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Heversham St Peter’s CE Primary School Curriculum (Updated November 2014) In our school, teachers, assisted by

Heversham St Peter’s CE Primary School Curriculum

(Updated November 2014)

In our school, teachers, assisted by teaching assistants, students or volunteer helpers, strive to provide a stimulating range of different experiences to give your child the best opportunity to learn.

Your child‟s progress will be carefully assessed and he or she will be given clear targets to

improve over time. Marking is used to celebrate good work and to give clear feedback on how children have performed in relation to specific lesson objectives and/or personal

targets. All children are expected to respond to the teachers‟ marking by, for example,

acknowledging comments or completing further tasks or corrections. This ensures that marking is a two-way process which actively moves children‟s learning forward.

As a Church of England School, Christian Values are an important driver for everything we do. As well as daily worship and RE lessons, children‟s moral, spiritual and social education pervades lessons and school life in general.

The National Curriculum

The Education Act of 1988 states that children between the ages of five and eleven must study four core subjects: Maths, English, Science and ICT, as well as seven foundation subjects: Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical

Education. There is also now a requirement to teach a modern foreign language in Key Stage

  • 2. Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship are taught across the curriculum,

not necessarily as separate subjects.

Children learn in different ways (e.g. visual, kinaesthetic) and because of this we vary our teaching methods, mixing whole class teaching with small group work or one-to-one sessions. This approach enables children to develop a deeper understanding of what has been taught by direct teaching, playing, investigating, exploring, experimenting, problem solving, listening, researching, interacting and applying what has been learned.

We regularly review our school curriculum to ensure the best balance and opportunities to our children and to seek out opportunities to use our local area and amenities to best effect (e.g. Forest Schools takes place in woodland adjacent to the school).

September 2014 saw the introduction of the Governments latest Curriculum and we are using the new guidelines to design and develop a curriculum that meets statutory requirements and continues to meet the needs of our pupils.

New Primary Curriculum

The Government released a New National Curriculum to be implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Subjects

English

English is the key to all learning in English-speaking countries and as such it is an integral part of all our work at Heversham St Peter‟s. It is the main way for children to develop and express their thoughts, feelings and ideas Speaking and listening are fundamental to this development and our teachers plan for opportunities for children to speak in pairs, groups and to the whole class as well as through drama and role-play.

A rich variety of reading materials and frequent writing sessions enable children to acquire the essential skills required at this primary stage of their education. At Heversham St Peter‟s we encourage Literacy skills to be developed in all other subjects. We have a particular focus on improving writing and we strive to give children opportunities to write in a range of genres, with a clear purpose and across as many subjects as possible.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a real and relevant subject that is required throughout life. We base our Numeracy work on the revised Numeracy curriculum and children are taught to apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems.

A variety of mental strategies are taught to develop confidence with number. Practical and mental skills form the essential foundation for written maths methods. We look for every opportunity to teach Mathematics across the curriculum and in relevant contexts.

Science

Our approach to science centres on developing enquiring minds whilst gaining knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas and skills in line with the National Curriculum.

Children are encouraged through a variety of different situations and challenges to develop questioning skills, often designing their own enquiries in response to these questions.

Through many practical activities using good quality resources, children develop the ability to formulate and test ideas and gain an understanding of scientific concepts.

Where possible, we ensure that children have “hands-on” scientific learning. We use the outdoor areas belonging to the school as well as local woodland and the Levens Hall estate for river-dipping and studying habitats.

Older pupils have the opportunity to take part in a whole day science experience at Kendal College run by STEM.

History

Much of the children's work in History is developed through topics which are often linked to other subject areas. We aim to make the work relevant and real where possible, drawing on the children's own experiences.

We have a thriving garden where children learn about plants

We enhance learning by including relevant trips or inviting inspiring and interesting visitors.

Our Key Stage 2 children visit Hadrian‟s Wall and have a visit from a Roman Soldier as part

of their “Romans in Britain” topic. In Key Stage 1, children travel on the Haverthwaite Railway and take a trip on a boat on Lake Windermere as part of their “Transport” topic.

We encourage the use of historical artefacts and documents, so giving the children first hand evidence and a chance to make up their own minds about past events. This develops an awareness of past events and learning to prepare them for life in the community and helps them to understand how we can learn from the past.

Geography

The study of Geography helps children to develop an understanding of the world and a sense of their place within it. Lessons often involve investigation and exploration of the local area and further afield.

Through thoughtfully-planned lessons, teachers help children to establish a sense of personal responsibility for their own actions on the local and wider environment. Our school is committed to developing children as “Global Citizens” who are aware of the interdependence and conflicting interests of different societies and cultures.

