Other Curriculum Information
History and Geography
Every term, each class has a different topic to study which includes as many practical experiences as possible. In geography, we ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge of places, environment and developmental change. Children learn to communicate using geographical language, read maps and explain issues.
In history, children learn about people, events and places, both from the recent past and the more distant past. We work hard at making the subjects real and full of practical experience. The children enjoy spending days visiting museums and living the past through role play.
Children are taught about a range of faiths and denominations through a range of experiences. Children are provided with opportunities to share their own beliefs in school.
Under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 all parents have a right to withdraw their child from the School’s daily ‘Collective Act of Worship’ or from religious education.
ICT assumes an important role as a key curriculum subject and as an essential tool to retrieve and present information across all curriculum areas. All children have access to a variety of technology, including ipads as an integral part of their studies. Interactive whiteboards support learning across the full curriculum and are used in every classroom. Children are always supervised when using ICT. The school has rigorous safeguarding procedures in place for use of the internet. Details of internet safety are incorporated into our e-safety policy and available to view in the school office or on our website.
All children study music as part of the National Curriculum. They have opportunities for participation in and appreciation of a wide range of music and have the opportunity to sing and play a wide range of instruments. They create music from an early age and learn elements of reading music.
Across KS2 Children have the opportunity to learn a range of other instruments. A group of peripatetic music teacher gives lessons in a variety of instruments including stringed instruments, drums and guitar as required. These are additional and optional activities for which parents have to meet the costs of tutoring and, possibly, purchase and hire of instruments. Details are sent out each year or may be obtained from the office.
Physical Education, Outdoor Pursuits and Extra Curricular Sport
Children are offered a range of sporting activities both during and beyond the school day. In addition to the statutory PE curriculum, (striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, athletics, net and ball games and swimming) pupils are offered additional opportunities through clubs and after school activities such as football, netball, and cricket and through local leagues and festivals. Children also participate in local competitions, races, leagues and tournaments. Littletown children regularly win!
Each class has the opportunity to swim during the year and some of our PE premium Grant is used to help fund this.
In addition to PE lessons that develop teamwork, children experience activities such as orienteering and problem solving in an outdoor setting.
Children in Years 4 and 6 have further opportunities during residential programmes.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The school also uses SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials.
Health education is a cross-curricular aspect and overlaps with social education. Our children’s health is given a high priority in school. As well as considering diet and exercise, our health education programme includes a programme of sex education, which has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Authority’s guidelines and has been approved by the school governors.
We have always given outdoor learning high priority at our school. The grounds, outdoor classroom and links with the local community are well-used by the children and staff and are a regular feature of the curriculum. The increased space provides improved opportunities for Forest School type activities and to learn outside in a range of curriculum areas and alongside others.
Visitors and Visits
We welcome a range of visitors into School to support children in their learning. These include writers, artists, scientists and musicians etc. We also encourage the involvement of parents. We invest in as many visits as we can, so that children learn from real and exciting first hand experiences.
We carefully monitor and assess our children, keeping records on our planning after each lesson, so that we can plan for future lessons based on what pupils need to know next. We use a special online tracker to record end of term assessments, meeting regularly to discuss progress and ensuring that early intervention is put in place where further support is needed.
A Foundation Profile is completed at the end of your child’s first year in School. There are Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs) at the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6).
These assessments are shared with parents on the end of year school report.