Since the passing of the Education Reform Act, the governing body has had a far more participative role in overseeing the curriculum policy and implementation within Primary Schools. The school teaches the National Curriculum as implemented by the DfEE. The governing body's aims for the curriculum are summarised below :-
We aim to encourage our children to be as literate and as numerate as individual ability will allow at any stage of their development and to inculcate a sense of respect and appreciation for the people with whom they come into contact, and the things with which they are surrounded.
Furthermore we wish to encourage the development of the children's aesthetic awareness and to encourage them to wonder at, and to question their environment in order that they may achieve greater understanding of it.
The school attempts to create an atmosphere in which children can develop and refine their creative talents, such that they have the confidence to express their feelings through artistic and linguistic channels.
We wish to emphasise certain values - that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, kindness preferable to cruelty both in words and deeds, honesty to dishonesty and construction to mindless destruction.
From the parents we expect a total commitment to their child, while the staff should provide an objective evaluation of a child's ability and attainment, and the professional knowledge of how best to match one with the other. Above all we would give all children confidence in their ability to learn, and a real sense of joy in achievement.
The National Curriculum documents lay down what subjects are to be taught and list attainment targets to be worked towards through programmes of study in the core subjects (i.e. Maths, English, Science). The school works through these programmes of study, but often subjects are not taught individually but as part of an integrated topic incorporating many areas of learning. The following pages may help your understanding of how the curriculum is presented to your child.