Welcome to our Primary Department. We anticipate an exciting year, yet again!
Our Primary staff not only seek to educate our pupils so that they can achieve academically (and aim for their dreams), but are also committed to supporting pupils to make, social, emotional and behavioural progress. It’s not all work and no play, however!
We have lots of exciting things planned, including assemblies, trips, football matches, plays and celebrations. The staff are excited about a new academic year and a fresh start for pupils.
Key Stage 1 & 2
Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
We also provide Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Modern Foreign Languages
English in the Primary Department
At Newfield School we believe that Literacy is a fundamental life skill. Staff work had to support pupils in their development and understanding of the spoken and written word.
Our aim is for all students to make progress in the four key areas of English. Teachers plan fun and dynamic lessons in order to support our student’s English development. All pupils are given termly specific targets and intervention is planned for any students who are not making progress.
Reading at Newfield School
Reading at Newfield School is placed at the centre of learning. Opportunities to develop a child’s reading ability are planned for in all areas of the curriculum. Students read daily to an adult. Reading schemes include: Oxford Reading Tree; Songbird Phonics; Longman Reading World; Read, Write, Inc phonics reading books; Wolf Hill and Wellington Square.
Students have daily access to the Lexia reading program, which provides personalised learning outcomes for each individual, identifying key areas of learning required for success in reading. Key Stage 1 pupils follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme.
Tests and assessments:
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 tasks and tests cover:
The tasks and tests are taken when the school chooses.
Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area.
You can ask for the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 tests cover:
The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours in total. You’ll get the results in July. If your child is demonstrating higher achievement, then the headteacher may put them in for extra tests.
When your child reaches the end of Key Stage 2 the teacher will also give reports on your child’s progress in English, Mathematics and Science.
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