Sun Jul 21 2019

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Our school follows the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. From September 1st 2014 we are implementing the new National Curriculum.

Children in the Foundation Stage have a play based curriculum covering 3 prime areas of learning- Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development- and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. 

The subjects for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are:
  
English
Mathematics
Science
History
Geography
Music
Art and Design
Design & Technology
Computing
Physical Education
French ( at Key Stage 2)
 
 P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social & Health Education) is also taught throughout the school.
 
All children are taught about where food comes from and how to cook healthy meals.
 
RE is taught in line with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus.
  
ENGLISH 
The curriculum for English covers Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
 
We aim to develop children’s understanding and use of the spoken word, so that they are able to express themselves effectively and coherently.
 
Children are encouraged to acquire the habit of reading for enjoyment and to develop the use of books in the wider learning process. Our reading books are levelled so that we can ensure that children are reading at the best level to ensure their progress. Parents are encouraged to read regularly with their children, and a diary is provided for any comments or questions parents may have relating to their child’s progress. As the children progress through the school they are encouraged to read independently and a wide range of books are freely available from the school library. The school uses ‘Letters and Sounds’ to develop the children’s understanding of phonics.
 
In writing, we want the children to develop the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language for a variety of purposes and audiences. 
 
MATHEMATICS
 
Our aim is to develop the children’s confidence in handling mathematical concepts through practical activities, constructive play and approaches outlined in the National Curriculum. This is supplemented with a variety of work from other sources to show how maths is an essential tool in the world around us.
 
Children are encouraged to use mental calculations and are taught their multiplication tables. The use of calculators is taught where appropriate for older children.
 
SCIENCE
 
In science children are taught the skills of observation, investigation and problem solving. We aim to stimulate a child’s interest and curiosity in the characteristics and behaviour of living and non-living things and natural phenomena.
 
Most areas of the syllabus will be taught through specific subject areas such as electricity and magnetism, whilst others may be taught through cross-curricular lessons. 
 
Through this combined approach we hope to develop enquiring minds and problem solving skills.
  
HISTORY
 
Through history, children can learn and understand about the past and its influence on the way we live today. It involves our children studying men, women and children from different cultures and countries and interpreting their achievements critically. Where possible lessons are brought to life with visits or visiting speakers. In the past these have included a Victorian school, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and the local parish church.
 
GEOGRAPHY
 
Within Geography children will study their local area, localities within the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other countries.
 
As with History, visits are planned wherever possible.
 
MUSIC
 
We aim to develop children’s ability to listen to, perform and compose various patterns of sound.
 
 Music is taught as a discrete subject and links are made to other areas of the curriculum when appropriate. For example a child may be required to design and build a particular musical instrument as part of a design technology project.
 
 There are opportunities in Key Stage 2 to have brass tuition and all children in Years 5 and 6 learn to play the clarinet. There is a school choir for those talented in this area.  
  
ART
 
We aim to develop observational and manipulative skills by giving children the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of media including paint, clay, fabrics and wood. Children are encouraged to look at the work of past and contemporary artists, to explore the different ways art may be created.
 
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
 
Children are involved with the planning, design and building of various objects and will learn how to solve specific problems as they arise. This subject will often have links with art, science and maths.
 
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
From September 2014, all children in Key Stage 2 will be taught French.
 
COMPUTING
 
We have a computer suite, which has 15 PCs and an interactive whiteboard. 
In addition to these:
Class 1 has 2 PCs, an interactive whiteboard, an overhead projector and a laptop.
Class 2 has a PC, an interactive whiteboard, an overhead projector and a laptop.
Class 3 has a PC, an interactive whiteboard and an overhead projector.
 Class 4 has a PC, an interactive whiteboard, an overhead projector and a laptop. 
Computing is taught as a discrete subject but is used throughout the curriculum.
  
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious education is given in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. (a copy of which may be viewed on request). The overall aim is to help pupils understand what religion is and to respect faiths other than their own.
 
PE
 
The school has extensive facilities for sport and PE including a well-equipped gymnasium, a large playing field, a hard play area and an adventure playground. In 2011 the school was awarded the Norfolk High Quality PE Award.
 
We aim to develop control, co-ordination and physical mobility and flexibility. We hope that children will develop an awareness of their own potential and an appreciation of fair play and honest competition as well as the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
 
P.E lessons encompass a variety of sports including football, basketball, cricket, rounders, gymnastics, dance and athletics. The school holds a Sports Day in the summer term and also takes part in the area sports event held once a year at the Downham Academy.
 
Years 5 and 6 go swimming for part of the year at the Downham Market swimming pool.
 
PHSE
 
A range of topics are studied throughout each Key Stage including Keeping Healthy, respecting differences, Bullying and being a Good Citizen.
 
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
 
The governors have agreed that sex education should be taught in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum and when it occurs as a natural development of other areas of the curriculum.
 
The children in Year 5 and 6 have Sex education lessons in mixed classes and parents will be informed in advance when it is to be taught. Anyone wishing to remove their child from these lessons is invited to discuss their concerns with the Head Teacher.
 
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
 
There are daily acts of worship, which include the singing of a hymn and a prayer. The rector visits weekly to lead assembly. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship this can be discussed with the Head Teacher at an appropriate time.
 
  
 
There is a two year cycle to the curriculum to ensure that mixed age classes are catered for.
 
 www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf