Teaching and Learning

At Grange Lane we 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. A range of teaching styles and approaches are used which ensures that each child has personalised learning and support whatever their talents, abilities and needs.

Small, single age-group classes, with a high pupil-adult ratio and a wide range of free 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 the Deep, Yorkshire Wildlife Park; Sherwood Forest, White Post Farm, Conisbrough Castle, 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 palaeontologist complete with a collection of dinosaur eggs and bones; 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 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 pupils regularly take part in fundraising events such as Harvest baskets to elderly people in our community; 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.

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