At Newchurch Primary School, we are passionate about teaching the right children the right stuff at the right time in order to achieve the highest possible standards of language and literacy. We strive to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Children are encouraged to exercise perseverance as they learn to read fluently and with good understanding, developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. All children are given equal opportunities to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. Texts are chosen across the school to celebrate our rich and varied literary heritage and to reflect the nine protected characteristics. All children are taught to believe that proficiency in reading is ‘mission possible’. Resilience is essential as children learn to read fluently, accurately and for meaning. We want our younger children to learn to read well so that our older children can read to learn! Children use discussion as a powerful learning tool and are taught to become proficient in clearly explaining their understanding and ideas. - For more information about Reading at our school, please contact Mrs Buckingham via the school office.
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At Newchurch, we believe that being able to express your thoughts and ideas is a crucial part of being a human being. We strive to help our children develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become effective communicators. Therefore, the ability of our pupils to speak well and make themselves understood is a non-negotiable and we encourage our pupils to speak grammatically correctly and with good diction. As writing is another form of communication, we aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach; this links closely to the way we teach reading, as the text that we use in writing lessons, where possible, is the same text as the one that we use in reading lessons. We take great care to ensure that we only pick rich, well-written texts as a model for the children. Careful links are made across the curriculum to ensure that children’s English learning is relevant and meaningful: where possible linking our reading, writing and the topic that we are covering in other areas of the curriculum. We ensure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning. Our intentions in writing are for children to; write for a purpose, see themselves as real writers, take ownership of their writing, see writing as an interesting and enjoyable process and acquire the ability to organise and plan their written work. For more information about Writing at our school, please contact Miss Hygate via the school office.
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Phonics / Spelling
At Newchurch Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Newchurch Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
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Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Newchurch Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding. At Newchurch we foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that maths mastery is a ‘mission possible!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We follow a stage by stage approach using concrete and pictorial resources to aid our understanding before progressing to the more abstract approaches to solve rich and sophisticated problems. Mistakes and misconceptions are valued as an integral part of learning and resilience is viewed as an essential learning tool. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. We aim for all pupils to: • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics. - For more information about Maths at our school, please contact Miss Wetherick via the school office.
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At Newchurch Primary School, we are passionate about providing our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so they develop enquiring minds, as well as a deep and lasting interest in the world around them. In science lessons, we aim to build on the children’s natural curiosity by encouraging them to; notice things they don’t expect; wonder what is happening and think about how, as scientists, they can find out. Our teaching of the key ideas provides the children with the skills and knowledge needed to raise such questions and to try to find answers through hands-on investigations. These investigations involve focused observation, careful planning, testing and measuring, as well as analysis of evidence in order to draw conclusions. This hands on approach compliments our Mission Possible curriculum which is designed to develop the children’s perseverance and resilience. Through the teaching of science, we also aim to foster concern about, and active care for, our environment through the exploration of our local area as well as participation in events such as local beach cleans. We also support the children to gain a wider understanding of how they can have a positive impact on the world around them, for example through recycling and using alternatives to single-use plastic.
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In line with the National Curriculum for Computing, our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and make an impact on the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. By the time they leave Newchurch Primary School, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding computational thinking), information technology (using computer systems to process, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. - For more information about Computing at our school, please contact Mr Tuck via the school office.
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It is our intent for our History curriculum to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. As our pupils progress, they will become equipped to ask perceptive questions; think critically; weigh evidence; sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We want pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. As with other curriculum subjects, our teaching in History will focus the ‘right things at the right pupils at the right time’. We want our pupils to develop resilience in their learning and this will be encouraged through our Mission Possible approach to learning (i.e. challenging ourselves and moving outside of our ‘comfort zone’). - For more information about History at our school, please contact Miss Evans via the school office.
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It is our intent for our Geography curriculum to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscape and environments. As with other curriculum subjects, our teaching in Geography will focus the ‘right things at the right pupils at the right time’. We want our pupils to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Through this experiential approach, we want our pupils to develop resilience and a desire to approach any challenge with a Mission Possible attitude (i.e. challenging ourselves and moving outside of our ‘comfort zone’). - For more information about Geography at our school, please contact Miss Evans via the school office.
