Art & Design
The childen develop their knowledge and understanding of art and design by looking at the work of artists from all cultures, styles, and periods of history. They are also encouraged to improve their skills in drawing and painting, by both observational work and by using their own imaginations. We aim to stimulate children's The childen develop their knowledge and understanding of art and design by looking at the work of artists from all cultures, styles, and periods of history. They are also encouraged to improve their skills in drawing and painting, by both observational work and by using their own imaginations. We aim to stimulate children's progress by presenting many and varied opportunites for the children to work practically, using as wide a variety of media and topics as possible.
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.
Each year group follows a structured programme of work, ensuring that knowledge and skills develop progressively from the youngest to the oldest children in school
The emphasis is upon designing and making good quality products with a purpose. A wide range of materials is used including wood, plastic sheeting, card, paper, textiles and food as well as graphic media. At all stages the children are encouraged to evaluate their own pieces of work as well as that of established designers.
In Geography we aim for children to develop a strong interest in their own surroundings and the wider world and an understanding of relationships that exist between humans and their environment.
A programme of History studies has been planned across the year groups, in accordance with National Curricumlum requirements.
All of our KS2 pupils are taught French. Their learning concentrates initially on speaking and listening skills, before developing reading and writing skills in French at the end of KS2.
We recognise the importance of studying foreign languages and developing the children's interest in the culture of other nations.
MFL lessons enable children to have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities, making use of native speakers and e-learning.
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.
At Key Stage 1, the children have PE daily for half an hour and follow the " Leap for Life programme". This involves teaching children key movement skills.
At Key Stage 2, the pupils cover dance, games, gymnastics and athletics across the year. Swimming is not timetabled presently but every effort is being made to accommodate this.
PSHE and Citizenship enables children to become effective learners and supports them as they move from childhood, through adolescence, to become independent young people and effective citizens. This support is especially seen through the workings of the School Council, Class Councils and "Circle Time" sessions involving all pupils in decision-making processes.
In September 18 the school adopted a new whole school approach using the resource JIGSAW. Its two aims for all children are:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Each half term focuses on the following themes. Being in my world, celebrating difference, dreams and goals, healthy me, relationships and changing me.
We continue to use our SEAL programme ( Social & emotional aspects of learning) to compliment our present PSHE programme. Please see the SEAL page for further information.
In addition, there is a whole-school focus on PSHE and citizenship on Friday afternoons when Year 2 – Year 5 work together in family groups.
Religious Education seeks to bring pupils to an understanding of religion and to contribute to the development of their own beliefs and values. Opportunities are given:
a) to study Christianity because of the influential role it has played and continues to play in the life and culture of Britain,
b) to study other world religions, so that pupils may understand and respect the beliefs and life styles of others,
c) to think about moral and ethical issues and to make and evaluate choices relating to them.
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.