Learning at Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery 


How We Learn 

Have a go - ask questions - make mistakes - this is how we learn at Swing Gate School. We think the skills of learning are really important, just as important as what we are learning. Everyone at Swing Gate is a learner. You may work on your own, in groups or as a class - always starting with knowing why you are learning and where you are in your understanding.

Children are encouraged to be independent learners, taking reponsibility for their own learning. We understand that each of us is different in terms of ability, attitudes, interests, motivation and social background. This demands a curriculum that is differentiated and provides learning experiences that meet the needs of the individual child.

At Swing Gate School English, Maths, Science, Art, History, Drama, Dance, Geography, Music, French, Physical Eduction, Design Technology, Information Communication Technology, Citizenship and Religious Education are taught throughout the school within a creative skills based curriculum.

Religious Eduction is based on the Herts Scheme of Work. Sex Education is incorporated into the curriculum as part of Personal and Social Development.

Home learning

Home learning at Swing Gate refers to any work or activities which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents or carers. Each year the class teacher will send out a letter giving further notice on home learning tasks for the class and the years topic areas. Children are expected to read regularly at home and practise tables and spellings as provided by the teacher. They are encouraged to take work home to continue or complete and may be given tasks to do such as research and information gathering.

Records and Reports

Records of a child's academic, physical and social development and examples of work are kept by teachers.

Under the requirement of the National Curriculum, towards the end of Year 2 all children have to undertake National Standard Assessment Tasks. These will indicate what levels the children have attained in the core subjects. Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1 and the average child should achieve a level 2 in the three core areas of Mathematics, English and Science. See our School SATS page for more information.

Parent Consultation and Written Reports

At Swing Gate School, you are always welcome to talk to your child's teacher (after school is most convenient.) Regular contacts enable us to provide and discuss up to date, relevant information about your child's work, behaviour, attitudes and relationships.

More formal consultation evenings are held termly with initial contact early in the school year when you are able to meet your child's new teacher. A longer consultation is offered, usually mid way through the school year, so that your child's progress can be reviewed. You will receive a written report towards the end of the summer term, summarising your child's personal, social and academic progress, along with another opportunity to talk with the teacher.

There will be an opportunity to see your child's class present their work once a term at an assembly, as well as an annual Open evening.


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