National Curriculum Key Skills
We aim to make connections between subjects and to apply the following skills and ethos across the curriculum so that our children can see the relevance of the individual subjects to real life situations. To look beyond themselves, ask ‘big questions’ and think globally about life and develop an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural world. Topics covered in each year group can be seen further down the page.
We keep the silver thread of Micah 6:8 relevant in everything we do and the National Curriculum Key skills are no exception. It is possible when engaging in all aspects of the curriculum to reflect on how what we learn fits in with our friendships, helping others and the wider community.
Communication involves speaking, listening, reading and writing. Opportunities are provided in English in particular, and through pupils’ use of language across the curriculum.
|Application of Number||
Application of number includes developing a range of mental calculation strategies and associated mathematical language. Pupils need to develop the ability to use and apply these skills across subject areas and to solve problems in real-life situations.
Pupils are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They are given opportunities to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals and learn how to select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices.
|Working with Others||
Working with others includes the ability to contribute to small-group and whole-class discussions and to work with others to meet a challenge. All subject areas provide opportunities for pupils to share experiences and benefit from what others think, say and do.
|Improving Own Learning and Performance||
Improving own learning and performance involves pupils reflecting on and critically evaluating their work and what they have learnt, and identifying ways to improve their learning.
Problem solving involves pupils developing the skills and strategies to solve the problems they will face in learning and in life. Pupils need to have opportunities to respond to the challenge of problems and to plan, test, modify and review progress needed to achieve particular outcomes.
Sex & Relationships
The programme of study is based on a holistic approach that runs from Reception through to Year 6. Each year the children’s knowledge will be built upon and developed so by the end of Year 6 they are ready to deal with any issues in high school. The Sex and Relationships policy is closely linked to the personal, social and health curriculum and is based on family life and personal relationships. Staff are encouraged to answer any questions with integrity and sensitivity.
Should parents wish to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships lessons they may do so after consultation with the headteacher.
It was decided after careful consultation with governors and parents that we would introduce a drugs awareness element to our Science Curriculum. It forms only a small part of our programme, but our aim is to educate children to make their own informed decisions about the use of drugs based on a sensitive understanding of the issues involved.
The Music curriculum runs through the school from Reception to Year 6. Additionally, Year 4 have an opportunity for brass, guitar and samba drumming lessons, each term at no cost. Through outside music tutors, the school offers private tuition for most instruments.
We have a lovely vegetable patch ‘The Cultivation Station’ created by our parent volunteers. All of the children in school are helping to look after this area with help from parents, grandparents and staff. It is important to us that the children develop an awareness of, and a responsibility for, global issues which affect their lives and the lives of others around the world. In growing food and understanding the importance of weather and good soil they will begin to appreciate the difficulties that others around the world encounter.
We offer a broad, balanced and creative curriculum to ensure our pupils are engaged and challenged to achieve their full potential. To find out what is happening termly in each year group click on the links below.