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Although we live on an Island, we recognize that to thrive in our fast-changing and diverse world not only do we need to feel confident in our sense of self, but we need to be open to engaging positively with other identities and cultures. Learning a foreign language plays a vital role in this aim and through our teaching of Spanish, we strive to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. We passionately believe that learning a foreign language should be a dynamic and engaging experience with meaningful links to learning in other curriculum areas. Use of a wide range of songs, games and stories is integral to our teaching and means that the Spanish curriculum is accessible for all children. Each pupil is encouraged to develop a resilient learning attitude and to be the very best that they can be. We strive to make sure that being able to express their thoughts and opinions in another language, as well as understanding and responding to its speakers, both in speech and in writing, is an exciting and rewarding experience for our children. We are also committed to providing a range of opportunities for children to celebrate their developing knowledge and skills with the wider school community. We know that our dedication to providing a quality learning experience at this stage will pave the foundations for our children to successfully learn further languages, and for some of them it may even prove a catalyst to life-enriching opportunities such as eventually studying and working abroad. - For more information about Languages at our school, please contact Mrs Horobin via the school office.
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Art and Design
At Newchurch we believe art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, ensuring that we teach the right children, at the right time, the right way, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Enabling them to demonstrate resilience by improving and persevering on specific skills to improve in areas identified personally to them. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, showing children that art can be a worthwhile career choice. We encourage children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We approach art with the same ‘mission possible,’ attitude, enabling them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. The children are taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. This leads to them having a better understanding of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. - For more information about Art and Design at our school, please contact Miss Wetherick via the school office.
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Design and Technology
In line with the National Curriculum, at Newchurch, our Design and Technology curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as part of a team. To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We aim to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To enable pupils to select appropriate tools and techniques with increasing accuracy for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. To be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others, following the design process. To be able to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impact. We aim for pupils to have an understanding of how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world. To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
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At Newchurch Primary School, our high quality music education will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Pupils will develop resilience as they are challenged appropriately (we are sure to teach the ‘right stuff, to the right children at the right time and in the right way’ using ongoing assessment in lessons) with our Mission Possible Curriculum. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. - For more information about Music at our school, please contact Mrs Parkin via the school office.
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At Newchurch Primary School we want Physical Education to have a positive impact on every child physically, socially and contribute to their well-being. It is our aim at Newchurch Primary School to provide the opportunity for our children to experience a range of sporting activities for their fun, enjoyment and competition. Through carefully planned PE and sports activities we aim to ensure that all children are happy and enjoy PE, thus raising participation levels both in and out of school and therefore in turn, promoting healthy lifestyles. We strive to provide high quality PE and sports teaching in both curriculum and after school clubs. We aim to ensure that within their own level of ability all children can achieve and experience success, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential. We value the benefits of PE and sport to build children’s self-confidence, esteem and resilience, which are character building and essential for our pupil’s development. We aim to provide opportunities for all children to experience competition at various levels both individually and as part of a team. - For more information about PE at our school, please contact Mr Tuck via the school office.
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At Nettlestone and Newchurch Primary School pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Britain, as well as non-religious views. They explore concepts within and between faiths so that they can understand, respect and show mutual respect and tolerance of different religions, faiths, values and traditions. Through this pupils will understand that there are ways of life that are different to their own. From learning about different concepts and faiths pupils can make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues. High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching will develop the pupils sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a global society. - For more information about RE at our school, please contact Mrs Buckingham via the school office.
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Personal Social Health and Relationships Education
As a pupil at Newchurch Primary School I love being taught PSHE because I understand the importance of preparing me for life in modern Britain. I think I need knowledge that will help me to make good decisions about my own wellbeing, health and relationships. I can also put this knowledge into practice as I develop the ability to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and difficult situations. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These lessons can support me to develop resilience and have a mission possible attitude to learning. - For more information about PSHE at our school, please contact Miss Cottee via the school office.
