Teaching Organisation and the Curriculum
Church Preen is a non-denominational primary school that caters for boys and girls aged 4-11 years. The organisation of the classes each year will depend on a number of factors including the number of children on roll, the size and ability of each year group.
Through our stimulating, engaging, relevant and fun curriculum, we aim for our children to be:
Successful learners who….
▪ are numerate / literate and IT literate to enable life long learning
▪ can think independently
▪ are curious, inquisitive and willing to take risks and try new things
▪ are motivated and interested
▪ are creative in their approach to learning
▪ can communicate thoughts and ideas effectively and ask appropriate questions
▪ are able to apply and transfer skills in a variety of contexts
▪ understand how they learn best and take responsibility for this
▪ are resilient and accepting of change
▪ are organised
Confident individuals who….
▪ are independent and self motivated
▪ can understand the consequence of their own and others actions and can negotiate and compromise
▪ form good working relationships with others
▪ look after their own health and well being
Responsible citizens who…
▪ are spiritually and morally aware
▪ have appropriate manners and behaviour
▪ contribute positively in their community and are responsible to and for others in their community
▪ are world aware
▪ are culturally aware
▪ are eco-friendly
The school address these aims through specific policies which guide the way the school operates and how the curriculum is delivered. Policies are available on the website or from the school office, should you wish to see them.
Our curriculum is delivered through a two year planning cycle. The teaching staff work in teams and plan their work half-termly, weekly and daily within the framework provided by the Two Year overview. The children will be taught either as whole classes, groups or individuals according to the subject and the nature of the task they are undertaking.
During any school day there will be opportunities for a variety of ways of teaching and learning, such as whole class teaching, group teaching, individual teaching, guided exploration and independent self directed activities. An external educational visit may be planned as part of a theme or topic or alternatively visitors may be asked into school to speak to the children.
In common with all maintained schools in England we teach English, Maths, Science, ICT, Geography, History, PE, Art, Music, Design Technology and Religious Education. These subjects form the National Curriculum and will be taught in an integrated manner or as separate subjects. English, Maths, Science, RE and ICT are the five core subjects and therefore take up a considerable part of the school week.
Teacher assessment is conducted regularly and recorded, children’s progress is carefully monitored in the school. In addition there are National Curriculum Assessments, tasks or tests, at the end of each Key Stage (i.e. at 7 years and 11 years).
The National Curriculum forms the basis for Curriculum planning throughout the school. The core subjects of Maths, English, Science and ICT are the main priority with the children gaining a basic knowledge and skills in all other subject areas. Our themed approach to curriculum planning aims to maximise cross-curricular links.
In Year R the children continue their learning in the Foundation Stage through the early learning goals with activities planned to meet each child’s educational needs. This prepares them for the National Curriculum usually when they begin Year 1, but may be sooner. The emphasis on individual needs continues throughout the school and is reflected in the School’s Policies.
Through the National Curriculum, the children are expected to acquire skills and knowledge and to develop into self-motivated learners. We aim to develop the whole child emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. At the start of each term, parents are provided with a brief outline of the topics and areas of study that the children will be covering.
Careful assessments and records are kept of your child’s attainment and progress. You are kept as fully informed as possible through parent consultations and the annual report. Further information and appointments are provided as and when necessary. A copy of the school’s most recent National Assessment results with comparative national data can be found in the prospectus folder.
Throughout the school, homework plays a developing role in supporting the children’s schoolwork and learning. The Home/School Planner in Year R, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 provide clear guidance on any homework set, as well as a record of the books your child has read. We strongly encourage all children to read regularly at home each night, but at least three times a week.
Safeguarding Children in Modern Britain
The expression of extremist views by anyone in school will not be tolerated. Therefore we will take swift and decisive action where issues of this nature are brought to our attention. Namely, that we expect all staff to encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Staff will ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, reasonably practicable steps will be taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views.
As a school if we believe that a child is being abused through extremism we will consult in the normal way with Family Connect and seek advice as to whether to initiate a referral to the ‘Prevent’ team. As with all referrals this will be dealt with by the appropriate professionals. Our policy also recognises that the local police can be contacted in imminent circumstances and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the New Curriculum the way in which we assess progress and attainment of your child is changing. The leaflet below (follow link) can be printed off for guidance through the new system.