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Teaching & Learning

What is Teaching and Learning?

We are committed to a comprehensive learning programme.  We strive for the highest possible academic standards but also to provide opportunities for learning in all aspects of personal development.

Our aims for teaching and learning are that all children will be happy and confident so that they can reach their full academic potential.

To further this aim parents/carers and pupils are invited to join us in a Home School Agreement a copy of which may be provided on request.


What is the curriculum?

Curriculum is the collective term for all that is taught in schools.  The 'National Curriculum' is what the Government requires all schools to teach.  We conscientiously deliver the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum throughout the Foundation stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6).

The Core subjects are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The Foundation subjects are:

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Design and Technology
  • Religious Education (RE)

These are often delivered in cross curricular projects.

The school also teaches:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE), which encompasses all aspects of the child's well-being
  • Sex and Drugs Education

All these activities are appropriate to the child's age and stage of development.  Parents are invited to a meeting to discuss the Year 6 curriculum for Relationships and Sex Education prior to its delivery.

More detailed information about each subject area is available on request.


Internet Security

The Local Authority and Cambridgeshire Education ICT Service have provided detailed information regarding security when using the Internet and the school has ensured that all possible steps have been taken to conform to this advice.

By using Cambridgeshire Education ICT Service as our Internet Service Provider the children only have access to carefully selected web-sites and the Internet and email facilities will only be available with adult supervision.


Collective Worship

Each day also includes a short form of worship at an Assembly or during class time.  This is usually led by the Headteacher or a member of the teaching staff but we also regularly welcome visitors from the 3 churches in the Shelfords.  We visit both Great and Little Shelford parish churches for important services during the school year.  All our acts of collective worship are Christian.  The planned programme for each half term is available on request.  Parents/carers are particularly invited to attend their child’s class assembly which are published in the school term card.



The Shelford villages are twinned with Verneuill-en-Halatte in northern France.  The Twinning Association organises regular visits to France, one of which is especially for children.  A small number of children attending our school chose to take part in this independently organised trip. The School is pleased to host a morning’s visit to our school when children from Verneuill make their return visit.

Extra Curricular Activities

Details of the range of extra-curricular activities provided may be found via the Clubs & Activities menu item.


Assessment, Testing and Reporting

We hold formal parent teacher consultations in October and February but you may make a request for an appointment to see the class teacher at any time during the year if you are concerned about your child’s progress. In July you will receive a full written report on your child's progress.

Your child will be formally assessed at the end of Key Stage 2 (age 11 years).

Assessments take place in all other year groups at the same time.

Results achieved at the end of both Key Stages in English, Maths and Science since 2001 have continued to be recognised overall as ‘significantly above the national average.’  There are slight variations between cohorts of children as expected.

In Science the percentage of children receiving scores of Level 4+ is above Local Authority averages. The percentage of children attaining Level 5+ is significantly above Local Authority averages.

Detailed results for the school may be found via the school profile link.

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