The National Curriculum
All children study a variety of subjects, skills and concepts which are based upon the framework set out for the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum 2015.
From Year 1, children follow the National Curriculum. The following subjects are taught throughout the school although many cross-curricular links are made to make learning more meaningful and interesting:
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Personal, Social and Health Education to include Citizenship
- Modern Foreign Languages (French)
English and Maths are both taught in the morning along with Letters and Sounds (phonics) for children in Key Stage 1.
As a Church school we place particular emphasis on the teaching of R.E. Although our collective worship is predominantly Christian, R.E. gives us the opportunity to teach children about other major world faiths concentrating on understanding, tolerance and respect of different cultures and beliefs.
We regularly assess and review how we use I.T. in school and have been fundraising to redevelop our computer room. Alongside this, each class has an interactive whiteboard, desktop computers, a class iPad and access to iPads and laptops for group work.
At Fritchley C.E. Aided Primary School, we put an emphasis on the Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E) which also includes lessons and discussions about a wide range of personal and social issues including sex and relationships and drug education.
Teaching this area of the curriculum is intended to help children make informed choices about the lifestyles they adopt, both now and in the future. During the infant years the content of P.S.H.E concentrates on the child as a whole. Throughout the junior years there is a steady progression towards a more detailed knowledge and understanding and the ways in which children can take a greater responsibility for their own health and well-being.
In Year 6, sex education is presented in the context of family life, stable relationships and respect for others in a moral framework. Parents will be invited to view the contents and resources before the lessons begin, so they are prepared when the children ask their questions. Parents also have the right to withdraw their child from sex education if they so wish.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage follows the Development Matters framework for 0 -5 year olds and forms the basis for all learning and teaching in Hardwick Class. There are seven areas of learning and development within this stage of early year’s education:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities
Communication and Language Development – giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
Mathematics – helping children to develop and improve their counting, use of numbers, addition and subtraction and shape, space and measures
Literacy – linking sounds and letters, beginning to read and write. Stimulating interest through a wide range of books, poems and written materials
Understanding the World –making sense of the physical world, the local community, finding out about people, places, technology and the environment
Physical Development – helping children to become active and interactive, to develop co-ordination, control and movement and to make healthy food choices
Expressive arts and design – enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, through art, music, movement, dance, role-play design and technology
In this section of our website, you will find details of our school curriculum, i.e. the subjects and topics we are covering.
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