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Organisation and Teaching

There are currently 360 children at Mandeville Primary School,  in classes of between  20 and 30 children.


The teaching teams include 25 teachers and 20 teaching assistants. In addition to class based staff we also benefit from support by specialist assistants, supporting children for whom English is an additional language and children with Special educational Needs.


The content of the curriculum has been planned by the whole staff.  In the mornings mwe focus on teaching English and Maths.


  • In the afternoon learning is organised by themes; children follow a different theme in each class and this links the learning about all subjects in the curriculum, including science. 
  • In addition, all children take part in Physical Education, Personal, Social & Health Education and Religious Education


Parents are updated as to the main areas to be covered by their children at the beginning of each topic.


The teachers within the school work as a team to plan activities and share resources. A range of teaching techniques is used as appropriate; no one teaching method dominates.  The weekly timetable followed by each class is devised by class teachers. Classes are sometimes split for curriculum activities, enabling small group teaching.  The timetables reflect a broad and balanced programme. The three ‘core’ subjects are given a greater percentage of time than the others.


All classes are of mixed ability.  Learning is well matched to the needs of individual children. Children work in groups, as a whole class and individually to ensure progress and work to the highest standard of attainment. Quality and quantity are encouraged and expectations of all children are high.