“Our core purpose is to encourage and enable children to achieve their academic, emotional, social and physical potential. We work to ensure that all children have access to, and engage in, a balanced and stimulating curriculum.”
‘Curriculum’ is a word describing all that goes on in school, formal and informal, which children experience.
At Exwick Heights Primary School, children follow the subjects of the National Curriculum, with the addition of Religious Education, cross-curricular elements and optional extra-curricular activities. The spirit and ethos of the school, together with the management of the planned curriculum, the organisation of the school and the classroom, all contribute to the whole curriculum.
Your child's class teacher will happily share information in relation to the curriculum with you. Alternatively, please use our contact form.
English lessons take account of speaking and listening, reading, writing, grammar, phonics and spelling/vocabulary every day. Children are taught as either a whole class, in small groups according to their ability, or in sets. This may be either reading/writing or spelling, depending on the teaching focus.
Teachers will develop pupils' numeracy and mathematical reasoning through whole class and small group maths teaching and through all subjects. The children will understand the importance and relevance of mathematics in their lives. Pupils will be taught addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems. In addition, they will understand and use measures, make estimates and check their work carefully. Pupils will be given the opportunity to apply their understanding and relate their maths to the real world with increasing challenge as they progress through the school.
Science education at Exwick Heights emphasises the practical nature of the subject. The school aims to develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science to enable them to answer questions about the world around them. The school strives to ensure children are equipped with the scientific knowledge they require to understand the uses of science in today’s world and that of the future.
The world of the computer is a most important one for the modern child. It certainly both motivates and facilitates learning. Computing supports all areas of the curriculum. Children are taught in the areas of Digital Literacy, IT and Computer Science.
The school has trolleys of laptops and tablets. Each class also has an interactive whiteboard.
In Geography we aim for children to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We encourage the children to develop a strong interest of their own surroundings as well as those of diverse places and the wider world. Our Geography lessons equip children with the understanding of the relationships that exist between humans and their ever-changing environment.
A programme of History studies has been planned across the year groups, in accordance with National Curricumlum requirements.
Music and the Arts represent the soul of any school. Children are taught music throughout the school. The curriculum consists of composing and performing music, listening and appraising music. A variety of musical instruments are available for children's use and appreciation, not least of which is the human voice.
In addition to the timetabled music lessons taught by class teachers across the school, the school has a team of music specialists who come into school every week to give woodwind, keyboard, brass, percussion and strings tuition. Payment for this tuition is made directly to the music specialist. For more information, please contact the school office.
Our PE curriculum aims for our children to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; to be physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and lead healthy, active lives. We teach a wide variety of sports, including dance, games, gymnastics and athletics across each year group and KS2 children are taken swimming at some point in the year. We also offer a range of sporting clubs.
PSHE education (personal, social and health education). A programme where children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. This is taught through PSHE specific sessions or through other curriculum subjects.
It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Religious Education seeks to engage pupils with both learning about (investigating, describing and explaining) and learning from (responding, analysing and evaluating) religion and world views. It is important in promoting respect and sensitivity towards others.
In Religious Education opportunities are given to;
* Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principle religions and world views
* Consider questions related to moral and ethical issues and to make and evaluate choices related to them
* Encourage pupils to ask questions, explore their own beliefs and questions of meaning and purpose
The Education Reform Act (1998) gives parents the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. Requests for withdrawal should be made in writing to the school.
Economic & Industrial Study skills
Understanding Problem-Solving skills
Citizenship Information Technology skills
Careers Education & Communication skills
Guidance in Numeracy skills
European Awareness Personal & Social skills
Change to our children
It is our aim that our curriculum should be both supportive and progressively challenging, so that each child may develop to his/her full potential. We encourage children to take an active part in their own learning, to become independent learners and to achieve high standards.
Underlying our entire curriculum is the belief that children learn better when enjoyment enables understanding.
Extra-curricular activities are recognised as important aspects of school life giving children the opportunity to extend their experience in new areas and develop skills and particular talents.
Staff are involved in activities and this gives them the opportunity to work with children from other classes. This extends the relationship that exists between children and staff and contributes towards the family ethos of the school.