The school is organised into three stages, Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The infant classes consist of the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Junior classes form Key Stage 2 which includes Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Below we present a brief insight into Alma Park Primary School.
The main entrance forms a reception area for students, parents/carers and visitors into the school. The school office, HeadTeacher’s Office and Deputy HeadTeacher’s Office are accessible from here.
A Dining Hall provides children with eating facilities to accommodate packed lunches and school dinners.
A large Hall allows the whole school to congregate for assemblies and special events such as school performances. It also includes equipment for singing, band practice and Physical Education lessons.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage One
An example of a Key Stage 1 classroom is demonstrated with Year 1. Class lessons are split into areas within the room so that children learn through child initiated play.
The Nursery is organised into six areas based around a topic theme. The children are encouraged to explore and investigate each area to develop their learning. In addition, children have their own playground.
Key Stage Two
The school has a large collection of books to enhance children’s reading ability across all levels. The library area is a useful storage and reading point.
Cloud 9 provides a comfortable, nurturing, sensory space within school. The room is accessed by all children in the school. The primary use of the room within the Foundation Stage is to provide a ‘special’ comfortable area for small groups to enjoy story time.
Within Key Stage One and Two, the primary purpose of the room is to provide a space where targeted groups or indivduals can work with a key worker on a tailored programme that addresses their indivdual needs whether they are educational, social or emotional. We believe that by offering a nurturing environment, relationship and activities, we can offer a child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This approach has been show to improve emotional development, learning and behaviour by:
* Raising self esteem
* Increasing confidence and emotional control
* Improving peer relationships
* Improving concentration
* Improving progress in academic areas.
A typical Key Stage 2 classroom can be seen with Year 4. Each lesson is taught using a variety of resources. Children’s work and achievements are celebrated through wall displays.
The school has a well equiped Computer Suite with up-to-date technology. Every class uses this room on a weekly basis to improve children’s computer skills.
A large resource based room is used by children with a hearing impairment. A certain amount of teaching is carried out within the classroom, however, children with a hearing impairment work individually and in groups with this room to develop their communication skills, literacy and numeracy abilities.
The school's library is house in the Library Bus, which is securley positioned behind the Main Building. Classes and groups visit the bus to share stories, read and take out books for home.
Thornlea Nature Garden
In the Autumn of 1992, the Granada TV Action Team with parent/carer and teacher involvement, constructed a nature garden on the previous Thornlea wasteland. This consists of a variety of natural habitats which provides superb hands-on experience for environmental studies.
The staff and parents/carers have worked hard in the last few years to improve the playground areas for children. We have been fortunate to get sponsorship to help us with this. Our sponsors have enabled us to embark on our project to improve the playground and transform it into an interesting and stimulating environment in which children can learn and grow. We now have an artistic nursery fence and a sculptured arch for the entrance area. An artist was commissioned to sculpt seating areas with disabled access in mind. Creative playground markings add to the interest and support children’s play.