We have recently reviewed our curriculum to ensure we meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum (Sept 2014) and see this as an exciting opportunity to personalise our learning to meet the needs of our school community.
We identify individual needs and plan learning which develops the child in a progressive way. We have a creative and rigorous approach to teaching and learning, planning activities that challenge each child whatever their level of ability.
We believe in quality first teaching and for those who need additional support we work together to implement effective intervention sessions to ‘boost’ or ‘catch up’. For children who have more specific needs, our Special Needs leader (SENCO) works with teachers, parents and other supportive agencies to ensure achievement for all.
English, including phonics, and Maths are taught daily and the skills acquired in these lessons are also applied throughout all other subjects. The subjects of history, science, IT, geography, design technology, art, RE, music and PSHE are taught through themes linked to the key skills.
We are passionate about science and enquiry led learning at LHPSN. Around school, you will see our ‘Wonder Walls’ and ‘Science Trees’. We have recently achieved the silver Primary Science Quality Mark and are working towards our gold. We have links with our local high school, Waseley Hills Academy, their pupils support extracurricular Science clubs at LHPSN and we visit Waseley too. Enrichment teaching in 2017/18 has prioritised science enabling one of our teachers to support other staff in developing and promoting this subject. LHPSN is also part of the Ogden Trust which promotes the teaching and learning of Physics which has had a great impact on Science at LHPSN. Working in conjunction with our partners (local schools) over recent years this has created more opportunities for science learning such as museum trips, workshops with experts and parents, dedicated science days and award evenings. Our Science leaders meet regularly with others to share best practice, reflect on successes and plan further scientific opportunities.
All pupils take part in weekly outdoor games and PE lessons. Please see our ‘PE and Sports at LHPSN’ page for further details about this subject and our extra-curricular activities page.Year 3 classes have weekly swimming lessons throughout the year. PE premium funding has supported improvements in equipment, resources and training for staff. In addition to traditional sports, we have also had success in new sports like Boccia and New Age Kurling. Children from the Language Base participated in the North Worcestershire Winter Olympic games, led by Worcester University where over 30 schools took part. Our pupils were awarded a gold medal in the Boccia event and have since also won gold medals at the WCC Primary Inclusion festival. School has also competed in girls’ basketball, mixed tag rugby, cricket and rounders competitions. We have also introduced archery and fencing as new extracurricular activities. Recent fundraising by the school business manager has ensured improvements in drainage to the school field which we now hope to use on a more regular basis.
Year 6 go on a 5 day residential visit to Boreaton Park, an outdoor activity centre, where they participate in outdoor adventure and team building activities.
Spanish is our chosen foreign language and this is taught weekly across the school. We also teach French in KS2 and have offered an extracurricular German club at lunchtimes. We held our first ‘International Day’ in 2016 and have the foundation level of the International Award.
Music is a strength of our school and this is taught weekly. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated music lead who organises our peripatetic music teachers who visit school offering lessons in drumming, violin, guitar, brass and woodwind. Pupils are encouraged to perform and since July 2014 we held our first annual open-air music concert performing to parents and visitors. In Year 4 all children learn to play a musical instrument through a scheme called Play2Learn. They perform in concerts and we hope this introduction encourages pupils to continue with their instruments or take up new ones. We have a very active choir who have participated in Big Sing and Young Voices singing at the Birmingham NIA. We also have a Singing Playground programme where older children lead others in singing activities and games.
In Nursery and Reception, the curriculum follows the seven areas of learning and 17 early learning goals of the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. Through termly themes linked to the areas of learning the pupils develop the skills needed to be confident, independent learners. We have worked closely with the local authority advisers and Early Excellence to greatly improve the indoor and outdoor EYFS area over the past two years.
We place great emphasis throughout the school on the development of practical skills and personal capabilities. For example, in Maths we are keen to focus on oral and mental calculation strategies, problem-solving and investigational work rather than providing a multitude of mechanical pencil and paper-based tasks. An annual Enterprise Summer Fayre involves every class in a competition to create stalls and raise funds for school through real-life experience.
We welcome visitors and experts into school to enrich understanding and learning and together with our partner primary and high schools we participate in joint events and activities, such as sports competitions, science days and dance shows. Pupils are active in the community, supporting local events such as singing carols for a local group of elderly residents at their Christmas meal and creating artwork for the local Parish Council.
We support many charities and fundraising events including Comic Relief and Children in Need and most recently a local food bank. We fundraise especially for Bloodwise and Leukemia and Lymphoma research in memory of a teacher colleague who recently passed away unexpectedly.