Our Ethos and Values
Our Mission Statement
WE are a family of schools who exist to INSPIRE each pupil to believe in themselves so they experience great SUCCESS through our commitment to EXCELLENCE. Our philosophy is one of boundless aspiration…the sky is the limit!
WISE in short stands for ‘We Inspire Success and Excellence’.
Shaftoe Trust Academy has a fully inclusive ethos where all members of the school community are encouraged to have high aspirations for themselves. Learning, leading to high academic attainment, is at the heart of each academy with all
children, irrespective of inherent ability, striving to fulfil their potential. Learning experiences are woven into an exciting curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant, where children develop core basic skills which are transferable to everyday
Children develop as confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens in a safe, high quality learning environment which is up-to-date and equipped with the necessary technologies to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century. They have a strong voice along with their parents and wider stakeholders.
Comprehensive, extended provision supports children in developing specific gifts and talents and places the school at the heart of the community which it serves.
Shaftoe Trust Academy operates an open-door policy with parents, carers and the local community. All are welcomed into the Academy so that all can participate and share skills and experiences with the children.
Shaftoe Trust Academy is part of Wise Academies. In addition to a Local Governing Body, a Board of Directors oversees the work of the Academy, and takes a close interest in its performance and provision. Further details can be found here .
We are always keen to hear from parents/carers who would be interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body; please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page if you're interested.
Our Governance information can be found over on the trust governance website here
Pupil Premium Allocation
PE and Sport Premium
A link to how the school spends its Funding is available here
Our school has been following the new Primary National Curriculum in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 since September 2014. From September 2015, Years 2 and 6 have also been following it, too. See below for a copy of the full document. We are still changing our topics around as staff discover new and better ways of covering the curriculum!
Below are just small tasters about each area. Please also see the topic webs under each class heading.
We believe that English is central to children’s overall development and that success in reading, writing, speaking and listening are crucial in allowing children to achieve their full potential in other curriculum subjects and in all aspects of school life.
Reading - Throughout the school children are taught skills to enable them to decode text and enjoy their books. We aim to ensure that all the children value books, appreciate the enjoyment of reading for its own sake, and become competent and critical readers.
We use a variety of schemes which are banded according to the National Book Banding system. We start teaching the children phonics through the Letters and Sounds scheme in EYFS and this continues as the children enter Key Stage 1.
Writing - We encourage all children to appreciate the importance of writing as a means of communication, to enjoy writing and to develop into confident and competent writers. We consider the presentation of written work to be important and introduce a style of handwriting which can be “joined up” as developed. The children experience writing for a variety of purposes from lists, news, stories, factual accounts and poems to name but a few.
Speaking and Listening - We believe the development in speaking and listening is essential to all children’s learning. Children engage in activities which involve discussion with adults, one to one with a partner and to a wider audience. Circle time and specifically planned speaking and listening activities enable our children to become confident speakers and active listeners.
Understanding throughly how our number system works is crucial for an understanding of all operations and problem solving and this is where we start in maths, ensuring that all children can see number patterns and understand about hundreds, tens and units. As the children go through school, this knowledge and understanding is expanded and other areas are built on it; such as an understanding of measures. This helps children develop a fluency in mathematics that will stand them in good stead in the future.
From an early stage, we also look at the magic in maths and we try to develop a love of puzzles and problem solving. This ability to problem solve is very important. This is not just word problems but all the other types of problem solving such as logic and combinations. Children need to develop an intuitiveness about numbers and this is greatly helped if they thoroughly know and understand the basic number facts - the number bonds to 20 and then also all their tables. As they move through school, we have a tight programme of learning these facts and being able to recall them whenever needed. We ask that all parents help their children by regularly going through these facts with their children and helping them to learn their tables. Knowing these facts is a huge help in all areas of maths, particularly parts like fraction work and division. We try all the time to make those connections for children between the different areas of maths telling them "It's nothing new!"
We also cover the areas of shape - geometry as it is referred to in the New Primary Curriculum, measures, including time, and data handing - now referred to as statistics.
In school we have introduced Big Maths for all the basic number work with its very structured progress drives and steps upwards so every child makes rapid and sound progress. We are also using wealth of other materials to help develop a real love and mastery of maths. Fluency, the ability to problem solve and reason about maths are the main aims of our maths curriculum.
During Early Years and Key Stage 1 we aim to encourage children to develop their curiosity about the world through a range of practical activities. These activities are combined with discussions about how the world works.
As children progress through school there is a greater emphasis on teaching them to work like a scientist. Children are introduced to scientific methods through increasingly challenging investigations.
To further promote science at Shaftoe we hold a Science, Technology and Maths (STEM) week. All children take part in a series of highly motivational and fun challenges, experiments and investigations.
ART and DESIGN
In art, we cover using a range of materials and their purposes as well as look at the work of artists for inspiration. We enjoy productions and plays as well as putting some together ourselves. We hold whole school art days and believe that arts are a great way for everyone to achieve.
We received Artsmark Gold in 2013 and hope to build on this by becoming a school which offers arts award training for children in the coming year. We are very proud of our arts excellence and aim to give as many opportunities for art in its many forms to all children.
