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Great Kingshill Church of England Combined School

Great Kingshill Church of England Combined School Growing together. Faith in our Future. Member of Kings Education Trust

Our Pedagogy

Our pedagogy:

The ethos of our school is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our children, with high aspirations for all.

Our Early Years (3-5 years) teams work closely together, the children’s learning is based on exploration and play, which is tailored to the children’s needs and interests. Early reading, writing, number and phonics is incorporated into their play, developing their fine and gross motor skills too.

 

For our children in KS1 (5-7 years) and KS2 (7-11 years) follows the National Curriculum. Staff plan “cross curricular projects” which have a real purpose, therefore learning is linked and meaningful for example a Rainforest topic, which is geographical will look at Rainforests from a geography perspective, where are they, what is the habitat like, what is the weather like. However, we will also link other subjects into the learning e.g. Science – teaching about the water cycle, flora and fauna and animal habitats; Art – drawing flora and fauna; DT reconstructing tribal houses. This will be complemented with the children reading a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry around the theme too. This style of learning makes our Powerful projects rich and meaningful. Maths is often taught discretely, however if there are links with the topic it is incorporated alongside too.

 

Sport and Music are strengths within our school, with our pupils often representing the school in local competitions and events. Music develops confidence in our children and encourages them to develop their passion. PE and healthy life styles are taught regularly and the children have many opportunities to compete at school, local level in a variety of sports. The mile a day gets pupils off to the best start and promotes healthy life styles and mental health and well-being.

We are passionate about developing the whole child. Our values permeate everything we do. Compass for Life encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning and actions. The curriulum not only encourages children to reflect clearly between wants and needs, but gives a global perspective to their education too.

 

None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of staff who we invest in heavily: time, encouragement, support and professional development.

 

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