Otters is our Class for Reception and Year 1 children.
The Staff Team are:
Teacher – Mrs Axon-Eaves
TA – Mrs McCallum
These children have the use of Otter Class and the outside space at the back of the school. In Reception, the curriculum gives children opportunities to explore and gain experience of the world around them. Alongside the skills, knowledge and concepts that the children are taught – learning through play, both indoors and outside we lay the foundations of how to be good learners.
Robins Class if for Year 2 children.
The Staff Team are:
Teacher – Mrs Everard
TA – Mrs Davies / Mrs Kemp
The curriculum for Year 1 and 2 builds on the firm foundations established in the reception year and ensures the children continue their journey through more structured English and Maths sessions whilst still incorporating the practical infant approach.
At St Andrews’, we are very fortunate to have access to a local woodland, Wiggery Wood in Gestingthorpe which we use as an outdoor classroom.
For two hours every fortnight, our Otter class visit the woodland. These sessions are led by Mrs Axon-Eaves, a qualified Forest School Leader. They risk assess the wood before each visit and bring activities for children to do each session. The children use real tools and natural materials to design and build shelters; they study wildlife and habitats; make pictures, jewellery, sculptures and mobiles; cook on bonfires; sing songs; climb and balance; work in groups and teams; learn and practise new skills.
Each child is provided with a special waterproof suit to wear over the top of ‘old, warm clothes’ and wellies worn instead of school uniform on Forest School Days.
Foxes is our lower junior class for Year 3 and 4 children.
The Staff Team are:
Teacher – Mrs Patston
TA – Mrs Dobinson
Year 3 and 4 is a definite step on from the infant class but continues with a practical approach to learning. Children are encouraged to develop their independence and be confident to explore their interests within the curriculum. The curriculum is an exciting one; the topic ‘extreme earth’ explores rivers and volcanoes followed then by Tudors, Anglo Saxons in ‘time team’. We involve the children in planning these topics. Fox class enjoy going out on trips to further their learning; including measuring the flow of rivers and dressing up for Tudor day.
Owls is our Upper Junior Class for Year 5 & 6 children.
The staff team are:
Teacher – Mrs Halls
TA – Mrs Kemp
The move into Owls signifies the last phase in the primary school journey at St Andrews’. We find that in these two years children mature significantly, bringing together the skills and knowledge that they have acquired throughout their school career. There is a focus on leadership within this class with roles such as House Captain, Assembly Team, and Play Leaders to prepare children for the wider world beyond St Andrews’.
Each week has a time table incorporating a daily English and Maths lesson, two PE sessions, a 30 minute French lesson, a music lesson with our specialist music teacher and topic based work.
Projects covered in this class include; Space, Polar Regions, Biomes, World War II and Vikings. Owls also go on a residential trip with Muntjacs (Year 5 and 6 class) from St Giles’, most recently to the Isle of Wight. This provides the opportunity to develop independence as well as to tackle some adventurous activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and archery.
The transition to Secondary School starts in this class with the whole class visiting for specialised lessons using the design and technology facilities, science laboratories or music rooms. Year 5 go for a taster day in the summer term followed by transition days in year 6. By the time the summer ends, everyone is ready to take that next step to whichever school children move on to.