At Andrews’ Endowed CE Primary we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that enables us to develop our pupils academically, spiritually and socially, helping to promote a life-long love of learning. We are committed to developing the whole child, helping them to experience the core Christian Values of Love, Courage and Respect.
We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children. We aim to enrich it through our strong ethos based on respect for ourselves and others, equality and a sense of wonder at the world we live in. During their time with us our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.
What do we want our Curriculum to offer our children?
During their time with us, we believe our children will learn best if they have access to a wide range of experiences which support and nurture their interests and talents. These can be summarised as:
The opportunity to understand themselves as learners – we explore Growth Mindset in order for children to think about how they can tackle challenges and use the strategies that they have already acquired to develop their understanding further.
The opportunity to learn music – all pupils are taught to sing and singing is used at our school as a means of celebration, enjoyment and musical challenge. Children are taught to sing in unison and also to explore devices such as harmonies and rounds.
The opportunity to learn a language – French is taught throughout the school. Each class from EYFS to Y6 has a French lesson weekly through a specialist teacher. By the time the children are in Upper Key Stage 2, they are learning to read and write in French. For more details, see our separate MFL Policy.
The opportunity to learn about nature, to experience the outdoor curriculum and to understand the role of farming in British life – we use our extensive grounds to teach the children about nature in our local area. We also make the most of our rural surroundings. Children in all year groups visit farms regularly, learning about our rural heritage and the importance of farming to food production.
The opportunity to develop their performance skills, take part in performances and to experience live theatre regularly. All classes work towards presentation assemblies on a termly basis – these often include drama and role play.
The opportunity to develop their creative skills, experience a range of artistic media and to visit Galleries and Exhibitions. Use is made of visiting artists, and visits to local galleries. We also make use of the expertise on offer to us at our local Secondary schools, the adjacent Specialist School (Treloar’s) and Alton College.
The opportunity to develop their PE skills through through participation in a variety of competitive events organised locally. During their time with us, we plan for as many children as possible to represent the school at least once in a sport, and we keep records of access to ensure that all children have equal opportunity. All children in Y4 have swimming lessons, to ensure that by the time they leave us, all of our children are able to swim.
The opportunity to develop their understanding of the place of faith and spirituality in people’s lives – we encourage our children to search for meaning, ask thoughtful questions, reflect on beliefs and develop understanding, respect and tolerance for those around them.
The opportunity to develop their Digital Literacy and use technology effectively in their learning, and to develop an understanding of the benefits and potential risks associated with a modern digital society. We have integrated tablet devices through the school so that the children have access to the Computing curriculum via Chrome books and via tablets. We have an e-safety curriculum, and provide access to events for parents and carers to enable them to keep abreast of this topic.
The opportunity to learn from First Hand Experience by visiting settings linked to the topics they are studying. Each class has a topic themed experience every term. This usually takes the form of a visit to an external venue, but may sometimes be a visitor in school to stimulate the children’s interest. Themed days are also an integral part of our curriculum.
The opportunity to learn to serve others in the community and to understand their roles in and responsibilities to the society they are part of. This begins with simple monitor roles, taken on by our youngest children, and extends through representing their class as members of the School Council. By the time they reach Y6, all children become Buddies to the children in Acorns, supporting them in their learning and in their play.