Homework is regarded as an essential component of the learning process from the earliest stages, as it helps to develop good study habits and also involves parents in supporting the work of their daughters. In keeping with the strong partnership that is encouraged between home and School, a homework diary provides one important channel of communication.
Regular assessment, recording and reporting help to ensure that individual progress is closely monitored. Standardised testing in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Numeracy, Reading and Spelling takes place annually in most year groups. Together with annual academic examinations and day-to-day assessments, these provide useful performance indicators to determine a possible future school path. Children's progress is tracked in Mathematics, English and Science. Parents' Evenings take place twice a year, but teachers are always available by appointment outside these "formal" occasions. Effort grades are provided twice a year while a full written report is provided at the end of each academic year.
The essential philosophy that underpins the curriculum throughout the School is to provide breadth, depth and rigour within an environment that sees traditional methodology combining with more recent proven educational practice. In doing so the requirements of the National Curriculum are acknowledged, but we aim to exceed them. Whole-class teaching, by specialists, sees all pupils following the same programme of study but, with class sizes kept as small as practicable, differentiation is also possible. The average class sizes in the school are in the region of 15 to 18 children.
The subjects studied are: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Education, Food Technology, Music, Art, ICT, Physical Education, Games and PSHE/Citizenship. Great emphasis is placed on the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, particularly in the early years, where the standards reached are excellent. All children are signed up to Mathletics and Spellodrome
Please click on the on the relevant Year Group link below to see what your child will be studying this term.