Our teaching is broadly Christian based, though children are introduced to stories and beliefs from other cultures. Daily school assemblies aim to encourage the children to consider relationships with other children and adults, and foster the child’s sense of awe and wonder.
Christian festivals are observed and celebrated such as Christmas and Harvest. The children are also given an insight into the culture and festivals of other religions. Religious Education is non-denominational and follows the LEA Agreed Syllabus.
Most of the children’s work is based on practical experience, observations of the world around them and planned investigations. These help to build the necessary scientific language, skills and knowledge.
As the children develop they carry out experiments which demand greater observational, problem solving and recording skills.
Sex education is integrated into the Science, PSHE and religious education curriculum. Questions raised will be answered in a way thought suitable for the age and ability of the children. The School Nurse supports the Year 6 teacher in dealing with changes during puberty.
Relationships within families form part of Religious Education as do rites such as baptism and marriage.
Children are encouraged to take an active interest in both their immediate and more distant surroundings and have a consideration for the world that they live in.
An interest and knowledge of people and places in other parts of the world and an appreciation of the variety of human and physical conditions throughout the world will be developed.
It is regarded as a high priority to give children confidence in Literacy. They are encouraged to:
The children will read many books whilst in school, including those from a range of formal reading schemes, they will follow a reading course matched to their needs and abilities. The school follows the National Literacy Strategy.
Design Technology is concerned with practical ways of solving problems directly related to our needs and ourselves. Children will be taught to work with a variety of different materials, experiment with their use and observe differences between them.
They will be taught how to use tools appropriately, emphasising health and safety issues. They will be encouraged to design plan and make products.
In March 2013 the government announced that they would introduce a dedicated primary PE and Sport Premium that would go directly to primary school head teachers so that they could decide how best to use it to provide sporting activities for pupils.
The government has since announced that they would be spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016.
Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections have reported on PE and sport provision and on how schools spend their additional funding.
Schools are accountable and are required to publish by April 2014, on their websites, details of how they spend (or will spend) their PE and sport grant. They must also include detail about the impact this funding has on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.
A wide selection of materials and media is available for use in school for many art and craft activities. Skills such as drawing, painting, collage and 3-D work is encouraged from the Early Years.
An enjoyment and appreciation of a variety of music is encouraged. All children learn songs, from early rhymes to more complex choral pieces.
As well as class singing, time is given to music appreciation and percussion sessions where the children experiment with sound, rhythm and dynamics. The children are encouraged to play the Ocarina, steel drums or another musical instrument.
The National Curriculum defines Mathematics under the broad headings of number, shape space and measure. Much of the work, related to the use and application of mathematics is done in a practical way, using a variety of apparatus.
Children widen their knowledge of mathematical language and concepts through focused learning objectives for every lesson which are taught by the teacher and investigated/ tested by the children. The school follows the National Numeracy Strategy.
In school we have computers, Roamer, speaking and listening centres, interactive whiteboards and other equipment, which is used to deliver this subject through all areas of the curriculum. Children learn to use the computer as a learning aid.
Internet access is available and we subscribe to an approved filtering service to deny access to unsuitable material.
All children will be supervised when using the Internet.
Teachers will access and view any sites to be used in a lesson.
Computers are sited so the teacher can see the screens.
Material brought from home must not be run on the school system.
Teachers will encourage children to be critical Internet users.
Children are helped to develop an awareness of historical skills and to use those skills to show an understanding of change over time.
The lives of the children are compared to both the recent past and ancient times. The lives of different historical eras and figures are studied in different year groups.
There are six curriculum areas covered by the Foundation Stage, these are as follows:
Personal, social and emotional development
Language and literacy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Physical development and creative development