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We assess each pupil's current skills and levels of attainment on entry. Visits are made to nursery providers and we share information about the additional needs of individual children at transition meetings before they enter the Reception class.  We work closely with the Early Years Teaching and Support Service and with other schools and outside services when children are transferring to the school.

We strive to ensure that all children have access to quality first teaching and class teachers aim to identify any potential barriers to learning at an early stage. Class teachers make regular assessments of progress for all pupils and where pupils are falling behind or not making adequate progress given their age and starting point, they will be given extra support i.e. 1:1 or small group work is provided involving maths or English support, Personalised Reading, Friendship Groups etc. This is in addition to the differentiated work that is provided in class. Differentiation means that lessons are planned to take account of different abilities.

Your child's progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher. Parent teacher consultations are held in October and March during which targets and how to support your child are discussed. .  You will also receive an interim report in December and a full report in the summer term. 

As a school with mixed age classes, decisions about the placement of children have to be made at the end of every academic year.  This is not purely to do with age or ability but rather with the interests of each child in mind. Please be assured that all children, regardless of whether placed in a class with an older or younger year group, will be stretched to achieve their full potential.   ​

We follow the National Curriculum. This provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers at Hankham develop exciting and stimulating lessons,  providing challenge and depth. 


The structure of the National Curriculum we follow is set out in the table below. 

 Key Stage 1Key Stage 2
Year Groups1-23-6
Core Subjects  
Foundation Subjects  
Art and design
Design and Technology
Physical Education
Religious Education