Spaxton C of E Primary School - Spaxton C of E Primary School

Teaching and Learning at Spaxton School

Grouping for learning
One of the aspects of the school we value very highly is the sense of community and the role we play within the community. A part of this is derived from our relatively modest size, having only four classes; an advantage of this is the "family" atmosphere we create at the school. 

 Due to pupil numbers fluctuating each year, this means that all of the classes will be made up of pupils across a range of year groups and one class will generally involve pupils from across both Key Stages 1 and 2. Great care is taken by all staff to manage the issues of delivering a curriculum appropriate to all pupils in any class group. We are proud of our pupils’ achievements at Spaxton School and believe that the results endorse the care taken to deliver an appropriate learning experience to all youngsters.

Class Teachers
Class 1 Mrs Schwieso

Class 2 Miss Goldie

Class 3 Mrs Rust

Class 4 Mrs Hamilton

Class teachers will have responsibility for teaching all aspects of the curriculum to their classes. For reasons of subject specialisation and non-contact time, children will have contact with other teachers. Class teachers will teach in a variety of styles, reflecting the abilities, attainment, aptitudes and interests of the children. The variety of teaching styles and the organisation of the class for class, group or individual teaching groups will reflect what is felt appropriate to facilitate pupil learning at any given time or context.

Classroom Assistants
Classroom Assistants have a very important role in the school. Their primary function is to support and promote the learning of the children in the school and the class teachers direct them through a variety of activities with this end in mind. Assistants will spend most of their time working with small groups or individual children and will keep the teacher informed of the progress being made or of any issues that may arise.

Subject Leaders
In addition to their considerable classroom responsibilities, the Headteacher has negotiated areas of the curriculum responsibility for each member of the teaching staff. This involves teachers developing a particular expertise in the specified area(s) and leading whole school development and monitoring activities.
Management Roles
Management roles exist within the school, which define additional responsibilities for some teachers. 

 Headteacher: Mrs Evans 

 Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Hamilton.

Child Protection Lead: Mrs Hamilton

SENCO: Miss Goldie

The content & organisation of the curriculum
The curriculum to which each child is entitled  is referred to as the National Curriculum. At present the basic requirements under the National Curriculum include Religious Education, three "core" subjects - English, Mathematics and Science and six "foundation subjects" - Art, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Technology.A new National Curriculum is due to be implemented in September 2014.

In addition to the subjects specified in the National Curriculum, the school curriculum also addresses cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, Health Education, Equal Opportunities, Multicultural Education and  Modern Foreign Language. The manner in which the curriculum as a whole is delivered will reflect the needs of each individual child and so the organisation of teaching groups is flexible; our aim is to provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school.

 Reception children follow the foundation curriculum with early learning goals.

Parents are welcome to speak to teachers at any time about the progress of their child in respect of the National Curriculum attainment targets. There are specific times set aside each term for parents evenings but parents are welcome at any time.

Through both the literacy hour and other curriculum areas a great deal of attention is paid to communication skills - those of listening, talking, reading and writing.

We have a number of basic reading schemes through which each child progresses according to needs and preference although our main scheme in KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree.  Reading is mainly taught through  a systematic approach to synthetic phonics which is taught throughout the school.  In partnership with parents we actively encourage reading for enjoyment and understanding.
Handwriting receives regular practice. We use a cursive style of writing, introduced in Class 2. Accurate use of standard English is encouraged with punctuation, grammar and spelling taught alongside writing. The breadth of writing tasks increases as the children become more competent and can lead to records of experiments, other types of factual accounts, reports, plays, descriptions, instructions, letters, reviews and persuasive prose. Regular discussion in groups and as a class helps to foster children’s oral skills as does drama and participation in Assemblies.

The children take part in a daily dedicated numeracy session but they are encouraged to use these skills as necessary throughout their work in school. It is our aim that not only should the children have a basic knowledge of the four rules of number - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - and have a working knowledge of tables, but they should also be able to apply these to practical and other problem solving activities.

Estimating and measuring lengths and weights is an important part of the maths curriculum as is an understanding of time, an ability to read charts and graphs and a knowledge of flat and solid shapes. Much of this work can be complemented by you at home in regular activities such as cooking, shopping and DIY.

As far as possible we try to relate mathematical ideas to practical situations and we encourage children to carry out mathematical investigations.
History, Geography & Science
These subjects form the basis of our thematic topic work throughout the year. The key skills in each area are taught progressively and the children are encouraged to develop enquiring minds, empathy and an awareness of their local environment.
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Computer technology plays a major role in each of our lives and schools have responded to this by offering children the opportunity to experience some of these developments, both as an end in itself and as a tool to assist learning in a wide range of curriculum areas.

All classrooms have now been installed with Interactive Whiteboards and a range of desktops and laptops. 

 This enables the children to have "hands on" experience in a range of computer applications including word processing and data handling, investigation and control and to support children’s problem solving, recording and expressive work.

