The education system in the UK is organized so that children pass through different stages. They begin in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception classes) progress into Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and then move into Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5,and 6) the final part of the Primary Phase. Transfer to Key Stage 3 begins the Secondary Phase.
At Four Acres the way we organize the children into classes depends mainly on two factors: the numbers of children in different age groups, our assessment of children’s needs. This year we decided to make mixed-age classes in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4). Having three mixed-age classes in each Key Stage enables us to make classes smaller and create teams of teachers who plan together under the guidance of the Key Stage leader. This also means that classes can collaborate more when working on projects and topics.
We also have a well-established nurture group class (Sunflowers) which runs in the afternoons. Children in Sunflowers receive support to remove any barriers to learning they are encountering. They attend for as long as they need before returning to their own class on a full-time basis, typically within two to four terms.
For more detailed information about the classes click on a class name and you will be taken to the Class Page.
Classes in 2016-17
Mrs Dobson/Miss Cooper
Miss Press/Miss Williams
Mrs McCormack/Miss Helley