Lower School

‘Employability and life skills need to be embraced and developed from when a child begins school. Giving a child the educational foundations from an early age is vital.’

From Nursery upwards, the children at Hunter Hall Primary School, Penrith, are nurtured and developed through a range of opportunities to develop themselves in all areas of the curriculum. Forest School provision, Outdoor Education, Science, French, Music and Drama and PE all form part of the weekly timetable, with specialist staff for each. This in itself creates a chance for the children to develop skills such as independence and responsibility as well as relationship skills and confidence in moving around the school.

Outdoor learning is an integral part of children’s experiences on a daily basis at Hunter Hall Primary School and outdoor resources are used effectively to extend, develop and challenge children’s physical development in a safe and appropriate way. The rural location and neighbouring farm enable children to experience seasonal activities and see the corresponding changes in the environment.

Small class sizes allow for individualised learning and as each child develops they are encouraged to work to their own pace allowing for all levels and abilities to strive and learn. Above all, children are happy, engaged and always wanting to learn more.

Recent results have shown how the children at the end of the foundation stage curriculum are well ahead of the national averages in core subjects, due to continued outstanding teaching; for example at the end of reception 2016 100% of children achieved a good level of development and exceeded in some areas in comparison to only 66% nationally.

The good progress Nutkins Nursery children make is reflected in Reception class outcomes, where a number of children have already achieved some early learning goals prior to the end of the EYFS. This progress continues through Years 1 and 2 with higher than average KS1 SATs results.

Years 1 and 2 pupils at Hunter Hall primary School are actively encouraged to participate in all areas of the curriculum and really begin to understand the process of independent learning, preparing them for the transition to upper school.

Mrs Georgina Griffiths, Head of the Early Years Foundation Unit and KS1, is a reflective practitioner and an inspirational leader who has robust plans for improving outcomes for children across all aspects of the early years’ provision in the nursery and school.  The early years’ unit benefits from her expertise across all areas of learning, which is reflected in children’s outcomes.

Hunter Hall primary school, Penrith is exceptionally proud to have been a finalist in the Cumberland News Education and Learning Awards 2015.