Teaching and Learning

Altarnun Primary School follows the National Curriculum and in addition to academic studies, we aim to prepare children for life in the big wide world, covering morality, spiritual and emotional development, perseverance, responsibility and social behaviour.

The National Curriculum consists of 10 subjects which all children must study at school, these are:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • PE
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Religious Education
  • Science

We provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum and teaching and learning takes place through whole class teaching, group work and individual learning. We prefer to be flexible and use whatever teaching method is most appropriate to that particular situation. We are constantly aware of the needs of each child and we do our best to ensure they receive the appropriate education.

Children participate in activities that involve both co-operation and independent work. Our aim is to give them a balance between the many different ways that children learn – doing, observing, talking, listening, reading, recording, and reflecting.

What is a ‘School Development Plan’?

Each year the Principal, staff and governors develop a School Development Plan. This includes areas of personal and academic skills the school wishes to further develop over the next school year, for both pupils and staff. 
The areas are identified through our self-evaluation of what we do and how the children are progressing. It also includes aspects decided by the government. The 2019/20 Development Plan works across both Egloskerry and Altarnun Primary schools (both of the Primary schools in our MAT).
Our self-evaluation includes:

  • Termly Pupil progress meetings and data scrutiny
  • Audit visits from our School Improvement Partner (SIP) 
  • Moderation across schools
  • Ongoing auditing against our ‘School Evaluation Form’ (SEF)
  • Governor monitoring and challenge linked to our School Development Plan
  • Parent, Staff and Pupil surveys (termly)
  • Feedback from the Stakeholder Meeting in the summer term

Please ask if you have any queries about the development of the school.