Subjects Covered in Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)
Knowledge and Understanding of this
Communication, Language and Literacy
Personal, Social and Emotional.
Subjects Covered in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1, Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6).
Core Subjects: English
Foundation Subjects: I.C.T
All subjects are taught in Class Groups with some setting taking place where there are mixed age classes. Staff plan work within School Curriculum Policies and Schemes for each subject. This may include cross-curricular or thematic approaches where staff feel this is appropriate.
The programmes of study in the National Curriculum emphasise the need to build on children's early language experiences to provide opportunities for them to extend their use of English. The National Literacy Strategy has been introduced to help in the delivery of the English Curriculum.
Children are encouraged to develop skills in :-
Speaking and Listening.
Writing for a variety of situations,
including the use of study skills.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
At all stages of development speaking and listening are an essential part of the Language programme. All children are given opportunities for discussion about a wide range of first hand learning experiences encountered inside and outside the school.
Throughout the school reading is given a high priority. In the early years children are encouraged in pre-reading activities and an enjoyment of books. As children develop they are given every opportunity to establish and improve reading strategies and skills and a careful check is made on children's progress.
Parents are encouraged to hear children read and to share books with them and this supports the regular supervised reading tuition in school.
Beside a wide range of books available in all classrooms there is a well-stocked library.
Children are taught to write for a variety of situations and close attention is also given to the teaching of grammar, spelling and handwriting.
Mathematics teaching aims to fulfil the requirements of National Curriculum levels 1-5 in order to help equip children with the skills needed for living in an ever- changing society. The National Numeracy Strategy has been introduced to help with the delivery of the Mathematics Curriculum.
Children are provided with wide and varied experiences of number work. measuring activities, shape and space. algebra and data-handling. The use of calculators and computers is also encouraged.
Great emphasis is put upon problem-solving and investigative work which gives children an opportunity to put their mathematical skills into practice and to develop enquiring minds. Above all children are encouraged to enjoy maths.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Science and Technology have an important place in the Curriculum and the School has developed a policy & scheme throughout the School to ensure that the requirements of National Curriculum are met. An active learning approach is designed to allow each child to reach his/her own level of attainment.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Information Technology is a cross curriculum area. A computer is available for use in each classroom and software is continually monitored and updated. Children have regular access to the ICT suite. Extra peripheral devices are also available for use by the children. Children and Staff have access to the Nation Grid for Learning via the Internet on the school’s NGfL Computers. We are currently part of The Smethwick Learning Network.
Topic work encompasses the history, geography and aspects of environmental studies.
In meeting the requirements of National Curriculum children are encouraged to develop knowledge concepts, skills and attitudes which help them understand more about the world in which they live.
Emphasis is placed on the use of historical sources e.g. maps, photographs and good use is made of the local environment for walks, studies and visits.
CREATIVE ACTIVITES .
A wide variety of experiences is offered in all aspects of creativity including Music, Drama, Art, Design and Technology and Cookery. In line with National Curriculum children are encouraged to try as many different media and techniques as possible. There is a considerable amount of specialist equipment in school.
It is hoped that children will learn to understand and appreciate all forms of art, music and drama and develop an enjoyment through their participation. We also have a Music and Brass group to boost studies in these areas with specialised instructors.
Every child has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of challenging activities including gymnastics, athletics, games activities, dance and swimming. A change of clothing e.g. tracksuit, shorts, tee-shirt and pumps is necessary for P.E. Year 3 children upwards need to have swimming kit as they will be having regular sessions at a local swimming baths during the Autumn Term.
ART AND CRAFT
A wide variety of artistic experiences are provided
for all of our children. An old shirt is advisable for these activities so that some protection is provided during painting lessons.
Religious Education is non-denominational and has a bias towards Christianity, although other major world religions are studied to promote sensitivity and understanding within schools.
In Religious Education the school aims to assist children's personal development, particularly with regard to relationships with others and to encourage a respectful and sympathetic outlook with an appreciation of the rich diversity of culture and beliefs in the world. Parents may, if they wish, request that their child is withdrawn on these occasions by a written request to the headteacher. Where parents request withdrawal alternative work or activities are arranged by the child’s class teacher.
PERSONAL, HEALTH AND SOCIAL EDUCATION (PHSE )
Regular lessons are planned for PHSE to encourage children to develop a sense of social identity and responsibility and also educate children about a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Children's questions are answered sensitively and appropriately as or when they arise e.g. in a science or topic lessons. The School Nurse also talks to upper school girls regarding menstruation and personalhygiene in the Summer Term. Parents are informed of this date.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Each child's progress is monitored carefully and if a child appears to have special educational needs extra support is provided by highly trained Support staff, lead by a Learning Support Manager.
We also have a team of Learning Mentors.
All parents are welcome to come to school to discuss any concerns they have regarding their child's education.
The school tries to make effective use of the local environment and classes frequently use the immediate neighbourhood and the Sandwell Valley for walks and studies.
The school aims to give as many children as possible the opportunity of spending some time away from home, and believes that these experiences encourage the development of social skills and independence.
Annual visits are organised to one of the Sandwell residential centres or to other educational centres. The local educational authority safety guide-lines are carefully observed and insurance cover is acquired if necessary. Parents may take out additional insurance cover, if they wish. The Governing Body has adopted the charging policy of the Local Education Authority.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SPORTING AIMS
Aim - We aim to encourage children to participate in sport through the P.E. Curriculum and ,where staff expertise exists, to organise school teams in major games participating in friendly and where possible competitive matches.
Children are encouraged to participate in clubs wherever possible and these may be organised after school or at lunchtimes. Parents are informed and permission is sought when arrangements for clubs are made. Currently the following Extra-Curricular Activities take place:-
Football coaching from West Bromwich Albion Community Coaching Scheme.
Cricket (Wrigley’s Quick Cricket Competition)
Regular Off-Site visits to local places of interest and Educational Visits further a field are organised by staff.
Residential courses at Sandwell LEA Centres.
In order to provide an opportunity for all children to learn to swim, children have nine weeks swimming provision in year 5.