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Early Years Foundation Stage
At Newchurch Primary School we strongly believe that the early years of education are the ‘building blocks’ for success therefore it is important for us to recognise the uniqueness of each child and support them to reach their potential. We are passionate about teaching the right stuff to the right children at the right time and this is at the very heart of our early years pedagogy. We do this through the observation, assessment, planning cycle. We believe that the Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin everything that we do within our EYFS environment: • Playing and exploring • Active learning • Creating and thinking critically We recognise these to be key in establishing strong roots to enable our children to become independent, inquisitive and resilient learners that seek to challenge themselves. We passionately believe in child led learning, through play and exploration and therefore recognise that the role of our environment and the role of the adult in it is crucial. We use open-ended resources and open-ended questioning to allow the children to show us what they can do and identify possible areas in which to challenge and extend a child’s current learning and development. We embed opportunities for children to develop and practice their early reading, writing and maths skills within the environment, offering them purpose and reason to use these newly acquired skills. - For more information about EYFS at our school, please contact Mrs Starkey via the school office.
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At Newchurch Primary School we believe that every child is unique. We believe that every child has the right to receive an education which enables them to fulfil their potential. We value the abilities and achievements of all our children. We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment through high quality inclusive teaching which is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of every child. We aim to remove barriers to learning and increase the participation of learners with SEND needs within the classroom. Our aim is to provide all children with the best possible outcomes in preparation for life‐long learning. We recognise the capacity for personal growth, development and change when individuals are given the encouragement and support they need. We believe it is important that children acquire skills, knowledge and confidence that can be applied to all future learning experiences, including social, physical and spiritual development. We endeavour to raise aspirations and expectations for all pupils, including those pupils with SEND by working in partnership with parents/carers and listening to pupils. We recognise that some children will have additional needs at some time during their school life and will require something additional to or different from what is provided for the majority of children. There are a wide range of difficulties which may lead to special educational needs. Needs arising from such may be both short and long term. Provision for children with SEN is a matter for the whole school. All staff have important day-to-day responsibilities when meeting the needs of children with SEN. As children grow and develop at Newchurch they will become more independent, resilient and confident in their learning. If you have any concerns about the school’s provision or support for children with SEND, please do not hesitate to contact our SENCO Mrs Emma Kelly by emailing or calling the school office.
The Greatest Show Class - Reception
Exciting news from Showman Class! Our class caterpillars have arrived and, after a lot of amazing suggestions and a class vote, have been named. Please give a warm welcome to Lola, Black Thunder, Dandelion, Teddy Bear and Marshmallow. They were very sleepy initially but soon woke up and started crawling around. We’ve learnt that they need to eat and eat and eat and eat so that they can grow. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. 😁 On Tuesday we went over to St Martins wood and embarked on a minibeast hunt with our Year 6 buddies. We looked for clues and carefully turned over leaves and logs - we were lucky enough to find webs, nibble marks and eggs so we knew we were looking in the right places! We spotted ants, spiders, flies, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, slugs, woodlice and a caterpillar. We are now planning to make a minibeast fact book for the Key Stage 1 library, with the help of our buddies. This week we have been reading What the Ladybird Heard and have drawn our own maps for Hefty Hugh and Lofty Len to follow. We have been using directional language to describe their journey around the farmyard. Talk to me about ... Maps and journeys Words to use ... direction, forwards, straight on, turn, right, left, backwards Top tips for the week ... Can you have a go at describing a journey you take? We have been reading ... What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
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McFly Class - Year 1
McFly class has been reading Supertato this week. The children really enjoyed this book and worked together in small groups to retell the story in any way they liked. Some of the children chose to act out the story like a play, others used story actions to retell it and some chose to draw the story. We have started to think about our vegetable superheroes ready for next week when it comes to writing our own Supertato story. In Maths we have been using number lines to add two digit numbers. We have started to add the ones first, followed by the tens whilst using the number line. We had a very exciting visit this week from Simon Murray, the author of 'Icky Doo-Dah'. Simon also illustrates his own books and taught us how to draw our own Icky- Doo Dah. The children's Icky DooDah drawings were absolutely brilliant, so much so that we are going to put them up for a little while before sending them home.
