Pupils are encouraged to become confident, enthusiastic, critical and independent readers. We develop children’s abilities to read easily, fluently and with good understanding and very importantly encourage children to have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
We encourage pupils to develop as independent, enthusiastic and expressive writers, who are able to write in a meaningful way. Pupils regard themselves as writers and value their own work and that of others.
Spelling, vocabulary, grammar & punctuation
Children acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
Children use discussion in order to learn; they are encouraged to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas. They become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Mathematics is taught through practical activities, mental maths, problem solving and structured investigational activities. Wherever possible mathematics is also taught through other curriculum areas and is the focus for one of our whole school themes – Made to measure.
We see all aspects of science as a rational way of finding out about the world. Our children are encouraged to critically observe the world around them, ask questions and test out their ideas about the physical laws they encounter on a daily basis. We encourage our children to think about which of the scientific skills of enquiry they are using. Health education, including sex education, comes under the umbrella of science.
We inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage pupils to consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and the politics involved.
In geography, through our theme, we look firstly at our local environment with direct observation and investigation to make sense of our surroundings, and later to apply the knowledge in the context of the wider world.
Creative Arts and DT
The children are encouraged to express themselves in a variety of creative forms including painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, woodwork, needlecraft, singing, music making and cooking. The inspiration for developing creative skills is taken from the topic being studied and is backed up with an educational visit whenever possible.
We place great emphasis on developing a love of music throughout the school, giving every pupil the opportunity to play an instrument. Starting with listening games, action rhymes and songs children gain a strong aural and vocal grounding which they can use to further develop their musical ability with the use of instruments and ICT. In addition to group work in class lessons children may choose to learn to play various instruments from our in-house teachers. These include the recorder, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and piano.
Religious Education & Collective Worship
As a Church of England school we aim to include the principles of a Christian faith within everything that we do and this is reflected in our school acts of worship at special services involving Sawley Church. The children take part in Collective Worship every day, and the clergy visit the school regularly along with members of the wider church family.
The North Yorkshire syllabus that we follow includes finding out about other faiths. The Dioceses encourage children from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to work together to understand each other’s ways of life and to promote global issues.
We provide a rich and varied physical education curriculum which can be accessed by all children. The school offers six areas of activity across KS1 and KS2. These areas are: athletic activities, games, dance, swimming, gymnastics activities and outdoor and adventurous activities.
Pupils experience French in all of our classes. In years 3-6, where French is compulsory, children receive French lessons taught by our dedicated French teacher. Children in reception and years 1 and 2 are taught French by their class teacher and learn through songs and games.
Our school benefits from having net-worked computers in every classroom and a net book or tablet for each child in years 1 to 6. Each class also has 2 class cameras and Class 1 benefits from having its own iPad. Word processing skills, data storage, retrieval, programming, coding and e-safety are just some of the topics covered in our computing curriculum. The children also get the chance to use ICT in all subjects, whenever it enhances the curriculum. We subscribe to several online resources to enhance the children’s computing skills, such as; Sumdog and Purple Mash.
All computers and laptops have controlled Internet access with safeguards used to ensure no child gains access to unsuitable material. The children have their own individual usernames and passwords when using programmes online that we have subscribed to. We ensure that each year children begin their computing sessions looking at e-safety and how important it is to stay safe online.
There is a wealth of advice and help for parents and children on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly at home and we have included some useful website links below: