Children spend 7 years in Primary School. They spend their first year in Reception, two years in Key Stage 1 (infants) and then four years in Key Stage 2 (juniors) before moving onto secondary school.
At Witnesham Primary School we usually have 15 children in each year group, giving a total of 105 pupils in the school. In small schools, mixed year group classes are the norm, and at Witnesham Primary School these are well established and successful.
We have four classes, with year groups allocated to these classes as follows:
Every class is supported by experienced Learning Support Assistants and/or Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
Every year group shares their class with children either in the year above or the year below their own. As a result, the children create friendship groups across the school, which enhances the strong family atmosphere at our school.
Pupils in Year 1 are split between Class 1 and Class 2. At the end of the Reception Year, careful consideration is given to each pupil so they are placed in the class that will best suit their Year 1 needs; for example, some pupils will grow in confidence when they become one of the eldest in the class, as they can show the new children how things are done and become role models for them. The children follow the same Year 1 curriculum and are assessed against the national expectations for Year 1 pupils irrespective of which class they are in. This approach means that we can keep Classes 1 and 2 small, with an average of 23 pupils in each.
All pupils are taught are taught in line with the National Curriculum expectations for their specific year group. However, as pupils will spend two years in each Key Stage 2 class, there is a two year rolling programme for foundation subjects to ensure that the children cover different topics each year.
More information about each class can be found on the individual class pages under the Our Education menu.