The Curriculum

The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2000 and the Primary Frameworks for English and Mathematics, which gives our pupils the widest possible educational opportunities.
 
Our children are usually grouped according to age.  Sometimes it is necessary to group together children of different ages depending upon the number of children admitted to school at any one time.  The children are taught as individuals, group members and as a class unit according to their needs.  Great emphasis is placed in school upon the learning environment which we create for children.  To help raise standards across in Literacy, we are currently beginning a new programme called 'Read, Write Inc' where our children are taught in small ability groups to boost self esteem, knowledge, skills and progress.
 
The subjects studied include; Mathematics, Science, English, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Religious Education and PE.  Our children will work at their own level within the programmes of study and careful and full records are kept of their development.
 
The morning session begins at 8.45am and the afternoon session begins at 1.00pm.  Our day ends at 3.15pm.  The total time spent teaching, excluding collective worship, breaks and registration is 23 hours 45 minutes for our Key Stage 1 children and 24 hours 35 minutes for our Key Stage 2 children.
 
Maths
All children take part in a daily mathematics lesson based on the Primary National Strategy.  The lesson involves three parts: firstly, a mental calculation warm-up, followed by the main activity where pupils may work with the whole class or in groups and finally, the plenary where pupils share their work.
 
maths    Our mathematics work covers 5 main areas:
                 -  Numbers and the Number System
                 -  Calculations
                 -  Solving Problems
                 -  Handling Data
                 -  Shape, Space and Measures 

 

We provide excellent facilities for our pupils with each class having a wide range of practical materials and additional resources which are stored centrally.  We aim to raise further the levels of achievement in mathematics by providing a stimulating and structured environment.
    
I.C.T. and Computer Science
    
This subject is taught through school as part of curriculum work and skills are taught through focused practical sessions. Areas of work covered are programming, digital literacy, e-safety, word processing, data handling, control, simulations and communicating and handling information via the Internet. School has a wide range of hardware and software to fulfil these needs across all age ranges.

All children have access to this area of the curriculum through class based work and weekly use of the computer suite. The school has a strict policy on the use of the Internet and email.   Yorkshire and Humberside Grid for Learning provide filtered access to the internet and a monitored email service which are both safe for children to use.  The pupils are always supervised when using the Internet or using email.  The school also has a website - Virtual Learning Emvironment which is used for displaying children's work and may also contain pictures of children.  Again, a strict policy is in place for the use of children's photographs or names on the website.  Parents should contact the school if they are concerned about any aspect of Internet or email use or if they do not wish photographs of their children to be published on the website.


The VLE will also begin to display links for home learning within each class file.


Religious Education
    
Religious Education, which includes moral and ethical issues, is provided throughout all years in school and is taught as part of the Humanities programme.  There is a daily morning assembly and parents may request exemption from the assembly on religious grounds and are invited to write to the Head Teacher outlining their wishes.  Parents can also withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons by following the same procedure.  Children who are exempted, in consultation with the Head Teacher, will be provided with additional curriculum work which will be supervised by a non-teaching assistant.  Our school teaches the one God faiths during Religious Education lessons.
    
 


The Arts


    
The arts feature highly across all aspects of learning within our school.  In 2008 we were awarded Change School status and we embarked with excitement on a three year project.  We pride ourselves on the high standards of both visual and performing arts and provide learning opportunities that are creative and exciting.  Our out-of-hours dance and drama workshops enhances this aspect of our curriculum.

 

Literacy
    
The Primary National Strategy has been implemented successfully within our school, from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
 
New this year-  Read Write Inc.
This Literacy programme sees children split into ability group through school from Reception to Year 6 to work on reading and writing skills with our reading squad of teachers and support staff every day.
 
Within our Literacy lessons...
The children experience direct class teaching covering word level, sentence level and text level work, through which they develop a  range of reading and writing skills.  They read shared texts collectively during this time, which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  The children then work independently in ability groups, on a range of tasks.  Teachers work with specific groups on guided reading and/or writing during the day.
Literacy is concluded with the plenary session where pupils have the opportunity to talk about their learning, undertake further extensions and identify what they have learnt during the lesson.

School has a central resource area where Big Books and guided reading books are located. This ensures that an excellent range of reading material is available to all our children.
    
Science
    
We believe that science is a continuous process which helps our pupils to develop an understanding of the world around them. Our aim is to develop scientific understanding, knowledge and skills through practical investigations, research and teacher led demonstrations.


The concepts we aim to develop are:

    Forces
    Energy
    Change
    The interdependence and relationship of living things
    Human influences on the world

 

 

We value our children's own questions and, wherever possible, use them as starting points for further investigations. In order for our children to achieve the highest standards in science, we feel it is important to develop specific skills of increasing complexity as they progress through school.
 
The safe use of equipment is promoted at all times.


Documents relating to D.C.S.F.  Schemes of Work and Ofsted reports etc are held in school for inspection.
   
Health and Fitness
   

We encourage a healthy lifestyle in all of our children from sporting activities to healthy eating at lunchtime and the choice of fruit at break time.  We believe that a healthy mind and body helps children to learn.
 
 All children in school receive a minimum of 2 hours of PE every week, including dance, gymnastics and games. We take part in range of competitions with other schools in the Hatfield pyramid.
Children in Year 5 also attend a weekly swimming session.