Here at Gilbert Colvin we are committed to promoting the highest possible standards in all curriculum areas. Careful planning and assessment ensure that all children make the best possible progress as they move through the school.
The National Curriculum
All children follow the national curriculum. The core curriculum consists of English, Maths and Science. The foundation subjects are, History, Geography, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Music, Art, Religious Education and Personal,Social, Health,Education and Citizenship(PSHE&C).
Pupils abilities will be developed within an integrated program which consists of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Pupils are taught to communicate effectively, and to listen with attention and concentration, to read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment and are given a wide range of opportunities to write with confidence. They are encouraged to organise and structure their writing in a variety of ways.
Pupils will learn mathematical language, ability to reason and develop flexible methods of working both mentally and orally. They will be taught to use and apply maths in practical tasks and be able to record their work in a variety of ways . The areas covered will include using and applying mathematics, number, shape, space, measures and data handling.
Pupils will develop an enquiring mind and a positive scientific attitude towards problem solving. Children will come to understand their own physical and biological environment.
Pupils will be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past, a sense of chronology and develop skills in historical enquiry.
Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their geographical skills including the physical and human features of their surroundings.
Pupils will be taught to use IT equipment and software confidently and purposefully and to communicate and handle information.
Pupils will be taught to develop their skills in designing and working in a wide range of situations.
Pupils will be taught through these three areas of activity, games, gymnastics and dance, in order to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
Pupil's understanding and enjoyment of music will be developed through performing and composing, listening and appraising.
Pupil's understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design will be developed through a wide variety of activities. They will use a wide range of media to develop an understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.
The Redbridge agreed syllabus for religious education, "Exploration and Response" is used throughout the school. The areas covered are: Special Times, Places and Events, Lifestyle, Community, Nature and the World, Self and Others, expressing meaning belief and values, and sources of authority. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided by the school.
Sex Education is incorporated as part of planned National Curriculum work through Science topics. Each summer term year 5 and 6 boys and girls and their parents are invited to watch a video and take part in a discussion of a "growing up" talk led by the school nurse.