The importance of having a well planned, organised and above all stimulating, curriculum cannot be over emphasised. Our teaching staff aims to do this by:
• Creating a balanced, yet broad framework for all pupils to learn and achieve
• Promoting pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
• Making sure children of all backgrounds, disabilities and cultures have equal opportunities
The school follows the National Curriculum starting with the Foundation stage. This very important stage in education was introduced in 2000 and is for children from the age of three to the end of the Reception year. Early learning goals are followed in this stage which links in the curriculum offered in pre-school settings. This stage gives the children planned activities but also the opportunity to plan and initiate themselves. The work appears to take the form of play and is enjoyable to the children. Importantly, it helps to integrate them into school life smoothly and with the minimum trauma to the child. We are pleased that our work at Foundation stage has been highly praised in OFSTED inspections.
ICT is a major tool for learning and is embedded into the curriculum as a normal part of daily learning within the classroom. In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science which follow the Primary Strategy, the Curriculum as followed at KS1 and KS2 covers geography, history, design technology, religious education, art and PE.
• Religious Education – is based upon the Kent Agreed Syllabus which requires a number of core units and supplementary units to be taught. Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism and the Islamic faith are part of this curriculum. Within the school, social and moral values are upheld with a respect for all encouraged. Personal, Health, Social Education and Citizenship also form part of our curricular framework. These subjects are within this framework but not necessarily in subject lessons, as would be expected in a secondary school.
Note Collective worship occurs every day and is broadly Christian in nature. Major Christian festivals are celebrated and children are also taught about festivals in other religions. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part of, collective worship or religious education by notifying the school office.
• ECO – The children are encouraged to respect and care for the environment; they help to improve the school grounds, try to be economical in the use of energy (electricity) and water, follow the three R’s of Repair, Re-use and Recycle and learn about the need to conserve non-renewable resources. We are proud that our school has so far been awarded the ECO Schools Award, Bronze Level.
• PMFL (Primary Modern Foreign Languages) – In our school we begin to teach French using the PILOTE scheme, from Reception through to Year 6. The emphasis is on spoken, rather than written French, giving the children an introduction to a modern foreign language and a good basis to build on in secondary education.
The school also works closely with pre-schools, nurseries and other agencies to ensure continuity of educational standards and goals in order to give our children the best possible learning experience.