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Curriculum

This part of our website deals with what the children are learning and when that learning will take place. If you would like further information about a particular subject or curriculum area, please contact the school office.

At All Saints' we provide a varied curriculum for our pupils which is drawn from the requirements of the New National Curriculum which became statutory from September 2014. For detailed information about content, please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

 

Literacy

The teaching of Literacy has always been of paramount importance and is made up of three basic skills:-

    Spoken Language
    Reading
    Writing, spelling and handwriting

Work towards these attainments is structured within each Key Stage and great emphasis is laid on the importance of reading and writing. Our aims are that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding and read for pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar
  • write for a range of contexts with accuracy, clarity and coherence
  • use discussion and be able to explain and elaborate on ideas
  • enjoy our rich and varied literary heritage

 

Mathematics

Children follow a very broad based mathematics curriculum, including work on number, shape, space, measures and data handling. This includes real life problems which may be supplemented by work with calculators, computers and a large variety of practical maths investigations. We follow the requirements of the New National Curriculum, using the Abacus scheme in KS2 and we are in the process of phasing in the Mathematics Mastery strategy in KS1 and EYFS.

Our aims are that pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • can reason mathematically, following lines of enquiry
  • can solve problems- applying their mathematics to a variety of situations

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.

 

Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

 

Information and Communication Technology

We have a computer suite which is timetabled for use by each class; in addition there are other computers around the school and a laptop trolley which can be moved around for use by different groups. The school has also begun to invest in i-pads. I.C.T. skills are taught and I.C.T. work is carried out across all aspects of the curriculum. Under their teacher’s direction children visit the web and send e-mails. A filter is in operation to screen out unsuitable material and children are taught about e-Safety. Each class has a laptop computer which is linked to an interactive white board, these are used extensively to support the children’s learning.

We aim that our pupils will:

  • be responsible, confident, competent and creative users of technology
  • be able to solve problems and apply information technology
  • understand the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science

 

Science

A complete syllabus of science work has been developed within school. Children learn both from frequent observation of the world around them, experiments involving simple scientific facts and growing and taking care of plant life around the school.

Our aims are that children will:

  • develop scientific knowledge and understanding through biology, chemistry and physics
  • answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • understand the uses of science today and the implications for the future

 

Religious Education

Collective worship and religious education are in accordance with the teachings of the Church of England and the New County agreed syllabus adapted as necessary. Parents may, if they wish, with draw their children from assembly or religious education. Such request should be made to the Head Teacher in writing. In such cases children will be set alternative work away from the main lesson.

 

Art

The children are involved with art work from the moment they enter school. They experience using different mediums, varying from paint to clay and examine the different techniques of artists.

At All Saints CEVAP School we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work and explore their ideas
  • use a variety of methods including drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative work
  • know about great artists and craft makers and designers

 

History and Geography

Both subjects are explored through visits to buildings and sites, inviting guest speakers into school, stories, pictures, artefacts and written sources. They provide many links with other areas of the curriculum.

Our younger children investigate changes in their own lives and those of adults around them. They also study the way of life of people in periods beyond living memory. The older children investigate change over longer periods of time.

We aim that all children:

  • know the history of the United Kingdom and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider word
  • know and understand the significance of the history of the wider world including some ancient civilisations and empires
  • understand historical concepts and terms
  • contrast, make connections, analyse, question, create narratives and contextualise that knowledge
  • understand how to conduct historical enquiry

In Key Stage 1 geography, younger children explore their immediate environment such as home and school, as well as a contrasting locality. Key Stage 2 geography allows children to study their local area in greater detail and to learn about people and places in other parts of the world.

We aim that children will:

  • understand the processes that give rise to the key physical and human features of the world
  • develop a broad knowledge of significant places and their characteristics
  • be able to interpret maps, diagrams, globes and photographs
  • be able to communicate their findings in a variety of ways including maps and writing.

 

Music

The children’s understanding and enjoyment of music develops through activities which include, performing, composing and listening. They work individually and in groups and are given the opportunity to develop their own compositions. They also listen to the works of famous composers. The year 4 children have also been given the opportunity of taking part in the Wider Opportunity Scheme, which permits the children to take part in learning to play a musical instrument under the guidance of a qualified music teacher.

At All Saints CEVAP School we aim that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate a range of music
  • learn to sing and use their voices as well as compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created

 

P.E.

At All Saints’ we believe that all children have an entitlement to a broad, balanced programme of physical activities. We aim to improve our children’s fitness by developing a range of physical skills to a high level of competence and encouraging positive attitudes to activity.

The school has a well-equipped hall and the children have gymnastic and dance lessons all through their school career at All Saints’.  Games lessons are skill based, teaching basic techniques. The children are offered a variety of after school clubs such as football, country dancing, cheerleading and rounders. Years 1 – 6 have a lesson a week with Premier Sports who are a group of PE specialist. They also run a lunch time club for the children.   Key Stage 2 children attend the town pool on a rota basis, to achieve the age appropriate required level for swimming

Our aims are that children:

  • develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy and active lives
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time

 

P.S.H.C.E

Through Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education lessons the children are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. The activities covered are aimed at developing attitudes and skills that help them incorporate their understanding about ‘Personal Development’, ‘Citizenship’ including (democracy, liberty and the rule of law) ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Relationships’ into real life behaviour. We have also purchased the SEAL material which is being used in an assembly each week and is to be written into the P.S.H.C.E curriculum.

 

Design and Technology

Pupils are taught to develop their design and technological capabilities by combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. We have a range of simple tools and encourage the planning and making of working models and implements.

We aim that children:

  • develop creative, technical and practical expertise
  • build and apply a wide ranging repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills
  • can evaluate and test their ideas and products
  • understand nutrition and learn how to cook

 

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex education is dealt with as part of Science and Personal, Social and Health lessons. It is part of children’s lifelong learning about themselves – emotions, self-esteem, relationships, rights and responsibilities and, for the older children, sexual health and behaviours. We take into account the age and understanding of each pupil, relating the subject to morality, personal relationships and individual behaviour. Parents are asked to be involved with the teachers in this important area of their children’s development. Children’s attitudes, opinions and values are formed by the way school and parents deal with a sensitive subject.

 

Foreign Languages

This curriculum area, taught in Key Stage 2, enables children to foster curiosity and understanding of the world and opens them to other cultures. Children learn to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to respond in speech and writing.

We aim that children will:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity
  • write at varying lengths and for different purposes
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

 

Children with Special Educational Needs

Parents are asked to inform the Head Teacher of any areas of potential difficulty that could arise from domestic or medical causes, to enable the school to use its resources effectively. Parents are fully involved in any decisions regarding special provision for a child. Parents are also asked to discuss any problems as they arise with the class teacher or Head Teacher. When a child is identified with a need for support, the class teacher will talk to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SEN Co) and together they will write an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) for the child. Parents are kept informed at all stages and are invited to be actively involved with their child’s support. The SEN Co liaising with the Head Teacher will bring in outside agencies where it is thought necessary to support that child. The school’s policy on Special Educational Needs is available in the office. For further information our school’s Local Offer is also available on this website.

 

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