Welcome to the Primary Department
In the Primary Department, we are always working hard to inspire, learn, enjoy and achieve. We are a team of specialist and dedicated Teachers and Teaching Assistants (TAs) who work hard to ensure the best start to your child’s education. We aim to provide a firm foundation for learning for all our pupils.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Head of Department, Mrs H Bleasdale, using the Contact Us Page or by ringing 01706 214640.
Within the Primary Department, we pay specific attention to early Literacy and Numeracy skills, self-help and independence skills, organisation skills, feeding and basic personal hygiene skills. In order to begin to work, your child needs to be equipped with a readiness to learn. These ‘Learning to Learn’ skills such as being able to sit, take turns, listen to and follow very basic instructions ensure that children are ready to learn alongside their peers. We welcome children from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through to year 6. All children within the Primary Department work towards the National Curriculum in all subject areas. Lessons are fun, motivating and tailored to the needs of the individuals in the group. We use a Creative topic approach and our focus is on skill acquisition and the development of communication skills.
Tor View School is committed to the inclusion of all pupils within the school community. We ensure that all pupils within the primary department have full and equal access to all facilities and all areas of the curriculum. The primary department also welcomes links with local mainstream schools, at Nursery and Primary level. The primary department has a long standing and successful link with Haslingden Primary School. Primary pupils from in Key Stage 2 attend Haslingden Primary school on a daily basis, supported by a teacher and TAs from Tor View School.
Moving into the primary department
We understand that moving into a new school is an important transition for all children and their families. At Tor View, our aim is to create individual transition programmes for all new pupils in order to ensure that the move is as smooth as possible. Due to the current pandemic, we have modified our induction programme in order to safeguard all pupils, their families, and staff. Our normal induction programme includes:
- An opportunity to spend mornings in a class group, in the summer term, to meet their new teachers and spend time in the class, playground and new environment. Staff will also create a transition booklet for pupils with photos of their class teacher and TA3, their classroom and any key areas around the school.
- An opportunity to attend a transition meeting, a tour of the Department and to receive answers to any questions or concerns.
This year, we will be hosting a virtual meeting, which will still allow you the opportunity to meet relevant staff and receive answers to any questions or concerns you may have.
Pupils are taught in ability based teaching groups. This grouping allows lessons to stretch pupils and match work closely to their ability. It also allows pupils with greater needs to access higher levels of staff support and ensures that the curriculum can be adapted to meet their specific needs.
Our classes are arranged in to Key Stage groups; EYFS, Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6). Occasionally, we may have groups which cross both Key Stages, depending on the needs of the pupils.
Each child has a form tutor/class teacher who is responsible for overseeing the personal and social needs of his/her class, updating Key Skills Care Plans, and making contact with parents. The class teacher is the first point of contact for parents and is keen to establish good relationships as communication is very important to us. Parents are welcome to write or make comments to discuss any issues in their child’s home school diary/Class Dojo. Alternatively, you may phone the class teacher who will respond to your message at the earliest convenient time, which may be at the end of the day due to their teaching commitments.
As well as a class teacher, each class also has two or more TA’s. TA’s have an important role in supporting the work of the class teacher and meeting the needs of the pupils.
If you want to find out more about our Department, please read the Department Brochure below.