Like all schools we follow the National Curriculum according to statutory requirements. We use Curriculum 2000 and the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) schemes of work to provide the planning framework for all our teaching. We follow the recommended Foundation Stage curriculum in the reception class. R.E. is taught from the Essex County Agreed Syllabus. The school has its own policies for each subject as well as health education (PSHE), behaviour, special educational needs, able children, anti-racism and equal opportunities. We would be pleased to show these to interested visitors.
The Core Subjects
English (Literacy) - involves learning the knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and listening, spelling, reading and writing. In accordance with national guidelines children are taught literacy daily. Children are introduced to books and reading as soon as they enter school, reading is taught within literacy and at other times. We have a school library and children are encouraged to use it well. From time to time we have special book events involving authors, storytellers or theatre groups.
Mathematics (Numeracy) - covers the knowledge, skills, understanding and use of numbers, using and applying Maths in algebra, measurement, shapes, space and data handling.
Aspects of both Maths and English have cross-curricular links.
Science - includes the exploration of Science, communication and application of knowledge and understanding. Every opportunity is taken to use our environment and to involve children in practical investigations.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school and is in accordance with the county agreed syllabus. The school day also includes an act of worship. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from RE and/or worship may discuss alternative arrangements with the head.
ICT (Information and Communication Technology) – using computers and other technology to explore the world and record experiences in a range of ways.
Children are taught ICT skills that can be used to support work in other areas.
History - involves the knowledge and understanding of History, the interpretations of History and the use of historical sources.
Geography - includes geographical skills, knowledge and understanding of places, physical, human and environmental geography.
Music - involves performing and composing, listening and appraising. We also provide specialist music lessons through a visiting teacher. A charge is made for this and children may have instruction on various instruments such as violin.
Art - the Art syllabus includes investigating and making and the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Art.
P.E. - includes athletics, dance, games (football, rounders, hockey, netball), gymnastic activities and swimming (juniors only). The school uses the Garrison athletics track in the summer months for KS2 and sports days.
Technology - comprised of identifying needs and opportunities for technology, generating a design, planning, making and evaluation. It also includes information technology capabilities.
Sex Education – Sex Education forms part of the Health Education programme for the School and is fully integrated into the curriculum. We follow the “Living & Growing” units of work as recommended by the World Health organisation. In Years 5 and 6 the School Nurse is also invited into school. Parents will be consulted before this takes place. You will be given the opportunity to have your child withdrawn from these sessions if you so wish. A copy of the Governors’ Policy on Sex Education is available from the School.
Extra Curricular Activities – These are organised by staff on a voluntary basis. These follow the afternoon session and may include sports activities and dance.
Many teaching methods are used. Formal, informal and experiential learning takes place as deemed appropriate.
The Governors’ statement of intent for the Curriculum is that every child should be encouraged to reach his or her full potential within the resources available.