A Statement of Policy for the Curriculum
- The curriculum we offer is in accordance with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidelines.
- The curriculum includes a range of learning opportunities and experiences that stimulate and excite our pupils and gives them the skills that help them to prepare for life in modern Britain.
- We use the ReadWrite inc. programme to teach reading. We link what we learn during these sessions and use these skills to read and spell across the whole curriculum.
- We greatly value the partnership between school and home and at all times we recognise the importance of good communication and shared targets for our pupils.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
- We have a large Early Years Unit including Reception classes, the Nursery and Children’s Centre. We all work according to the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage has six areas of learning.
- It is the framework of the development of the child from birth to 5 years old. Your child is now at the important stage of Early Years Education. He/she will be learning and gaining experience through structured and independent child initiated activities.
“Play is child’s work”
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language
- involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.
- involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials – for example books, poems, and other materials to ignite their interest.
- involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding of the World
- involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- As part of the Foundation Stage we carry out regular cooking activities. This enables our children to experience a wide variety of tastes and to look and talk about changes taking place. This activity covers all areas of learning. To cover the cost of this activity we ask for a small donation of £3.50 per term or £10.00 for the year. This is to cover the cost of the ingredients.
Expressive Arts and Design
- involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 1 includes all children in Years 1 and 2. In both these year groups the teachers work closely together to plan and deliver an exciting and inspiring curriculum. Learning in Key Stage 1 builds on the creative experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage and will continue to provide opportunities to experience structured and child initiated activities indoors and outdoors.
- The Literacy and Mathematics framework are used as a basis for planning and every opportunity is made to link the learning in these subjects to our topics. History, Geography, Science, Design and Technology, ICT, Music and Art are covered through enjoyable topics. Visits are organised and visitors are encouraged. Pupils have regular access to our ICT suite which enables specific ICT skills to be taught as well as supporting learning across the curriculum. P.E and R.E are taught as separate subjects.
Personal, Health , Social , Citizenship and Emotional Education
- In our personal, health, social and citizenship programme we aim to introduce our children to the knowledge and understanding they will need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.
- The children are encouraged to take part in activities across the curriculum, which will help them recognise their own worth and encourage them to work well with others.
- We aim for our pupils to begin to understand the importance of recognising and respecting the diversity and difference of humanity. This will help them to form the effective and fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
- The Governors have agreed a Sex Education Policy which can be viewed if requested – “Sex Education should contribute to the overall experience of the pupils in the school. It should cover the social, personal, emotional and moral dimensions as well as factual information”.
- This is taught in accordance with the New Norfolk Agreed Syllabus and complies with the demands of the 1988 Education Act. Pupils are involved in a daily Act of Collective Worship known in our school as ‘Thinking Time’. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education or the devotional part of Thinking Time may discuss this with the Headteacher.
Extra Curricular Activities
- In the course of the year we welcome many visitors into school to talk to children about their particular interests. Recent visitors have included representatives from the Police, the Road Safety Officer, a local vet and multi-cultural dance/drama/music artists. All classes have the chance to go out of school, to places of interest such as museums, beaches, wild-life parks, theatres, shops, the library and churches. These visits are linked to work in the classroom. Funding for such activities comes from voluntary contributions from parents and is subsidised generously from HELPS funds (our Parent Teacher group)
- The school has a charging policy agreed by the Governors. Implicit in the policy is the understanding that only voluntary contributions will be requested and that no child will be excluded from any school activity, should such contributions not be available. However, if there are not enough funds available the trip may have to be cancelled.
- We organise and promote a range of after school activities. These vary through the year and may include: football, pottery, computers, multi skills, choir, gardening and eco clubs.
- At our school we promote high levels of behaviour through positive encouragement and the following of clear Golden Rules and procedures laid down in the school Behaviour Policy. Throughout the school we encourage and help children to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to make appropriate decisions.
- We aim for our children to behave thoughtfully and sensitively towards others and for the good of the whole school community. If we have any concerns about a child’s behaviour or there has been an incident of a serious nature, we will contact parents as appropriate.
- We ask all parents to formalise their partnership with us by reading and signing a Home-School agreement. This clearly sets out the expectations of pupils, parents and the school.
- Our teachers and learning support staff have undergone Norfolk Steps Training.
- Children from each Year 1 and Year 2 class are given the opportunity to train as an 'All Star’. These children are on the playground to support children with their play, and help children who may be experiencing difficulties. We change these children regularly to enable as many children as possible to experience this valuable role in our school.
- We have an active School Council, there are elected representatives from each Year 1 and Year 2 class. The School Councillors think about ways they can improve our school, they lead school events and competitions.
Caring for the Environment
- As a whole school, we care for our immediate and wider environment. We are also committed to a drive to improve standards of health within the school community.