The School Curriculum
The curriculum which we offer to all of our children is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our school is organised as follows:
Foundation Stage (4-5 years) - Reception Class
Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) - Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
The curriculum for the Foundation Stage is organised into two main areas, the prime areas and the specific areas. The prime areas focus on:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
The specific areas are based on:
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
The National Curriculum subjects taught in Key Stages 1 and 2 are:
· Art & Design;
· Design and Technology;
· Music; and
· Physical Education.
Personal, Social and Health Education are also taught to all year groups.
All subjects and areas of learning are carefully planned to give each child appropriate, memorable experiences and the opportunity to achieve his/her full potential. Each class is part of the whole school and as a result does not work independently. A themed, topic approach is used where possible, to enable our pupils to make links in their learning. Our school curriculum is planned very carefully, with a two year cycle in Key Stage 1, a three year cycle from Years 3 to 5, and an annual cycle for Year 6.
As a Church of England controlled school, Religious Education follows the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs in God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Children learn about religion and from religion, while they explore and respond to human experience.
The school has a daily act of collective worship focusing on the Christian faith. Once every month this is held in church, where the worship is led by Reverend Val Greene. Please note that as a parent/carer, you can withdraw your child from all or part of religious education and collective worship.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
Sex and Relationship Education is taught according to the school’s Sex and Relationship Education Policy. Children’s questions are answered accurately according to the age of the child and in relation to the Science National Curriculum. During Year 5, pupils are introduced to puberty and the importance of personal hygiene, with human reproduction being taught in Year 6. Parents and carers are informed when such lessons are taking place and are given the opportunity to look at the teaching materials that are to be used before these lessons take place.
School visits are included as part of our curriculum in many areas. We hope that each class goes out of school on at least three occasions every year. This may mean a walk round the village or a coach journey to somewhere further away. In addition to regular visits, children in Year 5 are given the opportunity to spend two nights on a Residential Field Trip to Stibbington Environmental Centre. Children in Year 6 spend a weekend at a Kingswood Adventure Centre.