Statement of Curriculum Aims
We hope that the time children spend at our school will be profitable and that their experiences with us will provide a sound base for future education. To this end our aims are:
1. To help each pupil to achieve full potential, encouraging individuals to become independent, self-motivated and self-disciplined members of school and society.
2. To ensure that our pupils become literate and numerate and are able to develop strategies for applying scientific, rational and critical thought, recognise and appreciate aesthetic creativity and have opportunities to be creative themselves in a wide range of activities.
3. To provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum allowing for pupils' differing abilities and aptitudes that leads to success for every child.
4. To provide a happy, interesting and exciting environment in which children will find security, humanity and curiosity so that they enjoy coming to school.
5. To ensure that children become enthusiastic, alert and responsible with an enquiring mind, an ability to communicate and a love of learning.
6. To build confidence, self respect and a positive self image in each child and in turn to help pupils to work co-operatively with politeness and consideration for others: to encourage pride in the school and community and to establish high standards in work and behaviour.
7. To enable each pupil to develop physical awareness and expertise, stressing the virtues and values of healthy living and an understanding of the wonder and working of the human body.
8. To develop in pupils a respect for other people’s cultures and origins, recognising the valuable contribution made by them; moreover to reject racist attitudes, language and behaviour.
9. To provide opportunities for spiritual growth and to emphasise the miracle of our being, the world and the universe. To help children to empathise with religious believers and to consider their own beliefs.
10. To give pupils the beginnings of an awareness of the workings of economic and political structure and the interdependence of people in small and large communities.
11. To develop an understanding of local and global ecological links and to encourage a respect and concern for the environment.
12. To prepare pupils for an ever changing world of work and leisure
CURRICULUM PLANNING AND TEACHING STYLES
The curriculum is taught by teams of teachers who plan together to provide the same curriculum, using a variety of strategies which include whole class teaching, group teaching, sets according to ability in Maths and English and individual work when necessary. Special learning programmes are drawn up to cater for children who are gifted or talented or who may be experiencing significant learning difficulties. Within each year group we make use of teachers' subject expertise, where possible, to enhance the quality of the children's education.
CHILDREN'S PROGRESS: ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Progress in learning is recorded by all teaching staff and they will be happy to give advice, reassure you and suggest ways in which you can help. Formal assessment using statutory test materials takes place at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6).
Children in other year groups are also assessed using school-designed tests and activities. You will receive a written report in the summer term that will detail your child's progress and development in school. Two consultation evenings are held during the year but parents should not wait for these evenings to discuss any problem that may arise; the Headteacher and Staff are always available, though an appointment may help us to give you a little more time.
If you have any worries about progress please don't be afraid to ask.
Young children are frequently very tired after a day at school and it is right that they should be able to relax and ‘charge up their batteries' in the evening. For this reason weekly homework is light in the infant department and is likely to include reading practice, a short spelling task and a little number work. This will be increased in the junior years so that by Year 6 there is a daily homework activity. From Reception year onwards children will bring home books to read aloud with their parents. Although the time spent will vary it should always be pleasurable and never excessive.
As children enter the junior department there will be initially small amounts of other work to complete at home but on no occasion should this take more than thirty minutes. As the child becomes older more time is spent which will be connected with their topic or to reinforce or complete work done in lessons. If a child wishes to spend a longer period of time they should have every encouragement to do so. Good habits need to begin at an early age.
Homework is not set in the case of short minor illness but a child who is convalescing after a longer illness or operation may need some work planned and teachers will be very ready to advise you about this. Where a child is experiencing particular difficulties, the teacher, in consultation with the Headteacher and Special Needs Manager may suggest a programme of homework which we hope parents will support.
It is not our policy to set homework to cover leave of absence for holidays as we feel that this creates a disproportionate burden for teachers and without teaching input can lead to confusions and misconceptions. We also must point out that unbroken attendance is important to the continuity of a child’s education.
If you require further information about the curriculum other than as shown on the website, please contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to help.