School Curriculum Matters
Religious Education and the National Curriculum Foundation subjects of Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, PSHCE and the core subjects of English, Mathematics Science and Information Technology are taught throughout the school.
The core subjects encompass essential concepts, knowledge and skills without which other learning cannot take place effectively. Competence in literacy, numeracy and scientific method is needed throughout the rest of the curriculum and in all aspects of adult life. Therefore, in the early years of the children's education we do not see the areas of the curriculum as separate but integrated one with another. Thus, there is an emphasis throughout the school in teaching through cross-curricular themes, with study of separate subjects where it is appropriate.
In the early years there is an emphasis on developing literacy skills through a wide variety of reading materials and developing confidence in numeracy through practical activities. First hand experiences relevant to the needs and interests of the children form the basis of much of this early learning. In the later years of the school there is a deeper study of the individual subjects and an emphasis on developing the children's independence and research skills.
Extra Curricular Societies and Activities
There are many activities that the children may have tuition on or take part in. Here are just a few:
There are opportunities for the children to learn to play a recorder
In Years 5 and 6 tuition on the guitar may be arranged
Tuition is also available on brass and woodwind instruments, organised by The Music For Schools Foundation
Various sports clubs are held after school
The school enters teams in competitive tournaments organised in Goole
The older children are given the opportunity to take part in cycle safety lessons.
A range of activities is available to the older children. Sports clubs are held several nights after school. The school takes part in various interschool sports activities during the year.
There are various recorder groups organised by staff and parents that children are encouraged to join. Some of the older children are having lessons in school from visiting music teachers. This is provided by the music support services and a small charge is made.
Junior Road Craft
All children are invited to take part in cycle safety lessons as they reach the top end of the school.
The school's Religious Education follows the guidelines of the LEA's Agreed Syllabus. The Education Reform Act specifies that there must be provision for RE for all pupils and in county schools it should be non-denominational.
There is a daily collective act of worship, which is broadly Christian in character and may be organized for separate groups of pupils at any time during the school day.
The school will make arrangements for parents to exercise their statutory right of withdrawal of their children from religious instruction.
Formal sex education is given to pupils at the end of Year 6 with the support of the School Nurse. Health education and related issues will be covered through a planned curriculum. Any parents not wishing their child to receive sex education in school should contact the headteacher.
It is hoped that any concerns expressed by parents and others about the school curriculum and related matters will continue to be considered and dealt with in informal discussion with teachers and the Head Teacher. Where such concerns cannot be resolved informally, then the complaint should be submitted in writing to the Head Teacher. Where, after further discussion, the problem still remains unresolved then written submission must be made by all parties to the governing body. Local arrangements will be made for the consideration of specific complaints regarding the National Curriculum, as required under section 23 of the ERA.