Reading is a vital part of our learning at Nettlestone Primary and is at the heart of our curriculum learning. The staff are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and have an enthusiasm and passion for reading. At Nettlestone we believe all children should be given the opportunities to become fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of genres gaining knowledge about a wide range of authors and topics to enable them to further develop their knowledge across curriculum subjects. We want children to have a love of reading and provide them with opportunities to have the knowledge of a good range of authors and genres. A love and passion for reading will also provide them with a range of vocabulary which will help them with their writing and communication as well as transferring vocabulary across the curriculum. Within our key texts chosen to study in literacy we provide the children with a variety of genres, authors and styles of writing. By the end of their time at Nettlestone, all children should be able to read fluently and with confidence. There are no ceilings put on what our pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupil’s ability to make progress. We feel it is important that parents and carers are able to support their children with their reading journey both with word reading and comprehension skills and we encourage parents to not only listen to their child read but also read to them as well.
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At Nettlestone, we recognize that writing is both a vital communication tool and an excellent form of self expression. We know that mastery of written language can be both liberating and empowering. We are dedicated to providing a first class, accessible writing experience for all of our pupils. We aim to: foster a passion for the written word both as a form of communication and as an outlet for creativity; teach our children to write with grammatical accuracy, manipulating a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for effect, using a clear, legible cursive script; develop writers who are confident in managing a wide range of text types and in making well-reasoned choices about which one will best suit their purpose and audience; produce confident writers who take pride in their work - thoughtfully approaching the writing process –planning, writing and editing their writing to produce a quality outcome with a powerful impact on the reader; nurture writers who are unafraid of exploring and developing their own distinctive writer’s ‘voice’; promote writers’ excitement in continuing to develop and refine their skills and also their thirst to continue to read widely, as a means of learning from more experienced authors. We are excited by the knowledge that we can empower all children to be competent writers, and in some children, we may ignite a life-long passion for writing, or spark a future career path in this area.
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Phonics / Spelling
At Nettlestone Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is a high priority, starting in our Early Years. We use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. At Nettlestone, we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school. We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both grammar, spelling and composition skills, and we actively encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school.
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Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Nettlestone 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 Nettlestone 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.
Resources:Addition Subtraction Algebra Fractions Geometry 1 Geometry 2 Mathematics at Nettlestone Measures Multiplication Division Place Value Problem Solving Ratio and Proportion Statistics
At Nettlestone Primary School, it is our aim to develop and foster a positive attitude towards science by building on our children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We are passionate about teaching the right children, the right stuff at the right time, so alongside the teaching of our key ideas, the children are taught to raise questions and find answers through a discovery-based approach. This involves prediction, practical exploration, experimentation and analysis. Our Mission Possible curriculum is also designed to develop the children’s perseverance and resilience by challenging them to develop their own means of enquiry. Through the teaching of science, we aim to: • prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. • foster concern about, and active care for, our environment. • support our children to acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas. • develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world. • broaden our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science. We intend to provide our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest, and therefore may be motivated to study science further.
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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 Nettlestone 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.
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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’).
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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’).
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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.
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Art and Design
At Nettlestone Primary School, 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.
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Design and Technology
Design and technology at Nettlestone Primary School is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. We aim to ensure that all pupils and develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
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At Nettlestone 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’) 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.
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At Nettlestone 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 Nettlestone 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 is 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.
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At Nettlestone 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.
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Personal Social Health Education
Pupils at Nettlestone Primary School need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy into adulthood. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience and have a mission possible attitude to learning. Pupils will know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Effective teaching in these subjects, by teaching the right children, the right stuff at the right time will ensure that core knowledge is broken down into units of manageable size. This will be communicated clearly to pupils, in a carefully sequenced way, within a planned programme or lessons. Teaching will include sufficient well-chosen opportunities and contexts for pupils to embed new knowledge so that it can be used confidently in real life situations. They can also enable schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school and in society.
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Early Years Foundation Stage
At Nettlestone 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.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At Nettlestone 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 Nettlestone 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.
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Great Britain - Reception
This week Great Britain class have spent a lot of time working as teams to build dens, obstacle courses and Army structures. They have worked hard at listening to each others ideas and trying new things out then adapting to suit their purpose.We have been reading the book 'Superworm' and this has reiterated how important team work is and how to deal with the feelings and emotions that may come up too. The children have shown a great interest in creating items from recycled materials and we have had lots of treasure maps and holders made. The children have incorporated their maths knowledge to measure the string for the handles to make sure that they are equal.
