Music - all pupils in Y4 have the opportunity to learn to play the violin or cello funded by the school through the Wider Opportunities programme. Many pupils carry on with music tuition to examination level, following involvement in this programme.
PE -pupils in Y4 also take part in swimming lessons.
Sex/Drug Education is taught as part of the school’s PSHE and Curriculum policies with a particular focus on these areas during the summer term for all pupils in Years 1 to 6. The school follows the Christopher Winter programmes of study. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education lessons if they wish and must do so in writing.
The curriculum is also enhanced by a range of additional activities including taking our children on a variety of high quality visits or inviting visitors into school. We have excellent links with the Children's University and every year our Year 6 pupils take part in a day visit to London.
We also take part in the STEM and Environmental Conferences each year, giving Year 5 and 6 pupils the opportunity to explore the word of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Pupils from Year 5 and 6 also represent the school at half termly meetings of the International Schools Council.
Enterprise plays an important role in the curriculum with all pupils encouraged to take part in entrepreneurial activities; where they learn and develop important key skills throughout each school year.
There is a whole school policy for planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum. All efforts are made to ensure that the curriculum is appropriately matched to each pupil's ability and needs and that it is creative, enjoyable and fun whilst maintaining high standards. Cross curricular learning and the transfer and application of skills is actively promoted. Pupils are also involved in pre-planning activities and a curriculum overview is shared with parents each term.
The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability groups. However, sometimes in numeracy or phonics, in particular year groups, the teachers may decide to group children across the year group, based on ability. More able children may access some of their learning in the year group above.
Quality first teaching underpins everything we do. In addition to this some pupils may be identified for specific intervention or additional support which may include one-to-one tutoring in English and maths, ECaR, Talk of the Town (TOTT) programmes such as Talk Boost and Time to Talk. Pupils with SEND may also have additional access to specific programmes, for example Lexia.
The school maintains a balanced and appropriate curriculum at all times for all pupils. During the spring term (from January to April) pupils in Year 6 have access to revision programmes in readiness for their end of KS 2 statutory SATs tests. This short revision programme ensures that the curriculum is not narrowed for these pupils in their final year at primary school whilst enabling them to acquire the necessary skills in order to access the national tests in May.
Our aim is to create a secure and happy environment where children are challenged to develop to their full potential in all aspects of learning and school life; both academically and personally. Our school is committed to developing the “whole child.”
All policy documents are constantly under review and are available on request.
In November 2012 the school achieved the Basic Skills Quality Mark for the fourth time. This award is valid for three years and is monitored externally each year. We have successfully achieved this award since 2000.
During 2007/08 we achieved the National Healthy Schools Award, Activemark (achievement in PE) and Artsmark (achievement in the Arts.) We also hold the Football Charter Mark.
Between 2008 and 2011 we were one of only two schools in Hull to successfully achieve “Change School” status working with Creative Partnerships and in 2010 we achieved the Warwick Award for Enterprise.
In September 2014 we achieved the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark. We are currently or have been involved in:
- P4C (Philosophy for Children)
- Achievement for All (a DfE approved programme designed to raise standards with a focus on SEND pupils)
- Talk of the Town (TOTT) a Communication Trust programme designed to improve language and communication skills
Early Excellence Project to develop outstanding outdoor provision for pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).