“Relationships between staff and pupils and amongst the pupils themselves are excellent. Pupils are happy, confident and proud of their school.”
ISI Inspection Report 2011
At Ayscoughfee we ensure that the transition from Reception to Infant classes is a smooth one. Children move from learning through play to more structured lessons but we still have lots of fun!
We follow the National Curriculum which covers Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Design and Technology, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE. Pupils also benefit from our specialist teachers whom they have lessons with for PE, Spanish and Music. Pupils have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, piano and the drums are popular choices.
Our children acquire excellent ICT skills and benefit both from the ICT suite and using iPads in the classroom.
In literacy we have a full programme including phonics, reading, writing and spelling activities and the children have a weekly spelling test. We encourage children to write creatively and independently, in a range of different genres, encouraged by their termly topic such as Pirates or Dinosaurs!
Our children have one to one reading with a teacher or parent helper every day and take home a reading book to enjoy with their parents each night. We believe that working hand in hand with parents is extremely important for the development of all our pupils. We monitor children’s progress very carefully and keep parents up to date with any concerns or achievements.
We use the Abacus Maths Scheme as the basis of our maths learning but tailor to individual needs extending and supporting where necessary. Year 2 are given time tables tests each week and we start most days with a mental arithmetic challenge.
We make the most of our local area and grounds by regularly getting out and about, using them to support our practical Science lessons and other aspects of the curriculum. We are delighted to enhance our outdoor education further by teaming up with the Children's Woodland Adventures. Year 1 have been busy hatching their very own penguin eggs as part of their Arctic / Africa topic.
All Infant children take part in a Christmas production which is staged in the hall and watched by parents and others from the local community. The children show a real enthusiasm and love for drama and singing and they always do exceptionally well, producing a production of a very high standard.
Our house points system fosters team work and the children are very enthusiastic about being rewarded points! Star of the Week certificates are awarded to children that have achieved something or been kind. These certificates are presented in front of the whole school and sometimes parents at Friday Assembly.