Welcome to our 'Curriculum Area' designed to keep our parents informed and up to date with the school curriculum. We have been reviewing our curriculum recently and are in the process of updating these pages with all of our new information and resources for you to peruse.  All presentations and files which have been used in our parents' presentation evenings are stored in this area for you to view at your leisure.  If you are not able to attend these special evenings, this is where you will be able to access any information that has been passed on to parents.




A few parents have had some queries about our use of ‘Kagan groups’ and ‘Kagan structures’. Firstly, let us clarify what we mean by these terms. ‘Kagan’ comes from ‘Spencer Kagan’ who over many years has researched into the benefits of using co-operative learning structures in the classroom. A ‘Kagan Group’ is made up of 4 children of mixed sexes, abilities and personalities. The idea being that the team reflects the balance and range of people we all have to learn to work with in real life. Children are paired carefully so that they can support one another and by this often reinforce their own understanding.

‘Kagan Structures’ are teaching strategies used across the curriculum. They encourage:

· ‘Equal Participation’ of all team members. Ensuring everyone is equally valued.

· Active engagement.

· Communication skills

· Socialisation

· Movement and pace

· Fun

Of course at times it is appropriate to ability group children and we do for maths, guided reading and guided writing but for many of our subject areas the groups and structures work well and pupil attainment and enjoyment is self-evident.



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Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9QU

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