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The Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on themes which change on a termly basis. These cover a range of history, geography, science and Christian values such as love, space, and the water. Click here for our current two year plan. (Please note that most of our literacy plan is on a separate genre map.)

The themes are used to inspire the children and provide a purpose for their work, though our long term plan ensures we still cover all areas of the National Curriculum and EYFS.

We use Letters and Sounds as a basis for our phonics teaching but also use Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc to support the learning at different stages.

We have a wide variety of reading scheme books and also 'free readers'. In addition the children also have group 'guided reading' sessions.

We have written, with support from a consultant, our own writing genre plan, ensuring we have a wide variety of writing approaches covered in our curriculum.

We have recently started to use a Singaporian maths scheme called Maths No Problem. This is an innovative and cutting edge approach and we are proud of the impact that this is having on our children's learning. It has, of course, been rewritten to cover the English National Curriculum.

Whilst the National Curriculum lays down a number of attainment targets for pupils, it accepts that all children have individual needs, abilities, and skills, and it is the school’s responsibility to meet those needs and educate each child to the limit of his/her potential, by providing a rich and lively environment in which each child is stimulated to learn.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

Personal, social and health education and citizenship contribute to the school curriculum by helping to give children the skills, knowledge and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives, and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Many elements of health education are taught through the subjects of the National Cubiculum and other time-tabled provision, in addition to being promoted through the wider aspects of school life. The school operates a no smoking policy.

Sex Education

There are no formal sex education lessons given, but if questions are asked by the children they are answered appropriately having due regard to age, moral consideration and the value of family life. The school nurse gives an annual talk to the Year 6 pupils about ‘growing up’ issues. Parents are invited to request a copy of the school’s Sex Education policy from the Headteacher.

Physical Education

Physical education takes place in the village hall and, in fine weather, on the village playing field. During the Summer term, the whole school have swimming lessons. These lessons are held at Pickering Swimming pool. In the interest of health and safety all children must change for their PE lessons, and remove ALL items of jewellery. If children wear earrings to school, they should only be studs. Necklaces should not be worn to school unless for medical reasons. Long hair should be tied back.


Sport

Children are given the opportunity to represent our school in a regular inter-school sports competition. Sport is a very important part of our school life. There are a wide range of after school sports clubs, opportunities to take part in Forest Schools activities and quality sports teaching within the school day.


Religious Education

RE is part of the core curriculum, and contributes to the overall aims of eduction to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural and mental development of pupils at the school, and to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life. It is taught in accordance with the requirements of North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. Parents retain the right to withdraw their children on religious grounds from this subject.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

The range of activities varies from time to time, but we try to offer a variety of activities throughout the year including:

  •  Games
  •  Art
  •  Music
  •  Drama
  •  Cookery
  •  Computer skills


In school, we recognise the value of extra curricular activities and hope that parents will co-operate fully with us to ensure their success.

Educational Visits

Staff like to take pupils out of school as a planned part of their work to develop a variety of skills outside the school setting. Residential visits are offered to Year 5 and 6 pupils every year. The Governors’ charging policy applies in the case of all visits involving expenses.


Books

From the outset, children are encouraged to take home school library books, and reading books to read with/to parents. Please help your children to care for them. Reading books should be brought to school each day. It is very important that children develop their skills in reading, as well as a love of books, from an early age.


Homework

Homework is kept to a suitable level of reading, spellings and number work (where appropriate). Children may also be asked to bring in or research topic work depending on their age. Year 5 and 6 are given revision work to prepare for the Year 6 tests and also for moving on to the secondary school. School feels that children’s own recreation time and after-school activities are an important part of their life and should not be overtaken by homework. Children work hard enough at school.

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