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National Curriculum: Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)

The curriculum for KS1 & 2 are based on Core and Foundation subjects.

‘High attendance, good literacy and numeracy skills and above average attainment overall, allied to excellent skills in team work and exceptionally confident use of ICT, contribute to pupils’ outstanding development of workplace skills.’ OFSTED report July 2011

Core Subjects

The teaching and learning of English, is based upon the National Curriculum. We aim to provide the children with purposeful activities in a wide range of curricular contexts to develop the confidence and skills in the wider world. We encourage all parents to be involved in their child's reading and writing with the aim to help the children not only become fluent and independent but develop a life long enthusiasm and enjoyment in reading and writing!

Children’s reading in Class 1 is initially taught following the government framework Letters and Sounds and that is delivered using Read, Write Inc and Jelly and Bean. The reading schemes used within school are Rigby Stars and Rapid for the Key Stage 1 children and Rigby Navigator for Key stage 2 children.

The teaching and learning of Mathematics, is based upon the National Curriculum. The children are given opportunities to develop mental calculation skills through practical work involving problem solving and investigations, as well as learning to work with number, data handling, shape and space, and measurement, using appropriate mathematical language.

As a school, we aim to make the science taught reflect the science of the real world, by combining interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude to health and safety. We want the children to develop skills of scientific enquiry, a pattern of logical thinking, to ask and raise questions, which they can investigate and find answers to for themselves.

We are most fortunate to have computers available to all classes. The children are taught computing skills and use computing to support their work throughout the curriculum. Each teaching area has an Interactive Whiteboard so that computing can be fully integrated appropriately to enhance teaching and learning opportunities. In addition to this the school uses ‘DB’ which is a virtual learning platform (VLP) which serves to extend the learning of our children past the normal hours of the school day.

The school has a Christian tradition and Religious Education is taught in stages according to the age of the children, in accordance with the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. Religious Education is statutory and includes finding out about world religions, relationships with other people and the life of Jesus. The learning is inextricably linked with other aspects of our classroom learning, as well as being taught in stories and assemblies. It forms an integral part of the child’s moral education, in helping him/her to be aware of and sensitive to his/her own feelings and those of others. Collective Worship takes place daily. The Minister of the Methodist Church or the Rector of St. James’ Parish Church from time to time takes part in our assemblies. The school recognises the right of the parent to withdraw their child from collective worship.

Foundation Subjects

Art is a vital element in the educational process by which children can express their ideas, thoughts and feelings. The children have opportunities to use of a wide variety of media and are given experiences to develop their skills progressively.

Design technology provides pupils with the opportunity to think, be creative and solve problems, independently and as members of a team. They will design, construct their own models and be asked to look critically at their inventions to find areas which could be improved.

These subjects are indispensable in understanding the modern world, finding out how the past influences the present and developing the necessary skills with which the children can build their place in society. We aim, especially, to use our local environment as part of the children’s studies.

Each child is given the opportunity to participate and develop skills in gymnastics, games, dance/movement and outdoor activities. During the course of the year all children from year 2 upwards participate in swimming lessons at Richmond Pool. Years 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to experience Outdoor Activities by taking part in a Residential Visit. We believe that the promotion of a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit the children now but also later on in their lives.

‘Pupils are exceptionally aware of the importance of a healthy diet and of taking plenty of exercise. This is reflected in their very enthusiastic involvement in physical education, sport and after-school clubs and the high take-up of healthy school meals.’ OFSTED report July 2011

We offer a variety of musical activities in which all the children are encouraged to participate including extra curricular activities during and after school. Music enables personal and creative expression, reflection and emotional development. Older pupils have the opportunity to have weekly music lessons from a specialist music teacher.

Older pupils are taught French with the support of Richmond Secondary School. Presently class 2 and class 3 have French lessons from our school staff.

We are currently running a coding club after school to allow all those pupils who are keen to extend their learning and experience of coding to come along and work with professional programmer.