Worship at Georgeham School provides a major opportunity to express the Christian ethos of the school community. It is a time when our individual integrity is respected and all faiths are valued. Caring relationships, vision, values and an awe of the world around us all play a part in this important daily celebration. As a school we encourage dialogue with parents, so that any concern about any activity is discussed to avoid misunderstanding and confusion.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship.
Parents who wish to exercise this right should contact the Head teacher.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION AND CITIZENSHIP
We are further developing the whole area of PSHE through the SEAL project. (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning.) This is a programme of learning to help children appreciate themselves and others, to keep safe in all circumstances, to keep healthy physically and mentally, to learn about the importance of loving and stable relationships and to take on responsibility in their own community and the wider society.
As well as taking specific curriculum time each week children may be in the spotlight and so are the focus of positive and helpful remarks by their peers. The whole school is also divided into family groups so that everyone becomes used to being with children of different ages and helping each other in all sorts of ways. The children have a School Council where problems can be brought forward and a solution sought. The school achieved the Healthy Schools Award in July 2006.
A positive home / school partnership is crucial in this central core area of learning.
We acknowledge and value the role of parents and carers in nurturing their child's language skills before starting school and continuing through their time in school. Literacy is seen as crucial for children to enjoy and develop in all areas of the curriculum. We place great emphasis on the need to speak clearly and to listen carefully and actively to others. These skills are learned and developed throughout the school. Reading for enjoyment is seen as the key to developing successful readers. Sharing books in school and at home from Reception stage onwards is encouraged and we have a wide range of books to appeal to all tastes and abilities. Competence in writing is encouraged by presenting children with a wide variety of reasons for writing, from writing a shopping list through to writing an extended story of adventure! The staff teach the literacy skills and cover the range of text as advocated by the Literacy Framework and set them within the context of the whole school curriculum.
The School offers a range of mathematical activities to all its pupils in number, algebra, shape, measurement and data handling through the Numeracy Strategy. We recognise the value of practical work, investigations, calculator-based activities, computer skills and mathematical games. Applying mathematical skills and knowledge to real-life situations is vital and we endeavour to make the learning of mathematics meaningful and enjoyable emphasising the need for mental strategies and enabling the children to solve problems in a variety of ways.
We aim to teach science through practically based investigations, initially using the child's own environment as a stimulus. The children will be introduced to many scientific concepts and skills which together will encourage them to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem-solving, developing skills in observation, communication and prediction.
Information technology and especially computer based knowledge is an important part of our lives today. All classes have interactive whiteboards and all children have access to computers, video equipment and digital cameras, as well as audio recording equipment. We teach skills needed to use the programmes but the emphasis is as a tool, when appropriate, to enhance skills taught by the teacher in the classroom. The technology therefore reinforces concepts and ideas in an exciting and creative way.
History means a study of the past and how it affects life today. Children in the early years will begin by looking at events within their own memory. Children learn about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. We aim to arouse an interest in the past and an understanding of it, together with skills of interpretation, investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication.
Geography aims to stimulate children's interest in their local surroundings and in the variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth. The techniques and skills necessary for geographical enquiry are also taught. Comparing and valuing our locality with others is a very important aspect of Geography and Citizenship. We have a link with Kiigya School in Uganda and Amigos International to support our work about a contrasting location.
All classes participate in Religious Education and our scheme of work is based on the Devon Approach to R.E. We aim to help children develop an understanding of the Christian faith and other world religions and lead them to an understanding of social and moral values. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. However it is hoped that all pupils will take part.
Art activities aim to develop creativity and self-expression, with children given the opportunity to explore the relationship between line, shape, colour, texture and materials. Children will learn from the work of famous artists and gain experience in using a wide range of media such as paint, wood, card, dye and clay.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
This involves designing and making, using a range of materials and components. Construction, food technology, textiles, materials and control systems are some of the areas covered. Bookmaking skills are taught and the mounting and display by children of their own work, is considered important.
Throughout the School, children will be involved in activities, which aim to develop their ability to perform and compose music. We try to do one large inclusive performance each year for the community. The children will also have opportunities to listen and respond to music from a variety of musical traditions. For those children who wish to, there is the opportunity to take part in music tuition, where they can learn to play wind, string, brass or keyboard instruments. Recorder and guitar is taught in school and all KS2 children have the opportunity to work as part of a class instrumental ensemble with Des Miles, our talented classical guitar teacher.
SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education is very important in our school and vital for a healthy lifestyle. We have the Activemark Gold award and this encourages children, through enjoyment, to lead a healthier lifestyle. They will become more skilful, understand a variety of sports and P.E. activities and manage success and failure in competitive and co-operative situations.
Children will experience a range of sports and physical activities such as football, netball, tag rugby, cricket, rounders, short tennis, gymnastics, athletics, dance and outdoor adventurous activities. We use the Village Hall, our playgrounds, the hall and the playing field. We work together with neighbouring schools and the Braunton Learning Community both to cooperate with courses and challenge with competitions and festivals.
Our standard of swimming is very good and we aim for all Year 6 children to swim 50 m in the deep end of a pool and be able to use skills for water safety and survival. Living so close to the sea this is a priority. We target and teach children in KS2 but many parents take their children to swimming lessons and local clubs prior to this where the provision is excellent. There is a flourishing pre-school group and any parents wishing to know more should speak to the head teacher.
We take part in tournaments as a school and we also encourage children to join clubs outside of the school ones. We have the Activemark Gold award.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
We know that most parents want to play a major part in helping to prepare their children for the physical and emotional changes inherent in growing up. There is a policy to offer Sex and Relationship Education at Georgeham School and this is complementary to parents' roles and aims to give children confidence about, and knowledge of, the processes and challenges of growing up. This preparation is broad based and is given within an age appropriate curriculum throughout the school. At all stages children are encouraged to value relationships, family life and to consider issues of right and wrong.
Throughout the school, the school nurse, teachers and other agencies work together to provide a structure based on choices and healthy lifestyles. Parents are fully informed about these sessions in advance and are invited to watch the videos.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationship Education
Parents who wish to exercise this right should contact the Head teacher..