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Wonder Class - Year 2
We hope that you have all had a lovely Easter and are well rested for a busy half term ahead. This half term, Wonder class will be learning about a range of topics and themes across the different curriculum subjects. Some of these include, plants, flowers and lifecycles in science; exploring our local area, Newchurch; telling the time; measuring mass and capacity. Our text for this half term will be "Dragon Post" by Emma Yarlett. This is a text the children always love as it has so many practical and hands on activities linked to it. This week, Year 2 have been looking more closely at seeds. After our trip to Ventnor Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, we decided to plant our own seeds in school. The class each planted some sunflower seeds, tomatoes and pumpkins. We are going to watch them carefully over the next few weeks to see how a plant changes as it grows and matures. As part of our new learning on plants and seeds, we have been looking at the different ways that seeds disperse in order for them to spread and grow in new places. The class have enjoyed their PE lessons this week, where they have continued to work on their batting, bowling and fielding skills in cricket. Wonder class have also been learning about the theme "authority" during RE day this week. The class explored the meaning of the word authority and discussed who and what might have authority over us. They came up with lots of amazing ideas as a class. The children looked more closely at authority within the bible and how this is presented with the 10 commandments. Each of the children then created their own version of the 10 commandments which they feel would like the world a better place to live in. Also, a quick reminder to all parents that next week will be Year 2 SATs week. Please make sure that your child arrives to school promptly in the morning.
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Webber - Year 3
What a great last week! Year 3 have all done exceptionally well this week with their end of topic conclusions and hard work, well done! We started the week with a lovely morning with the year 2's exploring our local woods, this was a brilliant way to conclude our geography, science and math's learning. It was great to see the children so confident and secure in their subject learning and language. In English we finished our topic book, and the children then all created their own story script for a sequel, using their understanding and character knowledge.The class all had such different ideas and it was brilliant to see their writing come to life. We hope you have a restful and well deserved half term!
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The Script Class - Year 4
Faith Class - Year 5
Faith Class have had a brilliant week. We edited our final editions of Theseus and the Minotaur and realised that we needed to add in some dialogue, when Ariadne spoke to Theseus. So this week we have planned and written an additional paragraph, adding to our brilliant stories. We had a chance to tell our stories to Year Two and they loved them. In Maths, we have been learning how to draw angles on a straight line and as a challenge, angles in a circle. We have been so impressed with the resilience shown when carrying out these difficult tasks. We also recapped on the Eucharist and looked at other symbols that symbolise Easter. We especially liked the symbol of the cross on the hot cross buns!
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Queen Class - Year 6
Year 6 have completed their SATs week with maturity and resilience and I could not be more proud of their attitude. They have not been phased by the tests and have given every paper their best shot. No matter what the results in July, they have done their very best and should all be very proud. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast before the tests (thanks to FONS for funding this) and made sure we had a positive start to each day. On Tuesday afternoon, we joined our reception buddies for a minibeast hunt in St Martin's wood. We found a wide variety of insects and enjoyed assisting the younger children in identifying them. We spent Friday having an end of SATs celebration including the pirate game and some outdoor fun! Mrs Illman 😊
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We are proud to offer an extremely full and varied programme of clubs which provides opportunities for the pupils to attend in order to develop their interests, but also the chance to try new or different activities. This extended curriculum includes sport, drama, music and some unusual clubs, such as Petanque or Country Dancing, and also provides frequent opportunities for our Island Primary schools to engage in Area and Island events. Music and performance has a central role to play in the life of the School with each Key Stage participating in a Production every year, enabling our pupils to learn a wide range of instruments, participate in choirs, dance and musical productions. We also have committed to participation in the J-Rock Challenge each year which encourage the children to dance on stage at the Guildhall in Portsmouth or Southampton for example. Support is also provided for families who find it difficult to enable their children to participate, ensuring that no child is disadvantaged.