The primary school years are a wonderful time that we want our pupils to treasure, and which creates a firm foundation for their future.


Our talented teaching team are dedicated to delivering the best education possible for our primary pupils here at Cockington. With our exciting curriculum and brilliant facilities too, there’s every opportunity for your child to enjoy a rewarding school experience and to excel in their learning.


Each child’s path through the primary school years is unique. While we work to ensure that every pupil benefits from our core curriculum, we also provide opportunities for them to pursue specific interests, such as team sports and learning music. Nurturing individual interests helps us provide a rounded and engaging education.


The primary school years span a period of extraordinary growth and development for children. During this important phase of life, it’s our role as educators to do so much more than impart academic knowledge. We also help to shape characters and cement positive values in readiness for the next phase of children’s educational lives.


We’ve put a great deal of thought into making learning as appealing and relevant as possible. The Cockington Primary curriculum is focused around our ‘Learning Enquiry’ model, using hooks (to get pupils’ interest) and outcomes (specific learning goals to work towards). And our stimulating school environment, from our classrooms to our exciting outdoor spaces – helps create the right conditions to inspire learning.

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Are there any specialist teachers or teaching assistants?

Our staff have all the qualifications needed in order to teach a full and balanced curriculum. Some of our support staff are Forest School trained and offer advice about how to teach lessons outside.

How are parents kept informed about school news and events?

We regularly send out letters to parents. Our facebook page informs parents about news and events. There is a notice board by the Avenue Road entrance with upcoming dates and events.

How can parents communicate with their child's teacher?

All classes have a class email account where they can contact the child’s class teacher. Teachers are also available to the beginning and end of the day for messages. If you would like to speak to your child’s class teacher for a longer period of time, please book an appointment with them using the email address.

How does the school support pupils who are struggling in a particular subject?

Our adults are our greatest resource. The classrooms contain working walls to support children throughout their units of work. These contain vocabulary, sentence stems and prompts to support children.  We use manipulatives such as counters, dienes, etc to support with maths.

If pupils need support with reading, we have our phonics scheme which include sound charts, which can support children with their reading, and also their writing.

The Seesaw app loaded onto ipads are a great support. Teachers can upload support materials to this app and children can access these when appropriate  

What is the average class size?

Class sizes are a maximum of 30 pupils.

What is the homework policy at the school?

Homework is encouraged and celebrated within the class. Every half term, a homework menu is shared on seesaw. The children are encouraged to pick an activity from the menu to demonstrate their learning. There are activities for children to complete every week such as reading, maths and spellings.

What is the primary education curriculum?

The curriculum is all the areas children are taught within school. More information about this can be found in our curriculum page.

What is the pupil-to-teacher ratio?

There is always at least one teacher for every class, alongside Learning Support Assistants.

What is the school's approach to promoting healthy eating and physical activity?

We encourage healthy eating through in school promotions and during our science and PSHE lessons. Breaktime snacks should consist of healthy options such as: fruit, cheese, vegetable sticks. Packed lunches should be balanced and promote healthy options. Our School Council helps promote healthy eating.

What is the school's approach to promoting language and communication development?

Through conversation, story-telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures. We start our phonics programme, Read Write Inc. during the EYFS, where children develop their knowledge of the sounds that will help them with reading and writing.

What is the school's approach to providing a broad and balanced curriculum?

A well planned curriculum ensures all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum. All subjects are given equal time within a two year block. Subjects are grouped together and drive a Learning Enquiry from its hook to its outcome. Please see the curriculum pages for more information.

What is the school's approach to supporting pupils with additional learning needs?

We offer a graduated response to ensure all the children's needs are met within school.

What is the school's approach to teaching English and Maths?

From Reception through to Year 6, we foster a love of reading and writing. From Reception, we use Read Write Inc. to teach children how to segment and blend words for reading and writing. We use Devon Babcock schemes to support with our writing units. The units progress through the process of imitating, innovating and then finally inventing their own writing based on the text type they have been immersed in.

For maths, we use the maths no problem scheme to support the teaching and learning of a mastery maths curriculum.

In reading, we use high quality texts to engage the children. We explore various text types and use book talk to give children space to explore their comprehension of the texts.

What is the school's approach to teaching and promoting creativity and the arts?

We teach a broad and balanced curriculum. We are very proud of our curriculum, which is enquiry based, promoting an enquiring mind.

Within the curriculum, creativity and the arts is planned for and encouraged. We have a number of clubs that promote creativity and the arts.

What resources are available to support pupils with their learning?

Our adults are our greatest resource. The classrooms contain working walls to support children throughout their units of work. These contain vocabulary, sentence stems and prompts to support children.  We use manipulatives such as counters, dienes, etc to support with maths.

The Seesaw app loaded onto iPads are a great support. Teachers can upload support materials to this app and children can access these when appropriate. 

What subjects are taught in primary school?

KS1 – English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology, Personal Social Health Education, Religious Education, Physical Education

KS2 – all of the above plus French

What support is available for pupils who are struggling?

We have an experienced team of dedicated staff who support all children throughout the school. The Early Years team work with our pastoral and SEN teams, as well as the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure we discuss and put in place measures that can help and support pupils who are struggling. We offer high care and warmth to enable all children to work through challenges they are facing.

What support is available for pupils who have behavioural issues?

We are supportive and using our Trauma Informed Approach, we support any child and work through any causes for such issues. The class teacher will be available to discuss any support in the first instance, and then will be able to use the wider school team to support if needed.


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