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What do the children learn?
Our school strives to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which takes into account different levels of ability, and expects the best effort from each child. We aim to deliver a curriculum for life in the 21st century, which values the talents and provides for the needs of individuals, and reflects and develops the distinctive nature of our school.
The Foundation Stage
When children start school they join our Foundation Stage either as a nursery child (a caterpillar), aged 3 or as a reception child (a butterfly) aged 4.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum sets the standards, working in partnership with parents and carers, to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
Every child is unique and we aim to meet all their needs and support them in becoming confident and independent.
The EYFS curriculum will take into account the child’s developing intellectual, physical, emotional and social responsibilities. In the early years a strong emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of skills, which will be built on and developed throughout the school.
We aim to ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning with a range of activities and experiences. From September 2012, the three prime areas for learning are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
With 4 additional, specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design.
National Curriculum for children in
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
When children leave foundation stage they enter Year 1 and start the national curriculum which consists of Core and Foundation subjects, taught to all pupils of compulsory school age:
- English (reading, writing, spoken language)
- Religious Education
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Languages (currently Spanish)
+ PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education)
Lots of our work is related to topics which you can find out about on each individual class page and in the termly curriculum newsletters.
Programmes of study set out what should be taught within each subject.
A variety of teaching styles will be undertaken to ensure that each child experiences a broad and balanced curriculum at their own level. Pupil progress will be frequently monitored by regular teacher assessment and work will be readjusted accordingly. Curriculum planning and schemes of work will be undertaken jointly to ensure continuity and progression throughout the school. All staff in their roles as curriculum managers will closely monitor the curriculum and its resources. In service training will be undertaken to keep up with current issues and practices.
The overall aim of English is to enable pupils to develop their ability to listen, to speak, to read and to write which is central to all learning.
SPOKEN WORD -All children are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently in one to one, group and class discussions, drama and role-play. They are encouraged to listen attentively and to value the opinions of others.
Reading – word reading and comprehension
We use a variety of reading strategies and resources including ‘scheme’ books, storybooks, fiction and non-fiction with the aim of supporting the children in becoming enthusiastic, quality readers. Parental help in reading at home is a vital part of the children’s reading development. Children take part in a guided reading session every week along with a range of other reading activities on a daily basis. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 take part in a daily phonics session to support them is recognising letters and sounds for reading and writing. The fun sessions include games, songs and actions.
Words are made up from small units of sounds called phonemes. In phonics lessons we teach children to listen carefully and identify the phonemes. This helps the children to learn to read and spell words. Graphemes are also taught – the way we write the phoneme down. Phonemes are matched to graphemes and vice versa.
We are an ECAR school. We have achieved the core standards for Reading Recovery within Every Child a Reader and we aspire to the highest levels of literacy for all children.
Writing – transcription, handwriting and presentation, composition, vocabulary/grammar/punctuation
A wide range of skills is required to enable children to write for a variety of purposes. Throughout both Key Stages, all children are introduced to different styles and techniques to develop their writing. From the earliest stages, the content of all children’s writing is highly valued. Children are taught to form their letters correctly and to take pride in the presentation of their work. It is important that children become good spellers through knowledge and application of spelling patterns. GRAMMAR HAMMER is used to develop knowledge and understanding in grammar.
Mathematics – number & place value, addition/subtraction/division/multiplication, fractions, decimals, measurement, geometry/shapes/position, statistics/ratio, proportion/algebra
In this curriculum area we aim to achieve positive attitudes, encouraging all children to become confident mathematicians.
BIG MATHS: once a week the children spilt into ability groups across Key Stage 2 to focus on basic skills.
Science – It is important for children to relate science to their everyday lives. We encourage and develop pupils’ natural curiosity about the world. In their science work, children are given opportunities to gain skills and understanding through first-hand experiences, discovery and research. The National Curriculum is the basis for planning and in each Key Stage work is undertaken in these areas: working scientifically, plants, animals, materials, seasonal changes, living things/habitats, light, forces/magnets, rocks, evolution, earth & space, electricity, sound, states of matter.
Computing – We aim for children to become familiar with a range of information technologies and their skills to use them for a variety of purposes. For example, children have the opportunity to learn how to design, write and debug programs, use search technology and use technology safely.
As a school, we are linked to the Internet. We have laptops and ipads which are timetabled for use around school throughout the week. Parents and children are expected to sign an Internet agreement to allow its usage in school. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to enhance learning.
