At Trent Vale we believe that being numerate is as important as being literate. As a staff we have considered very carefully how we teach each aspect of number and have developed 4 calculation policies to support the teaching and learning of the 4 rules of number. Teachers use these policies to support their planning of the next steps of mathematical learning but they are also a good tool for parents to use to support their child’s mathematical development.
The school is not affiliated with a particular religious denomination but recognises all major faiths. We mark Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year and Chanukah. Trent Vale is a multi-cultural school and this is celebrated and affirmed in assemblies, topic work and all the teaching materials we use. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus. Parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their children from religious worship or instruction must inform the Headteacher, and appropriate arrangements will be made.
Sex education is not taught as a separate subject but in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Local Authority and approved by the Governing Body. This is usually as part of a topic on ‘Ourselves’ and includes talking about the children’s feelings, their similarities and differences and names for parts of the body.
Educational Visits and Workshops
We arrange a wide variety of educational visits and workshops for the children during the year. These visits and workshops are all planned to enhance and extend work being carried out in class and are of great value to the children. Many of these visits utilise the facilities we have locally but occasionally we like to take the children further afield or bring specialist outside providers into the school.
In organising visits we comply with the Local Authority’s charging policy which means we can only ask for voluntary contributions towards the cost of outings. The amount is kept to a minimum but children whose parents feel unable to make a contribution will still be able to take part. However, should the outing be seriously underfunded, then it would sadly have to be cancelled. The Governing Body has adopted the Local Authority’s standard charging and remissions policy for schools. A copy of which can be found in the Policies section of this website.