At Colleton we work in teams across the school. This means the children and staff have the opportunity to foster and build relationships within and across the teams. The children also have the opportunity to work with and get to know lots of children and staff.
Foundation Stage is where the children first enter the school and their learning mainly takes place although we ensure that during the spring term, they work in mixed groups joining younger team for cross-curricular learning and PSHE activities.
Younger Team – Key Stage 1 children are in mixed registration groups of Years 1 & 2. Within these groups they are taught a range of curriculum subjects but may also be taught in year groups for phonics, writing and maths.
Middle Team – Lower Key Stage 2 children are in mixed registration groups of Year 3 and 4 in which they are taught a range of curriculum subjects. They may also be taught in different groups for some activities and in year groups for maths and aspects of their English learning. This mixed approach and flexible approach provides many benefits.
Older Team – Upper Key Stage 2 children in mixed age registration groups of Year 5 or 6 in which they are taught a range of curriculum subjects. They may also be taught in different groups and in year groups when being taught spellings, grammar, writing and maths as well as modern foreign languages.
This dynamic and flexible approach to grouping provides many benefits for children’s learning. The children are able to learn from different perspectives, teachers are able to cater more directly to the needs of each child and with our team-teaching and open plan environment, we are able to create a more stimulating and exciting place in which to learn. The manner in which children have the freedom to learn at their own pace and stage (with the planner system) and make decisions about their learning, enables them to become independent and confident learners. This is something that our receiving secondary schools often comment on.