Children are taught from Reception onwards to use ICT equipment and software confidently and purposefully and later to assess the value of ICT in their working practice. Internet access is carefully controlled via the Somerset Intranet.

Design & Technology
In this area of the curriculum we offer children the opportunity to make working models with various materials, to evaluate the effectiveness of products, to disassemble artefacts and to become familiar with the process of designing and evaluating their ideas. We also look at how tools and machines work leading to the children being able to make more informed decisions when constructing their designs.
Enjoyment of music through listening skills and participating is our priority. We aim to give children the opportunity to experience a variety of music styles, to experiment with sound in musical composition, to develop a good sense of rhythm, pulse, pitch, tone and melody, to recognise some instruments in current use, to acquire a sense of performance and composition and to begin to understand common music notation. So that all children have access to playing pitched instruments together, it is our policy that all children from Year 1 up will learn the recorder (provided by school). The school enjoys a peripatetic music service whose services parents can purchase for specific musical instruments.
Art & Craft
Drawing using different materials, painting, printing and craftwork all play their part in the school curriculum. We promote careful observational work, understanding of colour mixing and a wide choice of appropriate materials. Opportunities to work with clay and 3D materials are offered. We aim to help children to appreciate form and beauty and to develop both their critical and creative skills.

In recognition of our work in the Arts, we were awarded Artsmark in 2012.

Physical Education
The physical well-being of the children is catered for by regular activities in physical education including movement and dance, gymnastics, games and swimming . We aim to extend the range and quality of the children’s movement, to allow opportunities for healthy competition and teamwork, to encourage children to strive for their personal best, to promote health education and above all to promote an enjoyment of physical activities. The youngest children have the use of scooter, tricycle and other large indoor and outdoor play equipment.

Healthy Schools Award
In 2006 we achieved Healthy Schools Statuswhich was updated to Healthy School Plus in 2011.
Our rationale at Spaxton School is to promote the health and well-being of its pupils and staff through a well planned, taught curriculum in a physical and emotional environment that promotes learning and healthy lifestyle choices.

Sex Education
The Governors have adopted a sex education policy to comply with the "Sex Education in Schools" 1993 Education Act. Certain aspects are mandatory and are covered as they arise during Health Education topics. Beyond this, parents are consulted beforehand for them to decide whether or not they wish to withdraw their children. Parents have prime responsibility for sex education. However, as a Church school we wish to promote relationships which are loving, understanding and healthy. The values and ethos which underpin our policy are outlined in the school's Aims and Objectives.
Religious Education
The School's Religious Education Policy has been drawn up in accordance with the LEA's non-denominational Agreed Syllabus . The daily Act of Collective Worship is intended to reflect our Church School status.

We encourage children to think about their lives and place in the world and to give them an understanding of traditions, mythologies and festivals of major world religions. The Vicar regularly visits the school and we use the local church for services and local visits.

Parents wishing to withdraw their children from Religious Education should contact the Headteacher who will be happy to talk about the school's approach to this area of the curriculum.

We aim to communicate a sense of joy, care and community in our assemblies which normally include singing and a prayer. Bible stories are used in some assemblies but others emphasise the school's ethos. Once a week we have a sharing assembly celebrating the children's achievements and creativity. Each term one of the classes is invited to take an assembly and parents, carers and relatives are invited to attend.

Additional Educational Needs
SEN (Special Educational Needs)

We recognise that at any given time some of our pupils will have educational needs that may not be met unless we make additional provision. The child may need a bit of extra adult support, a particular learning aid or a modified curriculum. No matter what the nature of these needs, whilst they are pupils at this school we do our best to ensure that they are given the support necessary to enable them to have access to all areas of the school life.

Individual class teachers take responsibility for identification of children with additional needs in their class and there is a clearly set out procedure for the identification, assessment and monitoring of a child’s additional educational needs referred to as "School Action" and "School Action Plus".

G&T (Gifted & Talented)

Children who are gifted or with exceptional talents will also be identified and appropriate extension work provided or specialist days may be attended.

No child will be refused admission to our school because they have additional educational needs. In line with LEA policy children are only disapplied from the National Curriculum in very exceptional circumstances.
Assessment, Recording & Reporting (ARR)
The school has an ARR policy which provides a clear framework for the process of assessment, recording and reporting. Key priorities:-

* to establish routines for the planning of assessments;
* to have established routines in order to assess pupils work and pupils at work;
* to monitor and record pupil progress and encourage self assessment;
* to build up pupil portfolios containing samples of work;
* to report regularly to parents through an individual termly appointment system and the annual written report;
* to give parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s report with the class teacher.


General Information

Spaxton Church of England School
High Street
Telephone: 01278 671409
Fax: 01278 671853

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Emergency Closure Procedures:

We do endeavour to keep the school open but in the case of severe weather, where it would be too dangerous for staff to be travelling in, we may need to close the school. If the school is to be closed you will be notified by text (about 7 am) and the information will be given out via the local radio and on the Somerset Learning Platform via Somerset County Council website. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile number. We will not be able to phone parents via land lines.

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