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Downsview Community Primary School - School Organisation

Downsview Community Primary School

Life at Downsview Community Primary School
 

School Organisation 

Our school has seven classes catering for a full range of ability across the National Curriculum within Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. As a one form entry school, we have one class per year group. Located in a semi rural spot, we are surrounded by greenery and hence our classes are named after trees.

  • Year R (EYFS) - Apple Class
  • Year 1 - Birch Class
  • Year 2 - Cherry Class 
  • Year 3 - Elm Class
  • Year 4 - Fir Class
  • Year 5 - Holly Class
  • Year 6 -Oak Class

Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned in close liaison, communication and support from our teaching assistant team. During planning, teaching staff draw on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure work is relevant and well matched to meet the needs of the children.

In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths of the staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching here at Downsview. 

‘At Downsview we aim to instil children with an enthusiasm for learning and prepare them for future school life.’

Additional Educational Needs

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

Special Educational Needs

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 recognises that there are four broad areas:-

  • Communication and interaction (language and autism spectrum disorder)
  • Cognition and learning (general learning and specific learning difficulties)
  • Physical and sensory
  • Behavioural, emotional and social

Our set procedure for identifying and assessing the special needs of individual children involves pupils, parents, teaching staff and external agencies.

We are able to provide an environment which enables access for all pupils regardless of their need. Our accessibility plan enables optimum participation in the school community for pupils, and prospective pupils, with a disability.

High Attaining Pupils

Our school will have, at any time, a number of highly attaining pupils.

We recognise academic and practical performance as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information. We strive to ensure that the abilities of all our pupils are catered for and met. We encourage all pupils to be ‘challenged’ and ‘stretched’ – regardless of their ability.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Together with the support of external services, we build on the children’s cultural and linguistic experiences to develop their understanding and use of English. We welcome parents and carers into school and embrace opportunities that will enrich our school community.