PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
The school is actively committed to a Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme which continues from Nursery to Year 6. Through this, we aim to help children value themselves, their health and well-being, and to value those around them.
We aim to enhance their self-esteem and help them to develop an inner strength and confidence.
Awareness of self, relationships with others, health education, personal safety and communication skills are taught through a range of activities such as role play, parachute games and ‘circle time’.
Maths is taught daily throughout the school with emphasis on learning numeracy skills and applying these skills through problem solving. We have created our calculations policy building new learning from prior teaching and the school actively teaches mental calculation strategies and the application of maths concepts to real situations. We aim to develop the children’s mathematical thinking while fostering their confidence and enjoyment of using and applying maths.
An ability to communicate effectively is essential if children are to achieve their potential throughout their school and adult life. Therefore, we view the acquisition of language skills to be of the utmost importance and so the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority. The literacy curriculum is taught through all subjects, although one hour each day is set aside for specific language skills and concepts to be taught.
Most science is approached through topics or themes, through which we encourage pupils to examine and observe the natural and scientific world in order to gain some understanding of how it works. We aim to foster the children’s enjoyment of exploring, comparing, arguing and testing so that they are able to gather the experience they need to understand the world in which we live.
Our overall aim with Computing is to integrate the computer into the everyday learning activities of the school. To help us achieve this we have a computer workstation in each classroom. There is also a computer suite comprising of 18 workstations and an interactive whiteboard. There is an interactive board in every classroom. All computers are networked. We have two further laptop trolleys with half class sets of laptops. We are exploring using iPads as a teaching and learning tool.
HUMANITIES - HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
This embraces the traditional subjects of History and Geography and is largely taught as part of an integrated topic. We feel it is important for the children to be able to learn from, and use, direct and first hand experience, but emphasis is also placed on the use of reference material.
Through a range of approaches, we aim to bring about the understanding of the world beyond home and family, knowledge of the past and present, recognition and tolerance of their own and other people’s strengths and limitations.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
This area of the curriculum encompasses the creative and natural inclination of a developing child to explore, experiment and solve real problems through the use of a wide range of materials and by applying appropriate technology. Much of this work is tackled as part of the school’s thematic activities.
ART AND DESIGN
We endeavour to give children the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of artistic media, such as sketching, painting, clay, textiles and printing.
All children are offered a wide variety of musical experiences involving singing and percussion work. Emphasis is also placed on listening to a wide variety of music. The children are encouraged to learn to play an instrument. Instruction is currently given in guitar, recorder, violin, cello, flute, clarinet and brass.
The governors have a charging and remissions policy for instrumental lessons, which are provided by the Cambridgeshire Instrumental Music Agency (CIMA) and private tuition.
The curriculum includes a full range of physical activities appropriate to the age and development of the children, including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming. We are fortunate to have year round access to St. Neots Indoor Pool on a weekly basis. Parents are requested to contribute towards the cost of transport. The governors recognise swimming as an important part of a child’s educational development due to the close proximity to the river.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
As with other aspects of health education, sex education is an ongoing process which starts with the parents and continues at school in many ways. It encompasses understanding, not only of reproduction but of human sexuality in the broadest sense. It requires understanding of animal and plant reproduction and the place of humans as one of many species inhabiting our world. Sex education is therefore an intrinsic element in learning about relationships, personal development and growth. A series of video programmes are used with Year 6 pupils. Parents are invited into school to see the materials and discuss the lessons. If parents wish to view these beforehand they should contact the school.
The governors consider the participation of pupils in the sex education programme as much a requirement as for other parts of the secular curriculum. Parents may inform the school, in writing, that they intend to withdraw their child from those parts of the course that are not required by any National Curriculum Orders.
Religious Education (RE) is provided in accordance with the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus. Through this we aim to develop in children an understanding of the nature of religion, its beliefs and practices.
Parents may request, in writing, that their child be excused RE and/ or collective worship.