In order to justify the curriculum courses that are offered in schools a statement about the aims of education is needed. We firstly try to enlarge a child’s knowledge, experience and understanding both factually and imaginatively and thus his/her awareness of moral and spiritual values and capacity for enjoyment. We also hope to enable him/her to enter the world, after formal education is over, as an active participant in society. To achieve this we need to equip each child with skills, values and beliefs, and the ability to appreciate the skills, values and beliefs of others.
In order to achieve these aims, the early years in school will involve the skills of reading, writing and ability to speak clearly and logically, coupled with the world of mathematics developing from practical activities and through scientific experimentation and discovery.
Some project work is initially stimulated through art, music, visits/visitors and design work whilst other projects lead to attractive displays of work, including writing, painting and craft work made by the children. There is of course, equal opportunity for all, none of the teaching is gender biased. So, for example, girls are to be found playing football, using woodwork equipment, and boys enjoying cookery and work with thread and fabric – there is no discrimination.