Our learning environment is positive, rich and challenging to stimulate all children. English and Maths skills are taught daily. We also provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Subjects taught in the school include Science, RE, Computing, PE, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Art and Design and Modern Foreign Languages, predominantly Spanish. Where possible learning is approached through cross curricular themes.
We encourage creative thinking across the curriculum. In recent years, a great deal has been discovered about how we learn, not least in the developing knowledge of how our brain works. We recognise learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, and ensure that lessons are planned and delivered in a way to actively engage all learners. It is important that we develop children’s understanding of how they learn best, as well as continuing to encourage self-motivation, high self-esteem and personal responsibility for, and interest in, learning.
The links at the bottom of this page detail the curriculum for each year group.
Each class is in the care of a class teacher with whom they will learn for much of the school day. Some teaching during the week will take place with other members of staff, for example when the class teacher is released to undertake planning, preparation or assessments (PPA) Mrs West teaches Art and Design. Mrs Taylor and Mrs Calzada teach Spanish across the school. We aim to ensure continuity in learning through shared planning and by providing cover using staff who the children know the majority of cover is provided by Mrs Clinch.
Within each class, or year group, children are grouped in order to best meet their learning needs. There is a mix of ability and non-ability grouping depending on the lesson activity.
We are fortunate in our team of staff who offer a range of expertise and enthusiasms. Children benefit from these skills as they move through the school. When we offer children a place at Ethelbert Road Primary School we give no guarantees regarding which teachers will teach which age group, or when. It is normal for there to be some changes in staff placement each year to ensure that our team remain professionally challenged and invigorated to provide quality teaching.
Classes for 2016-2017
Foundation stage – Michael Rosen Class
Teachers – Mrs Stembridge, Miss Websdale and Mrs Mayhew
Foundation stage LSAs – Mrs Edwards, Mrs Bushell and Mrs Jago and Mrs Snelling
Year 1 – Purple Class
Teacher – Mr Jones and Mrs Clinch
Year 1 LSAs – Miss Clegg, Miss Cannon and Mrs Snelling
Year 2 – Yellow Class
Teacher – Miss Smith
Year 2 LSAs – Miss Casey
Year 3 – Blue Class
Teacher – Mrs Ansell
Year 3 LSAs – Mrs Steer and Miss Taylor
Year 4 – Red Class
Teacher – Mr Adkins
Year 4 LSA’s – Mrs Willis and Mrs Skinner
Year 5 – Green Class
Teachers – Miss Bedwin
Year 5 LSAs – Mrs Bell and Mrs Nock
Year 6 – Onyx Class
Teachers – Mrs Calzada and Mrs Taylor
Year 6 LSA – Mrs West
The content of the curriculum we follow in each academic year for each subject is listed below. If you require any additional information about our school curriculum please contact Miss Hills at the school office.
Foundation Stage (Reception) – Yellow Class
Years 1 – Blue Class
Year 2 – Green Class
Year 3 – Red Class
Year 4 / 5 – Onyx Class
Year 6 – Purple Class
How we teach reading at Ethelbert Road
The document above explains how we develop the children’s reading skills. We use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, Rigby Star and Osbourne Books. If you require any support with your child’s reading please see Mrs Seymour.