The main aims in teaching science in the primary school are to encourage the development of an enquiring mind, and to encourage curiosity about and an interest in the environment.
The approach to teaching is essentially practical, and through a programmed scheme of work certain skills, attitudes and concepts are acquired.
All classes are equipped with interactive whiteboards, and we have a portable interactive whiteboard which can be transported and used throughout the school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is equipped with its own computers and printer for children to use in the classroom. We have a laptop trolley, containing laptops that can be used by children throughout the school.
We follow the new Curriculum and its focus on programming and we recognise that learning about algorithms and prolem solving in an independent way, helps our pupils to develop personal skills of ressiliance and perseverence.
Computing work is generally cross-curricular and also includes work using a variety of software, digital and film cameras, animation, recording and robots.
The teaching of History often takes place as part of a cross-curricular theme, and aims to give the children as many hands-on practical experiences as possible. This may be through the study of artefacts and documents, research using the internet or local sources, through trips or visitors, or through 'living history' theme days such as the above.
The teaching of Geography aims to instil in the children an interest in and understanding of their local environment, and to make comparisons with environments in other localities. In KS1 this teaching generally takes place as part of a cross-curricular theme, for example 'houses' or 'our world'. In KS2, Geography is taught as a seperate subject. The curriculum is enriched as much as possible through visits and visitors.
In KS2 children are given the opportunity to participate in residential trips, which are mainly based around the geography curriculum.
Art in school is taught through a progressive skills-based approach. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible, and children are encouraged in the use of ICT. As with other curriculum areas, use is made of visiting artists and other groups.
Design Technology in KS1 is covered as part of topic work, with skills such as cutting, measuring and joining taught alongside each project. In KS2, it is generally taught as a seperate subject, though there may be links to curriculum areas such as history or geography. Pupils are also given opportunities to participate in various technology workshops throughout the year.
Christianity is taught throughout the school within a combination of specific RE lessons, cross-curricular with other subjects and during assembly.
Faiths such as Judaism, Buddhism and Islam are taught in either the Infants or Juniors.
Other faiths are taught through the multi-cultural festivals which arise during the year.
We regularly teach PSHE during assembly, circle time and within the planned curriculum. Additional sessions may also be taught as and when any specific circumstances arise within the school.
Our PSHE and Citizenship policy contains information on Sex and relationship Education and Drug and Alcohol Education, it can be downloaded below: