We work hard to make learning fun and relevant for all our learners. OFSTED have consistently complimented us for our quality provision and creative approaches. We follow National Curriculum guidance and appreciate parental support. Please help us by taking a regular interest in your child’s learning, supporting them with homework and discussing any concerns with class teachers.
Children in the Foundation stage of their schooling follow a curriculum that is appropriate to their needs. This curriculum "feeds" into the national schemes and is based on six areas of development: Personal, Social and Emotional, Creative, Physical, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Language and Literacy and Mathematical. Early emphasis is on play indoors and outdoors as well as interaction with adults in a purposeful and structured environment.
CORE CURRICULUM - Years 1 to 6
Teaching children the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing is high on our list of priorities. Every day our children are taught literacy skills and we aim to instill in our children a lasting love of literature. Our pupils enjoy meaningful writing experiences, speaking and listening activities and drama sessions.
Writing Booklet for Parents (pdf, 0.3MB)
Using a range of flexible and innovative teaching approaches, it is our aim to develop pupils who have:
- a positive attitude towards mathematics
- good number sense leading to fluency in both mental and written calculations
- a love of and fascination with the power of mathematics
- competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
- initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others
- an ability to communicate mathematically
- an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
- an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
How We Teach Calculations (pdf, 1.8MB)
We offer our children opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills. Where possible we relate these to real life situations and provide first-hand experiences.
Religious Education and Assemblies
The school is not affiliated to a particular religious denomination. We base our religious education on Christianity as well as moral and social values. Children have experience of the Bible through stories and assemblies. Christian Festivals are celebrated and the children are made aware of other world religions too. Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from assemblies and religious education provided by the school. Alternative arrangements can be made if requested.
We place a great deal of emphasis on developing basic skills. We also appreciate the importance of the other subjects that are known as Foundation subjects. Our children benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum that includes Art, Music, Design Technology, P.E., History and Geography. We have an exciting and creative theme based curriculum where meaningful links are made between subjects.
We offer a wide variety of P.E. including, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. We believe that P.E. promotes a sense of well-being and positive self-esteem. We aim to make it inclusive and fun. Swimming forms part of our curriculum and children from Key Stage 2 visit the open-air pool in Ingleton in the summer term. P.E. and swimming are normal school activities. All children are expected to take part unless a note is received from home.
In our vastly changing, technological world we believe that it is important to prepare our pupils for the future. They are taught how to use computing tools and different information sources to support learning in all subjects. We are fortunate to have a large number of networked computers as well as interactive whiteboards and projectors. E-safety is a priority.
All children receive the required National Curriculum teaching of music that includes both making and appreciating music. Classes have regular singing and music making sessions. There are also opportunities for children to learn to play accordion, cello, violin, keyboard, brass, woodwind and guitar. Arrangements are made through the North Yorkshire Music Service (tel. 01609 532783)
Personal, Social and Health Education
Aspects of learning filter into all areas of school life including cross curricular topics, lunchtimes, after school clubs and playtimes. Life skills are important, as is learning about British Values and equality.