Forest Farm Primary School
Structure: there are currently two primary classes at Forest Farm. Primary 1 for children aged 6 to 8 to Primary 2 for children aged 8 to 11.
Class size: The classes vary from small social vertically aged groups of up to 18 children
Teachers: 1 teacher per class. With support staff including Dyslexia specialist and teaching assistants when required for children with special educational needs.
Admission policy: all welcome however limited places for children with SEN (the balance of the class is always the priority.) The emphasis is to ensure that the majority of children learn free from distraction or disruption.
Attendance Options: Primary 1 (6 to 8yrs)
- Full time, Monday to Friday 8.50am to 3.00pm.
Attendance Options: Primary 2 (8 to 11yrs)
- Full time, Monday to Friday 8.50am to 3.15pm.
The Primary department of Forest Farm caters for children from age 6 to 11 years.
The general ethos in the Primary Classes is that the curriculum is interest led and thereby often based on children’s particular interests.
It is a child centred environment, with beautiful acres of green space in which they can explore and experience outdoor learning.
We aim to combine attaining the National Curriculum levels, alongside exposing the children to the arts through many different learning techniques. Their environment is a nurturing one with children's different individual needs being met. With the small class sizes and the individual approach our aim is to promote confidence in each child and find something they feel they are good at. When the time comes, they will then feel ready to take the next steps.
The transition age is not fixed, and the children move up when their teacher feels that they demonstrating they are ready for the next stage.
The Primary school usually has around 16-18 children in each of the two classes in mixed age groups; children develop cognitively and socially through interacting with older and younger children. One of the lovely things about mixed - aged teaching is that it resembles more closely the family setting. Older children are keen to share their knowledge and skills with younger children, whilst the younger children are eager to learn from the older children. Educationalists, have argued that this can nurture, thinking skills, problem solving, vocabulary and other social competencies.
We use a range of teaching methods in the Primary, combining aspects of the Montessori Curriculum and the National Curriculum. Much of the curriculum is delivered through whole class cross-curricular project. This allows the children to really immerse themselves in the learning experience. Topic ideas come from the children and reflect their interests which acts as a starting point for my planning. During last year we explored, English Monarchy & Royal Portraiture, The Universe and Evolution.
Although the project work provides creative and meaningful cross-curricular links, additional maths, reading, spellings and aspects of literacy is taught either in small groups or individually, depending on the needs of the child..
Peripatetic lessons during the school day with teaching specialists
- Forest School, outdoor learning
- Computer Studies
- Individual guitar or ukulele
When to join and induction? We consider children's development when deciding the best time to move from Nursery to Primary environment. We have created a transition class as a stepping stone between nursery and primary to provide an environment to prepare children even further for their next steps. In practice this means children will generally rise to the primary around the time they turn 6 years old or the following term-provided there are places available. Social, emotional and academic ability are all factors when deciding. Induction involves short visits, taster sessions and dialogue between teachers and parents. Once you have applied for a place we will contact you and make arrangements to introduce your child to the environment gently.
Booking a place: It is best to give us as much notice as possible. Depending on the term, spaces are limited. Try and let us know your requirements at least a term in advance.