(Aged 7 to 9, Years 3 & 4)
Consolidating Life Skills
In these years children learn to be more responsible for their learning and more confident in the core skills for later life:
- Social skills are enhanced by the introduction of regular team sports, music groups, dance and drama performances
- they learn how to be self-reflective in their classes
- a reward system that gives them and their Tribe (House) recognition and motivation to get it right
- higher order thinking skills are encouraged, developing independence and intellect
- presentation skills are developed through concerts, assemblies, plays and public performances
- emotional well-being is encouraged through an open communication system with their class teachers and pastoral support staff
- develop a greater awareness of environmental issues and individual responsibility
Academic Skills Developed
Continued emphasis on reading through regular practice in school and homework is maintained. Engendering a joy of reading is as important as reading levels. Teaching of geography, history, religious studies is cross curricular and focuses on improving literacy skills alongside subject knowledge and skills.
Learning of times tables combined with practical problem solving using numeracy ensures that core and higher order skills are developed. Again cross curricular teaching of numeracy through science, humanities and art and design helps ground these skills in the real world for the children.
The emphasis on taking ownership of their own learning, helps develop independence, creative thinking and self-evaluation. As a result children are prepared to take risks and not to always go for the safe answer in their academic learning. These skills help them to accelerate their progress and achieve good academic results.