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THE SUBJECTS OF THE CURRICULUM

THE CORE SUBJECTS

ENGLISH

The most important aspect of this subject is the development of the child's language skills.  This includes reading, listening, talking and writing and forms an integral part of learning across the whole curriculum.  These skills are developed by teachers planning practical and stimulating tasks for the children which involve discussions, drama, listening to and writing stories and poetry, or finding out information for class and personal topics.

 

In the Reception Year and Key Stage One  phonics is taught using the Read, Write Inc Scheme. This forms the basis of our writing skills and sentence work. Other strategies used include Talk For Writing and a cross-curricular approach provides a valuable way of linking subjects together as a cohesive whole. Our reading scheme is based on Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading Tree.

 

In Key Stage Two a text/genre/topic based approach helps us create a stimulating writing culture. Spelling and Grammar are taught in both in context and discretely as appropriate. 

 

Guided reading is used to enhance pupils’ reading skills and we believe all pupils should aim to read daily at home. We are delighted to have community volunteers, one of whom is an author, visit school on a regular basis in order to hear our children read from a variety of sources.

We have a school library run by our Year 6 pupils from which children are able to borrow books on a weekly basis. The books are shared and enjoyed with a Reading Partner,  fostering a love of the written word.

 

The spoken word and the ability to articulate and communicate are encouraged throughout the normal school week, be it in assemblies or focussing on special events such as The Eskdale Festival of the Arts or our Christmas Play.

 

A child's written work takes many forms, it may arise from a piece of research into a topic, or be more creative and descriptive through teachers providing an interesting stimulus, prior to the child writing a piece of prose or poetry.

 

The children are encouraged to write neatly, following prescribed handwriting schemes and to develop a regard for neat presentation and appearance when producing a piece of work.

 

The teaching of spelling and punctuation is linked as closely as possible with the child's written work and reading.  The child is made aware of the pattern and structure of spelling and of the importance of being able to communicate effectively.  Children are also taught the value of communication through the spoken word and information technology to reflect the world in which they live.

MATHEMATICS

In primary schools, the effective teaching of mathematics should be firmly based in practical experience.  New skills and topics will to be introduced through appropriate practical activities using a variety of suitable apparatus and equipment.

 

It is essential that mathematical links are identified in and developed across the curriculum.  The mathematical curriculum needs to be enriched and enlivened by relating it, wherever possible, to real life situations and to children's own experience.  The most important elements are understanding, application and enjoyment.  The main areas of work developed in mathematics are a good understanding of the language and processes of number, including the four arithmetic rules, place value, fractions, money and decimals; the measure of length, weight, time, capacity and volume; the ability to collect, record and present data pictorially and interpret this information; and an understanding of shape and space.

 

In our teaching of mathematics, we aim to create an environment in which children can acquire new skills and have fun exploring and investigating all aspects of numbers (including algebra), measurements, shape and data handling.

 

Mental calculation is also given high priority and parents can help children at home through supporting them to learn number bonds and multiplication tables.  Reasoning and fluency in mathematics is another area given high priority.

 

We ensure that our children are taught basic skills, key facts and strategies in a structured way.  Published schemes, Focus and White Rose Maths, deliver mixed-age planning with the aim of children achieving Mastery at all stages.

 

Reasoning and mental mathematics form the basis for children developing an operational fluency and applying their skills and knowledge to real-life situations.  We believe in the

power of ‘fun’ maths activities when it comes to making sure children are fully engaged in their learning.

SCIENCE

Science provides a way of seeing, exploring, understanding and explaining the world in which our children live. Through our teaching of Science we aim to:

 

  • Encourage and develop children’s curiosity and fascination with the natural and physical world.

 

  • Maintain a good balance between process skills and scientific content, whilst keeping ‘hands-on’ activities at the heart of all we do.

 

  • Use a variety of teaching and learning styles i.e. investigation, illustration, exploration, basic skills, using models and ICT in order to enhance the children’s learning.

 

  • Cover the N.C. Areas of study and wherever possible include visits which raise our children’s awareness and understanding of how Science plays a key role in the world around them.

 

  • Inspire some of the scientists of the future

       

 

 

 

THE FOUNDATION SUBJECTS

HISTORY

We aim to stimulate children’s curiosity about the past through a wide variety of historical experiences, ranging from using family photographs to visiting museums. Through this, the children will gain a widening historical perspective on the world around them. Bringing history alive through drama and role play, as well as handling and examining artefacts, helps make the past more meaningful.

 

GEOGRAPHY

The children will experience being geographers by asking questions about the world around them, distant places and the environment.  They will develop a range of geographical skills as they find answers through practical observations, explorations and through the use of a variety of reference materials.  We aim to make the most of our local environment, including the rivers and coast.

 

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Technology aims to raise children's awareness and ability to identify the need and opportunities for design and technology in their environment.

Opportunities are provided for children to design and make artefacts and systems, working to a plan, using appropriate materials and resources.  They are encouraged to evaluate their own designs, plus those from other times and cultures.

The children will be given opportunities to design and make using a wide range of materials.

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Computing

Children are given opportunities to use computers throughout their time at school  across  a wide range of subjects to enhance their learning.

The progressive development of children's confidence and skills in using information technology to research, process and present information will be encouraged and taught throughout the school. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards which allow pupils to access a whole range learning resources through a carefully filtered environment. We have mobile Ipads and laptops which can be used throughout school.

 

ART and Design 

Pupils understanding and enjoyment of Art, Craft and Design is developed through activities that require them to both Investigate and make Artefacts and also acquire a knowledge and understanding of their own and other people's work.  The children will have access to and experience of a wide range of media throughout their school life e.g. paint, clay, textiles etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

Pupils understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through a wide range of Activities including Performing and Composing and Listening and Appraising.  There are many opportunities to take part in school performances and productions.  We are able to offer through the County Music Service peripatetic tuition in piano and guitar, and we are fortunate to have a number of both of these instruments in school to support these extra - curricular activities.

 

All children in Base 2 also receive some instruction in the playing of percussion instruments , as well as singing.

P.E.

We aim to:

  • Provide all pupils with opportunities for the development of physical skills and understanding, within a structured, safe and supportive environment;
  • foster a positive attitude towards fitness, health and personal hygiene;
  • ensure each child receives a balanced programme of physical activities as set out in the National Currciculum i.e. Games Skills, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Outdoor Activities and Swimming.

 

We participate in Inter School sporting events and festivals.  We believe that all children should have equal opportunities for active involvement, experiencing success regardless of ability while at the same time being enabled to fulfil their individual potential.

 

At Goathland we bring external coaches in to enhance the delivery Physical Education (e.g. Football, Cricket, Tri-golf).  We run an extra-curricular sports club and also encourage our children to become involved in clubs in the local community.

 

We are fortunate to have Miss Brown, a sports coach, to teach most P.E. in school.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education meets requirements of North Yorkshire LEA agreed syllabus.  It is provided as part of the school curriculum and its aim is to contribute educationally to the development of children as individuals and members of society by fostering a reflective approach to life in the context of a growing understanding of the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and religious practices of mankind.

 

Christianity, as the main religion of our society, forms the major part of our teaching, however in addition all pupils learn about Judaism and at KS 2  pupils also are taught about other religions including Islam.  The children take part in the Harvest and Christmas celebrations at Goathland Church. 

 

Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious education and collective worship in school after discussion with the Headteacher.

 

All members of staff teach R.E. and share in the collective acts of worship.