Growing, Learning Laughing, Succeeding... Together!
'Our child enjoys the wide variety of activities and experiences that are available to try. Every
child is encouraged to enjoy learning in a positive way.'
Quote from Parent Questionnaire Feedback - April 2017
“The curriculum is to be thought of in terms of activity and experience rather than of knowledge
to be acquired and facts to be stored”
Whilst following the DfE National Curriculum, as a school we aim to develop lively enquiring minds with the ability to question and argue rationally. We aim to enable our children to be well motivated both mentally and physically for success in the wider world.
We put great emphasis on the teaching of reading skills from Reception to Year 6 as part of our daily routine, including ‘quiet’ reading sessions. We have a wide range of reading scheme books, providing children with modern, up-to-date and interesting books. We aim to develop confidence in all areas of the children’s writing development. By the end of Key Stage 2, we expect children to be competent writers using accurate and at times complex punctuation, spelling and grammar. The importance of speaking and listening forms a key part of the curriculum and provide opportunities across the curriculum for children to engage in a variety of situations where they can develop confidence in presenting their views to one another.
Children follow a programme of scientific study which covers four main aspects:
In History in Key Stage 1, the children learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They are encouraged to draw on immediate family history and to explore the historical background and way of life of people in the past and beyond living memory. A broader, more structured understanding of people and civilizations are developed at Key Stage 2, with a focus on learning such as:
In Geography At Key Stage 1, the children investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom and abroad. They begin to ask geographical questions through the use of maps and photographs. At Key Stage 2, they investigate a greater variety of people, places and environments, both in the UK and abroad. Key skills such as following directions, map reading and map making are covered, as are weather observations, surveys and data collection.
The school follows the Wiltshire agreed syllabus for Religious and Moral Education. RE in the school is based on Christianity while taking into account the rich variety of other cultures and faiths. Children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and to develop an awareness of their own spirituality, as well as a sense of respect for the beliefs of others.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught in our school from Year 1 onwards by a specialist French Teacher.
Numeracy starts in the Foundation Stage with play activities, which develop mathematical concepts and language. From this, children move on to develop their knowledge and understanding in the key areas through calculation and problem solving activities. There is an emphasis on mental calculation with daily Mental Maths sessions from Year 1 upwards. Children are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and the ability to discuss their work and strategies used.
Information Technology (IT) and Computing
IT is used to enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum. All learning is linked to class topics and is developed through: digital literacy - using IT to find, check and share information; digital skills - controlling and programming simulations and models, creating presentations and collecting and analysing data; e-safety - using and sharing information safely and legally; technology in the world; and technical understanding. We have invested in the Rising Stars scheme which encourages pupils to use IT in real roles such as game designers and architects whilst using up to date tools such as Scratch and Sketch-up. All classes have interactive whiteboards and banks of five computers and from Year 3 upwards children are taught keyboard typing skills
Children have the opportunity to experience a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting and 3D work. They are taught to view critically and appreciate paintings and artefacts of artists and others (including each other) and will be encouraged to try out and include the styles and techniques in their world.
DT provides children with experiences by means of which they can discover the mechanisms of everyday objects. Children plan and make working models and evaluate and modify the results
The school has a specialist music teacher who provides the children opportunities to perform and compose with a variety of instruments. Orchestra is held every week and music performances take place in church and in concerts. Specialist teachers give lessons in strings. woodwind, brass, keyboards and guitar. There is a charge made for these lessons.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE)
PSHE is designed to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy lives and become responsible citizens. At Key Stage 1 they find out about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities. At Key Stage 2 the children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals. They become more mature, independent and take increasing responsibility for their decisions and actions.
Sex and Relationships Education
This area of the curriculum is treated with sensitivity and care. Children’s questions are answered with thought for their age and level of understanding. The older children are introduced to the process of puberty through sessions led by the school nurse.