Curriculum

Our Curriculum

'UNITED IN ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE'

 

Our Aim

To provide a balanced, varied learning curriculum for all children. We endeavour to promote and foster confidence, independence, co-operation and self esteem throughout the time the children are in our primary school. The National Curriculum states that all state schools in England and Wales should provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:
 - promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
 - prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and 21st century           Britain.

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EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Children begin their learning in the EYFS. They benefit from well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas. Children work with a team of experienced staff. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. All children follow the EYFS curriculum at a stage appropriate for their age and development.

 

NATIONAL CURRICULUM KEY STAGE 1 AND 2 


A new National Curriculum was published in September 2014. This curriculum guides our teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2.

 

ENGLISH
English skills are taught in daily English lessons at both Key Stages. The focus is on the teaching of reading and writing with opportunities for children to listen and speak in many different situations across the curriculum. To make writing purposeful and interesting and develop and enhance opportunities to write and learn in different areas of the curriculum.
The enjoyment of books and a love of reading are fostered from the early stages of their education. The children have access to a range of books so that reading skills can progress.
We begin the teaching of phonics at the beginning of the Foundation stage. This gives the children confidence to attempt writing of their own and as they progress through the school these early strategies help them develop into fluent and confident readers and writers.
In class, reading is taught primarily through a guided group approach in which a group of children share a book together and are guided by the teacher to improve their decoding and comprehension skills.
Dram and role-play allow the children to explore their own feelings, develop speaking and listening skills and learn about the world around them.
In Key stage 2, children study a wied range of fiction and non-fiction texts, they use different genres for writing and are taught to draft and re-draft before producing their final piece of work. High expectations in correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence formation are emphasised.

In Key Stage One the pupils use a range of books that are banded on the PM benchmarking scheme.

 

MATHS
Our children are encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to mathematics from their earliest days in school.
Children are taught to value the importance of mental maths in their mathematical development. Knowledge, understanding and skills to develop numeracy are taught in the daily maths lesson and a wide range of experiences including practical, games, investigations and problem-solving activities are used.
Maths is used in a wide range of contexts to help children appreciate the purpose and relevance of mathematics in the real world.

 

SCIENCE
Science is essentially a practical subject intended to stimulate pupils' curiosity about the world around them. Science teaching helps children to develop enquiring minds and equips them with key skills, so that they are increasingly able to research answers to their own questions.
Our Science curriculum is based fundamentally on the principles that Science is good when it:
 - is relevant and related to real life, current topics of interest, and means something to us
 - Allows us to ask lots of questions and develop our vocabulary 
 - Lets us investigate and explore in a practical, hands on and experimental way
 - Challenges our understanding and encourages us to think about our scientific ideas
 - Encourages us to apply our knowledge, skills and understanding at home and at school
 - Gives us opportunities to work with others 
 - Enables us to use appropriate, high quality resources. 
 

COMPUTING
Information and communication technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which technology plays a growing part. Children throughout the school use ICT to support their learning across the curriculum.

 

HISTORY
History teaches children about the past. The children use historical artefacts and first hand experiences e.g. visits, as well as information books to find out about famous people, events and periods in history, beginning with their own past and family. This work helps children to develop many important skills including; understanding different points of view, interpreting information from more than one source, evaluating historical information and the ability to learn from past situations.

 

GEOGRAPHY
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world, using different scales of enquiry to help pupils do this. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, atlases and a range of investigatitive and problem solving skills, both inside and outside the classroom.

 

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Design Technology changes and affects the state of our world and life. Children are taught to combine their designing and making skills alongside their knowledge and understanding in order to construct products that satisfy need and challenges.

 

MUSIC
In Music the children experiment with voice, instruments and composition and become familiar with a variety of musical forms.

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
French is taught in all classes in the school and is used in some of our everyday routines. The children are given opportunities to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We also learn about France and French culture.

 

ART
Art gives children an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media such as pencil, crayon, ink, fabric, wood, clay, paper and plasticine. Manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Children study the work and techniques of a range of diverse artists and research art forms from other cultures.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Pupils are encouraged to reflect on different belifs and values particularly through their own experiences. Pupils learn about world religons and customs within them, as well as learning to respect others beliefs.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The PE programme promotes positive attitudes towards an active, healthy lifestyle. Pupils learn to manage success and failure in co-operative and competitive situations. We believe that by offerering a wide range of activities each child will experience enjoyment in some or all aspects of physical activity.
The children develop skills in movement and co-ordination through watching, listening and experimenting. they are given the opportunity to be creative and competitive, planning, performing and evaluating their work and the work of others. All children participate in gymnastics, games and dance activities. Children in Key Stage 2 are introduced to simplified versions of team games such as football, tag-rugby, netball, cricket, rounders and athletics.
 

PSHE
PSHE education involves all aspects of school life. We aim throughout the primary phase to provide a PSHE curriculum that will ensure children grow in confidence and recognise their own worth and the worth of others. the pupils learn basic rules and skills in order for them to lead confident, healthy independent lives. They learn about their own and others feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of others. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their environment.

 


 

 

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Nantwich Road, Middlewich CW10 0LN

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