Information for Parents
Information for parents
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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 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.
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 faiths, relevant festivals for the time of year and social and moral issues.
Weekly Gold Book awards are given out to celebrate effort and achievement. Assemblies are also a time for children to share their classwork with their peers.
Each child is also a member of one of the four primary houses: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix or Griffin. Children earn points for their house in a variety of ways throughout the week. In assembly weekly house point results are announced. 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, breakdance, dance and drama. 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, artists and scientists to work with the children, not to mention parents, who have come in to talk our children about certain subjects in which they have some expertise.
Annual residential trips are organised for children from Years 1 to 6. These trips 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.
- Autumn Term: Design a Christmas Card Competition; Christmas parties; Christmas Show
- Spring Term: Carnival Parade; World Book Day; Easter Bonnet Parade; Eggshibition; Egg hunt; Design & Technology Challenge
- Summer Term: Summer Fair; The New School Football Tournament; Residential trips; Year 6 Play; Sports Day; Class visits to meet new teacher for the following year.
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 be completed and handed in on time. If for some reason homework has not been completed, a note from a parent is required. 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.