In designing how we deliver the curriculum we have taken into account the statutory content of the new National Curriculum 2014, key drivers of what the learning could look like and have ensured a creative, broad and balanced coverage. Our curriculum has been developed to ensure that teaching and learning remains fun and relevant to the needs of the pupils at the current time. Our approach to planning and coverage also gives the staff flexibility and freedom to allow their skills and knowledge to be used effectively.
Our curriculum is intended to meet the changing times that we live in and will continue to be developed and updated accordingly. It is hoped that our curriculum motivates and finds hidden talents amongst all of our pupils with the pupils taking ownership of what they learn through a thematic, cross curricular approach. Current and relevant key drivers shape our curriculum allowing a whole school approach to ensuring all children follow a consistent journey through their school years.
In preparation for the changes in September 2014, we have worked alongside colleagues in the Affinity Teaching Alliance to develop the New National Curriculum into a document we can use in our school. Our inclusive curriculum offers each child opportunities to achieve in all subject areas whilst also developing their digital, thinking and communication skills. All classes, from Year 1 to Year 6, work through Learning Journey's which cover all aspects of the new curriculum. The curriculum staff work from is one of the documents below.
We teach all National Curriculum statutory subjects – English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, PE and Music, Modern Foreign Languages (French) and Religious Education. In addition we teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) throughout the school. We use the Learning Journeys to combine these subjects together and make links where possible. This gives the children a context in which to learn new skills and knowledge and an opportunity to see how their knowledge and skills can be applied to the real world.
Computing skills are taught across the school with the aid of netbooks in all Key stage 2 classrooms, computers based in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classrooms and with the support of additional hardware such as digital cameras and I-Pads. We teach two PE sessions per week, one indoor and one outdoor session. PE is also supported through extended schools activities. All children have the opportunity to learn to swim during their time at our school; Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 learning in our very own school pool for three (FS) or two (KS1) 6 weeks blocks per year. Key Stage two all swim for one six week block per year and we use the facilities at Oakham School.