The National Curriculum
Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education (RE)
Other subjects: Design & Technology (DT), History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C), Modern Foreign Languages (French).
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At Osmotherley Primary School, our policy on curriculum follows the National Curriculum.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is stimulating, exciting and engages all of our pupils. We cater for a range of learning styles and adapt our teaching strategies to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential during their time in our schools. We provide a range of activities and experiences that challenge and motivate. We have a cross-curricular approach where appropriate that allows pupils to apply skills learned across all areas of the curriculum and enables them to see the importance of and links between subject areas.
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage begins from birth, then in school from entry to nursery (when children are three or four years old) then finishes at the end of the Reception class (when all the children will be five years old). Whilst children are in the EYFS, they will experience activities which will help them progress in their development and learning. The Development Matters and Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Reception year. These goals are organised into seven areas of learning and provide the basis for planning and assessment throughout the EYFS. The seven curriculum areas of learning are made up of three prime areas and four specific areas.
Three Prime Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour)
- Physical Development (Moving and handling, health and self-care)
- Communication and Language (Listening and attention, speaking, understanding
Four Specific Areas:
- Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, Space and Measures)
- English (Reading, writing)
- Understanding of the World (People and communities, the world, technology)
- Creative Development (Exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)
This is an extremely important aspect of our curriculum. Fluency in both reading and writing is our aim for each child. When children enter school, they bring with them various strengths. We aim to discover this awareness and develop these skills to their full potential, throughout the whole of their Primary School education.
The children will learn to communicate using reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, in order to fit them for the world in which they live. We have an extensive reading scheme, covering many interests, which is carefully structured to help all reading development. Children are encouraged to take books home to enjoy, and to reinforce skills they have learned at school.
Writing is carefully structured and has an emphasis on clarity of style. In order to communicate with others it is important that a high standard of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation is developed by the children. The use of dictionaries and other wordbooks is actively encouraged. The many and varied situations presented to the children will help to extend their abilities in the field of language, providing lively discussions, as well as motivation for expressive writing and interesting reading at all stages. An extensive range of reference books for all ages is in use in each school. Children are encouraged to discover information for themselves, to classify it and collate from all resources possible, as their reading and language skills are extended.
Our aim is to develop:
- Competence in handling mathematics and hence the ability to formulate a problem in mathematical terms
- An ability to think and converse in mathematics, reflecting a logical yet independent thought process and flexibility of mind
- An awareness through personal experience of the many facets of mathematics as an interesting and appealing subject
- Mathematical skills and knowledge relevant to the individual and his/her role in society
We hope to provide an environment in which children can study patterns and relationships in number, shape, time, measurement, money and pictorial representation. Practical activity is seen an integral part of learning mathematics. Experimentation with concrete materials enables each child to see in real terms the concept that will be applied later in the abstract. We anticipate that the concepts formed during these experiences in counting, measuring and constructing will develop into an understanding of mathematics in its widest possible sense.
Religious Education is provided within the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus for community primary schools. All puils learn about the teachings of Christ and the messages of the Bible. Children will learn ‘from religion’ and ‘about religion’. Religious Education will be taught in a thematic way with every opportunity used to relate the messages from the Bible to the everyday lives of the children. It is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum. Children also learn about other faiths and are given opportunities throughout the curriculum to raise questions about faith and the various religions of the world. They will be given the chance to visit various places of worship, to experience different cultures through talks from visitors, and be involved with worship in their own parish church.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Osmotherley Primary School caters for all children’s individual needs within the curriculum and tailors its styles accordingly. Any child that experiences specific difficulties is catered for by the provision of interventions designed to support learning after consultation and in liaison with parental support. Sometimes external agencies can be involved to support children and offer advice to parents and teachers. This may include Speech and Language support, Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional, Social and Behavioural needs. Support may also involve the Educational Psychology Service.
GIFTED AND TALENTED
Our schools aim to provide the best possible education to meet the individual needs of all learners and to help them develop to their full potential. Learners who have demonstrated high achievement, and whose previous assessments indicate possible future high achievement, are recognised by our school and supported in their development within and outside the classroom. We believe that we can make a difference in enabling pupils to achieve the greatest possible progress and recognise the value and importance of identifying and celebrating their achievements and successes. High expectations are fundamental in every aspect of our curriculum. Our definition of ability recognises academic and practical performance as well as those who show outstanding musical, artistic and creative talents, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information. Additional curricular opportunities are provided for children deemed Gifted or More Able to work alongside peers who share their talents, developing and challenging in a stimulating environment.
