We develop in our pupils the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English, in a variety of situations and to a range of different audiences. Children are encouraged to speak, listen, read and write, confidently and with understanding.
There is a wide range of reading material for children to choose from in school and the mobile library visits every month. We believe that reading is the key to all learning and our objective is to establish a habit of reading for pleasure and information.
We ask that parents hear younger pupils read daily. Discussing the characters, vocabulary and the story is also extremely beneficial. Pupils follow a graduated reading scheme that develops their reading skills. As pupils become older, competent readers, parents should encourage independent reading, although we still ask you to sign daily that your child has read. 20 minutes reading homework is expected 3 times per week for every pupil in the school. Any additional reading put in the diary will earn a reward.
Writing and spelling are taught within Literacy and through all subjects. We use many ways to inspire your child, including local visits, current events and class topics. The teaching of handwriting enables pupils to produce a neat, cursive style. Homework is usually set twice a week – a learning task (usually spellings) and a written task.
Children develop their mental, written and problem solving skills in Mathematics. The main areas of study are:
- Four rules of number
- Shape, Space and Measures
- Data Handling
- Problem solving
A short mental maths session usually starts each lesson, where children are encouraged to develop their mental manipulation of number, before the main tasks of the lesson. A wide range of textbooks, teaching resources and practical activities are used in helping develop the skills the children need to be numerate. Homework is usually set twice a week – a learning task (number bonds, times tables) and a written task.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 study the National Curriculum. Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Music are combined in a topic approach and follow National Curriculum guidelines. We will ensure your child receives a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum.
Skills that the children will develop through their topic work include:
- The ability to sketch, draw, paint, and design and make models (Design and Technology and Art)
- Investigation and evaluation of life styles and events of the past (History),
- The ability to identify physical features, settlement, environmental conditions and weather in different parts of the world (Geography)
- Vocal, instrumental and compositional skills (Music). Instrumental lessons taught by a peripatetic teacher in guitar, brass, woodwind and violin are available. Information about these is available from the school office.
In addition to the above, the Key Stage 2 curriculum also contains:
- Physical Education – each class has two hours of P.E a week, covering games playing, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming skills. The school has a large hall and playground and the school sports field, is ten minutes walk away. Each child develops skills in P.E. appropriate to their own individual ability, through enjoyable activities and we encourage an awareness of the importance of developing a healthy, fit body.
- Swimming lessons take place in Year 4. Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution per week to help pay the cost of transport. The children work towards a variety of badges and certificates and are taught by qualified swimming teachers, who also hold life saving or rescue skills qualifications.
Science is taught in line with the National Curriculum, focussing on practical activities that improve observational techniques, prediction and investigational skills and an awareness of living things and their interaction with the environment. Pupils are assessed regularly, usually every half term, to assess their understanding of what has been taught.
Information Control and Technology
We have two ICT suites, which allow pupils to access the internet and gain experience of e-mail, word processing, data processing, LOGO (a very simple type of computer programming), spreadsheets, control techniques and multimedia presentation. ICT is used to enhance the curriculum in all subjects.
Interactive Whiteboards are installed in every classroom. This enables a highly motivational style of teaching and learning with instant access to the Internet worldwide.
French is taught from Y3, with the emphasis being on developing the ability to speak and understand French words and phrases. Opportunities for French and Dutch are also offered in after school clubs.
Citizenship / SEAL
Citizenship/SEAL is delivered in an integrated approach to help develop a positive and informed attitude to mental and physical health. We also aim to help the children acquire the necessary life skills to establish good personal relationships with their peers and other age groups. Visitors, such as the School Nurse, the Community Police Officer, and the Fire Brigade help us to deliver different aspects of this area of study.
The school has no specific denominational affiliation: our Religious Education lessons follow the Medway Revised R.E. Syllabus, a copy of which is available in school. Our aim is to help children to understand and respect the religious and moral values of our society and to develop a positive attitude towards other races, religions and ways of life. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E.
School assemblies are held in accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act. Assemblies are predominantly Christian, but this does not mean that each assembly has a strong religious emphasis. Children are given an understanding of caring for others and the importance of the family unit in our society. Assemblies are related to the pupils’ lives. On Thursdays we have special assemblies when parents are invited to share and enjoy the good work of the children. Parents will receive details of the dates of their child’s class assembly.
In Yr 5, pupils view a video about the changes their bodies will experience as they move towards puberty, followed by a question and answer session with the school nurse. All questions and concerns of the children are handled sensitively. Parents of Yr 5 pupils are offered the opportunity to view the video before it is shown to their child.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any religious activity and sex education if they so wish. Please speak to the Headteacher if you wish your child to withdraw.