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School Development Plan

Our main school priorities for 2017-2018 are:

  • Reading – promoting a reading culture/ improving outcomes for all pupils
  • Improving outcomes for vulnerable children in all subjects
  • Maths – implementation of the revised calculation policy, deeper learning
  • Raising the profile and improving pupil attitudes towards STEM subjects (Science, DT, ICT)
  • Talk for Writing (non-fiction)
  • Well-being - (Mental health, Director Public Health Award, outdoor play, resilience)

Our School Development Plan can be viewed here.

Last year, our three main school priorities were:

  • Adopting a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to teaching Literacy to raise standards in writing
  • Enhancing the quality of learning under the mastery curriculum
  • Promoting positive learning behaviours (being independent, being ambitious, being resilient, working together, supporting others and keeping focus)

Impact:

Standards in writing continue to rise, particularly in infants. As the Talk for Writing approach becomes embedded and the children continue to acquire an internal library of vocabulary, sentence structure/ phrasing and the conventions for a range of genre, we expect standards to continue to improve. We have noticed a  positive effect on children's self-belief and confidence. 

The quality of learning in maths has improved, especially for less confident mathematicians. Our new calculation policy and emphasis on using physical apparatus to bridge the gap from concrete to abstract maths is paying dividends.

Learning behaviours have improved. Children are better able to articulate what positive behaviours are and are excited by earning 'gems'. A focus on developing a culture of 'growth mindset' in the school will develop this further.