Computing

Changes to the 2014 curriculum have seen the name „Information and Communication Technology‟ replaced by „Computing‟.

"Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our

lives, at home and at work. „Computational thinking‟ is a skill children must be taught if they

are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content." Simon Peyton-Jones -

Chairman, Computing At School

At Heversham St Peter‟s, we have a computer suite that enables a whole class or group to be taught together. In June 2014, our Parents‟ Association purchased two iPads and plans are in place to obtain more of these. The combination of a suite and portable devices will ensure that every opportunity for computing based learning is maximised.

In addition, each classroom is networked and has internet access as well as an Interactive White Board. Software packages, including those designed to support children with Special Educational Needs, are carefully chosen and constantly updated.

We subscribe to Education City, an educational website which supports English, Maths, Science and Computing. All children have free, unlimited home access and some homework is set on Education City.

The Arts

Creative activities in art and craft, drama, music and dance are encouraged throughout the whole curriculum and there are opportunities for children to attend after-school clubs to enhance their learning further. The children are encouraged to enjoy and experiment with a wide range of media to develop their creativity. Each year, the school displays an impressive range of artwork at the Westmorland Show.

Children sing almost every day as part of collective worship as well as during music lessons; two members of staff can play the piano and another plays the guitar to accompany the children. There is a choir, run by the Headteacher, which performs in school and at various local events. The school is very well resourced with two pianos, keyboards and percussion instruments including a set of djembe drums. In the summer term 2014, a visiting musician

taught Year 6 how to play the djembe drums and also helped the children to compose their

own school song. There was an amazing performance at St Peter‟s church.

In Key Stage 2 there are opportunities for children to learn how to play musical instruments; woodwind and violin are currently available.

Design Technology

Design Technology fits well into our cross-curricular approach, linking to many subjects, especially Maths and Science. It provides the opportunity for children to engage in imaginative and creative work as well as learning to tackle a given problem by designing and creating a solution.

Technology provides an opportunity for the children to design, investigate, plan and construct. Planning and evaluating their designs and artefacts gives children a chance to learn by their mistakes as well as their successes.

Religious Education

Our school follows the Diocese of Carlisle scheme of work for Religious Education. We aim to nurture not only self-esteem but respect for and understanding of each other. We aim to teach the children Christian values, often through Bible stories, but we are also committed to teaching the children about many faiths. This approach ensures that children have a clear view of themselves as Global Citizens as well as helping them to develop an inclusive attitude to others‟ beliefs. We work in partnership with St Peter’s Church, Heversham, in our approach to RE, with members of the Church coming into the school regularly to take worship, as well as regular visits by the children to the Church.

Collective Worship

Children have a daily act of collective worship. These gatherings take many forms including:

assemblies, class reflection and whole school celebration. Members of St Peter‟s Church play an important part, with weekly attendance, including “Open the Book” where Bible

stories are told through drama.

If parents wish to withdraw their child from collective worship, on religious grounds, it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure their child's religious needs are met.

Physical Education and Sport

All children are encouraged to participate in regular exercise to maintain their health and improve their skills and fitness level. Children are offered an appropriate range of activities through the curriculum in both Key Stages. Many extra-curricular activities and clubs are often offered. Once a year all children will participate in a competitive sports day.

Although we have a lovely, spacious hall, we do not have any playing fields. However, we use some of our sports funding to pay for the excellent facilities on offer at Dallam School, one of our partner secondary schools. This includes expert teaching, staff development and transport where necessary.

We place great emphasis on children participation for fun and not just winning, however we do enjoy considerable success in inter-school competitions, having won a local High 5 Netball tournament and a gymnastics competition in 2014.

At Heversham, children are offered a balanced range of games, dance, gym and athletics activities according to the National Curriculum. Swimming sessions take place at Kendal Leisure Centre for children in Key Stage 2. As we live in an area of lakes and dangerous coastline, our provision for swimming far exceeds the national average and the vast majority of our children are competent swimmers by the end of Year 6.

French

We teach French throughout Key Stage 2. The emphasis at Primary School level is on learning by listening, repeating, singing and having simple conversations. We use a variety of teaching methods, including online learning, to enhance lessons and engage the children in their learning. We also teach children about French culture and similarities and differences between our countries.

Early Years Foundation Stage (for Children in Reception)

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development. This can be found at:

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child‟s development and future

learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific

areas. These are:

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child‟s learning and activities. Our experienced staff who teach and support your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child‟s needs. This is similar to a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for

very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's specific needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We have recently moved our classes around so that EYFS children have “free-flow” access to outdoor learning.