Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. In our science lessons we link direct practical experience with ideas to engage our learners at every level. Welly walks form a key part of our science curriculum as we discover changes and events in our local environment. Through questioning we develop our ideas and explore theories. We discuss science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. We have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark at Silver level for the excellent provision of science in our school.
Children are taught number and calculation, shape and space and data handling skills. Much of our numeracy teaching takes a practical and problem solving approach and the children discover how maths surrounds them in everyday life. Children are part of the target setting process and aware of the next steps in their mathematical learning journeys.
Literacy is a skill for life and its value can be seen throughout the curriculum as well as in daily lessons. We encourage a love of reading and surround the children with an excellent variety of books both in the classroom and in the well stocked library. Our Creative Curriculum ensureswriting skills are developed through all subjects. All children take part in a school performance each year and we run poetry and debating events to help build the children’s confidence in speaking & listening which are enjoyed by all.
As a Church of England school our values and rules are rooted in our distinctive Christian ethos. Our RE sessions encourage children to ask and answer questions which develop their understanding about Christianity. Opportunities are then given to apply their ideas and questions to other World Faiths. Alongside RE, our daily Collective Worship is led by a range of community members. The voluntary organisation Open the Book, a representative from the Church, A member of the Senior Leadership Team and Class Teachers all play a part in delivering our Whole School Worships.
We are fortunate to have a Computer Suite which accommodates whole class teaching. Computing skills are taught and incorporated across the curriculum e.g. music composition, graphic art and programming and control of robots. Each of our class pages has been designed to encompass a blog in order to encourage the children to continue to develop their computer skills outside the classroom, they can then share this with their parents at home. We have a robust e-safety ethos in place which all of the children are aware of and adhere to.
All children in Key Stage 2 have Spanish lessons each week. Children learn the language much as they picked up their native tongue, through mimicking, songs, rhymes, stories and games. We have regular whole school assemblies in Spanish, where children practice songs and learn about Spanish culture as well as the place of Spanish in a global setting. In Key Stage 1 children listen to Spanish songs and learn basic vocabulary which they build on across the KeyStage. Each class devotes one term a year to exploring a story in depth from the Very Hungry Caterpillar (LaOruga Muy Hambrienta) to TheEnormous Turnip (El Nabo Gigante.) In Year 6 the children perform Little Red Riding Hood entirely in Spanish.
Music is taught as part of our enrichment programme and within the classroom. Peripatetic teachers visit the school weekly to teach optional music lessons in woodwind,string and brass instruments. The children enjoy performing in Collective Worship and for parents throughout the year.
Key Stage 1 Reading & Writing Schemes
EYFS Reading – Dandelion Readers, PIRA Reading Test Autumn & Summer Writing – No set writing scheme
Years 1 & 2 Reading – Dandelion Readers Schemes – this is a progressive phonic reading scheme using coloured levels following Book Bands classification. (Levelled) Guided
Rigby Star PIRA Reading Assessment Autumn/Spring/Summer.
Years 1 & 2 Writing – ‘Success for Writing’ & The National Curriculum expectations are used to assess writing.