During each of their years in school, children will study the following subjects according to the National Curriculum:
The Foundation Stage
During a child's reception year, activities and experiences are planned to help children develop the strong building blocks necessary for their future education.
The curriculum covers Personal and Social Development, Language and Communication, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Physical and Creative Development.
All children throughout the school are encouraged to be effective communicators and listeners and to develop, to the full, their ability to use and understand English. Speaking and listening, reading, writing and drama are all interrelated aspects of English and are used throughout all other curriculum areas.
All children take part in termly class assemblies, special performances and enjoy presentations by visiting theatre groups and performers.
In mathematics we aim to give our children a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts and the confidence to apply skills and knowledge to a variety of situations. Within the framework of the National Numeracy Strategy, we provide opportunities for practical investigation and problem solving, and aim to develop positive attitudes and enquiring minds.
Through science, children develop ideas which enable them to make sense of the things that happen around them. Through a practical scientific approach based on hypothesis, observation, recording and analysis, we aim to develop children's knowledge and understanding of their own experiences and their local environment.
Through art, children can be creative and expressive whilst exploring a variety of media, for example: textiles, 3D work, painting, drawing and printing.
As children grow in confidence, they are encouraged to make their own decisions about choice and suitability of materials and to evaluate and take pride in their work.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is about making things that work. It is an inventive, fun activity, which allows children to plan, make decisions, explore and experiment to solve real problems. Using a range of materials such as food, textiles, clay, wood and junk, children design and make assignments and evaluate their finished products.
French is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 2 by a Modern Language specialist. The approach is largely through speaking and listening with activities, games and songs.
From an early age children are curious about the world around them. Beginning with their own environment, they learn from a number of sources, including their own experience, planned learning activities, other people, their parents and the media how their world fits into a larger world.
Children study a range of topics learning about people's lives and lifestyles from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in Girton, Britain and other parts of the world.
In History, pupils question, find evidence, weigh it up and reach conclusions - skills that are important in adult life.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
ICT prepares our children to participate in a rapidly changing world with its varied and developing technology. Children use computers, scanners, programmable toys and tape recorders to explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly and creatively.
It is an area where the children are enthusiastic and often contribute skills from home.
Music provides opportunities for children to express themselves through composition, singing and listening activities and all are encouraged to value and enjoy musical activities. Children in Key Stage 2 learn the descant recorder as part of their class/year group music.
Many parents support this music by providing their child's instruments and by their contributions towards peripatetic music teaching. Currently this enables, violin, cello, clarinet and flute to be taught in small groups, supporting a superb orchestra.
Physical Education (PE)
PE provides opportunities for children to develop their physical fitness, co-ordination and creativity through gymnastics, dance, games and swimming.
In Key Stage 2, the children also experience athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
We aim to promote a child's self-esteem, self-knowledge and responsibility. Throughout the school children will be learning about: how my body works, changes and grows; feelings; relationships; how to keep safe and healthy including drugs and medicines.
In Upper Key Stage 2 children will look more closely at sexual relationships in a family situation and with the emphasis on loving and caring and being responsible. Parents are welcome to be involved and to view any materials used. If you wish to withdraw your child from sex education, please write to the Headteacher.
Religious Education (RE)
RE teaching covers Christianity and other main religions of the world. The emphasis is on common themes, for example sacred texts, family life, signs and symbols etc.
There is a daily act of worship broadly based on Christian principles in accordance with the Education Act of 1988. If you wish to withdraw your child from receiving religious education or from attending the act of worship, please write to the Headteacher.