General Curriculum Information
The children in the Foundation Stage follow a curriculum designed to enable them to attain the ‘Early Learning’ Goals for their age. There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• Communication and language;
• Physical development; and
• Personal, social and emotional development.
There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
• Understanding the world; and
• Expressive arts and design
We are using the new national curriculum (2014) as the basis for the new curriculum which we are developing. We use a cross-curricular approach to deliver much of the teaching whilst there is appropriate emphasis on developing key skills. Pupils are encouraged to generate questions about their learning which they would like to find the answers to.
This covers speaking and listening, reading and writing. We follow the guidance of ‘Letters and Sounds’ in the lower part of the school to develop phonic knowledge for reading and writing. At Clare C.P. we believe that Literacy underpins our school curriculum by developing the children’s abilities to speak, listen and communicate, to think, explore and organise. This includes helping our children to express themselves orally and through writing. Competent literacy skills also enable pupils to read so that all our pupils are able to achieve their educational potential across all areas of the curriculum.
Mathematics aims to equip every child with the necessary skills and understanding to apply maths in the wider world. Work focuses on developing reasoning, pattern and mathematical understanding. The strands that the children will cover are number, calculation, measure, shape and data handling. Children are working at becoming independent mathematicians and developing their own mathematical thinking, using the skills they have developed to solve a range of mathematical problems confidently and make connections between all of the different areas of their learning.
Teaching of science aims to develop scientific skills. Pupils are encouraged to ask enquiry questions, plan their experiments and explain their findings drawing conclusions from the evidence. Pupils are taught scientific language and expected to use this when discussing their work. At both Key Stages they study ‘life and living processes’, ‘materials and their properties’, and ‘physical processes’. An understanding of health and safety associated with science is integral to the learning.
Pupils are taught computing skills, such as word processing, simple spreadsheets, programming and animation. Their skill in these is developed through their application across the curriculum. Pupils are also taught about e-safety.
R.E. is taught using the Suffolk Syllabus and is broadly Christian based and encourages children to develop an understanding of the world around them and the need to be tolerant of the beliefs of others.
The curriculum enables pupils to develop an awareness of the past and how it differs from the present. The Pupils in KS1 learn about people’s lives and lifestyles and they find out about significant people from the past. They use a range of sources of information from the past to help them ask and answer questions. In KS2 they will use dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
Pupils in KS1 will learn about their local area and a contrasting one in the UK. They are encouraged to develop geographical enquiry skills, asking geographical questions about people, places and environments as well as using maps and photographs. At KS2 the pupils study environments in the UK and abroad and look at the impact humans and the elements have on the land. They continue to develop their geographical enquiry skills and extend them to using atlases and ICT to answer questions.
Pupils perform, compose and listen to and appraise music. Parents are able to pay for instrument tuition, currently piano, violin and guitar, with a specialist teacher for their child.
Pupils develop an understanding of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space through the use of a variety of different mediums. To do this they will record from first hand observation, experience and imagination and will try out tools and techniques. They will review and evaluate their own work and study the work of other artists, sculptors and craftspeople.
The areas included in the P.E. curriculum are Dance, Gym, Games and Athletics. In addition at Key Stage 2 swimming is incorporated. All pupils have a total of at least 2 hours of P.E. each week.
The school has a specialist PE teacher who teaches each class alongside class teachers for one lesson a week. She also organises lunchtime and after school sports clubs and interschool activities.
Use is made of sports specialists such as rugby coaches and gymnastics tutors to enhance the quality of sport taught. During the summer months the school’s playing field is used for athletics and team games such as tag rugby, quick rounders and parachute games. A football club is run for part of the year after school by an outside organisation. Other sports clubs run at different times during the year.
Design and Technology
The curriculum enables children to draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They acquire practical making skills and apply their knowledge and skills to design and test fairly the success of their products. Pupils evaluate and suggest ways to improve their designs.
Pupils learn the basic rules and skills necessary for keeping themselves healthy and safe and behaving well. They learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people.
In KS2 the curriculum aims to help them develop a sense of social justice and moral responsibility. They begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national and global issues.
This is taught from reception right through to Year 6. In KS 1 the emphasis is on speaking and listening using games, songs and role play. In KS2 these activities continue but the children are also introduced to the written language.
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