Email · secretary@ditton-inf.kent.sch.uk
Tel · 01732 844 107
Address · Ditton Infant School, Pear Tree Avenue, Ditton, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6EB

Learning

Welcome to the Children’s Page.  Here you will find information relating to safe surfing websites for children, club information and School Council.

Approach to Learning

We use a fun, multi-sensory approach to developing children’s phonic knowledge. Throughout the school, teachers use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to systematically develop children’s phonic knowledge, supported by a wide range of resources. Phonics is taught for a total of 20 minutes daily in every class.

In the early stages of reading we use books from ‘Bug Club’ and ‘Songbird Phonics’ which relate directly to the specific phases of phonics. These books enable children to use their developing phonic knowledge to decode and gain confidence as readers.

We feel that it is also important that we provide children with the opportunity to read high quality fiction and non-fiction books so that they read for pleasure and information from an early age.  We believe children will develop excellent reading and writing skills by being exposed to a rich range of literature by fabulous authors and illustrators.  We therefore have a very good selection of books that are banded by level of difficulty as well as reading for pleasure books.  Children change their ‘banded books’ twice a week and can choose a new reading for pleasure book as frequently as they wish.  These books may require an adult to read the book to the child.  However, reading aloud to children is an important activity as this will expose children to expression, a wider vocabulary, more descriptive language and formal grammatical structures.  It also allows children to let their imaginations run free as they are not bound by decoding text themselves.

Pupil Premium

The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after in care and children of service personnel.

Click here to view our Statement of Impact from our Pupil Premium Grant 2015/16 and to see how we will use the funding we will receive in the academic year 2016/17 of £17,300.

Please click here to view our Pupil Premium Statement 2017/18.

Safe Surfing

Our Online Safety Policy

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs C Lewer and Mr C Green

 

Links for Parents/Carers:

Digital Parenting Magazine

ShareAware Campaign

UK Safer Internet Centre

Facebook Checklist

Snapchat Checklist

Instagram Checklist

Twitter Checklist

 

Reporting concerns:

www.ceop.police.uk

www.iwf.org.uk

http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/online-safety

 

Links for Children:

CBBC Safe Internet UK

Childnet – Smartie the Penguin Activities

Childnet – Digiducks Big Decision

Thinkuknow – Welcome to Hector’s World

SEN Code of Practice

The Department for Education (DfE) issued a new, Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice in June 2014 to replace the 2001 Code. This statutory guidance came into force from 1 September 2014.

Kent County Council Local SEND Offer

School’s SEN&D Policy 

 

 

Curriculum

 

PE and Sport Grant

Like London 2012, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave us an opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy sport. The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the games, and to develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age.

As a result, the Government allocates funding to develop primary school PE and sport.  At Ditton Infant School we have been allocated a total of £8,600 for the forthcoming year. Click here to see how we intend to spend the money.

 Sports Premium 2016-17

 

 

Clubs

We have an excellent take up rate for our after school clubs. Our teachers run clubs each term and we try to provide a variety for children to choose from.

The clubs will start on Monday 8th May and will finish the week ending Friday 7th July.

Teacher

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 Mrs Dearing & Mrs Carter Sewing/Craft Club
 Miss Robb & Miss McGinley Dance Club
 Mr Dickinson Athletics Club
 Miss Major & Miss Seymour  Gardening Club
 

School Council

The aim of the School Council is to involve the children in decisions that affect their lives in school.

Through the School Council the children are given a voice. We have eight children on the school council representing each class in Years 1 and 2. New School Council members are elected by their classmates each year and each member meets regularly with the Headteacher and Governors.  All School Council members wear their School Council badge in school and take turns to help in whole school celebration assemblies.

They have made decisions about:
New reading books
E-learning resources
Improving lunchtimes
Promoting Healthy Snacks at break time
Keeping ourselves safe both in and out of school