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St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Inspiring children to achieve their personal best

Our curriculum

An Introduction to our Curriculum

 

Aims of our Curriculum

The school provides a broad, balanced, creative curriculum which endeavours to extend the children's knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live.

 

We also aim to help children acquire increasing competence through the development of concepts, skills and attitudes and to enable them to develop their own self-confidence and relate happily to others.

 

An overview of each Year Group's Curriculum can be found under Curriculum Overviews. A more detailed termly summary of curriculum provision for each Year Group can be found under Term Aheads.

 

The Organisation of the Curriculum

The first years of school, up to the age of 11, are the foundation of your child's education. From September 1989, schools started to introduce the National Curriculum. The subjects of study are English, Maths, Science, Design & Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is also taught.

 

At this stage, many of these subjects are integrated and taught through topics because it allows children to broaden their areas of experience and yet encourages study in depth. These topics use children's natural curiosity, encouraging them to think critically and develop a scientific approach to problem solving.

 

Children also learn to develop important social skills, like being part of a team, sharing ideas and learning to be self-confident.

 

Information Technology is used in all subjects and the school is well equipped with computers, digital cameras, access to the Internet and control technology. Interactive whiteboards are installed in all classes. Classes also have access to laptops as well as the computers in the IT suite.


As part of their work, children will make visits to other environments; museums, workplaces, theatres etc. Visitors to the school such as storytellers, artists, musicians etc will share their expertise in a particular field with the children and all these direct experiences will also help to make the children's work stimulating and relevant.

 

Homework

All children are given some form of homework each week. We may not have homework in the formal "secondary school" style but there are activities, which we expect the children to carry out at home in order to enhance their school work, which would be to their advantage to undertake. 
 

Homework activities will be identified in the ´Term Ahead´ which identifies curriculum subject coverage for each term. Parents will receive a copy at the beginning of each term and will be invited to a meeting to discuss the content and how they can support their child’s learning.


Homework activities may include:

Reading, learning spellings, tables, maths investigations and games, ´controlled´ research activities

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Normally, such activities take place before or after school. These activities do vary from term to term. 
  • ​​​​​​​Music tuition is also available through Essex Music services and Mrs Cornwell, the School Business Manager, can provide further details for interested parents.
  • Children are also prepared for the Cycling Proficiency Test in Year 5.
  • In Year 6 children are given the chance to attend a residential activity during their first few months of the year. 
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