Core Subjects

English

Language is an essential element of learning in any part of the curriculum. We aim to give the children mastery of the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening with understanding and provide regular opportunities for drama. All the children are helped to achieve their full potential. Those with special educational needs, or who are Gifted and Talented, are given extra support within the classroom and may sometimes be withdrawn in small groups.

The school is developing a range of reading materials but we do not follow one core scheme. The school encourages reading at home and encourages the parents to be fully involved with their child’s reading development. Parents are reminded that they should be spending a short period of time every day reading with their child. Children have access to a number of reading sources including the school library and are encouraged to take books home to share with their family. The school also encourages parents/guardians to take their children to local public libraries.

Mathematics

We aim to teach our children that mathematics is enjoyable and a useful tool. We provide firm grounding in the basic skills to enable the children to approach the subject with confidence. The school follows the Primary Strategy Framework and staff use a wide variety of materials to deliver the mathematics curriculum.

Mathematics work is not all bookwork, but includes opportunities for practical work, problem solving, investigations and the development of the skills needed to use calculators. A great emphasis is also put on the child’s ability to perform mental arithmetic.

Science

Science is an active, exciting way of learning about everyday life and the world that we live in. We aim to enable the children to apply this knowledge to their own lives.

The children experience science through four themes; experimental and investigative science, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. The school uses a variety of resources to cover the teaching requirements of the QCA Scheme of work for science.

Additional learning opportunities are offered through school trips and timetabled ‘Science weeks’, during which their is a focus on investigative learning and the opportunity to take part in lessons led by other teachers.

Information Communication Technology

We aim to give all children adequate access to and experience of appropriate computer hardware and software as part of their learning experiences in school. Children will be given opportunities to use these for developing communication skills, investigation and control. They will become discerning in their use of ICT, selecting information, sources and media for their suitability for purpose and assess the value of ICT in their working practices. We have a computer suite with thirty networked PCs with internet access. The school also has 60 Netbooks, which enables whole class teaching. In addition each class has an Interactive Whiteboard and networked PCs which enhances the teaching and learning of every subject. The library houses seven further computers. Pupils also have access to a Managed Learning Environment where they access their homework and other learning resources. Please note our e-safety guidance and acceptable use agreements for families and children.