Curriculum Statement 2016 2017
At Stokenchurch Primary school our vision is for every child to achieve their potential across all areas of the curriculum. We want every child to experience learning in a positive, stimulating and caring environment and we strive to ensure that all children have access to a wide range of opportunities throughout their time at our school. We want children to acquire the knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes needed for school, and for life, through offering a broad curriculum enriched with exciting opportunities.
We also want children to learn the importance of responsibility and offer opportunities for them to harness this skill through a variety of ways including buddying, school council, prefects and head boy/head girl.
Our curriculum has been planned to suit our needs as a school. It is underpinned by Government statutory requirements as set out within the new National Curriculum that came into force in September 2014.
We cover the three stages of the National Curriculum:
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children in Reception classes follow seven areas of learning; three prime and four specific areas. The prime areas are personal, social and emotional development; communication and language and physical development. The specific areas are English, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Children in Years 1 to 6 cover the full range of National Curriculum subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, RE, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education), Music, MFL (Modern Foreign Language) , Art, Design Technology, PE and Games.
At Stokenchurch Primary School we teach the following subjects as blocked units; Science, History, Geography, RE, Art and Design Technology. There is on average 6 hours of blocked teaching per week planned into timetables. The rationale for this way of working is to allow children to engage fully with a subject or topic over a concentrated block of time. We strongly believe that children get immersed into the learning, and it allows teachers greater flexibility when planning.
We offer PPA once a week to all year groups. This time allows teachers to plan in year group teams whilst giving children the experience of specialist teaching. During the sessions children are taught computing, German or French and gymnastics or PE, all with specialist teachers.
At Stokenchurch Primary School we believe in providing a wide range of sporting opportunities both within the school day when delivering the curriculum, and outside of the school day both AM and PM. Our provision may vary year on year but we ensure through careful monitoring that all children across every age range gain access to different sporting opportunities. Children in our football, netball and cricket teams take part in local and national competitions.
We have a specialist LSA employed to support and deliver PE across the school, as well as a gymnastics specialist teacher.
Assessment and Monitoring
Throughout their time at Stokenchurch, children’s work is constantly monitored and assessed through teacher observations, marking and testing. We use Learning Ladders to track ongoing progress against National Curriculum statements. Through Foundation Stage, teachers make observations and gather evidence of development and attainment, which is used to complete the children’s EYFS Profile at the end of the year. In Year 1 children undertake the National Phonics Screening test. At the end of KS1 and end of KS2 children are tested using National Tests, produced by the DFE. Summative tests are also used. Year 6 children sit the 11+ test in the autumn term, unless withdrawn at parents’ request.
Extending our curriculum
Within our curriculum educational visits are of significant importance. We believe that children gain so much from learning outside of the classroom, meeting and working with specialists from a range of different fields. The scope of our educational visits link closely to our curriculum, and where possible we visit locally. In Year 5 we also offer the challenge of a 2-day non-residential water sports experience and in Year 6 we offer a 5-day residential trip to France.
Every year we work with a specialist company who come to school to create our History days. The children are invited to arrive in costume, and throughout the day they experience life in a different era. Year 2 children learn about the great fire of London and an Egyptian experience is offered to Year 3. Our Year 4 children experience life as Roman apprentices and in Year 5 children learn about life in Viking times. Finally, in Year 6 children experience life as an evacuee in World War Two.
It is part of our ethos that children should have the opportunity to participate in a show, be it an assembly, production or seasonal celebration, enabling all children to experience the process of auditioning, rehearsing and performing to parents and family. A truly invaluable learning experience.
At Stokenchurch Primary School, we strive to develop ‘live’ projects working closely with our local community. The range varies year on year but in recent years children have worked with a local advertising agency on a project for BMW and with Garsington Opera, putting on performances at the Wormsley Estate.
Every year the school hosts an ‘inter-house tournament week’ (the school has four houses; Raleigh, Nelson, Grenville and Drake) where children compete to win the much coveted trophy. We hold competitions in a range of different skill sets including football, netball, chess, DT, public speaking and cookery. We also hold an annual Sports Day, where each house competes in field and track events.
Charity events and overseas school links.
Every year the school supports a range of charity events including Sports Relief, Children in Need and many more. Our School Council representatives lead these events supported by teachers across the school. We see these events as an important part of our annual calendar.
After School Clubs
We offer a wide range of after school clubs that are not sports based; such as Art Club, Lego Club, Cars, Maths in Motion, Chess and Comic Club. These are run by teachers and the provision year on year varies but we ensure through careful monitoring that all children across every age range gain access to different opportunities throughout the year.
At Stokenchurch Primary School, music is very important. Over the last few years we have built up a strong and active choir for children in Years 4 to 6. The choir participates in a range of events across the year including concerts at the O2 and Albert hall as well as smaller events locally.
Updated October 2016 (SG)
To be reviewed September 2017 (SG)