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Communication and Creativity 

These subjects are organised in our rolling programme and where possible these are linked to other subjects for a more comprehensive approach. For example drawing and painting mini-beasts during the topic on mini-beasts, cooking historical dishes and making Roman mosaics.

 

In Music, we have adapted a prepared scheme and this ensures that we cover all elements of the curriculum and build on learning on a yearly basis. We use Charanga  ( https://charanga.com/site/musical-school/) to help deliver music. As a school we highly value singing and this is supported in our weekly singing assemblies and other productions and events. We believe that having the opportunity to sing in unison as a community contributes to emotional and spiritual well-being. We also teach musical notation, even to our youngest students. 

 

Key Stage Two children are learning French in School, we use a structured programme, to ensure pupils cover the key learning to have basic skills by the time they leave Primary Education. The focus is on speaking and listening and developing an interest in other languages but pupils are encouraged to write in French and construct their own sentences. As part of this, we learn about the culture and history of French speaking countries.

Learning about the World 

These subjects are organised in our rolling programme and where possible themes have been grouped together to support understanding. Co-ordinators have a role in supporting staff as they impart key factual knowledge and help pupils to build key skills yearly.

In Religious Education we follow the county scheme which seeks to develop tolerance and understanding of the main religions within the UK. We look at different religions in depth but also explore themes which run through many religions including rituals, important people, prayer and religious books.

 

PSHE is taught thematically but this is flexible owing to class need and current issues in school and in the outside world. Teacher’s often use circle time to support pupils in this area and allow pupils to articulate their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. As a school we are keenly aware of the need for our pupils to have a sound economics education, we routinely discuss enterprise and entrepreneurship, learn about how money is earned and spent, discuss the consequences of debt and make links between financial security, education and well-being.  Year 5 and 6 pupils complete drug and alcohol and sex and relationship education on a two yearly cycle.

 

We champion the NHS ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ approach (

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/)

when exploring issues of emotional ane mental health. We incorporate these into PSHE lessons but they also form part of our school approach and values. The values are:

 

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

 

  

 

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