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Curriculum

The Core Subjects

In line with the Government’s recommendations, we teach Literacy and Numeracy daily.

English:

Our Teaching of English fulfils the National Curriculum areas of Spoken Language, Reading & Writing and Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation within integrated programmes.

The importance of English is reflected by our early implementation of the Partnership in Literacy Scheme. The children are given daily opportunities to take part in reading activities. The school has a well resourced and computerised library in which quality books are available for school use and borrowing.

The Ginn 360 reading scheme, supplemented by the Oxford Reading Tree and Progression in Phonics materials, forms the core reading material at Key Stage One. The Progression in Phonics material offers an enjoyable and systematic way of teaching phonics. Reading and enjoying books daily with your child is key to their success as a reader. Children are given frequent opportunities to practice their writing skills, across all areas of the curriculum. We aim to achieve a sensible balance between creativity and the important skills of handwriting, spelling and grammar. Oral work is encouraged at all levels.

 

Mathematics:

Our aim is to teach the skills of Number, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics (KS2) and Data Handling. We use a variety of equipment, materials and published schemes. Children will work individually, in groups and receive class teaching where appropriate. Activities include a traditional grounding in basic arithmetic. The children are given opportunities for investigative and practical activities which develop Mathematics as a tool for life.

 

Science:

In our teaching we aim to encourage investigative skills and the understanding of Science through exploration and observation. Children are given a full range of scientific activities from their earliest days in school. This is firmly based on practical and exploratory work which makes full use of the environment.

 

Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.):

Computing is taught through KS1 and KS2.  Our approach to the teaching of I.C.T. is as an integral part of curricular planning which aims to develop individual capability. Computers are used independently by the children throughout the school and within the curriculum areas.

 

Foundation Subjects

 

History and Geography:

The teaching of History and Geography aims to develop an understanding of changes which have taken place through time and of the world in which the children live.  These subjects are incorporated into our topic based teaching.

 

Art, Design and Technology:

The children have opportunities to use a wide range of materials and techniques in their Art and Craft work. Techniques in clay-work are developed through the use of our kiln.

In Technology the children are encouraged to select from a wide range of materials to design and create objects that fulfil functions or criteria. Structural apparatus is used to develop skills and understanding in some areas of Technology.

These subjects are also incorporated into our topic based teaching.

 

Music:

The music curriculum covers performing, listening, appraising and composing. Visiting tutors are available for guitar and keyboard and other instruments if demand is sufficient. The singing group and recorder group are active in school and community life.

 

Modern Foreign Languages:

In Years 3 and 4 pupils are taught Spanish and ‘Investigating Languages’.

In Years 5 and 6 French is taught for transition to High School.

 

Physical Education (P.E.):

The teaching of P.E. fulfils the National Curriculum, with swimming undertaken by Years 3, 4 & 5. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to develop physical and social skills through P.E. A healthy perspective of competition is promoted through team games including fixtures with other schools.

 

Sex Education:

Our Teaching of Sex Education is given in accordance with the 1986 Sex Education Act, which states that Sex Education “should be given in such a manner as to encourage pupils to have due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life.”  Parents are informed when such lessons are planned, and have the right to withdraw their child from participation, with the exception of any work required under the National Curriculum.

As a Church school, we seek to teach children the value of each person, the need to respect each other, and to combat prejudice in whatever form.  Sex Education is an important part of this work. The biological details will always be set within the context of a loving and caring relationship.

 

Religious Education and Collective Worship:

Religious Education is given in accordance with the 2012 Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at the school on request. Under the Education Reform Act 1988, a Christian assembly is held daily.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and the devotional part of assembly. Parents wishing to do so are invited to discuss the matter with the Headteacher, confidentially.

Members of staff, our vicar, groups of the children, and from time to time, other invited guests lead collective Worship.

We encourage the children to be aware of the needs of others, and to support charities of their choice on a regular basis.  The school has close links with the Parish Church. All children are encouraged to develop a tolerant and respectful attitude towards the faith and values of each person.

Parents are invited to join us for Class and Special Assemblies during each term and for services in Church to mark the main Christian festivals.

 

Assessment

We have a policy of continuous assessment, which allows us to be able to direct planning accurately. Detailed records are kept of achievement to monitor learning outcomes and ensure appropriate progression.