The curriculum is what we teach and the children learn and it is our aim that every child should progress according to his/her own ability so that success is achieved in as many areas as possible. Sometimes children work individually or may be grouped for different activities according to their needs. The school has a strong commitment to the traditional curriculum areas commonly referred to as ‘the 3 R’s’ but regards the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum as essential for the ‘all round’ development of each child.
We are actively trying to be creative with our curriculum and are adopting more enquiry based learning activities for the children throughout the school.
Throughout the school, the children’s work is based on Schemes of Work and topics. This provides for both cross-curricular approaches encompassing the subjects of the National Curriculum, Maths, Science, English, Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music and Religious Education and specific subject teaching. All children will have regular Physical Education experiences.
N.B. The governing body has adopted the Education Authorities policy on the curriculum.
The key to much of a child’s success in life lies in the facility to read. Therefore, much time and energy is directed towards the acquisition of these skills. Children in school are reading much of the time and it has a high profile from the earliest time in Nursery. Children are encouraged to appreciate that reading takes many forms and is for different purposes i.e. pleasure and information. We want children to be able to read and go on reading so that it becomes a lifelong habit.
However, we recognise that children also need a definite structure when they are learning to read and we therefore teach, from the reception age stage, key vocabulary (i.e. the words the children read most frequently and phonics - the sounds that each letter makes) so that the children can build up words using sounds. We use a variety of reading books for the children to acquire these skills and very much value parental involvement in looking at books, talking about them and hearing your child read. All children from Reception onwards have a daily literacy lesson to teach and reinforce reading and writing skills.
Communication is an important part of the other aspects of English, speaking, listening and writing. The children are given a broad range of experiences to develop their understanding of the spoken word and to enable them to express themselves effectively. These will include the use of drama both as a class activity and as a performance for others e.g. Christmas entertainment and assemblies. Children are encouraged to write for different purposes on both a personal and creative level. Particular attention will be paid to spelling and grammar.
Mathematics is a vital part of our school curriculum. All children have a daily Numeracy lesson. Children also work individually and in small groups according to need and level of ability. The Ginn Mathematics Scheme is used as a core for the work provided but this is supplemented by other materials and activities. We firmly believe in the importance of practical activities and this precedes any formal written presentation. Younger children especially need much time working with concrete apparatus before they can understand the abstract, and present it in a written form.
Although throughout school mental arithmetic exercises take place, we aim to enable the children to apply their mathematical knowledge and understanding to solving real life problems which are meaningful to them and help them to understand that mathematics involves much more than mastering basic computational skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Through our teaching we aim to help children to think and work in a scientific manner. Children are naturally enquiring and through providing suitable activities and experiences, we encourage them to plan, predict what will happen, observe and interpret their findings, hypothesise and construct fair tests.
These skills are developed through first hand experience using such materials as sand and water, equipment such as batteries, magnets or bulbs and natural objects such as rock, soil, flowers and plants. They learn to examine, sort, classify and measure and many of these skills in science are common to those used in other areas of the curriculum.
These are the three core curriculum subjects. If you would like to find out more about our curriculum subjects please see the full school prospectus by clicking here