Our curriculum aims to provide a broad, strong and balanced base for future learning.
The school has policies for all subjects to ensure the National Curriculum is fully covered. We use an integrated approach; often our work is topic based. Children are treated as individuals, and progress at their own pace and level of understanding.
Children’s activities include reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, speaking and listening. We have a wide selection of fiction and factual reading books which children take home regularly. There is also a well-stocked library at School. Parents provide support as a reading partner at home and contribute to the child’s reading record book. We also operate a lending library from the library in the School Hall.
Maths work is very practical and is supported by the Numeracy Framework. There is far greater emphasis on developing mental strategies at Key Stage 1 and less recording, especially in Reception and Year 1.
Our science work is based on investigation and observation and involves much exciting practical work.Our wildlife garden provides us with a wonderful outdoor classroom.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
We have 5 computers in each classroom and interactive whiteboards in each class which enhance the curriculum. ICT is taught as a discrete subject so the children learn the specific skills. It is also embedded within the whole curriculum, so the children use their skills to access other information for topic based work.
We offer Religious Education and daily collective worship. We are affiliated to St. Oswald’s Church and most of the teaching is based on Christianity. We also respect other world religions.
P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship
We promote a very caring school community where everyone can feel safe to be themselves and respond to life and each other and develop an awareness of peoples throughout our world.
Art, Music and P.E. – "The Creative Arts"
Inspiring creativity is a joy and a privilege. Within each year group children are inspired to be creative through topic work, meeting different artists and working with a variety of mediums. Each child has 2 hours of quality PE a week as well as having the opportunity to go swimming in Year 2.
History and Geography
We are fortunate to be part of a historic market town, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our history and geography work therefore is very practical and makes full use of our rich environment.
Sam, our doll, goes away on holiday with staff and children to widen everyone’s awareness of our world. Please ask if you need it! Don’t forget to take some photographs.
Technology is linked to project work and children have plenty of opportunity for designing, making and testing the objects of their ideas.
Spiritual and Moral Development
We aim to help children develop a sense of confidence and responsibility. This is achieved through consistent high expectations, the School ethos, our Behaviour Code (including rewards and sanctions) and the R.E. curriculum.
Social/Moral attitudes and skills are also developed in class discussion, circle time, individual chats and through stories and drama.
We believe very strongly that children’s questions should be answered honestly at a level appropriate to their age.
The governors have a policy for Sex Education teaching and this is available on request. Sex Education at infant level is mostly concerned with growing and changing but also emphasises caring relationships.
All policies are on file at School and you are welcome to read these as they give more detailed information in specific areas.