Pupils: Years 5 & 6
Teachers: Mrs Rebecca Buckland
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Karen Young
Teachers & Teaching Assistants
The Mountains Classroom contains the Year 5 and Year 6 children and is taught by Mrs Buckland. Mrs Hewett teaches them on Friday afternoons. The class has a full-time teaching assistant, Mrs Young, attached to it. She is able to run various support groups and provide individual support wherever it is required.
The week is timetabled to provide Maths and English, using a mastery approach, every morning with other subjects providing a more integrated approach in the afternoons. There is a two year cycle of different topics in place; these are led by Science, History or Geography each term. Art, DT and ICT fit into the topics where appropriate. The children are very fortunate in that they are taught to play a brass instrument as part of the class band. Children in this class go swimming during the first term of the year at Bloxham School. The children also learn French.
Homework is seen as a critical part of the learning in the Mountains Class. Homework is topic based, and clearly linked to classroom learning. It is project based, giving children opportunities to develop their learning through a choice of cross curricular based activities from which the children may choose.
The children's last two years in school is seen as a very important time for developing as individuals and children are encouraged to develop socially, personally and academically as important preparation for their future success.
As a church school we place a strong focus on the development of knowledge of the Christian faith and the appreciation and understanding of other religions. We say Grace together at lunchtime and the children take turns to say a prayer from the class prayer book to finish the school day.
The Mountains Class follows the whole school behaviour policy; children are rewarded for excellent work or effort by being awarded a sticker for their personal record. Also, they are sent to Miss Hastings or Mrs Hewett for recognition when a significantly high standard of work is produced as part of classroom based learning or homework for a certificate.
The children in the Mountains Class know that they are expected to work very hard to achieve their best and must also provide excellent role models to the rest of the school. They are encouraged to lead and support in areas such as the School Council, peer mediation duties and the Eco-School Committee. Children from Year 6 also lead the school House System.
The children are fortunate enough to go on many trips throughout the year and are expected to represent the school with the highest standards of behaviour. These trips include a visit to Vasa, Finland where we have links with a school who also visit Great Rollright. Also, a residentialvisit to Wales or Dorset on alternate years provides exciting opportunities to develop topic work in outdoor settings.
Mountains Class children are given many responsibilities throughout the school. Jobs they do include answering the office telephone, administrative roles, caring for plants, taking photographs and organising and helping to run assemblies. The children enjoy these responsibilities and the active role they play in supporting the school community.