Rushen Primary School's curriculum is designed within the framework set out in the Department of Education's policy; ‘Freedom to Flourish - A Curriculum for Learning and Achievement'. Six outcomes are aimed for in delivering the curriculum, development of the six 'R's'; Readiness, Relationships which are Positive, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Remembering Skills and Reflectiveness. Much use is made of the English National Curriculum as a basis for developing and teaching skills, but the school uses the freedoms offered to it within the Manx curriculum to stimulate interest in many ways with special weeks and many activities that fall outside the standard classroom experience. We are gradually developing a skills based curriculum. High standards are set for children and independence and responsibility are qualities that are expected and encouraged. French is taught to children in Key Stage Two and the option to study Manx is also available if parents wish to opt for their children to do so
Children’s achievements are formally monitored each year. Parents and children will be notified of their attainment in terms of the National Curriculum levels at the end of each school year.
Education is a partnership between children, their school and home. There are times when children are asked to undertake work at home and support on such occasions is a vital part of the whole process of education. Some homework activities such as listening to your child read happen every day other homework activities will only occur as the need arises.
The Foundation Stage at Rushen Primary School
When your child starts school they continue their education in the Foundation Stage. This is the period of education from age 3 to 5. The last year of the Foundation Stage is called the Reception Year. We welcome the input provided by parents about their child to help them settle into school happily.
At Rushen Primary School we want your child to have the best possible start to their school life by building on their existing skills and interests. We believe that children learn best through carefully planned and structured play activities that are suitable for their stage of development.
The curriculum is based upon making progress towards or achieving the Early learning Goals. The goals set out what most children are expected to know, understand and be able to do by the end of the Foundation Stage. Some children will go beyond them in some areas and will be provided with further challenges.
The goals cover the six main areas of young children’s development and learning:
Personal, sociable and emotional development
Our main aims are to develop confidence and independence while learning to concentrate and to enjoy sharing as part to a group.
Communication and language
Communicating with one another and developing skills in talking, listening, writing and reading. We want children to develop a love of books and stories and to give them a variety of writing opportunities so that they are motivated and confident to have a go at writing.
Using ideas about number, quantity, measurement, shape and space. We plan practical activities which encourage children to solve problems.
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Investigating and beginning to understand the things, places and people around them.
Improving control and co-ordination of their bodies while learning to move and to handle equipment
Finding ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, movement and stories
Our aim is to provide an environment which will provide children with rich and stimulating experiences. Every day they will be provided with opportunities to;
make decisions for themselves
We feel it is important for each child to develop a strong self image and have high self esteem. Successes are celebrated and every child is a valued member of the group
You can find out more information about the early learning goals from the QCA web site at www.qca.org.uk