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SCHOOL POLICIES FOR TEACHING THE CURRICULUM
The Curriculum is best described as what the children learn at school. The School follows the National Curriculum and other National Guidance.
The National Curriculum is a basic entitlement. It includes core subjects (Mathematics, English, Science) and foundation subjects (History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art, Information Technology, Physical Education, German). Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education also form part of the curriculum.
Although the National Curriculum outlines the content of what children should learn, the staff devise plans and policies which cover the ways in which we teach each subject. These policies are brought to the Governing Body for their approval. Even though they are documents for teachers, (and are often changing!), they are available at the school along with any relevant DfE, and OFSTED documents.
ORGANISATION AND TEACHING METHODS
“The good curriculum is full of lively and practical activities and is organized well to ensure there is progression in learning.”
Children develop the basic skills of language, science and maths through a broad and balanced range of topics incorporating the ten foundation subjects. We plan and develop our curriculum as a continuing process, right through the school. We try to match this work to the stages of development of individual children, rather than their chronological ages.
Subjects such as Maths, Science, English, Art, Music, etc., are taught separately, and appear as 'lessons' on a timetable. However, some of the children's learning takes place when they use their knowledge and skills in topic or project, which includes many of the foundation subjects. We believe that this is one of the ways in which we can make children's learning more meaningful, more 'real' than a subject studied in isolation.
“The good curriculum is enhanced by an excellent range of visits to relevant places. Pupils are eager to talk about their experiences because their interest has been captured.”
'ACTIVITY BASED LEARNING'
We try to make our curriculum an active, practical, way of learning, because we feel that children learn best when they can try things out for themselves. This is what we mean when we talk about first-hand experience. Our teaching approaches are outlined in a Learning and Teaching Policy which is available for reference.
We also like to take children out on visits, which complement their studies in school. We aim to extend the classroom beyond the walls of the school, into immediate surroundings and further afield. We also have many visitors who share their skills, knowledge and experience with us.
We pride ourselves in developing pupils as independent learners and we have areas for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children to pursue their own interests including art, technology, construction activities and role play. We have a library area for children in Key Stage 2 to develop study skills and pursue their own interests.
All classes are equipped with computers and we have a bank of laptops for whole class use. We have recently extended our ICT facilities to include I-Pads for children in Early Years. We have an adult computer facility on site (Fellside CDC) which gives the children access to a computer suite on a regular basis.
Our hall is small but is well used for PE and drama activities. We have a large outdoor area for PE and playtime activities including a climbing frame and outdoor classroom.