We use an extensive range of visitors and events to develop community, charity and themed activities which support our school values and curriculum learning. These include raising money and awareness for National fund raising events such as ‘Red Nose Day’ and ‘Children In Need’. We also support local Charities agreed annually such as ‘Canine Partners’, a charity which assists people with disabilities by providing specially trained assistance dogs. We annually celebrate Harvest as a whole school and create harvest hampers to distribute throughout the local community.
Members of the local community are often invited into School including Surrey Police Liaison Officers as part of our PSHCE programme. The children also learn about important values such as being caring and responsible when the ‘Reptile Man’ visits with his snakes and lizards! We also have other professional visitors to support the curriculum studies in other areas including the Dental Nurse, Water Treatment Specialists and Fire Safety Officers.
Yattendon is well supported by parents and carers and volunteers and a number help in school regularly on a voluntary basis with a variety of activities in and out of the classroom. We also provide placements for students on work experience and trainee teachers and have links with the local secondary schools and Universities.
We have fostered great links with our partnership schools in Horley. The Key Stage 1–2 Transition group has been developed and projects have been establish to strengthen core curriculum learning in Maths and English. Transition has also been strengthened through Christmas Performance and Production visits, paired reading sessions, paired project work and meetings. The Key Stage 2–3 Transition has also been effectively initiated through the Cad/Cam Design Technology Project in Year 6 whereby the children have the opportunity to use the Oakwood School DT workshop and equipment with the specialised Oakwood teaching staff.
The children at Yattendon value the contribution made by all the people who work in our school. We hope that this attitude is reflected in the relationship between the children and adults. We expect the children to treat all those in our school with respect and courtesy. To support this we introduced a school initiative called ‘Working With Others’ from Brighton University. This is a practical approach to building positive relationships among the whole class group and across the school by exploring and developing practical strategies to enhance group processes through self-awareness, social communication, peer support, problem solving and conflict resolution. It focuses on developing trust and communication skills in the classroom and also supports planning for effective group work in the curriculum. Through a pre- and de-briefing structure, children develop their own strategies for learning and also understand how to respect and value each other. By improving communication skills we hope to enhance self-esteem and pupil confidence, so that children can take responsibility for themselves and each other and improve their learning and relationships with peers both in the playground and in the classroom. When equipped with these essential life skills, children can work more productively and effectively together and can support each other’s learning.
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Collection for Children in Need 2010
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After our lower and upper school Christmas Performances we agreed that we would collect money for St.Catherine's Hospice. Thank you all for your generosity.
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