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School Development Priorities

School Development Priorities

Whilst our school is judged by OFSTED as being a ‘good’ school, we are always keen to build further on our strengths. This year our governors, head teacher and staff are working together on the following school development priorities:

1. To increase the percentage of children who attain a ‘Good Level of Development’ at the end of EYFS

How we will achieve this:

  • to use additional adults to pre-teach maths and English skills to those children who enter our reception classes below the nationally expected level
  • to provide these children with additional opportunities to develop pre-reception basic skills e.g. developing mathematical skills/language through fine motor/sensory activities
  • to provide these children with daily activities which develop their gross motor skills

 

2. To continue to increase the percentage of children who attain greater depth in writing at the end of both key stages so that it is significantly higher than the percentage of pupils who attain this level nationally

How we will achieve this:

  • to provide daily opportunities for EYFS children to develop their fine motor skills/hand strength/dexterity
  • to increase children’s confidence in using the language of oral ‘story telling’ in EYFS
  • to prepare EYFS children for their transition into Year 1 by encouraging them to write with greater independence and to develop key writing skills such as re-drafting
  • to encourage children throughout school to draw on their knowledge of books they have read in their own writing. (Using similar structures, grammar and language choices to those found in books they have read).

 

3. To continue to increase the percentage of children, (especially girls) who attain greater depth in mathematics at the end of both key stages so that it is significantly higher than the percentage of pupils who attain this level nationally

How we will achieve this:

  • to introduce published mathematics schemes of work (Collins Shanghai maths for KS 1 & Busy Ant maths for EYFS)
  • to raise the profile of mathematics within EYFS, (especially with regard to the language associated with shape, space and measures)
  • to pre-teach mathematical concepts to less confident children
  • to identify children who struggle with basic maths concepts on-entry to EYFS and provide daily practical maths activities to support their mathematical understanding
  • to provide children with home learning tasks which support the learning taking place in class each week
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