The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, religious education and sex education.
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Every aspect of the children’s work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. However, we teach English daily as a discrete subject from Year 1 to Year 6 following the Primary Literacy Framework. Opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage are incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The school aims to establish confidence in the use of mathematics by ensuring that each child experiences success and is able to think clearly, and argue logically. We use exposition, discussion, appropriate practical work, practice of fundamental skills, investigational work, problem solving and the use of calculators and computers.
Through a thorough understanding of mathematics, children can present information, understand numbers, estimate, calculate and solve mathematical problems. They will be able to use mathematics in everyday situations.
We aim to develop a confidence and pleasure in the use of scientific skills, knowledge and concepts. We build on children’s natural curiosity and questions to develop children’s application of science in everyday life.
All children have access to computers in school to support their learning. Our intention is to give children the skills to be computer literate so that they are able to use ICT to support their learning across the curriculum.
We believe that the use of ICT should be embedded within all aspects of the curreculum so our computers are located in classrooms. We also have two fizz book trolleys which are accessed by all children in school.
Interactive whiteboards are in every classroom to promote learning. We use video conferencing, digital cameras and videoing equipment. We also have some kindles and i-pads which are use to enhance teaching and learning.
We are developing a School Learning Platform.
The teaching of RE is based on the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus, through which the children develop their knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism, as well as being made aware of Sikhism and Buddhism. This encourages them to recognise the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values, and develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people.
The children are also encouraged to develop an appreciation of the world in which we live and to reflect upon their responsibility towards it. RE aims to provide opportunities to enhance the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
Assemblies are mainly Christian in character, but include multi-cultural stories and information, as well as stories with a moral. We invite visitors to deliver the assemblies to enrich the children’s experiences. These include the Rev Lesley Ann Mattocks from St Andrew’s Church in Netherton. Collective worship is held for the whole school every day.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship. Please contact the Acting Headteacher in the first instance.
Please click on the link below for a report discussing current LA developments in R.E written by our R.E coordinator.