Waddington All Saints Primary School

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Teaching & Learning

Our curriculum is organised to ensure entitlement of a broad and balanced curriculum. We strive to offer a rich, exciting and fun curriculum that allows all children to develop as learners and to reach their potential. The curriculum is delivered through a series of learning journeys that provide the children with contexts to learn new skills and concepts. Each year group has a learning ‘blog’ to keep parents/carers up to date and to support learning at home, this outlines the exciting learning that will be taking place during each day/week/term. You can find the blogs from the PUPIL menu above.

We endeavour to promote a real enjoyment for learning and ensure that our pupils have the ability to know how to improve and the skills to implement these improvements. We feel that it is important for the children to learn how to identify the barriers in their learning and develop the skills to overcome these.

Learners

“Our school is like an Aladdin’s cave, people just wouldn't believe all the good things that go on here.” (One of our 9 year old pupils)

Whenever possible children will be provided with the opportunities to be active learners rather than passive recipients. They will be involved in planning, implementing and evaluation of what they do and will be encouraged to constantly re-assess the quality of work that they are producing. Our children have a wonderful ability to identify their next steps in learning and how they are going to overcome them.

From an early age we will encourage children to be independent. Pupils will not be 'spoon fed' but rather will be challenged to think and do for themselves. As far as possible, young children will be encouraged to undress and dress for P.E. with minimal support. All children will be asked to be responsible for choosing and returning the materials that they need to carry out a particular task. Older children will be offered the opportunity to use the school library and the ICT suite without direct supervision. In brief, demands and responsibilities will be placed upon the children in order to equip them with the skills and confidence they will need in later life.

By aiming to make work exciting, interesting and relevant we hope that children will expand their learning beyond the normal school day by working at home and bringing information and artefacts into school.

Positive reinforcement at all levels exemplifies our attitude to personal development. Through praise and the acknowledgement of success we hope to encourage children to be proud of their achievements and to be able to share in the joy and success of others.

Finally, we wish to encourage a team spirit amongst pupils and adults, which will shape the direction and future development of the school and all its members. All classes from Year 2 upwards have representatives on the School Council, which meets on a regular basis to discuss issues and implement initiatives that improve the well-being of the pupils and the school environment.

Visits / Enrichment

We feel that children learn best from ‘first hand’, practical experiences. To support this we make visits and visitors an integral part of our curriculum. These are well planned to ensure that they relate directly to current topics being covered. The governors in consultation with parents and our RAF community have decided to continue to use our Service Pupil Premium to fund enrichment opportunities such as visits and visitors to enhance the quality and breadth of learning experience.

All Year 6 pupils have the chance to take part in a residential visit.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

A range of extra-curricular clubs are on offer to the children, these take place at lunchtimes or after school. The range of clubs on offer depends on the time of year and can include football, netball, athletics, recorders, choir, science, art, school newspaper, eco club and drama. We try to ensure that we have something for everybody!

Sex and Relationship Education

Within sex and relationship education, we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills to cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up.

More sensitive issues are covered in years 5/6, including puberty and a basic understanding of reproduction.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any of these sessions if they feel it is necessary.