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“Games, gymnastics, movement and dance all form part of the school curriculum. The skills required for most games are taught and practised with extra-curricular activities offering children further opportunities. A range of sporting events takes place during the school year. These include a cross- country competition, a cricket and rugby tournament and football tournaments.”

Curriculum

The school is following the programmes of study of the National Curriculum in all years.

Each year group is now nationally numbered as follows:

Year R: 4 – 5 years
Year 1: 5 – 6 years
Year 2: 6 – 7 years
Year 3: 7 – 8 years
Year 4: 8 – 9 years
Year 5:  9 – 10 years
Year 6: 10 – 11 years

 

Teachers plan activities to meet the needs of the different ages and abilities within the class. Teaching assistants are employed mainly to ensure that children receive support as individuals or in small groups.

A brief summary of the curriculum

Literacy

We follow the National Curriculum for Literacy. Books are sent home for children to share with parents. Parents are asked to read with their child for ten minutes every day as research shows that this is very valuable in developing a child’s reading skills. The emphasis is on enjoyment so that not just the skills but also the reading habit will be acquired.  Writing, spelling and handwriting are taught as well as reading.  The whole approach is very structured and progression is clearly identified.

Reading is taught using Story World and the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and through the use of other books, both from schemes and personal choice.

The skills of writing, listening and speaking are developed through programmes of study, which include drama, poetry and stories.

Phonics is taught systematically. We follow the national ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of study and include elements of ‘Jolly Phonics’ to support this. The children are encouraged to use dictionaries from an early age and to redraft work so that they always aim for high standards.

Mathematics

There is much practical learning of concepts whilst also placing an emphasis on learning the basic skills of computation.  Aspects of maths are explored through topic work and mental and oral work.

Science

Science is taught in as real and practical a way as possible.  The children learn through experience, investigation and experimentation.  The school has a stock of equipment to assist in presenting the National Curriculum in a stimulating and meaningful way.

Design and Technology

The children follow the programmes of study of the National Curriculum, experiencing designing and making using a variety of media. Children are encouraged to develop the skills of planning, making and evaluating. Since September 2014 we have introduced cooking/food technology into our curriculum.

Physical Education

Games, gymnastics, movement and dance all form part of the school curriculum.  The skills required for most games are taught and practised with extra-curricular activities offering children further opportunities.  A range of sporting events takes place during the school year. These include a cross- country competition, a cricket and rugby tournament and football tournaments. In the summer term children attend the swimming baths for a weekly lesson and, with very few exceptions; all learn to swim before they leave the school.

Environmental Studies

The school has a conservation area on the field, including a pond, which is specifically designed to be used as a learning resource.  We aim to create an awareness of the need to care for the environment locally and globally.

History and Geography

Projects in these subjects form the basis of much of the work done in school.  The aim, while following National Curriculum studies, is to relate these subjects as closely as possible to the pupils’ lives and help them towards a sense of identity by learning about their own country in relation to the rest of the world.

Personal, Social and Health Education, and  Citizenship

The school follows a national programme that aims to teach the children about, their emotions, their relationships, rights and responsibilities.

Computing

All classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards.  All have Internet access.  In Key Stage 1 children have access to a computer suite whilst older children use laptops. Computing skills are taught in designated lessons and are also incorporated into other curriculum areas. In the early years children use iPads as a learning tool. The teaching of ‘code’ has been introduced this September 2014.

Art

The children have very wide opportunities in both the aesthetic and technical sides of this sphere of the curriculum.  They are able to experience a wide variety of materials including paint, clay, textiles, and wood.  Close observation is encouraged through drawing.

Music

Singing is an established part of most days.  The school has a wide variety of musical instruments, which help to develop a sense of rhythm and are used as part of the music curriculum.  We collaborate with organisations such as the CBSO in order to enhance and enrich our delivery of our music curriculum.  In addition pupils from Year 3 onwards have the opportunity to learn an instrument such as the violin, piano or guitar.

Religious Education

Religious Education in the classroom is in accordance with the County Agreed Syllabus and is also integrated with other lessons.   Any parents who do not wish their child to receive religious education should see the Headteacher.

Collective Worship

Every day there is an assembly of the whole school for an act of worship.  Visiting members of the Church often lead assemblies and the school takes part in at least one termly Church Service at the local Church.   As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school, close links with the Church are maintained.  Any parents who do not wish their child to take part in collective worship should inform the Head-teacher.  Whilst maintaining these close links with the Church we also aim to help children develop an understanding and appreciation of other religions.

Homework

All children are expected to read at home daily as well as complete weekly homework.

Parents are given a copy of our homework policy which outlines our expectations of homework for each year group. This is available, on request, from the school office.