The teaching of English has a high priority throughout the school. We encourage the children to improve their skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. Speaking and listening is encouraged from their earliest times in school when they bring in favourite things to talk about. By Year 2 they are able to take large roles in school drama productions and this continues into KS2 where drama is used to help with building confidence and memory.
We have high standards of literacy throughout the school. We encourage the children to take pride in their work and produce work of good quality, improving their writing skills throughout their time with us. We try to make Literacy fun.
As reading is a source from which much learning stems, we encourage enjoyment of books and enable children to refer to books for information. In order to provide children with a feeling of success, we follow reading schemes such as ORT, Collins Big Cat Letters and Phonics, Collins Big Cat and some Usborne, which provide a gradual build-up of vocabulary. Such schemes give confidence and equip the children with a base on which to build. We use a range of reading strategies including phonic skills, look and say, context clues, language patterns and comprehension. The children have regular phonics lessons which use Letters and Sounds, Floppy Phonics, Pearson’s Phonics scheme which is linked to our online reading scheme Bug Club, and other schemes to make the lessons interactive and fun. By KS2 they are able to access a wide range of literature and enjoy reading for pleasure as well as a tool to support their work.
We aim to enable the children to develop an appreciation of all books and to be able to review them with a critical attitude. On both sites, there is a library through which we teach the children library skills. In KS1 the non-fiction are arranged by colours, in KS2 this changes to a simple Dewey Decimal System. There is a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which cater for the needs of all children and their varying abilities.
We encourage parental support for our reading activities and the children take home reading books. The children are assessed in reading and writing at regular intervals throughout school so that they can be given accurate targets to extend their learning.
Pupils are introduced to mathematics through guided play with materials such as sand and water, shopping and domestic play. They have the opportunity to acquire familiarity and confidence in the manipulation of whole numbers and their application to everyday situations.
They learn to appreciate spatial relationships and start to exercise formal logic. Pupils are given the opportunity to observe and to develop measurement concepts with increasing precision.
Maths is taught across the school with appropriate levels for each year group. We encourage using and applying skills and try to do as much practical Maths as possible. Numicon and Dienes are among the physical materials used to support Maths.
The school teaches Numeracy using the Abacus Primary Maths Scheme, the White Rose Maths Scheme and teacher generated material.
The aim of science teaching is to enable pupils to develop a progressively deeper understanding of some of the central concepts of science, using their spontaneous interests and natural curiosity.
Children are encouraged to become increasingly familiar with the scientific processes of observation, measurement, description, investigation, prediction, experimentation and explanation. This is achieved through the study of scientific investigation, life and living processes, materials and their properties and physical processes. We use science to build on their awe and wonder of the world around them.
In KS2 they will be taught more formal observation and recording and increasingly be asked to record their work in a scientific way.
Design and Technology
Pupils work individually and in groups to recognise a need, create a design through discussion with others, produce a finished article and evaluate it. Pupils must take care at all times for their own safety and that of others. For the implementation of these processes a wide range of materials is provided. All children experience cookery and sewing.
In both Key Stages D&T creates a chance for the children to experiment and evaluate the use of materials.
Information Communication Technology
ICT is used across the curriculum and we deliver a good standard of work in ICT. It is delivered through group work and whole class work. We have the following equipment:-
Wide range of software
Wide range of software
Wide range of software
Wide range of Software
Wide range of Software
Wide range of software
5 PCs Wide range of software
Halls on both sites
Interactive Whiteboard and PA system
More PC’s are being installed as the school grows.
I pods, I pads laptops and Amazon Fire tablets are available for use throughout the school.
The PCs in school are networked, including the office and the office photocopier. All PCs have access to the internet and e-mail.
During KS1 and KS2 children learn to switch on, log in and access files on the computer.
They are able to write, save, retrieve and print material. They are taught to design simple programmes using Purple Mash and Scratch. We have a large variety of programs that cover Literacy, Numeracy and other curriculum areas. ICT is used to extend the curriculum and provides an exciting way to stimulate children’s knowledge. Every child is also given an opportunity to explore the web and use it to provide material in all subject areas. Some homework is set on web-based sites.
