Children bring a wealth of learning experiences when they begin school. As a school we provide a curriculum which nourishes and fulfils those experiences. The National Curriculum does not formally start until children have completed their reception year.
We believe that many learning experiences can be taught through structured play activities when they first start school. This makes all learning as meaningful and motivating as possible. We encourage children to be active learners and frequently involve them in problem-solving situations. Working a great deal from observation and first hand practical experience enables children to be actively involved in the learning process.
Early Learning Goals:
Literacy: Activities encouraging children to develop early reading and writing skills.
Numeracy: Skills and attitudes developing early mathematical skills.
Physical Activity: Dance, gymnastics, games, large construction, bikes and toys for outdoor play.
Creativity: Developing and encouraging children's creativity through painting, model making, sand and water play.
The children also follow the Literacy and Numeracy frameworks in their Reception year.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Teaching children social skills, co-operation and their place in society.
Knowledge and Understanding: Developing children's awareness and familiarization with the world around them and past events.
The curriculum is made up of the following subjects in line with the National Curriculum:
Core Subjects Foundation Subjects
Religious Education Music
Information & Communication Technology Design Technology
(ICT) PE & Games
English is mainly taught through the structure of the National Literacy Framework. This is a daily lesson, developing the skills of reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. Literacy is also encouraged across the curriculum and we offer a variety of visits from theatre groups and storytellers to bring the curriculum alive.
Reading is an essential skill. Children need to read with accuracy, fluency and understanding, using a variety of approaches including phonic skills, word recognition and context clues.
Speaking and listening:
Developing speaking and listening skills is vital to a child's development. Children should be encouraged to offer their opinions and listen to others in a wide variety of situations.
Children should be taught to write confidently and fluently for a variety of purposes.
In order to achieve this, they need to develop proficiency in spelling, punctuation and grammar. We encourage children to develop a fluent cursive style in handwriting from an early age and attempt their own spellings using their phonic knowledge.
The school follows The National Numeracy Strategy, which is taught through a daily lesson.
Within the lesson there will be opportunities to develop oral and mental calculation, a main teaching activity which includes a large amount of direct teaching, and activities for pupils, either as a whole class, groups, pairs or individually. Lessons conclude with a plenary which can summarise learning, check misconceptions or target further learning.
Pupils at Kenn C of E School are encouraged to see the importance of maths in everyday situations and will be given a wide range of mathematical opportunities to apply their knowledge.
Science is a core subject. We aim to provide each child with a broad range of experiences, dealing with the world around them. Three main areas are covered:
· Life processes and living things
· Materials and their properties
· Physical processes
We encourage children to develop an enquiring and investigative approach when studying the above aspects.
Information and Communications Technology:
The school has an ICT suite with fifteen computers. Children have access to the internet, digital cameras and a wide variety of software to develop their expertise. We want to prepare your children for life in this increasingly technological world. There is a developmental scheme of work and children are encouraged to apply their ICT skills across the curriculum.
Through learning about different periods and cultures, children develop a sense of time and an understanding of how the past affects our lives today. Opportunities will be given to all children to find out about the past from a variety of resources available in the school; artefacts, books, internet, picture slides and videos. Fieldwork and visits are encouraged to extend this knowledge.
In Key Stage 1, children investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the UK or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also learn about the wider world and investigate geographical questions inside and outside the classroom; a wide variety of resources is available for them to utilise - maps, videos, photographs.
In Key Stage 2, children investigate and learn about people, places and the environment in the UK and abroad. They study how and why physical and human features are arranged and how places are linked to each other. They also recognise how people are influenced by and affect the environment.
Kenn C of E School aims to develop children's geographical skills, enabling them to observe, record and to communicate their ideas and information.
Design and Technology:
Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. Children are encouraged to:
· Learn skills and techniques to assist in their design and making
· Explore existing products
· Make and design using the above acquired knowledge
Links with other areas of the curriculum are encouraged and children are taught to handle tools and materials safely.
Art should be an enriching, exciting experience. Developing children's creativity is very important.
From Reception we encourage children to access a wide range of materials, media, tools and techniques. There is a planned programme of work, linked to other areas of the curriculum. Using a variety of stimuli, children need to have the opportunity to look, see, touch and enjoy, experiment and be taught as they produce their work throughout the school.
Our aim in PE is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
The National Curriculum requires pupils to plan, perform and evaluate a range of physical skills. All our pupils study games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Key Stage 2 pupils also study athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities. In all activities we encourage positive attitudes, high attainment, good sporting behaviour, co-operation, health awareness and safe practice. It is essential that appropriate PE kit is in school at all times.
The areas covered are:
· Performing and composing
· Listening and appraising
At Key Stage 1 children are encouraged to focus on maintaining a steady beat and rhythm, pitch and composition. At Key Stage 2 children extend the skills already acquired and develop an understanding of graphic scores and notation.
Children are encouraged to learn an instrument and peripatetic music teachers come into school to teach during or after school.
R.E. is taught throughout the school in accordance with the diocesan guidelines. It helps the children to gain a better understanding of Christianity and other faiths. As a church school we regularly attend services at St Andrew's. The vicar regularly leads assemblies and an Act of Collective worship is carried out every day in school
Religious education at Kenn C of E is concerned with putting our children on a pathway to understanding religion and with making a contribution to the development of their own beliefs and values. It is about encouraging in children a sense of awe and wonder.
The school follows the RE document agreed by Devon. There are two strands:
· Feelings and emotions
· Knowledge of particular religions
Children undertake a focused study of Christianity across both Key Stages and at Key Stage 2 there are also in-depth studies of Hinduism and Judaism.
There is an assembly each day which contains, as one element, a collective act of worship. The Headteacher leads assemblies on at least three days. Class teachers lead assemblies on other days.
Every second Friday, there is a sharing assembly; parents are invited to share in the celebration of work and achievements by the children. This is an informal occasion, bringing the school community together.
Parents have the right to request that their child should be partly or wholly excused from either the act of worship or Religious Education. Any request should be made to the Headteacher.
Health issues are linked to other subjects.
The school has a policy for Sex Education that is developmental and appropriate to the age and stage of the child. It is very much linked to our science scheme of work and is taught several times between the ages of 5-11. Parents are welcome to see our policy at any time.
Personal, Moral and Social Education:
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is a vital component of our school curriculum. It is usually taught through other subjects, but circle time to discuss and share experiences is a regular occurrence.
Spiritual development is concerned with children's understanding of self, their self-esteem and developing their reflective skills.
Social development helps children to recognise the role they play in society and the skills they need to develop.
We also need to ensure children understand the beliefs, values, customs, knowledge and skills across society.