Our Curriculum

Our curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National
Curriculum and gives our pupils the widest possible educational opportunities.
It caters for the development of the whole child with a balance between the
academic and creative.
Children are taught as individuals, group members and as a class unit,
according to their needs.

Great emphasis is placed upon creating the right environment in which learning can flourish.
The core subjects followed are Mathematics, English, Science and I.C.T.The
foundation subjects are History, Geography, Design Technology , Art, Music,
P.E., R.E. and modern languages (French). In all subjects children work at their own level within the programmes of study.

All children take part in mathematics lessons. Lessons usually consist of three parts, firstly mental calculation warm up, followed by the main activity where pupils work as a whole class or in groups, and finally the plenary where pupils share their work.Mathematics covers the following five main areas:

a) Numbers – the number system
b) Calculations
c) Solving problems
d) Handling data
e) Measures, shape and space

We provide excellent resources for all our pupils with each class having a wide range of practical apparatus with further resources stored centrally.

Children experience up to thirty minutes of direct class teaching covering word level, sentence level and text level work. This aids the development of a wide range of reading and writing skills. A wide range of literature is used including fiction, non fiction and poetry. We also place great emphasis on the development of speaking and listening.Pupils then work independently on a range of tasks while the teacher focuses on a specific group for guided reading and/or writing.

A plenary session concludes the work when the pupils have the opportunity to discuss their work and learning.

We believe that Science is a continuous process which helps our pupils to develop an understanding of the world around them. Our aim is to develop scientific understanding, knowledge and skills through practical investigations, research and teacher led demonstrations.The concepts we aim to develop are:

Forces, energy, change, the interdependence and relationships of living things and human influences on the world. We value our pupils own questions and, wherever possible, use them as starting points for further investigations. In order for our pupils to achieve the highest standards in Science we feel it is important to develop specific skills of increasing complexity as the progress through school.
The safe use of equipment is promoted at all times.

This area of the curriculum is constantly developing and expanding and is a vital part of the children’s development and learning for the future. We aim to make children aware of the uses and applications of a range of software and to be able to use the ICT equipment independently.We have a dedicated computer suite, with internet access which all children are able to use.

The suite contains p.c.’s, scanners and printers.

This is an important part of the curriculum which covers movement and dance. On most days children will participate in some form of P.E. We feel that it is important for children to dress appropriately, working in bare-feet according to Authority guidelines. Both boys and girls work in white tee-shirts and black shorts. Children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will participate in outdoor P.E. and games on a regular basis, and will need appropriate warm clothing such as a tee-shirt, shorts and a tracksuit. In addition they will need a pair of training shoes for the hard surfaces.The wearing of jewellery is not allowed during any kind of physical activity for safety reasons. Children with pierced ears should remove earrings before any activity. Recently pierced ears can be covered with sticking plaster until they can be removed.

Please make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child’s name so that if they are lost they can be easily and quickly returned to your possession.

Children are encouraged to sing, listen to music and have the opportunity to play an instrument.We are very proud of the musical tradition of the school that has been built up over the years. Currently children who are old enough, and subject to the availability of instruments, are able to learn recorder or guitar. We always ask for parental support when children start to play a musical instrument since they do need to practice regularly. Please help us by filling in weekly the booklet that each child owns to say how often they are practising at home.

In addition, there is a school choir for children in Key Stage 2.

Work will be developed through a “then and now” approach and through a selection of key topics. This will ensure that children understand :

  • The relevance of the past
  • How things have taken place and why
  • How things are now
  • Why things have developed in the way they have
  • How things might change in the future

Key Stage 1 During key stage 1 pupils learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and could start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.

Key Stage 2

During key stage 2 pupils work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways.

Religious Education is an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum to which every child is entitled, as outlined in the 1988 Education Act.It is taught in accordance with the Doncaster Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking into account of the teachings and practices of the other principle religions represented throughout the country.

Religious Education is concerned with learning about religions, and learning from religions and human experiences, using an open approach. It is designed to develop knowledge and understanding, not to convert pupils or urge a particular religious belief on pupils. Religious Education will prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in an ethnic and culturally diverse society.

We believe that the creative aspect of children’s development is very important and needs to be nurtured alongside the academic. All aspects of art provide the means by which children can not only explore their world but also learn to communicate and express ideas and feelings. Any engagement in art activities combines the skills of looking, feeling, thinking and creating.These skills need developing, deepening and extending over time.

PSHE and Citizenship

Personal, social and health education

We believe that PSHE and citizenship should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.

S.E.N

We believe that is important to provide all pupils with a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum by creating a climate of warmth, support and trust in which self confidence and self esteem can grow and in which all of our pupils feel valued. As a school we recognise that our own professional working…