We are provided staffing, by the Ministry of Education and as a school we are able to allocate this staffing to best meet the needs of our curriculum and philosophy. For many years now, we have used this additional staffing to fund specialist teachers, who take all our children in specific subjects.
We have a Physical Education (PE) specialist teacher, who takes 45 minute lessons each week, for each class. This provides classroom release time for individual teachers, who use the time to meet with parents, test students, collect resources, manage classroom displays or activities and innovate programmes. The PE lessons take students through a range of skill based activities as well as learning the specifics of particular sports. From Year 4, students can also represent the school in a variety of codes, coached and managed by our PE specialist.
Our music programme is managed by a specialist teacher and classes have 30 minute music lessons, generally on a weekly basis. This specialist teacher also co-ordinates the choir and orchestra, whilst also teaching extension recorder and ukelele groups. Our music specialist takes such performing groups as the “Kids for Kids” choir, or local music festivals, as appropriate.
Our Year 7 & 8 students attend ‘Technology’ sessions where Hard Materials, Food Tech and Fabric Tech are taught.
Our school teaches the second languages of Chinese and Spanish and these are taken by specialist staff who are fluent in these languages.
We are currently operating a programme where specialist art is taught throughout the school and we have previously had a Science specialist teacher.
We are also fortunate to have provision to teach coding and this is done from Year 1, by the classroom teachers and supported by a specialist teacher. As the children move through the school, they are taught increasing amounts of coding, until Year 7 & 8 where they receive specialist teaching in this area, as appropriate.
It is our aim to deepen the use of specialist teachers as we develop our skills in the collaborative environment of our new school.