English skills are essential to participating fully as a member of society, we expect that every child will leave Anderton Park with life-long learning and communication skills.
In English, children at Anderton Park work hard to progress in Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting. We follow The National Curriculum Framework for English and we ensure that we provide a literate environment in school and give all of our children 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 'Comprehending Comprehension' sessions and we expect parents to dedicate a small amount of time each day to listen to their child read to help nurture a love of reading. Home reading books are changed whenever the children finished their book.
The School Library offers books for all children in the school and develops children’s reading for both pleasure and information. Letters and Sounds is used for the teaching of phonics and Support for Spelling is used to continue this progression when children’s phonics knowledge is secure. Pupils who are still struggling to decode continue with 'Direct Phonics' until their phonics knowledge is secure.
Children are encouraged to mark make in Nursery and progress onto writing soon after. We write from experiences such as trips, visiting theatre productions and workshops; using discussion in order to learn. We build on the expertise of these Theatre companies and a range of other agencies to ensure that all children are able to communicate their ideas and emotions to others through writing and through reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Children in EYFS begin with 'Write Dance' and learn cursive handwriting.
We base our Mathematics teaching on the 2014 National Curriculum, which covers work in using and applying Maths, counting and understanding number, knowing and using number facts, calculating, understanding shape, measuring and handling data. There is an emphasis in developing number sense through using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods and developing fluency in calculations. We encourage children to talk about their work; explaining their thinking and developing their reasoning so that they become articulate mathematicians. Children have opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt through a variety of contexts and problem solving activities.
The role ICT plays is vital in achieving our school vision for everyone; children, staff, families, governors and community. Our ICT skills and understanding are constantly evolving, and will rise to the challenge to embrace this constant change.
Skills in Information Communication Technology are becoming increasingly important in people’s lives. At Anderton Park we are aware of this and have invested in the provision of computer technology to meet the needs of pupils.
Science makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of life. As children are naturally curious about the world, science is an excellent vehicle for harnessing this curiosity, allowing them to explore and investigate, whilst establishing within them an appreciation and respect for life and scientific phenomena.
Science is important because:
- It is a body of knowledge essential to our understanding of the world around us.
- It has a built-in methodology for thinking which forms the basis of most enquiries.
- The skills and knowledge of science are widely applicable in everyday life.
- The Foundation Stage incorporates science into their work on “Knowledge and Understanding.”
- The children will explore science through practical activities, learning to use observation to help make sense of the world around them.
Most work is based on practical experience which is developed in a scientific manner. Children are encouraged to ask questions that can be explored. ICT also plays an important role in science and ICT equipment is used to collect and present information.
PE (which includes swimming and dancing) is a requirement of the National Curriculum and is really important for your child’s health and fitness. Pumps, shorts and a T-Shirt must be provided for PE and games. Tracksuits are also very useful particularly during the colder months. The Governors have reviewed our PE policy and have agreed that the following head coverings are acceptable for girls in PE:
- Bandana type cap – no strings or loose ends
- Stretchy/lycra cap – no strings or loose ends
Short hijab with Velcro fastening (not buttons of any type). It must have a fastening so that it would give if caught on equipment to reduce the risk of strangulation. One piece hijabs with no fastening or just elastic are not deemed safe.
D & T
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. At Anderton Park we feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
Design and Technology takes on many forms from the skills learnt through Junk Modelling in nursery, creating sculptures of animals in year 3, all the way through to designing model theme parks in year 6. Children develop an understanding of design and how it ties into providing a service or a product for the user. The children enjoy being allowed to have the freedom to create prototypes, thus learning through experience.
If you would like to find out more, please speak to your child's phase leader or ask to make an appointment at the Office.