We take the curriculum to mean all the direct experiences that children undertake or are exposed to within the school community. It includes the formal programme of lessons, out of school activities and climate of relationships, attitudes, styles of behaviour and quality of life DELIBERATELY established.
Quality education depends on promoting an enviroment where pupils are focused on their learning, feel happy, safe and respected. Their individuality should be as important as their membership of the team. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, to be confident risk takers and develop expectations of their own abilities. They need to have the opportunities to assess their own achievements and celebrate that of others. An atmosphere of mutual respect between children and adults in school will provide a base for the educational and social development of our pupils.
- The school is organised in 4 year groups that cover Key Stage 2. Classes are taught by a class teacher. Where it is possible teachers with specialist knowledge may teach more than one class.
- Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential. There can never be a substitute for your child being in school, in class, in a lesson.
- The National Curriculum requires the school to teach the core subjects English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and R.E. and the foundation subjects Art, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Design and Technology.
- A daily structured lesson in Literacy and Numeracy develops the themes identified in the DFES framework. Together these form 50% of the taught curriculum and rightly cover the full range of skills pupils need to be confident and successful in their own abilities and to reach the targets set by the Government. In Literacy pupils study a variety of text and work on spelling, handwriting, reading and writing.
- The Science programmes of study cover topics such as Forces, Materials, Plants & Animals and experimental work. At the end of Key Stage 2 children are tested in their knowledge and understanding of these topics.
- The Millennium Room, housing a 16 computer network, enables pupils to access the full requirement of the Information Technology curriculum. Children have an hours lesson per week with access to a wide range of primary computer software with an additional hour per week to develop ICT skills across the curriculum.
- The foundation subjects generally have equal weight and over the key stage cover a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding which contribute to a broad and balanced education. More time is allocated to the teaching of PE as we are fortunate enough to have a swimming pool.
- Religious Education is also a compulsory element of the crriculum and is taught in accordance with the Local Authority's Agreed Syllabus. The school meets daily for an act of collective worship and this may include elements of religious education. The collective worship is undenominational but will have a Christian emphasis. Children may be withdrawn from the act of worship and/or Religious Education if parents inform the school of their intention in writing.
- The Governors of this school have agreed a programme of sex education which is taught in the context of Personal and Social Education. Sex education is introduced in Year 3 and developed through the four year programme. Parents are informed prior to the programme and have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons by writing to the Headmaster. They may also view the teaching materials and programmes of study should they so wish.