t Kingswood School we have an enviable staff to pupil ratio that most schools can only dream of! We have a maximum of 15 pupils in each class; each class typically employs one teacher and (at least one!) teaching assistant.
At Key Stage 2, for children aged between 7 and 11, we largely follow the September 2013 Primary National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, Geography and History. The planning and delivery of our lessons is based around the resources provided by the "Hamilton Trust", an Oxford based charity which provides educational resources to state and private schools for children aged 5 to 11.
The Hamilton Trust provides us with long, medium and short term plans which we invariably modify to cater for the needs of our (frequently higher achieving!) pupils.
This educational charity gives us ideas for teaching inspirational lessons to all our year groups. It also helps us plan the delivery of differentiated lessons- an absolute necessity in a small school in which classes have mixed abilities and mixed age groups.
Our special educational needs co ordinator Mrs Barlowe, and our dyslexic teacher Mrs Palmer, work tirelessly to ensure all our children overcome barriers to learning and access the full curriculum.
Morning teaching focuses on English and Mathematics with afternoons devoted to Geography, History, French, Drama, Religious Education, Physical Education, Games, Dance and Swimming.
On Wednesday afternoons we teach a variety of outdoor games on a football pitch adjoining the main school building. Competitive football, netball and rounders matches are played against other local schools and the children compete in a local cross-country tournament. During the Winter months P.E lessons are held in the main hall of the nearby Shirley Institute. Children visit a local leisure centre for swimming lessons.
Our extra curricular provision at Key Stage 2 currently includes after school football, dance and art clubs.
Instrumental lessons, more specifically the piano, guitar and eukelele are available for pupils who wish them.
All children at Key Stage 2 participate in our school choir and give concerts at Christmas, Easter and at the Leavers' Concert in the Summer. Concerts are held in the beautiful setting of St. James's Church adjacent to our school,with its exquisite stained glass windows.
Kingswood is a multi faith school which educates children of all faiths, creeds and denominations. Whilst the major Christian festivals are central to our school life, we also celebrate religious festivals of other faiths. For instance Mrs Yunis, our Year 2 teacher, last year organised an Eid party held in school at the end of Ramadan.