Crane Park school is always adapting to the needs of our children and we strive to give them the best that we can. Each classroom if fully equipped with the necessities for learning, a computer (2 in some rooms), a class library and chairs and tables to fit the need and age of the children in that room.
Throughout the school there is a range of equipment and facilities available. We have an ICT suite, iPads and laptops for the children to use and each class has got an iPod Touch to use as a camera or web browsing device.
Our school hall is multi-functional and is used for indoor P.E and has recently had new climbing bars and ropes installed and foldable tables for lunchtimes.
Our Library is in the process of regeneration at present but is still accessible to the children whilst the revamp takes place.
We have a vegetable garden at the rear which is used to grow and sell produce in the spring/summer months.
We have recently had a new kitchen and music room installed for the children to use and get creative!
Extra Curricular Activities
A number of extra curricular activities are organised in school.
Currently they include football, rounders, cricket, cross-country, athletics, netball, singing, dance, drama, recorders, and art club. All children are encouraged to join clubs.
There is an established and growing community program serving both the school and the local community. Each week over a hundred adults are involved in either a range of adult education courses, voluntary groups or activities such as Parent & Toddler. Crèches are available for mums attending courses in our Children’s and Community Centre. We also run a Breakfast Club and After School Care Club during term time and Holiday Play Schemes run during school holidays.
Adult Education Courses include brushing up basic skills such as Word Power, Number Power and English for speakers of other languages. There is a range of other activities including messy play sessions and musical steps for toddlers to mention just a few. Family Learning opportunities are also available when children and their parents can learn a new skill together. If several people show an interest in the same course we would try to set it up. Various evening events take place in the centre. e.g. Keep fit classes. These are open to the community. Please contact the Children’s Centre office for information.
Parent & Toddler Group
We have a very successful Parent & Toddler group that runs on Wednesday afternoons in the Centre. This provides a social time for adults and children, as well as an opportunity for play and craft activities for the children. There is a small charge for each session.
Volunteers Helping in School
Parents and carers have many skills that can help to enrich the quality of education offered to children. During previous years parents have used sewing, knitting, drawing and colouring to develop Story Sacks (to bring alive books with characters, artefacts and activities), Story Boards and a range of other teaching resources.
We have an established group of volunteers in school. Some help in the classroom. Other volunteers work with targeted children, sharing their love of books and reading with the child. We run training courses for our volunteers including working in school, how to get the best from children, supporting children reading and supporting in the classroom. If you would like to volunteer we would be delighted to talk to you.
The school has links with several local businesses. We work closely with the Probationary Service and have teams doing community service in the school at weekends. We are always happy to establish links with other local firms and businesses. If you work for or have contact with local firms, perhaps you could let us know.
Large sheets of paper or card are always welcome.
The school is part of Hounslow’s Community Lets Scheme. The school currently lets its halls free of charge to community groups and clubs. If you would like to take advantage of this, please contact us.
Teaching and Learning
The classes are organised in such a way as to maximise the learning opportunities for every individual child. We have clear expectations for the learning that will take place in each class group. A variety of teaching strategies is used to enable children to learn effectively. These include individual, group and whole class teaching. We are holders of the Basic Skills Quality Mark.
The School Curriculum
The National Curriculum defines the content of most of what is taught in school and consists of ten subjects for primary aged children. These are English, Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology, Information & Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music and P.E. unless withdrawn by their parents, children also receive Religious Education. The National Curriculum defines the skills and the knowledge that we teach in each subject. We always try to make learning interesting and relevant for the children and so teach most of the National Curriculum through topics. First hand experience is a high priority and there a many opportunities planned in our programme of topics. Each time a new topic begins you should receive a web explaining how the curriculum is linked.
Children’s progress is regularly measured against levels described by the National Curriculum. This continuous assessment enables teachers to plan appropriately. Tests are given at certain times in order to back up teacher assessment and monitor progress. At the end of Key Stage 2 children are tested through SATs which are marked externally.
The National Curriculum sets targets for speaking & listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. The Framework for Teaching Literacy provides guidance to supplement the order. The school attaches great importance to all aspects of English and there are distinct times each day when literacy is the key focus. Children will bring reading books home to share with adults. Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school each day. We ask for your help in hearing your child read and sharing books with him/her.
Handwriting is taught to pupils throughout each school year with a view of developing joined handwriting as early as possible in a child’s academic career.
Young children learn best through practical activities. The National Numeracy Strategy places great emphasis on the acquisition of mental calculation and practical maths skills before developing written calculation strategies.
Through science activities children develop a sense of enquiry and extend their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They learn to think and work as scientists, questioning, predicting, hypothesizing, observing, recording and drawing conclusions. As well as learning some skills to help carry out investigations they will also learn about the biology of plants and animals, materials and weather and physical processes like electricity and magnetism. Science is taught mostly as part of topic work when it is integrated with other curriculum areas. When appropriate, science is also taught as a separate subject.
Information technology (IT) is the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to employ information and communications technologies appropriately.
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are the computing and communications facilities and features that variously support teaching, learning and a range of activities in education.
We aim that pupils develop a balanced understanding of ICT and that ICT is used as a tool for learning & investigation in all subjects.
Children have access to an ICT suite, iPads, laptops, camera’s and iPod Touches.
We believe that achievement can be raised by the development of learning through the creative arts. To that end we are committed to providing as many opportunities, both within the school day and through out of school activities, to develop skills and knowledge in areas such as drama, dance and presentation. We are holders of the Gold Artsmark awarded by the Arts’ Council.
Visual arts and multi media opportunities are also included.
Musical activities covering a wide range of styles and cultures are also made available to the children. We are part of the Widening Opportunities project which enables all children in Year 4 to have music lessons on a brass or woodwind instrument.
PE and Games
Physical activity is vitally important to a child’s well being. At Crane Park children have the opportunity to develop an awareness of their bodies as well as how physical movement affects them. They also have opportunity to develop skills in games and athletics as well as sportsmanship. Children are taught to swim in Year 3. We have links with several different sports and are able to offer a wide range of opportunities. We are holders of the Activmark for sport.
Through religious education and collective worship we endeavour to develop a respect for religious and moral values and an understanding of other people’s religions and ways of life.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. During these periods, children who are withdrawn will undertake quiet reading activities. Please inform the Headteacher if you wish your child to be withdrawn.
Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education
We have a carefully planned P.S.H.E. curriculum which will teach the children about general health, personal safety and road safety. Children are also encouraged to think of the needs of others and to treat each other as they would be treated.