Our aim is for all the children at the school to feel secure and happy and to fulfil their potential. To achieve this we are striving for the school to provide a stimulating and aesthetically interesting environment where all the children will feel valued and appreciated. The children will be involved in actively learning, having to work out for themselves how to accomplish any given task rather than being passively directed, the aim being to develop the children's ability to think for themselves. Quality and depth of investigation in the work of the children is actively encouraged.
The governing body of the school have agreed to adopt the local authority's policy on the aims of the curriculum. This document is available at the school for your information.
Through thematic and integrated activities children are encouraged to acquire skills and knowledge relevant to adult life in a fast-changing world, and as members of a wider community.
Children are encouraged to develop experiences in a wide range of activities designed to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum both in core and foundation subject areas.
All areas of the curriculum, whether the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and ICT), the foundation subjects or RE, are taught to mixed ability groups using a thematic approach wherever possible within their classes
All teaching at the school is based on the needs of the individual child and so being in a class with younger or older children will enhance the education of all the children. In this way we meet the needs of both exceptionally able children and children with special educational needs. Children with special needs are catered for in a caring and sympathetic manner, in the surroundings of a normal classroom environment. Close liaison between school and the Local Authority Learning Support Service ensures careful monitoring.
We also have several peripatetic music teachers offering brass, percussion and guitar lessons during the school day. The children who participate in these are encourage to perform during assemblies, school concerts and Shropshire Instrumental group events.
The school has a Christian ethos and the assembly themes are wide-ranging, aimed at promoting a thinking, caring attitude to others. Areas such as RE, Sex Education, Information Technology, Equal Opportunities and Economic Awareness are dealt with in all areas of the curriculum where relevant and appropriate. RE is provided in accordance with the recommendations of the LA's agreed syllabus, a copy of which is available in school, and is taught both as part of the children's termly topic and separately in a daily act of collective worship. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the collective worship element of assemblies, and provision would be made for the class teaching assistant to work with any withdrawn children. Sex Education is an integral part of the school’s Health Policy and as such is taught to the younger children in the school. In the final two years the sex education is more specialised.
A variety of teaching methods are used: whole class, a small group of children of similar ability, or individual children. We choose the method which will be best in meeting the needs of the curriculum area being covered and the abilities of the children involved.
To obtain additional information on the curriculum, please contact your child's classteacher.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
Children are introduced to reading through reading scheme books which are linked to the phonic teaching program called ‘Letters and Sounds’.
Our reading scheme (Big Cat, Collins) is used to complement this program and provide a graduated suite of reading books to support reading at home and at school.
We begin by teaching the individual phonemes (sounds) which make up words through fun games and activities. The children then progress to blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for writing.
We encourage parents to support their child’s reading by listening to them read regularly at home.
As the children’s phonic skills develop they access a wider range of reading material including access to class book collections and the school library.