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 2014 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.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- To enable children to understand that they can be successful learners and to know what skills and attributes they will need.
- To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- To teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information communications technology (Computing);
- To enable children to be creative through art, dance, music, drama and design technology;
- To enable children to be healthy individuals who enjoy sport and appreciate the importance of a healthy life style;
- To enable children to develop their own personal interests.
- To teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
- To help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
- To enable children to be positive citizens in society and to feel that they can make a difference;
- To enable children to understand and respect other cultures;
- To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed syllabus for Religious Education;
- To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong;
- To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
- To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others;
- To enable children to be active and take responsibility for their own health;
- To develop children musically, both vocally and through the use of instruments;
- To enable children to be passionate about what they believe in and to develop their own thinking;
- To enable children to ask questions and take risks.
- To enable children to develop their intellect including their emotional intelligence.
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 seven key learning behaviours during the children’s time with us – four are explored in Key Stage 1 as Determination, Independence, Being Curious, and Co-operation. In KS2, these are revisited as
Resilience, Changing, Curiosity and Learning Relationships respectively, and three further learning behaviours are added – Meaning Making, Creativity and Strategic Awareness. In helping children to become aware of themselves as learners, we believe we enable them to direct and shape their own learning and take responsibility for it.
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.
All pupils have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument during their time in at the school. Following the Hampshire ‘Listen2Me’ programme, children in one selected year group will learn 3 instruments during the year. By the time they leave the school, all children will have had this opportunity at least once in their time with us.
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. Visiting Theatre Groups are regularly invited into school, this includes a visit from a French Theatre company every 2 years. We aim to ensure that classes visit the Theatre at least once during their time in Key Stage 2.
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 access to specialist teaching and 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. We use specialist coaches at lunch time to support those children in KS2 who are less confident in their sporting abilities, giving them opportunities in small focus groups to hone their skills and overcome their anxieties. 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 PCs 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.