Teaching and Learning
The quality of teaching and learning in our happy, vibrant school is, we feel, excellent. The children learn Maths and English basic skills, often in morning lessons, and a variety of other subjects including Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages (currently Japanese at Key Stage 2), Music and Physical Education. Teachers make links between subjects, and each Term has a clear overarching focus (e.g. Bears, Egyptians, Space etc.) which makes the learning both fun and more memorable for the children. Teachers also use Pupil Voice activities, drawing on pupil prior knowledge and interests to ensure the teaching is tailored to the requirements of the class and its learners. Lessons are fun- teachers incorporate video, drama, games, pair and group work, objects and artefacts and a huge variety of other resources and ideas to keep the learning engaging.
Structure of classes across the school
We have 7 classes, one per year group (which makes things nice and straight-forward!). The children start in Reception Class, and move to Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The youngest children are 4 and our oldest Year 6s will be 11. Reception Class is also called ‘Early Years’. Years 1 and 2 are Key Stage 1, and classes 3 to 6 together make up Key Stage 2.
The school day starts at 9.00am when the bell rings. In rainy weather the children may come into school from 8.50am. Please ensure that the children are on time each day to ensure a smooth start to the morning. Lunch time is 12.00-1.05pm. and school finishes for all classes at 3.15pm. The infant classes have a break in the afternoons from 2:15 till 2:30 pm.
Where do they come from and where do they go?
Our intake comprises of children from our village, as well as children from nearby villages and the Bath area. Many children arrive having attended Pepperpot Nursery (a lovely setting just next to our school), although many children join us who have been at other pre-school settings.
Our new uniform is available for purchase online at www.michaelhope.co.uk Our modern new school logo is stitched onto the clothing. The uniform consists of white shirts and grey shorts, trousers or skirts. Parents may choose white logo polo shirts, or buttoned shirts with a silver and red striped tie (elastic ties are also available). This is for all ages, boys and girls. Red v-necked jumpers and cardigans also have the new logo on. There is also be a grey fleece option with BATHFORD stitched onto the back- this looks very funky! Girls have the options of gingham and pinafore dresses. Children wear a red, logo-embossed t- shirt for PE with black shorts/ other black sports leg wear. It is acceptable for parents to buy non-logo white polo shirts, and source grey trousers/ shorts/ skirts from whichever outlet parents choose. The Michael Hope website though has an excellent choice of styles. Also available are logo embossed bookbags and very popular backpacks.
Before and after school
We provide a paid-for Breakfast Club and After School Club in the Main School Hall. This excellent service is very popular with working parents and runs from 7:45 in the morning, and until 6pm after school. For more information do visit http://www.skoolkidz.co.uk/ and contact Theresa Simmons.
After school, we also run ‘interest’ clubs for the children. Teachers and other coaches run a variety of clubs that change 3 times a year. Clubs offered include indoor hockey, football, choir, ukulele, art, ICT, sewing, netball, multiskills and film club.