We, like every other state primary school, follow the National Curriculum in accordance with our legal requirements.
Pupils in the Reception class work towards the Early Learning Goals for the Early Years and at the earliest stages of the National Curriculum. Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 will be working in Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and those in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will continue through to Key Stage 2
This is a nationally set programme for the children, in which your child will be formally tested as to what they know, understand and can do at the ages of 7 and 11. At each of these ages, you will be informed as to how your child has performed in the tests and you will be given a clear idea of how this compares with other children of his/her age both in this school and nationally.
The core of the National Curriculum is the study of English, Mathematics and Science. These subjects will be taught and experienced by the children from the Reception Year onwards. Alongside this core are the seven foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design Technology, Information Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education.
This list divides the curriculum up into specific areas, but good primary teaching involves the children in many areas at once.
The curriculum is about all the intended learning that takes place during the school day. Children’s learning is based on first hand experience and practical activities. At our school we provide a curriculum that caters for the development of the whole child so that all aspects of physical and intellectual growth can develop.
We aim to develop each child’s skills in Literacy and Numeracy as well as in other areas including enquiry skills, aesthetic skills, physical skills, social skills, and increasing knowledge. Gaining knowledge is not only about learning to become competent in a subject such as mathematics; it is about developing the ability to apply this skill with vision and imagination.
The school has an ICT suite and a bank of laptops and each year group is allocated sessions on the timetable.
It is important to remember that because the school aims to meet the individual needs of the children, the activities and work of each class will be appropriate on an individual basis. Children do not all learn at the same speed, so children in the same group may often be working at different levels.
Drugs Education takes place throughout the school. It is not taught in isolation but as part of our Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education Policy (PHSCE) and National Curriculum for Science. Likewise Sex Education is not taught in isolation but as part of topic work and PHSCE.