Our aim is to promote a keen interest in science through practical investigations which draw on the child’s first hand experience, own interests and natural curiosity. It is also to increase knowledge by developing skills in observation, classifying, recording, making and testing hypotheses, designing experiments and drawing conclusions. It is important to encourage perseverance, self-discipline and ingenuity. Children should be able to co-operate with teachers and peers in planning, decision making, investigating and communicating the results of investigations.
We aim to give the children a wide variety of computing experiences as part of their technological education. The use of technology can enrich and enhance the education of each child in all phases and areas of the curriculum. Computing can provide a means of motivating all children in the learning process and can increase pupils’ self-esteem by improving the presentation of their work. We aim to help all pupils understand the consequences of the use of technology for the individual and society, and to help pupils become proficient in the use and understanding of this in areas such as problem solving and design. We believe that the earlier children have foundations in computing, the greater the benefit is as they progress through the school. Our school has networked computers, as well as numerous technological resources including I-Pads and interactive whiteboards.
An understanding of history helps children to make sense of the world in which we live, therefore history forms the key basis for many of the topics within the federation. We endeavour for our history teaching to be creative in order to motivate and engage the children. History is carefully planned to utilise links with other curriculum areas and be as cross-curricular as possible. We bring history further to life by planning field trips, visitors to school and theme days. Children will be taught about a variety of periods from history, including ancient civilisations and modern history. They will be helped to develop a sense of chronology and learn about the changes in everyday life over a period of time. Children will study famous men and women from the past as well as important historical events. As well as their historical learning, children will have the opportunity to use a variety of resources, including handling artefacts and museum visits. Local history will also be part of their learning.
Geography is taught in a way which is both creative and cross-curricular. Topics at both key stages cover the full National Curriculum breadth of study. We aim to provide children with opportunities to study Geography outside of the classroom by planning field trips which engage the children and extend their learning. We want to stimulate children’s interest in the world around them. As part of their geography studies, children will gain an understanding of places and different environments. Children will learn about their local area and make comparisons with other regions in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world. They will learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving. Through their growing knowledge of human geography, children will gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
We aim to encourage an enjoyment and delight in experiencing the various media of creativity. Art and craft activities help to develop the child’s sense of shape, pattern and colour and his/her ability to select and use various materials. Two and three dimensional work is encouraged through the learning of new skills and the development of ideas, concepts and attitudes. We strive to develop children’s knowledge of artists within year groups. Design Technology is taught and children alternate between sewing, model making including wood work, using clay and food technology. Some DT and Art activities link with our topics, some are stand-alone activities to teach a specific skill. Drama can help in the development of language and stimulate the imagination. It can enable a child to fulfil his/her potential and assist in building self-confidence. It further provides the joy of shared experiences, of creating something, together with other people. Music is taught to provide enjoyment through progressive work leading to the full development of musical potential. We aim to develop the concepts of pitch, rhythm and time to improve the vocal and aural abilities of the children.
In Physical Education our aims are:
- To develop the best possible growth of the individual
- To produce efficient use of the body in a wide range of physical skills
- To increase individual physical qualities eg posture, strength, stamina etc
- To stimulate the capacity for creative and imaginative activity
- To assist in the development of personal qualities, including social and moral attitudes
- To promote positive attitudes towards healthy living and active participation
Our teaching in PE will include exercises to improve skills of agility and body-awareness, games and dance. There are opportunities for children to compete in interschool competitions as well as cluster festivals and activities. Children may also be chosen to represent the federation at various competitions. Osmotherley Primary School also supports links with local sports clubs and organisations. We also utilise trained sports’ coaches to deliver high quality PE to children and so staff also benefit from training opportunities.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
The aims of the Primary language teaching at our school are to:
- Foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all
- Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it
- Support oracy and literacy and, in particular, develop speaking and listening skills
- Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences
- Lay the foundations for future language study by pupils
- Provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning
- Give an extra dimension to teaching and learning across the curriculum