Long ClawsonChurch of England Primary SchoolWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart


Welcome toLong ClawsonChurch of England Primary School "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart"Colossians 3:23


What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.


Here at Long Clawson CE Primary School we aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which gives each child a wide range of learning opportunities to develop and foster their natural curiosity and strengthen their desire to learn. We endeavour to make activities purposeful, stimulating, and wherever possible, we encourage learning through first hand experiences.


There is a strong emphasis on the basic groundwork which is systematically and progressively taught throughout the school. This means that areas are revisited and skills and knowledge are acquired and built upon, giving continuity and progression to the children's work.


As a school we recognise the benefit of different approaches in achieving effective learning. To support this we use a variety of teaching styles and forms of pupil organisation, which include opportunities for whole class and group teaching. Class organisation can also be dictated by the numbers on roll at any one time. We are here, quite rightly, to serve the local community and as such are bound by the Local Authority's Admissions policy of accepting children into our school if they live within the village. Currently the largest year group we have is 16 and the smallest is 7: neither cohort being large by any standard. Where groups are slightly larger, appropriate support is put into place: this can either be through an extra teacher or a teaching assistant. Whatever the situation, we have a vast amount of experience in ensuring that the children receive the best education at all times.


Our Nov 2018 OFSTED inspection confirmed that:


'You and the team have developed the curriculum thoughtfully. It is broad and balanced and inspires pupils to learn. It provides engaging topics and places a high emphasis on pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.'


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At Long Clawson CE Primary School, we recognise that teaching children to read is an essential part of their learning. Reading is a skill that helps to develop vocabulary and improve understanding of words. In synthetic phonics lessons, children learn the relationship between letters and sounds. Teaching them to recognise the sounds each letter makes and how to put them together, enables them to read. It also helps with spelling as they learn how to break up words into sounds, in order to spell them.

Our Aims: 

  • To establish a cohesive whole-school approach with progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics throughout the school with a focus on quality first teaching. 
  • To ensure that systematic synthetic phonics (following the Twinkl Phonics programme) is the first approach pupils use to help with their reading and spelling.
  • To ensure children learn to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language. 
  • To ensure children have specific strategies to identify and decode common exception words (tricky words). 
  • To have robust assessment procedures to check progress and identify pupils in need of intervention. 
  • For pupils to apply their phonic knowledge in their reading and writing across the whole curriculum. 
  • For pupils to develop a love of reading and enjoy reading for pleasure confidently across a range of genres.