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Curriculum

The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum but which provides many enrichment activities to further the children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning.

In English, pupils cover many aspects of English including: speaking and listening, reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, language, literature and use of the Library. From Form 2 the children also have a weekly Speaking and Listening lesson with Mrs Thomas.

Reading is a key part of learning. The core scheme used in school is the Oxford Reading Tree. The scheme enables children to develop their reading skills at a steady pace and there is breadth to the scheme to allow reinforcement at different levels and to experience different types of text. Your child will be involved in reading activities everyday through working within the curriculum at school.

In addition we aim to listen to each child read at least twice a week in an individual session in school. It is important that children do not rush through each stage as their comprehension needs to keep apace with the mechanical process of reading. Please support this by reading regularly with your child at home and by being advised by the class teacher of the appropriate level for each individual. Please sign in the reading record where your child has reached and a note if appropriate. All children in Forms 1 and 2 have a weekly Library lesson. From Form 1 children may start to borrow books from the school library to take home for a short while. Please, however, help us to look after the books in the Library by ensuring that your child returns their book in the same condition in which it was borrowed. Additional support can also be given by visiting your local library and from reading from as wide a variety of other genres as possible. Each child has a reading diary to record what they have read and for comments about the progress they are making.

In maths, pupils cover aspects that include: using and applying mathematics, number, shape, space and measurement. There is an increasing emphasis on mental maths.

In science, there is an emphasis on experimental and investigative work where pupils are encouraged to make systematic enquiries and to communicate their findings in a variety of ways. In Form 1 specific topics will include ourselves, sound, growth, light and dark, materials and push/pull. In Form 2 themes will include life processes, materials and their properties and physical processes, including electricity.

In ICT, pupils make regular use of the ICT room and they learn to use the equipment with increasing confidence and ability and for greater purpose.

In history, pupils in Form 1 will cover topics about toys, houses, pirates and holidays. In Form 2 they will cover topics about the history of everyday objects, sources – focusing on the Victorians, smugglers and the contribution of famous people to our daily lives.

In geography, pupils in Form 1 will cover topics about the adventures of Barnaby Bear, the school and Katie Morag & the Isle of Struay. In Form 2 they will cover topics about maps and plans, Old Leigh, understanding their address and weather recording.

In RE, pupils in Form 1 look at aspects of Judaism, Christian symbols, giving, stories from the Bible and Christmas. Themes for Form 2 include rules for living, places of worship and learning through parables.

In art, the children investigate a broad range of media and techniques. They look at the work of some classical and contemporary artists. In design and technology they have the opportunity to develop further skills, particularly in 3D activities. They also begin to learn about the design process and the need for evaluation.

Form 1 and 2 receive specialist teaching for French, music and PE from Monsieur Domenech, Miss Tucker and Mrs Bourne respectively. In French almost all of the work is interactive oral work. Activities in music include listening, performing and composing. Form 2 begin to learn how to play the Descant Recorder, which is purchased through school. In PE the children cover activities related to games and gym.

All pupils also have time with their class teacher which may be Form Time or Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This gives the children the opportunity to explore issues regarding behaviour, friendship, change and develop confidence and self-esteem.