Literacy—This is the key to success in all the subjects of the Curriculum. We aim to:
engender a love of books;
encourage a child’s creativity;
cultivate clarity of speech;
develop the skill of listening;
expand a child’s vocabulary;
stimulate good handwriting;
promote good spelling.
Numeracy—Our ‘Numeracy Hour’ has encouraged children to be more confident with numbers. We aim to:
have fun with numbers!
encourage the children to look at maths in different ways;
have a 10 minute oral and mental starter to sharpen the children’s skills;
develop numeracy skills.;
provide them with problem solving skills.
Science—We want the children to learn about the world in which they live. We aim to:
provide them with the tools to explore that world around them;
to help them make sense of their findings;use investigations;
use a ‘fair test’ to get fair results;
give the children a knowledge of human development, including sex education. This is introduced through the study of plants and animals at the younger end of the school, while puberty talks are given by a school nurse to children in Yr6. (You may withdraw your child from this aspect of science if you wish to do so.)
Information Communications Technology (ICT) - We aim to:
enable all children to use ICT, with purpose and enjoyment, through tasks that are interesting and that give scope for individual responsibility;
reinforce a cross-curricular approach to ICT, eg in Literacy, by presenting texts and supporting writing, improving reading and spelling etc.
encourage the children to become confident in their use of ICT equipment and to develop the necessary skills to become proficient, help the children understand the implications of ICT for working life and its impact on society.
Geography/Environmental Studies—We aim that the children:
develop a knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live;
develop the skills that enable them to find out about places;
develop a sense of their own identity and place in the world;
learn about their own locality, eg the port and seashore, taking part in local visits;
learn about Europe and the rest of the world;
learn about the environment and how to take care of it;
make use of the natural surroundings, in conjunction with the White Cliffs Countryside Project.
History—We aim for the children to:
find the subject interesting and enjoyable;understand the concept of time;understand how the past differs from the present;gain an appreciation of the order of significant events and the multiplicity of causes and explanations for such events;learn about local history;have history brought to life for them by visiting interesting, local sites;develop critical awareness of political, economic, social, religious, cultural and aesthetic history.
Music—We aim to:
encourage awareness of the power of music and its ability to express and reflect on children’s own thoughts and feelings, through movement, dance, expressive and musical language;
help pupils in their social development by sharing music making and recognising the value of different contributions, ie rehearsing and performing with others;encourage children to recognise and reflect on the variety of music in different cultures;develop musically by performing, composing and appraising, ie singing songs, rhymes etc in unison, expressively and with clear diction and control of pitch.
Art and Design—We encourage the children to:
enjoy and appreciate the visual arts;develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex and stimulating activities;improve their ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
become aware of the roles and purposes of Art & Design in different times and cultures;increase their confidence in the use of tactile elements and materials;develop the use of sketch books at Key Stage 2.
Design and Technology—We aim to teach the children how to:
design and make working models, as a response to a problem set by the teacher, beginning with ‘junk modelling’ at the younger end of the school;formulate a ‘fair test’ to see whether the problem has been solved;understand the importance of technology in society today;become informed users of technology, repairers, maintainers, designers and buildings of products and systems in adult life;develop complex skills and abilities to enable them to work safely and effectively.
Religious Education— We aim to:
develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Great Britain;help the children understand the ongoing influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and cultures;develop the pupils’ ability to make their own reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues;develop the children to have a positive attitude towards their own and others’ beliefs.
Physical Education—We believe that PE is a crucial area of the curriculum and aim to help the children develop:
a range of physical skills;stamina and strength;ideas expressed in dance form;an appreciation of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and and awareness of the importance of safe practice;an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of movement;co-operation with each other, in pairs, groups and teams;physical and mental co-ordination, self-control and confidence;good self-esteem through the understanding of one’s own capabilities and limitations;
motivation so that they retain a lifelong interest in all aspects of PE and recognise the importance of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
(Our pupils will work at levels appropriate to their abilities.)
Personal, Social & Health Education/Citizenship—is about how the children learn life skills to develop and fit into an ordered society. They learn through group work, ‘circle time’, debate, discussion, role-play and the use of visitors and outside agencies. The teachers guide the children in these areas, enabling them to learn about themselves and their interactions with others.