Our school curriculum is planned to meet the statutory requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. The aim, over the year, is to give each child a balanced and broad curriculum in relation to all subjects; inspiring them to want to find out more and allowing the children to develop a thirst for knowledge and understanding
Children are taught in classes, small groups or individually, according to their needs, within the framework of the National Curriculum. A variety of teaching styles are used in school, based on good practice. We recognise that teaching staff should constantly reflect upon whether their teaching methods match the needs of the children and the changes in the economic, social and cultural climate.
Educational visits are undertaken wherever first hand experiences will benefit the children in their types of studies.
Maths and English
We provide a daily structured lesson in Maths and English and children take an active part in all lessons. In Maths there is a strong focus on developing oral and mental skills and applying the skills they have learnt in problem solving activities.
In English we link together regularly the skills of Reading and Writing and actively encourage the children to develop their Speaking and Listening Skills. We understand that Writing, Reading and Mathematical skills are required across the curriculum and we provide a variety of opportunities for children to practice these skills in a variety of subjects.
We encourage all children to carry out investigations in Science and children are encouraged to ask questions and where appropriate to seek answers out for themselves. They use a variety of books, ICT resources and the Internet to add to their own scientific knowledge.
French is taught weekly to all children throughout school by our Class 2 specialist French teacher.
Our school follows the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. As a church school we have developed a cohesive RE curriculum that is enhanced by our Collective Worship programme and by the SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) themes. Our curriculum promotes an understanding of people of different faiths and beliefs. We strive to incorporate visits to a variety of places of worship and to bring in guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.
These subjects are taught with a themed creative approach although the focus is still firmly on developing the skills they need in each subject.
Children learn to use a computer with confidence, skill and enjoyment. They will develop a wide range of skills to enable them to become competent in the world of computing.
We encourage all children to become actively involved in a variety of musical activities where they can experience the excitement and joy of performing. We have a specialist music teacher who comes into teach the full music curriculum to all year groups in which they are given opportunities to develop their skills such as listening and responding to music, acquiring a basic knowledge of the elements of music, as well as being offered other extra-curricular activities. We take part in various concerts and festivals and produce our own musical shows at various times through the year. Children are also offered other tuition through the peripatetic music service.
Through the expert tuition provided by our specialist sports teachers, children will develop a wide range of skills in all the main areas; they will be encouraged to understand the importance and benefits of taking part in physical activity and to appreciate skilful and creative performance. All children will understand the importance of being part of a team, as well as developing their individual skills.
Children are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular clubs. A sports club runs every week and we hold an annual residential visit for our Year 6 children, where there is a strong focus on Outdoor and Adventurous activities such as canoeing, climbing and raft building.
All our Key Stage 2 children have weekly swimming lessons at Upper Wharfedale Secondary School.
Our PHSCE curriculum is woven around our RE curriculum and our Collective Worship themes which each year are based upon Christian Values.
The PHSCE themes include: Good To Be Me; Belonging; Relationships; Getting on and Falling Out; Going for Goals.
Our Worship Themes include: Respect and Reverence; Compassion; Truthfulness; Friendship; Generosity; Service, Humility, Wisdom to name but a few.
Curriculum in the Foundation Stage
For children in their reception year we follow the Government's 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The children’s learning and development is taught through seven areas of learning.
Three Prime areas:
1. Communication and Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Four specific areas:
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
We develop the children’s learning through all these areas both inside our classroom and outside in our well-equipped courtyard. We pride ourselves on child initiated learning. This approach involves really getting to know the children as unique individuals and allowing them to help us plan our provision and the themes that we cover. By allowing ourselves to follow the interests of the children we find that the children become highly engaged and motivated when learning.
As part of our curriculum we really emphasise the characteristics of learning, the dispositions and attitudes that enable children to be successful learners. We value perseverance, team work, curiosity and fun. We want our children to believe they can be fantastic in all that they do. We hope that this skill of recognising the qualities of a successful learning will travel with them throughout their life; making our children Life Long Learners.