Convince Me Maths

Rainbird Primary follow the New National Curriculum for the teaching of Mathematics. From September 2018, Rainbird Primary has implemented a new approach to Maths teaching called Convince Me Maths which supports the teaching of the New National Curriculum objectives in a challenging, progressive and interesting way. This is an exciting, whole school, approach to teaching maths which has been developed by Brompton-on-Swale Teaching School. Convince Me Maths enables all students to develop their mathematical understanding through opportunities to use concrete (practical), pictorial and abstract mathematics. This is an approach which has a strong focus on problem-solving and reasoning enabling our children to regularly have time to apply the skills they are learning in a range of contexts. This new approach has been implemented to enable our children to develop the best understanding of mathematics so they can successfully apply their skills to the real world.

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

At Forest School all participants are viewed as: 
• Equal, unique and valuable
• Competent to explore & discover
• Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
• Entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
• Entitled to experience regular success •entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
• Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

At Excelsior Primary Rainbird School we believe all children should have the opportunity to access a woodland or natural environment over a period of time which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children involved in our Forest School Programme will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk. These experiences also enable high quality writing to be completed based on real life experiences. Every half term for one year, a different class will be involved in Forest Schools each Friday. Our activities will depend on the ability and experience of participants. Examples of Forest School activities include:

• Nature exploration
• Building dens and other structures
• Fires and cooking
• Games and invitations for imaginative play
• Natural crafts
• Using tools, such as knives and saws
• Scavenger hunts and adventure

Teaching & Learning

At Excelsior Primary, Rainbird School, we believe that happy children learn better and achieve more. We ensure that our teaching is led by the interests of the children and responds to the needs of each and every child. All children are recognised as individuals and all children will be supported and challenged. We understand that children learn in different ways and adapt our teaching styles accordingly. We pride ourselves in the inclusive education we provide in a safe and welcoming environment. Our topic based curriculum is founded in outstanding teaching of English and Maths. We make sure that children apply their understanding of basic skills through imaginative topics, which both engage and inspire our learners. We help the children to make connections between all parts of their learning and make links to real life and their own experiences. To make the most out of learning the children have the opportunity to take part in relevant educational visits, learn in a “forest school” and make the most of the outside environment. We also believe in the value of involving the wider community to increase their experiences. We celebrate the achievements of all our learners and encourage every child to succeed.

Our teaching and Learning Group is made of representatives from each class in Key Stage 2. Their role is to support, develop and promote teaching and learning within Rainbird Primary. Actions may include:

• Developing policies

• Carrying out audits relating to teaching and learning

• Working on teaching and learning projects

• Interviewing for new teachers and/or leaders

They meet at least half termly with Mrs Bennison to fulfill this role.