E safety is high priority in school and clear procedures are in place for the protection of children and staff.
History – Our children are encouraged to use enquiry and investigation to develop their awareness of the passage of time, and history’s effect on the present. They learn to present information in a variety of ways and use a wide range of resources. Children will develop an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world e.g. changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
Geography – We aim to help all pupils to develop a sense of ‘place’ and an understanding of their own country and the wider world. They do this through enquiry and investigation of a variety of localities through which they are taught appropriate skills and knowledge. The curriculum covers Locational Knowledge e.g. naming and locating the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans; Geographical Skills and Fieldwork e.g. using an atlas; Human and Physical Geography e.g. weather studies and Place Knowledge e.g. comparing contrasting regions around the world.
Design & Technology – This involves designing, making, evaluating and developing technical knowledge.
Our emphasis is on developing a positive attitude to personal improvement to enjoy physical activity and recognise its value to health. The curriculum covers the development of skills in Gymnastics, Team Games, Dance, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Athletics, Swimming and Water Safety. Swimming lessons are provided for Key Stage 2 pupils who are taught by an instructor at the local swimming baths. Children are expected to change for PE for safety and health reasons. We have been awarded the Sports Activemark for our high quality sports provision and Sainsbury’s School Games bronze and silver awards.
Music – The aim of music teaching in our school is to give all children the opportunity to take part in music making as an enriching and enjoyable experience. Music covers performing, listening to and evaluating music as well as learning to sing; understanding and exploring how music is created is also included.
Art and Design – We believe that art opens up our understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the world. We aim to excite interest and involve the children and develop their capacity to observe and learn about the world. We also aim to develop the creative, imaginative and practical skills needed to express ideas and feelings, record observations and design and make. Children will learn about colour, pattern, form, space, line, shape, tone, and texture. They will also be introduced to the work of a range of artists and of art from other cultures in order to develop appreciation of art around them.
Languages – the foreign language that we currently study is Spanish.
PSHE – personal, social, health and economic education) is about developing economic understanding, developing confidence and looks at relationships, emotions and changes. Circle Time, where children have the opportunity to talk about their feelings, is an important part of PSHE. This also includes sex and relationships education which is always age appropriate.
Religious Education – is based on guidelines set out in the Manchester Diocese published scheme of work. The teaching is mainly from the Christian standpoint but there are also elements of other religions that reflect the multi-faith nature of our local community. A parent has the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and may do so after consultation with the head teacher.
The daily act of worship is very important to us…it is broadly Christian in character but planned in such a way that all children, from whatever cultural background, can participate. Major festivals from other faiths are acknowledged and respected and the children encouraged to share in the celebrations. We believe knowledge encourages understanding and fosters good relationships. Significant Christian festivals are celebrated at Christ Church. The pupils also visit the church as part of their R.E. curriculum and to experience liturgical worship.
Assemblies take place each day within our school. Whole school assemblies are prepared and led by the head teacher and/or other members of staff or by the children themselves. Members of the local church community also contribute regularly to these assemblies. In preparing each assembly the need for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of your child will be taken into account.
A School Eucharist takes place each half term. Parents and members of the church community are invited to join us in the service.
We have a ‘church in school’ service once every half term for any child in school who wishes to take part.
Parents are invited to our Celebration Assembly which is every FRIDAY AT 9.10am.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from acts of worship and should consult with the head teacher if they wish to do so. It is extremely rare for parents to exercise this right.
Our school is made up of a rich variety of traditions and cultures. Your child will be encouraged to contribute appropriate skills and gifts in the spirit of offering and sharing, through class and good news assemblies.
A programme of health and sex education appropriate to the age and experience of the children is in place, delivered with sensitivity and within an appropriate moral framework. Much of this is concerned with appropriate relationships, respect for self and others, health education and, in the later stages, the biology of reproduction and drugs education.
Parents can withdraw their children from any elements of this programme, which falls outside the National Curriculum, but it is hoped that such a move would be discussed carefully with the school beforehand so that the implications are fully understood.
Massage in Schools Programme
The programme is an inclusive programme of positive touch and clothed peer massage which means the children give massage to each other on the back, head and arms wearing their normal school clothes. They take part in ten to fifteen minutes of massage every day.
Studies have shown that, when children give massage to each other, they become calmer, concentrate better and have more confidence. They learn to respect themselves and other children. Each child gives permission for massage to take place and gives a big ‘thank you!’ at the end of the session.