affect them.
- To stimulate an awareness of the past in order to see how it has contributed to the present and might influence the future.
- To base work, when possible, on first hand experience, e.g. visits and artefacts.
- To teach children investigation and research techniques.
- To encourage verbal, written and artistic communication.
AIM : To encourage an enjoyment of music.
- The progressive development of an aural memory through hearing, imitating and initiating ideas and allowing children opportunities to listen to varied examples of music both live and recorded.
- To encourage pupils to recognise listening to and making music as valuable activities.
- To develop some facility in using voices and/or instruments individually or in groups as a medium for personal expression and to experience making and composing music.
We also offer our pupils a number of opportunities for individual music tuition, financed by parents. We currently offer tuition in: Piano, keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and voice. Other instruments do become available from time to time. The programme is variable depending on our access to specialist instrumental teachers. Further details are available from the School Office.
AIMS: To strive to follow the Christian ideals set down by the teaching of Jesus.
To enable pupils to understand the nature of religious beliefs and practices and the importance of these in the lives of believers.
- To learn tolerance and patience.
- To care and be cared for.
- To grow in awareness of themselves and to develop a positive attitude to their own emotions, life and learning.
- To grow in awareness of others and to develop relationships in a secure and tolerant setting.
- To develop their interest in, and their ability to reflect upon, the world around them.
- To clarify and enlarge their ideas about religion.
- To develop a sense of their identity and worth.
- To understand some features of human groups and communities.
- To become aware of different forms of verbal communities.
- To appreciate that symbols and artefacts can express human feelings and ideas.
- To explore the natural world and various human responses to it.
- To extend their awareness that people commit themselves to beliefs and causes.
- To develop an awareness of the beliefs and practices of a range of world faiths and to regard these with interest and tolerance.
- To understand the role that Weston All Saints Church occupies within the community and the relationship between Church and School.
ART AND CRAFT
- To develop a sensitive appreciation of the world, both natural and man-made.
- To develop appreciation of the work of artists.
- To develop skills in designing and making.
- To develop a means of self-expression through a variety of media.
- To equip children with the necessary skills to develop powers of observation and develop children’s imagination through first hand experience.
- To enable children to develop appropriate techniques utilising a range of artistic media.
- To allow children to experience different forms of creative development at the appropriate stages in their school career.
- To encourage children to relate their work to that of artists from a range of disciplines.
AIM : Physical Education should aim to give enjoyment and satisfaction together with a
sense of achievement and self-confidence and should develop specific skills.
- To prepare the pupils for fit and healthy living.
- To develop an awareness and understanding of the body, the surroundings and other people.
- To help the pupil become aware of his/her potential for expressing ideas and emotions through movement.
There is a wide range of P.E. activities in the school curriculum including athletics, gymnastics, dance, team games and swimming.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL EDUCATION
- To develop as a person gaining in confidence and becoming more independent.
- To learn to cope with disappointment and failure and have pleasure in the success and achievements of oneself and that of others.
- To have the opportunity to make decisions.
- To see “self” in relation to others, developing appropriate attitudes and knowing how to behave both in and out of school.
- To feel community responsibility; to care about other people as well as property.
“Circle Time” is a timetabled event in all classes at Abbot Alphege and provides children with an opportunity to explore their own feelings with regard to a range of issues and their relationships with each other.
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