In Key Stage Two pupils are taught the core subjects, by their classroom teacher. Students are grouped carefully, ensuring that clear differentiation and expectations match each student. Teaching is cross-curricular, based on a theme or topic and this is changed termly. Teaching staff have excellent subject knowledge and teaching motivates, encourages and promotes learning. Activities are multi-sensory to cater for different learning styles. Specialist teaching is increased to include art, design technology and ceramics.
Individual awareness is the key to success when guiding a pupil through their days at school. We pride ourselves on an informative, frequent and reflective approach to assessment at the Lower School. Understanding how a child learns and exploring areas in need of enhancement and enrichment enable a clear pathway to success for every pupil.
Students complete an assessment on entry to the Lower School, after which staff monitor development on a daily basis. Tests are used in a light way purely to inform a teacher of next steps and targets. Pupils are not taught to the test and priority is placed consistently on offering a rich and varied curriculum with assessment as a performance indicator, running alongside continual teacher assessment and individual awareness for the whole child.