General Information for Parents

Physical Education

Our aim is to ensure children have access to a full range of movement, co-ordination and manipulation skills.  As progression is often rapid we will ensure that activities are challenging and stimulating. To achieve this the children will go by school bus, once a week, to a private gym where they will cover the gymnastics and dance programmes.  Once a week they will also use the school’s sports pitch for games activities.

The three main areas covered within the Primary School are:

  • Games: invasion games; net games; striking and fielding games.
  • Dance: body control; co-ordination; self-awareness and flexibility.
  • Gymnastics: travel; body shape; balance; rotation; flight and inversion.  

Music

Music is a vital and integral part of the curriculum and is taught by a specialist music teacher.  Each class receives one music lesson and one singing lesson per week.  We aim to develop the children’s listening, appreciation, composing and performing skills. In addition to class music, we have several peripatetic instrumental teachers and it is possible for the children to sign up for lessons within school time, for a small fee.  Lessons are usually offered to children from Year 2 upwards, although younger children may begin if the teacher feels he/she is ready.  At present we offer piano, violin, flute and guitar.

English as a Second Language support (ESL)

Children who have English as a Second Language are supported by our ESL teachers, the amount and type of support depends on the age and needs of the child.  Support may be given in the classroom, or in another room and children usually work in small groups. As children progress they may change groups or stop receiving support.

Special needs

A Special Needs consultant is available to assess and support children experiencing difficulties in learning.  At all stages teachers and parents work together.  Support may be in the form of simple strategies involving parents and class teacher or one to one support for the child.  If the latter is the case an extra fee to cover the cost will be charged.

Italian

Italian is offered to non-Italian speakers (usually mother-tongue English) from Year 1.  From Year 2 onwards all children study Italian.  Each class is divided into two groups: mother tongue and foreign language.  Each group is taught by a specialist teacher and has its own programme. Year 1 & Year 2 receive two lessons of 30 minutes a week, Years 3 & 4 receive two lessons of 45 minutes a week and Years 5 & 6 receive two lessons of one hour a week.

Assemblies

Each week there is a separate assembly for Key Stage 1 & 2 lasting for 15 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.  The focus for each assembly will vary but will include topics such as world religions, relevant festivals for the time of year and social and moral issues.  Assemblies are also a time for children to share the work they have been doing in class with others from their Key Stage.  Each assembly is concluded with a selection of songs that the children have learnt in their music lessons.  Fortnightly Gold Book awards are also given out.  These are certificates given to children from each class who have excelled over the previous 2 weeks in some aspect of the school day be it in a curriculum area or a social area.  Each child is also a member of one of the four primary houses, either Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix or Griffin.  Children earn points for their house in a variety of ways and each week these are added up.  At the end of each term the winning house is announced and a small prize awarded to its members. 

After school activities

We currently offer several after school clubs including football, swimming, dance, choir and a homework club.  Children sign up for these at the beginning of a term and there is a small fee paid directly to the organisers of the individual club.

Primary children are very welcome to play in the garden after school until 4.30pm. but for safety reasons, they must be supervised by an adult and remain in the areas that they are allowed in during school time.

Trips, visits and visiting speakers

Visits to a variety of places connected to work in class are an important part of the curriculum.  Class teachers regularly organise trips related to topics that are part of the curriculum.  There is no added cost for trips/outings.  In addition to this during the year the school often has the opportunity to invite guest speakers to the school.  In the past we have invited poets to work with the children and parents who have come in to talk to a class about certain subjects in which they have some expertise.

Residential Trips

Children from Years 1 to 6 also take part in a yearly residential trip.  These are important in developing independence and social relationships within the class whilst having a lot of fun!  Years 1 & 2 go for a 2 day (1 night) stay in late May or early June; Years 3 & 4 go for a 3 day  (2 nights) stay, while Years  5 & 6 go for a longer stay of 4 days (3 nights).  Trips can have, for example, a nature/environmental theme such as a visit to a farm in Umbria or an historical/cultural theme such as a visit to the Tuscia area.  The costs are kept to a minimum and shared between the children.

Annual Events

  • Autumn Term:  Design a Christmas Card Competition; Christmas parties; Christmas Concert; Primary Environmental trip.
  • Spring Term:  Carnival Parade; Easter Bonnet Parade; Eggshibition; Egg hunt.
  • Summer Term:  May Fair; Residential trips; Year 6 play; Sports Day; Class visits to meet new teacher for the following year.

Homework

The following is an outline of the type of homework set by class teachers, the day on which homework will be set and the day it will be collected in for marking.

The aim of the homework for younger children is to give a minimal amount of work to complete at home thereby consolidating work done in class and allowing the children to develop independent working skills. For older children the workload is greater and gives the children practice at organising their homework times to prepare them for Senior school.

For all year groups it is expected that homework will be completed and handed in on time and approximate completion time is suggested. If for some reason homework has not been completed, please let us know by writing a note. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 may be expected to finish their homework in their play times, if there is no valid reason for unfinished homework.

During holidays, written homework will not usually be set but children will be given reading books and it is vital that they continue to practise their English skills over the holidays.

Year group

Homework

Time

Given out

Returned

Year 1

 

Daily reading to parents

10mins

Monday

Friday

Daily reading by parents

15mins

 

 

Spellings / letter sound practice

 

 

 

Year 2

Daily reading to parents

10 mins

Monday

Monday

Spelling

20 mins

   

Maths (consolidation)

20 mins

   

Year 3

Daily reading

10mins

Wednesday

Monday

Spellings

     

English

1 hour

   

Maths (consolidation)

     

Handwriting

     

Italian

30 mins

   

Year 4

Daily reading to parents

20 mins

Wednesday

Monday

Spellings

5 mins daily

   

Language / project work

30 mins

   

Maths (consolidation)

30 mins

   

Italian

2 x 30 mins

Mon / Thurs

Mon / Thurs

Year 5

Daily reading

20 mins

Thursday

Tuesday

Spellings

5 mins daily

   

English / writing activity

up to 60 mins

   

Maths

30 mins

   

Italian

2 x 30 mins

Tues / Thurs

Tues / Thurs

Year 6

Daily reading

25 mins

Thursday

Wednesday

Spellings

5 mins daily

 

 

English

up to 60 mins

 

 

Maths

30 mins

 

 

Italian

2 x 30 mins

Mon / Fri

Mon / Fri

 

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