LEARNING THE GTPS WAY
Our approach to learning can be encapsulated in our school motto 'Enjoy, Respect, Achieve'.
This means our whole curriculum and school experience focuses upon providing our children with the widest range of learning opportunities aimed at developing the whole child. Whilst, of course, we place high importance on academic achievement we know that well-rounded learners are developed through access to a range of much wider experiences such as social, sporting, artistic and cultural.
We feel strongly that understanding emotional development and promoting positive mental health is a key part of our role. All children and families, at some point, face challenges and through our well-developed approach to pastoral care we are ready to listen and support whether through class teacher and teaching assistant support or via our in-house Family Support Team.
Below you will find links to each year group’s curriculum for more detail.
We develop children’s reading skills through a systematic approach to synthetic phonics. The schemes currently in use are Letters and Sounds and Jolly phonics.
Our reading books are primarily from Oxford Reading Tree, but the scheme is supplemented with other reading materials to provide a variety as appropriate. These books are grouped in stages of increasing difficulty and offer a balance of fiction and non-fiction reading.
When joining Year R parents are invited to discuss the teaching of phonics and the reading scheme to help you to support your children at home. As your child moves through the school additional guidance and support will be provided. You may also like to look at our Parent Help Sheets on the Parent tab.
In KS2 the children will have guided reading sessions and in Year 5 and 6, associated homework that further develops higher order comprehension skills.
The school motto ‘Enjoy, Respect, Achieve’ encapsulates the values that drive the school community. Implicit within this are the following rights and these form the basis for the school behaviour policy:
The right to be safe
The right to fair treatment
The right to be heard
The right to be treated with respect
The right to be able to learn without unnecessary interruption or disruption
Our behaviour code is reviewed regularly with all members of the school community, children are involved with agreeing and maintaining high expectations in the school and classroom.
High standards in behaviour depend upon the examples set by all who work in the school. All members of the school community have a contribution to make and we work hard to provide a positive working environment.
The DfE published guidelines in 2014 for schools to “promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” DfE, November 2014.
At Great Totham Primary School, we meet the requirements of the Education Act 2002 (section 78) by promoting the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils through various means. Through SMSC provision we actively promote British Values.
Whilst our curriculum is always responsive to individual, group and cohort needs, the following points illustrate a few examples of the typical ways in which British values are promoted at Great Totham:
• Classroom Displays
• Circle Time Discussions
• Life Skills Lessons
• Age Appropriate, Topical Discussion & Debate
• Whole School, Key Stage or Class Assemblies
• School Council, including Elections
• House Captains
• Real Life Choices
• Child-Shaped Class Rules
• Consultation with Pupils on Important Documents
• Monitor Roles & Responsibilities
All schools have a duty to publish their Equality Objectives and make available quantitative equality information.
To meet the requirements and best communicate this information to our local community we have made available our Single Equality Statement that includes our current actions plans (see policy page for morefull document).
Summary of Equality Objectives:
To ensure that our children continue to learn about and respect different religions in our world and understand the difference between them
To narrow the academic gap between identifiable groups
The school disabled parking space is clearly signed and located in the school car park. Any visitors with access needs please contact the school office prior to your visit.
At Great Totham we offer a wide range of sporting opportunities for the children both within the curriculum and as additional activities. The many after school clubs we run play an important role in providing children with the chance to refine skills, follow specific interests and take part in competitive events.