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Finland - Year 1
We have had another busy week in Year 1! In Maths, we have been learning about capacity and we have been measuring the capacity of different containers using cups to investigate whether the tallest container always holds the most liquid. In English, we have been finishing off our information texts about pets. We have also been inventing our own animals and writing some facts about them using some of our new science learning, for example, whether our animals are mammals, reptiles, amphibians and so on, where the animals live, what they eat and whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. In art the children have been continuing to paint their model cats that have been inspired by the work of Laurel Burch and In computing the children have been creating talking stories using Seesaw. In Geography the children have been developing their geographical language by describing a photograph of an area in Nandi County, Kenya. On Wednesday, the children also enjoyed spending the morning with their new teacher for September!
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Denmark - Year 2
Wow what a fab week we have had. We have been busy in literacy writing a diary from the point of view of the main character, the children have really impressed me with their writing. In maths we have been busy looking at capacity comparing amounts and looking at millilitres. This week on Thursday the children graduated from Secret Agent Training as they have now completed all of their missions and have been superstars. We celebrated by decorating biscuits and having a graduation party which we all enjoyed. This week our history focus has been on sea explorers, we have learnt all about Christopher Columbus and Dame Ellen MacArthur. The children have been busy in PE with athletics, cricket and country dancing. They have also made their vehicles for a sea explorer most of them floated but some designs were not so successful but we discussed why this might have been. Another busy but fun week. Well done Denmark class.
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Netherlands - Year 3
In PSHE we are thinking about who helps us and how we can help them. In Science we are continuing to look at magnets. We did an experiment to see how far away a bar magnet can be from a paper clip and still attract it. We found out the bar magnet would attract the magnet up to 4cm away. In geography we are looking at the local area and considering whether it would be suitable to build a theme park in.
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Switzerland - Year 4
In Year Four this week we have been dividing whole numbers by ten and one hundred and making the link to decimals. We have used our learning to solve problems. We have finished our assembly and are in the process of recording it for Seesaw. For the time capsule we have all created a design for our class stone. We all had one vote and chosen our favourite, which has been drawn onto the stone and everyone has signed their name on the back. In Art, we have looked closely at paintings by Diego Rivera. We made notes about the paintings such as the colours used and what story the painting could be telling us. In English we have been writing our diary entry pretending to be Roger.
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Australia - Year 5
We have had a wonderful week this week! Our vases are beginning to look amazing and we are all becoming far more skilled in using papier mache. Soon we will be ready to reflect on how we will decorate our beautiful creations! In addition to this, we have carried out some exciting learning in Science. We now know all about the different parts of an insect’s body and we are able to describe the two different types of insect life-cycles. We saw a very interesting picture of a beetle larva on the whiteboard and were interested to discover how different some insects are when they initially hatch from the egg to when they are full-grown adults. We have continued to enjoy our assemblies and had some excellent discussion around an RNLI activity on water safety, to help us to remember how to keep ourselves safe when we visit the beach this summer. We have also enjoyed finding out about the Ancient Greek gods.
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Brazil - Year 6
This week Year 6 have been working on their transition activities in preparation for the next part of their learning journey. They have also been celebrating the end of their time in Year 6 with a visit to Chessington World of Adventures; having a silent disco in school and a visit to Tapnell Aqua Park. It has been such a great week with you all - thank you Year 6 for some fantastic end of term memories.
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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 Sailing 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/Live-Dance Challenge each year which encourage the children to dance on stage at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. Support is also provided for families who find it difficult to enable their children to participate, ensuring that no child is disadvantaged.
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Sweden - Pre School
This week in Pre School we carried on enjoying our bikes and bike wash, we have even washed the School mini bus where the children used all those important arm and shoulder muscles and stretched their bodies to reach the higher parts. We have also been carrying on with our woodwork and some children are now designing with a purpose, we have had motor bikes, cars and even game consoles made from the wood, screws, nails and lids. Our shop front has been a beach café and we have been selling all sorts of flavoured ice creams and refreshments. On Thursday we took part in some sporting activities alongside Reception class and the children were absolutely amazing and showed some good skill and resilience. The book this week has been ‘The Boy the Pebble and the Dolphin’ which follows on from our book last week about plastic rubbish in our seas. The children have really engaged in this and shown a good understanding, care and concern.
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