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As a school we aim to develop lively enquiring minds with the ability to question and argue rationally. We aim to enable our children to be well motivated both mentally and physically for success in the wider world.
The Perfect Surrounding
- Enable children to acquire understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and enjoyment in a fast-changing world.
- Enable children to use language and number effectively.
- Develop personal moral values, respect for religious beliefs and values, an under-standing of other races, religions and cultures.
- Value human achievement and aspirations.
- Develop their own spirituality, creativity and aesthetic awareness.
Involve children in their own learning and self-assessment. Emphasis is placed on first hand experience and opportunities are used to take children out of school on visits, whilst outside speakers and experts are invited in to talk to the children.
We put great emphasis on the teaching of reading skills from Reception to Year 6 as part of our daily routine, including guided reading sessions. We have a wide range of reading scheme books, providing children with modern, up-to-date and interesting books. We aim to develop confidence in all areas of the children’s writing development. By the end of Key Stage 2, we expect children to be competent writers using accurate and at times complex punctuation, spelling and grammar. The importance of speaking and listening forms a key part of the curriculum and provide opportunities across the curriculum for children to engage in a variety of situations where they can develop confidence in presenting their views to one another.
Children follow a programme of scientific study which covers four main aspects:
- Experimental and investigative science
- Life and living processes
- Materials and their properties
- Physical processes
Science is taught discretely. Our aim is to help children increase their knowledge of the world and to develop the skills of observation, recording, analysis, and interpretation through investigation. We encourage the children to devise ‘fair tests’ and introduce basic scientific methods with due regard for curiosity, healthy skepticism and critical evaluation.
In History in Key Stage 1, the children learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They are encouraged to draw on immediate family history and to explore the historical background and way of life of people in the past and beyond living memory. A broader, more structured understanding of people and civilizations are developed at Key Stage 2.
In Geography at Key Stage 1, the children investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom and abroad. They begin to ask geographical questions through the use of maps and photographs. At Key Stage 2, they investigate a greater variety of people, places and environments, both in the UK and abroad. Key skills such as following directions, map reading and map making are covered, as are weather observations, surveys and data collection.
RE in the school is based on Christianity while taking into account the rich variety of other cultures and faiths. Children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and to develop an awareness of their own spirituality, as well as a sense of respect for the beliefs of others.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught in our school from Year 1 onwards by a specialist French Teacher.
Numeracy starts in the Foundation Stage with play activities, which develop mathematical concepts and language. From this, children move on to develop their knowledge and understanding in the key areas through calculation and problem solving activities. There is an emphasis on mental calculation with daily Mental Maths sessions from Year 1 upwards. Children are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and the ability to discuss their work and strategies used.
Information Technology (IT) and Computing
IT is used to enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum. All learning is linked to class topics and is developed through: digital literacy – using IT to find, check and share information; digital skills – controlling and programming simulations and models, creating presentations and collecting and analysing data; e-safety – using and sharing information safely and legally; technology in the world; and technical understanding. All classes have interactive whiteboards.
Children have the opportunity to experience a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting and 3D work. They are taught to view critically and appreciate paintings and artefacts of artists and others (including each other) and will be encouraged to try out and include the styles and techniques in their world.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE)
PSHE is designed to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy lives and become responsible citizens. At Key Stage 1 they find out about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities. At Key Stage 2 the children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals. They become more mature, independent and take increasing responsibility for their decisions and actions.
Sex and Relationships Education
This area of the curriculum is treated with sensitivity and care. Children’s questions are answered with thought for their age and level of understanding. The older children are introduced to the process of puberty through sessions led by the school nurse.