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In the older classes we have our own Curriculum which is drawn largely from the National Curriculum. Children learn in an active way which does not rely on the use of worksheets – we prefer to follow children’s own interests and work hard to offer resources and activities to instil interest and motivate children to follow their own ideas.
We do not use SATS and have our own assessment and record keeping system in place which is based on close observation of children's work rather than formal tests.
Teachers guide children to independent reading, using approaches appropriate to the individual. Extra help is provided for those children who need it. In their writing, children are encouraged to write freely from the beginning and to become more accurate and organised as their work develops. A broad range of literary approaches including phonics is used throughout the school to help children with reading and writing skills.
Maths is always taught in the most practical way possible, for example recording plant growth in the garden or solving practical everyday problems. Children are taught strategies to work out problems and as their understanding develops they begin to record their maths in both informal and formal ways as they progressively tackle the different areas of mathematics.
Education about the environment is supported by an understanding of science which provides an introdution to the world of living things, materials and physical processes in a practical way.