West Chinnock Primary School provides a rich curriculum that aims to meet the needs of each pupil. We encourage children to be independent and collaborative learners.
The staff, with the support of the governors, are always striving for a curriculum which is broad and balanced, which is relevant to children's needs and which motivates them to learn. We want children to have a joy of learning. Likewise, we want children to establish good basic skills and knowledge on which to build future learning, and to develop positive attitudes. In Class 1 children follow the Read Write Inc Phonics programme which helps them to develop reading and writing skills.
The school has developed a 'long term curriculum plan'. This plan ensures that children cover what it is required for them in the National Curriculum and R.E. If parents wish to see a copy of the curriculum plan, it is available in school and the class teachers are always willing to discuss any aspect of the curriculum with you.
If you would like more detail regarding the Curriculum, please see the class teacher.
Pupil Premium and Sports Funding
The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school's basic budget it is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils who come from backgrounds that might be deemed to be disadvantaged. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils so they may reach their potential. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium from April 2012 is for any pupil who has been entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years, pupils who are “looked after” by the authority (LAC) or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005.
It is up to schools to allocate this funding in order to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
How much does the School Receive?
15/16 16/17 17/18
Norton £12,518 £17,040 (18 pupils) £16,074
West Chinnock £4,260 £6,900 (10 pupils) £6,648
How is it spent?
The Funding has been used in a variety of ways this has included:
- Additional TA support to deliver personalised intervention programmes and to reduce adult: pupil ratio
- ELSA (emotional literacy training for teaching assistants)
- Speech and Language training
- Extending the hours of our SENCO to support vulnerable children and families
- Additional resources such as a wider range of Maths resources to meet pupil needs.
- Opportunities for more able children to work in small groups or to meet with pupils from other schools eg for Maths Challenges, ICT workshops or musical events.
- Individual identified support for example musical tuition.
- Financial support for school trips and visits for those pupils identified as pupil premium.
Evaluation of the use of Pupil Premium funding
We monitor the use of the Pupil Premium funding closely, as well as the outcomes for those children. Please note that we have very few PP funded children in some year groups so the impact may be difficult to evaluate due to many factors that influence pupils’ achievement in school.
Over time impact shows that:
- That disadvantaged pupils do as well as other school pupils
- Our results and tracking data shows that identified pupils making at least expected progress with some exceeding their school targets
- There is no significant in school gap between school disadvantaged pupils and other pupils.
In the 2016/17 West Chinnock received a Sports Grant for £8,194.
Schools are required to allocate this funding in order to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. This has been used in a variety of ways for both schools.
These have included paying for:
- PE coaches for eg Rugby sessions and Football club after school
- a specialist swimming tutor, gym coach and a specialist dance teacher
- teaching assistant support to deliver high quality sports lessons and after school clubs (Mrs Chapillion/Mr Maunder)
- training for school staff
- additional PE equipment and resources
- transport to sporting events
Our sports funding outcomes have shown that:
- pupils regularly take part in physical activity
- all pupils participate in extra-curricular clubs
- pupils are active and successful in local and national competitions
- pupils are willing to try a variety of sports activities
- pupils lead healthy and active lives