Teaching and Learning

At Grange Lane we aim to excite, inspire and motivate children to want to learn through a practical, creative, challenging, fun and child-centred curriculum. We ensure all children have the opportunity to begin to develop their life-long learning and achieve success with an emphasis upon the acquisition of basic skills and positive learning behaviours. A range of teaching styles and approaches are used which ensures that each child has personalised learning and support their individual talents, abilities and needs.

Small, single age-group classes, with a high pupil-adult ratio and a wide range of enhancements and extra-curricular clubs develop skills and creativity.

Much of our work is stimulated by the local community, by visitors to school and by educational visits to places of interest. In recent years visits to York Chocolate factory, Yorkshire Wildlife Park; the local theatre, White Post Farm, Austerfield, the Local church and allotments, have proved to be a successful source of exciting and high quality work in all areas of the curriculum. Places to visit are chosen to cover different areas of learning and every care is taken to ensure the children’s safety.

Visitors to the school have included a theatre companies, road safety training; fire fighters, Pudsey bear and an 18th Century Pirate! Theme days add an extra dimension to children’s learning and each year we have for example, a Pirate Day, a Beach Party, a Teddy Bears Picnic as well as special days to commemorate events such as the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games,

We have strong links with DARTs (Doncaster Arts) and they have led projects in school which are Arts based such as music and Makaton and drama. Linked to this, Mantle of the Expert is used effectively to provide pupils with a purpose and ro motivate pupils in their learning

We are also committed to developing children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. All children enthusiastically take part in weekly assemblies led by our local pastor; discussions and understanding of morality, fairness and kindness underpins all our curriculum as does  the exploration of different religions and festivals. Our PHSCE and safeguarding curriculum is interwoven throughout the curriculum as well as dedicated Jigsaw sessions. Our pupils regularly take part in fundraising events such as donating Harvest baskets to elderly people in our community, donations to fdodbanks and the shoe box appeal, moreover we are beginning links with schools in Jamaica led by one the our governors; Sports/Comic Relief; Children in Need and Poppies for Remembrance. We hatch chicks every year in our special incubators which gives children a real sense of awe and wonder. We have also taken part in the "Race for Life" and the "Big Toddle" events to raise money for Cancer research.


Although we are proud of our achievements we are not complacent and we continue to ‘strive for excellence in all we do’.