Our children are given 21st century skills and learn to regard ICT as a valuable learning tool.
Online safety is taught from Reception.
The teaching of geography cultivates an awareness of the world as a whole and of its composition, shape and position in the universe, with particular reference to season, night and day. This overall picture is then linked with personal experience and experience of the local environment. We explore the local area and visit the City Centre. Children learn about the world and compare where we live to other places. The Year 2 residential at Castleton is an ideal opportunity to compare and contrast town and countryside. In KS2 their knowledge of Geography is increased and where possible the environment is used to provide geographical material e.g. river work at Longshaw in Y3. We are developing strong links with the education team at Longshaw and building up our environmental education.
The teaching of History cultivates interest in the past and an understanding of the influence the past has had on the present. It aims to give the children a sense of identity with their culture and an appreciation of their heritage. Visitors to school and artefacts are used to enhance our History teaching. By the end of Y6 the children will have a solid foundation in early British History and knowledge of some ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians.
Religious education encompasses many aspects of the world in which we live. Fundamentally, it is the teaching of belief and, as a Church of England School, that of the Christian faith. Religious education helps lay the foundation of concern for others whatever their colour, creed or background and teaches the children to work in partnership. The school follows the Exploring Christianity scheme of work developed by the Diocese.
We endeavour to prepare every individual for the multi-ethnic society in which we live. Where possible we invite speakers in to give the children their first hand experiences. We also use artefacts and visits to places of worship to help teach RE.
The purpose of collective worship in our school is to reflect on the significant features of human life, to explore our response to the world we live in, to learn about the Christian traditions upon which our society is based and to enable us to develop our own response to the spiritual side of life. Children will be encouraged to respond positively to the religious experiences of others.
The daily act of worship usually includes a prayer, hymn and a Christian based theme or story. We welcome parents to Family Assembly on both sites and the dates appear in the Year Planner. Birthday assembly is celebrated in KS1 and parents are invited to attend when it is their child’s birthday. We have many visitors to the school who enrich our worship. The law allows parents to withdraw their children from collective worship.
Teachers are also allowed to withdraw from collective worship. It is hoped, however, that as a Church School, the worship in Clifford All Saints School is of a kind that includes everyone.
At Clifford All Saints School, music is seen to be an essential part of the development and education of the whole child. The whole school enjoys singing together at least once a week. The children also have weekly music lessons with a music specialist and learn the recorder from Y2. Live hands on music is valued and we have developed a 50 plus strong community band.
Music is a very important part of all our whole school celebrations such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.
The teaching of Art encourages the development of perception skills, investigation skills and creativity skills, using a variety of images, objects and materials. Opportunities are provided to explore a number of ways in which tools, techniques and materials can be used. Children are helped to experiment and enjoy art. They look at the work of artists and often attempt work in the style of artists.
(Personal, Social & Health Education)
We value PSHE highly at Clifford, using this subject to show how every child is special and individual. We teach PSHE across the curriculum and also teach it as a discrete subject, often using games and fun activities to support the teaching and learning. Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) materials are sometimes used throughout the school and work in conjunction with PSHE.
The aim of PE is to encourage pupils to use opportunities given to develop a range of simple movements in a variety of activities with and without equipment.
Planning, performing and improving skills to incorporate different levels, directions, rhythms and speeds is an integral part of PE. Incorporation of both individual and group work is achieved in the following areas - athletic activities, dance, games, and gymnastic activities, outdoor and adventurous activities.
Currently most of our PE is covered by outside specialists. We have dance and yoga sessions on a regular basis. In Y3 swimming is provided at Mylnhurst School.
This curriculum is being developed and will be consulted on with parents in 2021.
This is a curriculum that encourages child to look at the world about them and see the risk that they may encounter in life. We are building resilience with this area of the curriculum so that the children in school are able to understand more fully the world about them. It is closely linked to the Online Safety curriculum. Children follow an age appropriate curriculum from Reception.