The Content and Organisation of the Curriculum
The curriculum to which each child is entitled has been laid down by the National Curriculum, ensuring the development of a child moving through the school. The subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Art, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, I.C.T. and Design and Technology form the content of the curriculum.
In addition to the above the school curriculum also addresses cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, and Multi-cultural Education. This includes a developing understanding of British Values and how children can keep themselves safe. The manner in which the curriculum as a whole is delivered will reflect the needs of each individual child, and so the organisation of teaching groups will, of necessity, be flexible. Children will be taught at various times, as a whole class, as a matched or mixed ability group and individually.
Where possible the curriculum will be taught in a more integrated and thematic way, using the International Primary Curriculum as its inspiration.
English and maths are often taught discretely. Early synthetic phonics is taught through the Jolly Phonics scheme and early reading is supported through the Oxford Reading Tree.
It is important to note that the requirements of the National Curriculum do not apply to children who are not of statutory school age, i.e. “rising fives”. They follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum which prepares them for the National Curriculum and for their later years in the school.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious Education in our school is in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus and reflects the teaching of the Church of England. Through the teaching of religious education we aim to promote the spiritual and moral development of the children, at the same time seeking to ensure that it promotes respect, understanding and tolerance for those who adhere to different faiths. A parent does have the right to withdraw their child from religious education if so wished.
In order to comply with the 1988 Education Reform Act each school is required to ensure that all pupils take part in daily collective worship. Nothing in the Education Reform Act affects parents’ rights, as established in the 1944 Act. Any parent does have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship if they wish.
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