We are very proud of our school, our pupils and their success. We believe St Charles’ is an amazing school and the relationship we develop with our children and their families enables us to create our distinctive ethos. I am delighted and proud to be Head Teacher at such a fun and vibrant school where pupils, staff, governors, parents and the school community work extremely hard and have high expectations of one another. We are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning – achieved through a combination of challenge, support, encouragement and praise – to ensure that all our children fulfil their potential.
Our school is a welcoming and happy place, where the needs of the children are central to our philosophy. Your child will spend several years with us and so it is important to begin in Early Years as we hope to go on. We recognise the fact that, as a parent, you are an essential partner in the educational process and we place great value on the support we receive from parents in so many different ways. In return, we will support your understanding of the education your child is receiving from us by regularly inviting you into school to discuss his or her progress and to keep you up to date on new ideas and initiatives.
St Charles' is a one form entry school. Our Early Years consists of a Nursery and Reception class.
The Early Years staff, work together as a team to ensure the best outcomes for your child as they embark on their learning journey at St Charles'.
We build strong parent partnerships by informing, involving and sharing your child's learning journey.
At St Charles' Nursery we offer both full time (30 hours) and part time (15 hours) places. Nursery is a fun and exciting time for your child to make new friends and engage with new learning. In Nursery, there is a focus on the prime areas of learning - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development, as these are the foundation blocks for further learning.
We record each child’s learning journey and progress through the use of Tapestry for online observations of children’s play and paper based learning journals which include: photos, comments and samples of work, as well as adult led activities. This enables us to record children’s individual learning and progress.
We value parent/carer contributions, Tapestry allows us to work in partnership and share learning between school and home. When children start at St Charles’ parent/carer accounts are set up to enable both school and parent/carers to share learning. This is a fantastic way of being involved in your child's learning journey and is another way in which you can communicate with your child's class teacher.
"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn" - O. Fred Donaldson
Every child is different and unique, when children start at St Charles' they become part of our family. We pride ourselves in knowing each child individually and celebrating their uniqueness, planning for their interests and next steps to achieve the best learning outcomes for your child.
At St Charles' we know that children learn best through their play so we carefully plan our curriculum and learning environment around overarching curriculum themes that follow our progressive bespoke curriculum that promotes enquiry, embeds skills and knowledge and values play opportunities to engage the children in their learning so they can be expressive and talk about what they have learnt.
In Reception, there is greater emphasis on reading, writing and maths skills as well as the prime areas of learning. It is in Reception where your child is taught Phonics through our Read, Write, Inc. Scheme and learn how to read and write.
At St Charles' we offer a bespoke curriculum, enabling pupils to be the best they can be. RE is at the heart of everything we do and is woven through all subjects. We follow the National Curriculum as well as our own personalised plans, taking subjects beyond the national curriculum through a set of ambitious, progressive lessons which are skills based and knowledge rich.
Every curriculum subject across the school is taught alongside our core principles: starting with the engage stage to ignite enthusiasm and passion into your child's new learning, to encourage pupil interest and curiosity, enquire and learn new knowledge and skills and then embed what the children have learned and enjoyed. At the end of each subject unit, children will revisit the ‘key question’ and their ‘big ideas’ to reflect, express and consolidate their learning. By doing so, we can measure their progress as knowing more and remembering more. Please visit the 'Curriculum' tab on our school website for further details about subject areas.
Reading at School
Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
At St Charles' we foster a love of reading. Reading is at the heart of everything we learn across all curriculum areas. Reading is taught through a systematic programme of phonics. Children in Nursery are made aware of sounds around them and the focus is on aural awareness and development. As children progress into Reception class, this basis is built upon via daily phonics sessions and opportunities to practice what they have learnt outside of these sessions. Pupils begin with picture-only books and are encouraged to talk about what they can see, before moving on to phonetically decodable books. Please visit the 'Curriculum' tab on our school website for further details about Reading and Phonics.