The curriculum is everything that happens in a school that enables the child to develop his/her full potential intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. The curriculum, therefore, encompasses lessons, other activities and the general atmosphere of the school. This is the whole curriculum. The curriculum has been developed to be broad, balanced and relevant. Our curriculum supports the fundamental British values and teaches pupils tolerance and respect.
The subjects in the New Primary Curriculum are:-
- Design & Technology
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social and Health Education
- Religious Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
Click Here to download the Primary National Curriculum
If you would like to see the type of work covered in each year group please click the links below. A copy is available in each class.
At our schools, we believe that the development of the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are fundamental to all learning, and that the ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing is a necessary skill for life. We aim to foster a lifelong love of reading through all its different forms.
We follow the National Primary Framework for Literacy.
Literacy is taught both as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular topics. This helps children to appreciate the relevance of their literacy learning. Increasingly, ICT is becoming a key component of literacy, so that your children are equipped to be 21st century learners.
A wide range of activities, along with an emphasis on phonics is used to teach children to read, and as soon as they can read with a degree of fluency, they are encouraged to read from as wide a range of texts as possible. It is recommended that children read and share books for ten minutes per day in Keystage 1. It is just as important for children to talk about the text as it is for them to read it fluently.
We teach phonics through Letters and Sounds but use some elements from Jolly Phonics.
Our pupils have access to a wide range of phonic based reading books (fiction and non-fiction) including:
- Floppy's Phonics
- Songbirds Phonics
- Project X Origins
- Traditional Tales
Our reading schemes include:
- Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories
- All Stars
We aim to develop confidence in mental calculation skills providing children with a range of mathematical strategies and understanding necessary for life.
Throughout our maths we concentrate on ensuring children understand how maths works and the development of a good understanding of number. Number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables and doubling are practised and developed at school and at home. We place emphasis on investigation and practical activities working on exploration of number, shape, space, measurement and data handling. Homework reinforces objectives from the lesson and provides opportunities to practise key skills. Links are made across the curriculum wherever possible to enhance the children’s understanding of mathematics.
We believe that children are naturally curious and in science we aim to channel their curiosity about the world. Children are encouraged to find answers to their questions in a scientific manner.
They are taught to investigate, observe, and develop fair tests, record systematically and to make simple conclusions through practical activities and investigations.
Computing is new to all primaries from September 2014. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
From Early Years onwards pupils are encouraged to try out different mediums in various contexts, interpreting the world around them through colour symbols and materials. Whilst being taught techniques and styles, pupils refer to the works of well-known artists. Art is not just a standalone subject but is often linked to other subjects or topics. ICT plays an important role in the children’s experiences.
We use local artists to work with us to enhance the children’s experience of art.
In music lessons children enjoy a wide variety of appreciating, composing and performing activities. They are encouraged to co-operate in groups to produce quality work. All children are involved in a yearly music and drama performance. Year 3 pupils learn a brass instrument as part of their class music lesson. They can then continue to learn the instrument in Year 4, 5 and 6. There is a small parental contribution for this tuition.
Pupils are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and how it may be different from the present. They investigate local history and are taught how to use primary historical sources such as documents, photographs, artifacts and old maps. Visits to places in the village, historical sites and museums enhance the children’s understanding of events and people from the past, locally, nationally and internationally. British History together with European and Non-European ancient civilizations are studied.
Children cover a wide variety of geographical themes in which they learn about local, national and international places. We place much importance on the geographical skills needed to study these places, for example, mapping skills. Children also look at issues within the news, increasing their knowledge through using real life case studies.
P.E. & Swimming
Our Physical Education curriculum develops the children’s strength, stamina and co-ordination. We encourage positive attitudes to personal health, sportsmanship and emphasise safety issues. These activities include gymnastics, games, athletics, dance and swimming. We support inter-schools sports events e.g. hockey, cross-country, rounders, swimming and netball.
Personal, Social And Health Education (Including Sex Education)
Through P.S.H.E. children explore the themes of rules, ourselves, feelings, communities, citizenship and global issues. As well as being a taught subject, P.S.H.E. forms the foundations of school life where pupils take on responsibilities and make decisions through roles they engage in; for example, monitors, school councillors, team captains, club leaders and members. They are encouraged to bring their own experiences to learning and help mould our learning communities.
This is a subject that continually evolves with new government initiatives and the development of wider community links and our federation.
The Governing Body’s policy on Personal, Social and Health Education is available from the school, on request.
Parents may withdraw their child from aspects of the sex education programme that are not part of the science curriculum. Please contact the Headteacher to discuss this matter.
In our Voluntary Controlled Schools, religious education is in accordance with the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus.
Parents may, if they so wish, withdraw their child/ren from religious education, but are encouraged to speak to the Headteacher about their concerns.
Design Technology provides opportunities for all pupils to apply and use a range of concepts in different media. Pupils will be encouraged to use a variety of tools and equipment to produce quality products. They will be expected to evaluate their designing and making, to judge their own performance and to identify ways in which they can improve their work.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is now taught throughout the school. Children learn to read and write French in a fun way, as well as singing songs and play-acting with puppets. We have a partnership with a school in France.
We also teach philosophy in both Key stages. Philosophy encourages children to think critically, creatively and in a thoughtful, caring manner. It develops their thinking, speaking and listening skills.
As a Church of England school our daily acts of worship are Christian. Parents may withdraw their child from the daily act of worship but are encouraged to discuss this with the Headteacher.
Homework is a very important part of the partnership between schools and home. To read the Homework Policy (which gives indications of expected amounts for the different age groups) please click here
Special Educational Needs
We aim to meet the needs of all children irrespective of whether they have physical, sensory, emotional/behavioural, specific or general learning needs. Parents who are concerned about aspects of their child’s progress are encouraged to discuss these first with the class teacher and then the SEN co-ordinator and the Head of School.
Children who have Special Educational Needs will generally have their needs supported within the classroom. They will each have an individual education plan tailored to their needs and will receive extra support from a trained member of staff. They may occasionally be withdrawn for individual tuition. If the need arises, we can call on a wide range of specialist advisors.
Parents will be involved in discussions from the outset and will work with the staff enabling children to succeed. The children’s progress will be reviewed regularly so that Individual Education Plans and support can be amended when necessary.
A copy of the school’s SEN policy is available in the school for inspection by any interested parent.
All children are offered a range of visits connected with the on-going work in class. They give enjoyment and extend the children’s interest and knowledge. We ask parents for voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits. However, without these contributions some of the visits cannot take place. We appreciate this may sometimes be difficult for some families. If parents experience any difficulty in funding trips, they should in the first instance speak to the Head of School. These discussions will be dealt with in strict confidence.
School trips are often linked to topics we are covering, KS2 pupils have visited the Houses of Parliament and Kentwell Hall and KS1 trips have included visits to local castles and a day trip to Southwold. Activity days with other schools within the Hartismere pyramid are arranged for each year group and pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Aylmerton Field Study Centre in Norfolk.
Trips to London museums and the local pantomime have been arranged in previous years and during the summer term the school enters sports teams into many area competitions.
The school tries to offer a variety of activities across the year according to strengths and interests; these are run at lunchtime or after school. We invite other organisations to provide activities after school. A letter usually goes out at the start of term when clubs are about to begin. If parents are interested in running a club please contact the school.
Current School Clubs include: Football, Dodge ball, Cricket, Rugby, Jazz dance, Tap dance, Cooking, Choir and Recorder Club.