Art & Design
We have a vibrant art and design curriculum. Every year group will have opportunities to develop skills in painting, sculpture and drawing and develop techniques in colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will learn about a range of artists, craft makers and designers. The curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with skills and knowledge to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
Design Technology is a subject within the curriculum that teaches pupils to evaluate products, design their own creations, make them and then evaluate again. The subject is practical and involves the direct teaching of skills such as selecting from and using a range of tools for cutting, sawing, sewing and food preparation. The subject links to Healthy Schools through looking at healthy diets and understanding where food comes from. Pupils learn to use problem solving techniques to support their learning within the subject.
We believe that learning takes place through high quality opportunities to use language in all aspects of the curriculum. Therefore, the teaching of English embraces all aspects of language, written, read and spoken. As spoken language skills are the vital starting point for emergent reading and writing these are a key focus for younger children. All children’s reading and writing skills are developed throughout the school so that they are able to reach their potential in school and on into adult life. In a literate society it is essential we are able to communicate both orally and in the written word and also read the range of texts encountered in everyday life. Pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Geography is the study of making sense of and understanding the world in which we live. Geography helps the children to understand and take responsibility for their environment. The children will study the local environment and learn about places within the UK and the wider world. They will learn to use basic geographical vocabulary and tools such as atlases, maps and compasses to describe human and physical features. The curriculum will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for life.
Teaching of history helps our children to understand their lives by exploring the past.It enables them to develop their own sense of identity and have a core set of beliefs and values. The teaching of history develops their knowledge and understanding of the events that have shaped the world.It enables them to enjoy and appreciate the richness of the past and build an understanding of chronology so that they can make links between historical periods and events.
Through a variety of teaching methods our children have the opportunity to empathise with people who lived in the past. Historical enquiry is developed through the use of a range of primary and secondary sources of evidence and the children communicate their findings in a variety of ways such as drama, art, writing, discussion and the use of IT and computing. Pupils will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
The teaching of mathematics enables our children to develop their skills in an enjoyable and fun way. They solve problems that are based on real life and provide suitable levels of challenge. The children are encouraged to work collaboratively and be creative in their responses to ideas and problems.Information Technology is used in all aspects of the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Teachers act as role models, set a variety of tasks and use a range of teaching styles that enable our children to become confident mathematicians. In Key Stage 1 the children will learn about number, measurement, geometry and statistics. In Key Stage 2 the children will learn about number, ratio and proportion, algebra, measurement, geometry and statistics.
Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high quality Maths education provides a foundation for understanding the world and the ability to reason.
Our music curriculum is creative and enjoyable and includes singing, listening to and appreciating music and playing a range of musical instruments. It is an integral part of the curriculum which helps develop senses, emotions and intellect. We believe that all children can grow through music. The curriculum will inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians; this will increase their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE covers a wide range of topics including the following:
- Citizenship – aims to raise children’s social awareness and moral responsibility about experiences outside the classroom.
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco – this is to educate children so that they are armed with the knowledge that will help them to live healthy, safe and independent lives.
- Emotional health and wellbeing – aims to help children to recognise their emotions and how to make sense and handle them.It also encourages children to support others in handling their emotions and being aware of what others might be feeling in certain situations.
- Nutrition and physical activity – aims to teach children about the importance of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle and what this looks like.
- Safety – covers a wide range of areas and aims to educate children how to stay safe in school, the home and in the wider environment.It helps children recognise potential risks in these areas and how best to avoid or overcome them.
- Sex and relationship education – this is crucial to ensure children grow, develop and achieve emotional and physical good health.
Physical Education (PE)
Children participate in PE every week. The curriculum covers team games, net and wall games, dance, gymnastics and athletic activity. Children will also experience swimming and outdoor and adventurous work in PE. Participation in physical activity is expected by all pupils. Pupils will be inspired to succeed and excel in competitive sport and support their health and fitness. PE also helps embed values such as fairness and respect.
Religious Education (RE)
The RE curriculum aims to teach the children about the following religions:- Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam. Pupils also have many opportunities to explore and share their own views and beliefs and are taught to respect and discuss the beliefs of others
Our science curriculum will challenge, excite and support the children in their learning. Therefore, we allow the children to build upon their knowledge through experimentation and provide opportunities for children to test out their own predictions. Throughout the school, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the processes and skills of investigative science.
On different occasions, children may work as an individual, as a pair or as part of a collaborative group. Working as part of a group enables pupils to respect the values and attitudes of others whilst developing the confidence to express opinions of their own. A number of investigative tools and resources help to enrich the children’s learning further and opportunities to apply Information Technology in science are provided throughout both key stages. Furthermore, we aim to provide learning with a purpose that can be applied to everyday life and our surrounding environment.
A high quality science education provides the foundation for understanding the world through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils will be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and processes and uses of science.
Our computing curriculum ensures that pupils receive a range of opportunities to learn and apply IT skills using different technology. Pupils will learn about information and computing, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge into programming. Pupils will be equipped to use information technology in a range of contexts and become digitally literate.
Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn French. Pupils will learn about other cultures, foster curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Lessons will support pupils in expressing ideas and thoughts in another language, understanding and responding to its speakers both in speech and writing.