School Organisation

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The pupils are split into different stages of learning throughout the school and sometimes these can be confusing as they have different names.
The first stage of learning is called Early Years Foundation Stage and this covers a child from age 0 to age 5. Children in our Nursery and in our Reception classes are part of EYFS.

The second stage of learning is called Key Stage 1 and covers children from age 5 to 7. These are Years 1 and 2 in school and used to be called the Infants.

The final stage in a Primary School is called Key Stage 2 and covers children from age 7 to 11. This is sometimes referred to as the Juniors and consists of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The school seeks to achieve these aims by organizing its curriculum in such a way that it is relevant to the needs of all its children. Through a cross-curricular approach and creative approach we provide exciting learning experiences that stimulate the mind and fire the children’s imaginations. The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT are given high priority throughout the themes/topics that are being studied.

Children are taught individually, in small groups and in large class groups, depending on the nature of the subject and their own varying needs. We believe that a skills based curriculum is important and this forms the basis for the work that the children do in school and at home.

We encourage all children to present all their work to a high standard – as Somerset Maugham said “If you refuse to accept anything but the best in life, you very often get it.”

Although we follow the National Curriculum we believe that a Primary School Curriculum is so much more than that and hopefully, by browsing our school website, you will get a flavour of all that we offer at Trumacar Primary School.

The National Curriculum is explained below.

The EYFS is based on Seven Areas of Learning which are:
1. Personal. Social and Emotional Development;
2. Physical Development
3. Communication and Language
4. English (sometimes called Literacy)
5. Mathematics
6. Understanding of the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design

In the juniors we also use these Areas of Learning and then split them into other subject headings.

These areas are:
* English
* Mathematics
* Science, Technology and Computing
* Understanding the World (including RE, History and Geography)
* Expressive Arts (including Art, Drama, Music and PE)
* Values (including SEAL and Personal, Social, Health Education)

Ideas, Concerns and Complaints

We welcome parents views at all times in school and encourage parents to use Parent View. We always prefer that parents come in and talk to us about any concerns or issues they may have. However, should you wish to make a complaint about the school then we have a clear Complaints Procedure which is available on the School Policies webpage.

Pupil Care, Welfare and Attendance

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Trumacar is a very caring school and the children’s care and welfare is our top priority—if the children do not feel happy and safe in school then they will not learn.

We therefore work very closely with all parents and also      employ a Learning Mentor who supports families with issues which may be affecting their child’s education. All staff are available before and after school to meet with parents should the need arise and communication between the school and home is strong.
If, at any time, you have concerns about school, about your child or about anything that may be affecting your child’s education, please do not hesitate to come and discuss this with school. By working together we can make a difference and support families as best as possible.
Part of this support is centred around making sure children are in school on time and every day. We appreciate that children are ill on occasion but we want children to be in school as much as possible and certainly to be punctual every day. Every minute lost in your child’s education means that they have missed part of their learning and this could mean that they will fall behind their peers. Please make sure your child is in school and is on time—every day.
If your child is absent for any reason, then please notify the school office as soon possible on 01524 851043.
All significant absences are followed up termly by Mrs Hamer and Mrs Hastings and letters are issued reminding parents of the importance of ensuring their child is in school.
Holidays within term time will now be counted as unauthorised, following the latest guidelines issued by the Local Authority. Please ask for a leaflet if considering taking your child out of school for a holiday during term-time and then make sure you collect an application form from the School Office.