Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Team Arbourthorne Excellence as Standard

School Improvement Priorities 2021-22

We write a School development plan in partnership with Governors which has a long term vision and annual goals. We choose our priorities by looking at the needs of our learners, reviewing how well children achieved by the end of the year as individuals and compared to National expectations, by addressing areas of need identified by external consultants and local authority reviews and reflecting on what we want children to learn and achieve by the time they leave our school. We look at the starting points of our children, identify weaker areas and build programmes that will support rapid developments. 

This year we have a clear focus on the following:


  • Further developing our phonics approaches as we introduce 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds (Revised)'. There will be new book stock and additional training material for parents so that we can secure more children achieving the expected standard in the end of Year 1 phonics screening check and secure more children reading at the expected standard in FS, Y1 and into Y2. Children falling behind will have increased intervention sessions to ensure they keep up with their peers. 
  • Accelerated Reader- we have some beautiful books in school. Children will have access to more books- including online, and will be developing their reading stamina and comprehension with newly graded books which match their ability and interest. This is designed to improve progress and attainment in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 and to support our reading for pleasure strategy.


  • In our bid to secure outstanding curriculum provision and build on our planned programme and the work of our artist in residence, we are working in partnership with The University of Sheffield on a jointly funded project supported by a successful bid to The Garfield Weston Foundation. We will become the first Maker School in Sheffield. Teachers and children will be learning alongside each other. The curriculum supports the development of STEAM (science, Technology, Engineering, Art and maths) and will build on the success we achieved to get all children access to a Chromebook or ipad and internet during lockdown. Children will be developing skills to make, create and problem solve using 21st Century transferable skills needed by employers such as team work and creative solutions and work out solutions to practical problems using high and low tech solutions. Children and staff will learn electronics, Tinker Cad and 3D printing from our newly designed Maker lab and in-class Maker spaces, robotics, woodwork, Microbit- adding movement and sound, video gaming, adding movement to projects, coding, digital literacy and digital fabrication. The work will be a year long action research project and will be professionally evaluated. Our children and teachers will then cascade their skills by teaching other children and their teachers and senior leaders across South Yorkshire. 

Early Years

  • We are developing our curriculum in the Early Years in partnership with parents. Children will be learning skills and focusing on activities which we agree are important for positive futures and to develop children's speech and language skills and environmental awareness. Watch out for our 'Connected Curriculum' coming soon!

Attendance- secure excellent attendance for all and secure our high priority of children being here every day and ready to learn on time.

Holidays are not permitted in term time and fines are issued by authorities. Attendance is tracked for all individuals and rigorously analysed. This year we have increased the members of our team with responsibility for securing outstanding attendance and will emphasise a prompt arrival to the start the school day, We have increased targeted home visits and further incentivised good attendance. Children need to be in school in order to learn and socialise- COVID lockdown impacted on children and this is our chance to catch up and address gaps. Attendance is everyone’s responsibility and starts in the home and our partnership approach is vital to success.