In school we have an computer suite which houses 12 PCs and a number of laptops, netbooks and iPads all for children to access a range of activities. In the computing curriculum, competencies have been split into three key areas.
- Computer Science: In computer science we are keen to become programmers. We will be able to write algorithms (a set of instructions), debug programs (fix it when it doesn’t work), and improve and develop programs we have made.
- Information Technology: In information technology we are keen to be able to communicate effectively via word processing, telling on screen stories, emailing and creating presentational pieces using slideshows and leaflets. This area of the curriculum is used to present and share with others.
- Digital Literacy: In digital literacy we are keen to work and play safely. We will look at e-safety in detail and we will consider our digital footprint. We will consider what is safe and what we should report as well as where and how to do this if we see something online, or even on a mobile phone which makes them feel uncomfortable.
Computing is approached through school both as a stand alone area of the curriculum and as part of an integral cross curricular approach
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Children work with a variety of materials to create different pieces. We plan, create and evaluate each piece we make and this is done through cross curricular topics such as whole school healthy lifestyles or class topics such as the Seaside. Each child takes part in focussed practical tasks, where they can develop skills safely, using a variety of tools and equipment. The purpose of design and make projects is to give children the chance to create, make and improve through evaluation so that the end product is of quality.
We are keen to encourage a desire for discovery and questioning. Through Geography we work to develop children’s awareness of the world around them. We investigate different cultures, environments, people and landscapes and encourage children to ask questions about what they see. Children learn how physical and human geography are interrelated and find out about the natural and man-made features of the world. Teaching encourages geographical enquiry and the development of skills as well as developing a sound knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes. We make use of the local environment together with a wide range of secondary sources including video clips, photographs, books and the internet. In Key Stage 1 pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area, finding out about the environment and people in both areas and carrying out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In Key Stage 2 pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different locations in the United Kingdom and abroad. The children develop geographical enquiry skills using resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT when investigating physical environments such as mountain ranges, rivers and weather patterns.
At Shaftoe we aim to inspire the children’s interest in history by investigating a wide range of topics. We want to arouse children’s interest in the past, to fascinate and excite children, stimulating their curiosity into finding out more by research and enquiry. Our topics enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children will consider history from a variety of perspectives (e.g. social, political and cultural), develop a sense of chronology and understand that aspects of the past may be interpreted in different ways. We aim to develop children’s understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change and cause and consequence. We use a range of resources (such as artefacts, documents and photographs) and where possible we visit sites which are historically significant, talk to people who have relevant first-hand experience and enjoy performances or presentations by re- enactors. We also access resources from the local library services.
LANGUAGES - SPANISH
We aim to foster and stimulate our children’s curiosity in a foreign language and a different culture by introducing Spanish in a way that is enjoyable and fun.
Spanish is taught by a native Spanish teacher across school from Reception to Year 6 using a variety of teaching styles. Children enjoy access to a wide range of resources to support their learning. Added to this, Spanish classes are designed to ensure progression year on year, developing the four language learning skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Listening to and composing music satisfies the innate human need to articulate oneself creatively and give expression and understanding to emotions. It is our school’s overwhelming intention to engage and inspire all children to develop a love of music and encourage their individual talent as musicians, by providing access to a wide range of instruments and resources.
As a whole school we strive to:
- expose all children to a wide variety of high-quality musical genres, styles and traditions, across a range of historical periods.
- encourage children to listen to, and express opinions about, some of the great works of music by significant composers and musicians.
We aim to encourage children to be fit and active and to have a life-long love of physical activity. The emphasis is on developing the physical skills of agility, balance and co ordination through gymnastics, games, swimming, dance and outdoor adventurous activities.
To support the teaching and learning process we have used our Schools Sport Premium money to employ an outstanding PE teacher. This means that all pupils will benefit from this input and staff will be able to develop their skills through observation and team teaching.
This year we are also enhancing the range of competitive opportunities for Key Stage 2 by taking part in sports competitions with local schools. Pupils will be taking part in a football tournament, cross-country running, gymnastics, a dance festival, a tennis tournament and an athletics event.
Each half-term we explore a different aspect of social and emotional aspects of learning (S.E.A.L.), which helps all of the children to understand not only themselves, but their feelings and how best to express themselves and respond to the feelings of others. As well as developing their maturity holistically, it will arm them with the attritubes that will make them better learners, such as resilience, motivation and a greater sense of responsibility for their learning. The vital social skills that this programme provides helps the children to be more independent in their endeavours, whilst simultaneously becoming better, and more supportive, team members.
PSHE issues are addressed regularly in assemblies and indeed, in all aspects of school life. We never miss an opportunities to teach children about getting along with each other, respect, dealing with emotions etc.
Our RE in school reflects that religious education holds a special place in school life at Shaftoe Trust Primary School. Shaftoe Trust was founded by the Rev. John Shaftoe in 1687 for the purpose of educating the young people of Haydon Bridge Parish. Christianity forms the basis of all teaching in the school and manner in which we treat each other. Living in a multi-cultural and multi-racial society, we encourage the respect and understanding of other religions and cultures.
Through the knowledge of RE, the children will learn to explore and understand their own values, beliefs and behaviour and have an awareness of the beliefs, practices and experiences of others. This will help develop attitudes of respect and understanding.