‘EMPOWERING ARDEN TO BE A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS.’
At Arden Primary School we believe in lifelong learning and the concept that adults and
children learn new things everyday.
Our Teaching and Learning Policy was produced through a process of consultation with staff and it clearly sets out the high expectations we have in relation to quality teaching and learning. Over a series of in service training days and staff meetings the teachers discussed and identified the core values that we believe underpin quality teaching and learning. These values are: providing an organised and enabling environment, ensuring that learning is personalised for the unique child, monitoring and assessment, parental engagement and inclusion and subject knowledge
Our policy is revisited regularly and provides a vehicle for professional dialogue and training.
Curriculum – Subjects
In English, children work on speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.
We follow the Primary National Curriculum for Literacy and we ensure we provide a literate environment in school and give children many opportunities to develop their literacy skills through a cross-curricular approach.
Reading is a priority. To support the children’s development in reading we are committed to providing every class with a daily Guided Reading session.
A number of reading schemes are used to teach reading including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Phonic Bug. The books are organised in book bands linked to the children’s reading ability and age.
Letters and Sounds is used to support the teaching of phonics in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
We aim to create confident mathematicians, teaching mathematical skills and concepts in a challenging, interactive and exciting way. We follow the Primary National Framework for Mathematics and use a range of different supporting materials and games.
Science is taught through themes and specific science topics. We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds and give children an appetite to discover for themselves. Children are encouraged to examine, make enquiries, predict, reason, hypothesise and evaluate.
Children use a variety of different technologies to support their learning. Children have many different learning contexts for using the computers in our KS2 ICT suite and KS1 mini suite. There are many computers and banks of laptops throughout the school and each class benefits from an interactive whiteboard. We ensure that all staff training keeps up to date with current innovations. Children are familiar with computer processes and other technologies, including digital cameras and floor robots
We aim to
– Deepen children’s understanding of their locality and the wider world.
– Help children acquire the skills needed for using maps
– Encourage a responsible attitude to the world and its resources
– Appreciate and value the local environment
In history we aim to develop historical concepts and skills through the use of books, photographs, first hand accounts and artefacts. Visits and topic days are arranged to extend the children’s understanding.
Using many different materials, we encourage children to develop their skills in drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpting. Through creation and appreciation of art, the children learn to handle colour, tone, shape, design, texture and pattern. They are introduced to artists and art forms from different periods and cultures, and use their knowledge to develop their own ideas.
This subject requires children to generate ideas and follow through a making stage to a final evaluation of their product. In this way children gain an understanding of a range of different materials and experience many different skills, crucial to our technological age.
We aim to develop positive attitudes toward sport to develop skills and promote health and well-being. During each week, children take part in a variety of different physical activities and a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs are on offer. From time to time we also have additional sports professionals working in school.
We participate in a wide range of competitive sporting events with other local schools. These include football, netball, tag rugby, cricket, swimming, cross-country, athletics, lacrosse, hockey and Boccia.
We teach gymnastics, dance, swimming (KS2 only) and outdoor and adventurous activities.
Please ensure your child has a PE kit available in school at all times. This should consist of a white T-shirt and black shorts. Children should have this basic kit in a drawstring bag. For outdoor games, children should also have a sweatshirt and trainers.
Children in KS2 (Year3-6) take part in swimming sessions. Boys should have fitted swimming trunks, girls should have a one-piece swimming costume. Children with longer hair must wear a swimming cap. All earrings must be removed for swimming.
Children who are fit for school are expected to take part in physical activities as part of the National Curriculum. Withdrawal from any activity for an extended period must have a doctor’s note. Please contact us by letter or in person to let us know the reason why your child cannot participate in any physical education sessions. We will otherwise include your child.
At Arden we encourage the children to acquire reasoned and positive attitudes and beliefs which include a respect for and understanding of other peoples’ spiritual, religious, moral and cultural ways of life.
We help them to appreciate the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
Central to our Equal Opportunities Policy is the development of a child’s positive self image. We draw upon their beliefs, cultures and backgrounds to achieve these outcomes.
Through our RE curriculum we promote knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of Christianity and other major faiths.
At some time during each school day, children come together for acts of collective worship which allows a short time for reflection.
Over the year a number of visitors are invited to lead assemblies, for example Bible Encounter, Ground Breakers and the Ethnic Diversity Service.
The Governors and staff believe strongly that our role is to ensure that children’s questions are answered honestly, at the appropriate level of understanding and with due consideration of any religious or cultural factors. Our Health Education Policy is carefully designed to promote awareness of health issues and to support children with emotional and physical changes that occur as they grow up.
Key Stage 1 and 2 children study the National Curriculum topic of ‘Living Things’.
All children follow Stockport’s ‘Spiral Curriculum for Sex and Relationships Education’. Please discuss any concerns with the Headteacher.
The Schools Linking Programme provides opportunities for children and teachers to meet, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community. It also helps to develop trust, empathy, awareness and respect between communities.
Arden is linked with Birchfields Primary in Manchester and during the year they will explore the concepts of identity, diversity, equality and community together both in their classrooms and through linking visits. The programme is under-pinned by on-goingreflection and four key questions:
Who am I?
Who are we?
Where do we live?
How do we all live together?
The children in our linked classes meet on four occasions throughout the school year, to exchange photos, messages, poems, artwork and stories with each other and make a new friend or two.