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PROSPECTUS

This is a page with our prospectus and some useful policies you will find helpful. The Governing Body of Old Sarum Primary School will provide a paper copy of the information published on the website without charge to families in our school. Parents will not be charged for translation, audio or Braille if they are entitled without charge to a paper copy.

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Phonics teaching

At Old Sarum Primary school we follow the letters and sounds guidance set out by the DFE from Early Years to Year 6. Children who need additional support are given extra phonic sessions during intervention time with a trained TA in sound discovery. Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes across the whole school and regular assessments are used to make sure children are making progress in their learning. 

Each year in June all children across the country are tested on their ability to decode and blend real and psuedo words using their phonic knowledge. The test is made up of 20 real and 20 psuedo words which use sounds from phases 2-5. Attached are a list of mock tests which replicate the word structures children will see in the real test. These are taken from the Oxford University Press website.
If children fail to reach the pass mark in year 1 then they have another opportunity to retake the test in year 2.

Mathletics

The pupils in our school have individual passwords to use this great online learning resource. Mathletics is validated by the University of Oxford for use by primary school children. Schools where pupils spend as little as twenty minutes a week using Mathletics benefit from higher progress and attainment rates compared to pupils in schools not using Mathletics.
 

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

We have two qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA).  Mrs Bansal and Mrs Wingfield provide planned support programmes for pupils of all ages who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional or social needs.
This may include support with:
  • recognising emotions
  • anger management
  • self-esteem
  • loss and bereavement
  • sadness, anxiety
  • building resilience
  • coping strategies
  • bullying issues
  • therapeutic stories
  • starter strategies for selective mutism
Strategies are tailored for each individual child so they can use the skills they have learnt at school and in the home.
ELSAs plan support under the regular clinical supervision of the School Educational Psychology Service and the Wiltshire Behaviour Support Team. The ELSA has support from our Educational Psychologist Mr James Wood whenever needed for extra advice. When new research is released the ELSA is informed and trained to use the best methods.
Old Sarum Primary School values highly the work of our ELSA because of the positive impact this support has on improving children’s wellbeing and readiness to learn. We are proud to host network meetings and training for Emotional Literacy Support in the Salisbury Area.
 

English as an additional language help page

A list of useful websites and resources for families whose children speak English as an additional language to their first language.
Wiltshire Ethnic Minority Achievement Service

Wiltshire Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) is a Wiltshire Council service, supporting schools to meet the needs of learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL) and other minority ethnic children and young people.

Literacy Trust bilingual resources

A site recommended by Wiltshire EMAS with a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help young children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available bilingually in 17 languages.

Multilingual Living Website

Multilingual Living is a site recommended to schools by Wiltshire EMAS where parents raising children in more than one language and culture can find inspiration, tools, advice, wisdom and support! It is about living multilingually, in each and every way possible.