The Science National Curriculum aims to build upon children's natural curiosity for the world around them.
By carrying out investigative work the children develop and acquire scientific knowledge and observational skills. First hand practical and investigative activities are seen as the basis upon which knowledge and understanding are achieved. We encourage all children to research factual knowledge to increase their own understanding and interest.
We highlight the importance of handling all apparatus with care and promote a safe working environment in which children can learn to work in co-operation with each other.
The children are encouraged to organise and record their results clearly and logically and are given opportunities to discuss and evaluate their findings.
Design and Technology
We aim to provide a range of opportunities to design, solve problems and think creatively using a variety of materials and equipment. We aim to promote safe working practices, co-operation and team work and highlight the need for self evaluation. Children are given the opportunity complete designing and making tasks, which build upon their skills and knowledge.
Computing involves the use of equipment for communicating ideas; from the telephone to the computer. Our aim is to develop confidence and independence in using computers, giving pupils the skills to access it in all areas of the curriculum.
At Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage the children are taught to use computers to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They learn how to use IT tools with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. In Key Stage 2 the children use a wider range of tools to support their work in other subjects. This teaching lays a strong foundation and prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world.
The Geography curriculum is concerned with the study of the world, the landscape’s features, the location of places and people, climate and the environment in which people live. We include global awareness as part of our whole school curriculum.
Outdoor studies of the local environment provide rich sources of information to be collected and processed. It is through practical investigations of this type that children acquire appropriate geographical knowledge, including map-reading skills. The understanding and knowledge gained can then be increasingly applied to peoples and places in the wider world.
Extensive opportunities for outdoor studies occur in the upper KS2 residential visits.
The History curriculum begins by giving children a sense of time, asking the questions 'Who am I?' and 'When and where am I?' At Early Years Foundation Stage and the past is concerned with the family, home, school and neighbours.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children develop an awareness of the past, and the chronological order of events and figures in history. As knowledge and understanding grow, particular periods and themes are investigated in a range of ways. These include:
- Exploring historical periods, people and places via stories
- Drawing on the child's own first hand experience;
- Direct investigation of artefacts;
- Study of the local surroundings;
- Using primary and secondary historical sources;
- Role-play, to develop historical imagination;
- Visiting speakers who recount their own experience.
Visits are made to sites of historical interest where this relates to topic work done in class.
Art and Design
All children are encouraged to enjoy creating ideas and developing these to produce their own individual and collaborative works of art.
Opportunities for art are provided from Nursery, throughout all year groups. Skills are gradually developed and refined as children grow older. Activities include painting, sketching, printing, clay work, model-making and textile crafts. Skills are taught and revisited during the children's time at school to develop individual talents. Each project is approached from differing angles to encourage the use of new ideas and experiences in each child's work.
By the end of Key Stage 2 children are expected to demonstrate a developing art vocabulary, a good knowledge of art history, an appreciation of art from other cultures and controlled skills in practical sessions.
Music is taught through a scheme ‘Music Express’ from year R through to Year 6. Children are encouraged to sing, play, listen to and discuss music. In Nursery, children have opportunities to sing, play percussion instruments and to listen to music.
Music lessons gradually develop to ensure all children have a wide musical knowledge by the end of Key Stage 2. The music curriculum encourages children to compose, perform, listen to and appraise music, including differing musical styles and music from various times and cultures.
Children are encouraged to learn independently and with others, in pairs, groups and as a whole class. They are invited to investigate ideas and instruments and use a developing vocabulary to discuss their learning.
We aim to develop all children as confident and keen musicians.
There are extra-curricular activities on offer where children can participate in the school choirs, African Drumming Team or learn to play an instrument. Instrument lessons are available for a fee of about £65 per term, or free for children who are eligible for free school meals. We are proud of the range of musical activities we offer our children. Our drumming team plays at local events and our choir participates in an annual concert at the International Centre with other local schools.
‘To see young children growing in physical skills, self-confidence and self-worth is a truly enriching experience.’
Duncan Goodhew, Swimmer.
In Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children are taught skills, knowledge and understanding and are enabled to select and applying these skills and evaluate their performance through dance, games and gymnastic activities.
In Key Stage 2, these skills are built on and the children also experience athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. They also have the opportunity of learning how to swim and be confident in the water.
The school uses ‘Sporting Influence’, a company who provide specialist coaches to enable children to experience a range of sports and to support teachers in the teaching of PE.
Religious Education is provided as part of the school curriculum and follows the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. Christianity and Islam are taught at KS1 and Christianity, Judaism and Islam are taught at KS2, when appropriate reference will also be made to other major faiths.
Through RE we aim to foster within each child empathy, sensitivity, understanding and respect for beliefs and practices, which may be different from their own. We encourage children to be aware of their own feelings and emotions, to have an enquiring, open mind and to develop an awareness of their own place within the shared religious beliefs and practices of families, schools and faith communities.
The 1988 Act requires that Collective Worship of a broadly Christian character, takes place on a daily basis for all pupils. On Mondays the whole school meets together for collective worship. On other days Foundation and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 meet separately. Usually these assemblies are led by the Headteacher or one of the class teachers, a local religious leader, a charity worker or another invited person. They cover such issues as; ‘treat each other as you would be expected to be treated yourself’, being honest, trying our best.
On Fridays whole school collective worship celebrates children’s achievements in school and birthdays.
It is the right of any parent or guardian to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship. If you wish to do this, please discuss this with the Headteacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Personal, Social and Health Education helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
The teaching of Drug Education is included in other subjects, particularly Science and PSHCE. We believe that Drug Education, allows children to have the necessary information they need to make informed decisions about what is harmful and what is not. We believe that responsibility for Drug Education should be shared with parents.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and Relationships Education, both teaching and raising awareness, is a responsibility we share with parents, families and the wider community. Sex and Relationship Education follows the policy and curriculum approved by the governing body. Children learn about physical, moral and emotional development and to understand the importance of; marriage and loving stable relationships, love, care and respect for themselves and each other. It recognises that there are different models for a successful family life. It is also about the teaching of sex and sexuality. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.
Most aspects of Sex and Relationships Education are covered through the National Curriculum subjects of Science and PSHCE. Parents do not have the right to withdraw their children from this.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons in years 5 and 6. Parents will be informed by letter when these will take place and are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns they may have with their child's class teacher.