Specialist subject teachers introduce children of all ages to a world of learning that is far broader than just the National Curriculum – with Music, PE, Swimming, French, Spanish and German all part of the weekly timetable. The core skills of literacy and numeracy are of course paramount to the curriculum and we use an in-depth tracking system that monitors the progress of every child and ensures they are on course to reach his or her full potential.
We work closely with parents, ensuring they have detailed information throughout the year as to how their child is progressing. This is one of the main reasons why the school achieves such consistently good results, with the majority of our children moving on to the Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford.
Year 1 & 2 (Key Stage 1 – 5-7 years)
In our Year 1 and 2 classes the children continue their learning journey, accessing a more structured curriculum with their skills, knowledge and understanding further developed across the full range of subjects. Languages, music, swimming and physical education are taught by specialist teachers. A team of qualified and experienced teaching assistants help teachers in their role. School productions, assemblies, and public performances help to develop the children’s creativity and imagination, with local visits and trips further afield enriching their learning experiences and building their understanding of the world around them.
Year 3 & 4 (Key Stage 2 – 7-9 years)
In Years 3 and 4 pupils enjoy taking on the extra responsibilities that come from being the oldest children in a small school. They are ready to accept greater challenges and continue to grow academically through the broad curriculum provided.
Many children leave Polam at the end of Year 2, having gained places at other independent schools in town. However Polam’s small Year 3 & 4 class provides reassurance for parents and gives children extra time to prepare for this next step. Other children join the school specifically at this entry point, to access the opportunity of working in a small, nurturing environment for two years, to prepare for entrance assessments.
Not all children are ready socially, emotionally or academically to move on to larger schools at the age of 7, but an extra two years with us can make a huge difference. With high teacher to child ratios, our Key Stage 2 class provides the perfect opportunity for children to increase their self-esteem and confidence, equipping them fully for the next step of their educational journey.