Learning and Curriculum

At Lark Hall, we are a Building Learning Power (BLP) School. The BLP philosophy of growing our learning muscles of thinking, feeling, relating and managing is part of the school day for all children. We have developed a shared language through different activities to support BLP and support our children on their journey to becoming accomplished learners.


CURRICULUM


EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION
STAGE (EYFS)


We celebrate the uniqueness of every child. We look to identify and use these differences, strengths and enthusiasms to promote and progress learning. We aim to make development and learning in all areas, something your child wants to do
naturally with growing enthusiasm and independence.
Children actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them and we aim to provide a safe, stimulating and enabling environment in which they can
interact and form positive relationships. By actively learning through play and exploration, creating and thinking critically, our children will become effective and motivated learners.


KEY STAGE 1 and 2
TOP LEARNING


We plan a creative theme-based curriculum and our teachers plan effectively for the needs of all children using skills from the National Curriculum. Links are made across areas of learning within a session with opportunity for independent learning linked to children’s targets.

 

KEY STAGE 1 and 2

TOPIC LEARNING


We plan a creative theme-based curriculum and our teachers plan effectively for the needs of all children using skills from the National Curriculum. Links are made across
areas of learning within a session with opportunity for independent learning linked to
children’s targets.


NEWSLETTERS

Your will receive a class newsletter at the start of each term detailing the learning taking place.


LEARNING SESSIONS

  • Maths
  • Guided Reading
  • Phonics (KS1) Spelling (KS2)
  • Grammar
  • Handwriting
  • Spanish
  • Computing
  • PE
  • Music


FOREST SCHOOL

We believe in the importance of outdoor learning and understanding of the world. Children visit the local parks and outdoor areas to explore the environment. Children will require waterproof clothes and wellies.


TARGETS

All children have targets appropriate to their age in these areas: Maths, Reading and Writing. Your child’s targets will be shared with you during parent’s evenings. Children are required to use their targets regularly so that they know how to improve their learning.


REPORTING TO PARENTS

2 Parents Evenings and 2 written reports during each year.


SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL NEEDS


We hold intervention sessions to support children with:
reading, writing, speech and language, maths, fine motor skills and learning behaviour. These are run by trained staff monitored and organised by the school Special Needs
Coordinator (SENCO).
Children who are classified as Gifted and Talented for their learning or skills are also supported and given extension activities. We encourage children to develop their talents by taking part in our school clubs.


TESTING

Statutory Tests:

  • Year 1 Phonics Screening
  • Year 2 and 6 SATs Tests
  • Year 4 Timestables Check


CELEBRATIONS OF ACHIEVEMENTS
FRIDAY ASSEMBLY
Year 1-6 8.45AM
EYFS 2.30PM


Each class will have 2 Stars of the Week and their
achievements are celebrated in Friday Assembly. All parents
are welcome to join us for our celebration assembly If your
child is going to be Star of the Week you will be told on the
Wednesday before.
The Centre for Autism classes have individual reward charts
which offer motivating activities or objects. The children can
earn stickers on a reward card which can be exchanged for
items at the Lark Hall Town Shop.


HOMEWORK
(Y1-6)


Please see home learning resources in the home learning
diary.

  • Daily reading
  • Spelling and handwriting practice
  • Twitter posts
  • Maths Rockstars


Centre for Autism


CURRICULUM


In the centre we follow a topic based curriculum. Teachers plan using skills from the National Curriculum where appropriate. We also use a modified curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum but specific to the needs of children with SEND. We place great importance in teaching life skills, which will help your child to develop independence.


TARGETS


Each term you will receive an evaluation of targets for reading writing and number and new targets will be set. Your child’s Individual Education Plan will be reviewed twice a year and new targets set. You will be invited to attend an annual review meeting where you will have an opportunity to feedback your views on your child’s progress as well as hear feedback from the professionals working with your child. It is also an opportunity to update your child’s Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT


All children in the Centre for Autism have a diagnosis of ASD and an Education Health Care Plan.
The Centre provides an autism friendly environment. Staff are trained in a range of strategies and nterventions which address difficulties experienced by children with autism. We work closely with the Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and other professionals to provide specific programs to meet the children’s needs.



Pastoral


At Lark Hall we believe that self-regulation and positive reinforcement is the most effective way of encouraging children to behave appropriately. The focal point of the pastoral system are the Zones of Regulation, which teach children how to self-regulate their behaviour.

The ZONES of Regulation®


BLUE ZONE
Sad
Sick
Tired
Bored
Moving Slowly


GREEN ZONE
Happy
Calm
Feeling Okay
Focused
Ready to Learn


YELLOW ZONE
Frustrated
Worried
Silly/Wiggly
Excited
Loss of Some Control


RED ZONE
Mad/Angry
Terrified
Yelling/Hitting
Elated
Out of Control

The ZONES of Regulation ® Reproducible E The Zones of Regulation Visual
© 2011 Think Social Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.
From The Zones of Regulation® by Leah M. Kuypers • Available at www.socialthinking.com

 

 

THIS TABLE SHOWS SOME OF THE PASTORAL SYSTEMS IN PLACE

HOUSE POINTS

Children are divided into 4 houses

Fenchurch Street
Marylebone
Kings Cross
Liverpool Street
LARK HALL TOWN SHOP
Children earn house points and collate them in a bank book to spend in the shop

Examples are for great behaviour, excellent learning, being star of the week, getting
yellow cards

PASTORAL CARDS (Year 1-6)
Yellow and Red Cards
Examples are below.
Yellow cards given to recognise positive behaviour and red cards for negative
behaviour over time. More yellow cards = more house points!
HEAD BOY AND GIRL
Year 6 children can apply for Head Girl and Boy at the beginning of the year and
are asked to give a speech to children in Years 3-6 who then vote for their preferred
candidate.
  • To uphold the school values at all times
  • Be a role model to all children in the school
  • To be able to present information coherently to a group
  • To listen to pupil voice around the school and report to leadership team
  • To represent the school to outside visitors
PSCD AMBASSADORS
For children in Years 3-6
Take on leadership responsibilities such as Playground, Office, Library, CFA, Green Team and Early Years.

HEAD BOY AND GIRL
For children in Years 1-6

Represent peers at Lark Hall. Pupils are asked to give a speech to their class who
then vote for their preferred candidate