School Curriculum

As a maintained state school we must follow the Department for Education’s National Curriculum Programmes of Study. In light of this the school provides a balanced curriculum relevant to the individual needs of each child.

Numeracy

Mathematics at Reedham Primary School aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • Achieving these aims means requires children to have a greater level of numeracy today than ever before. It is our aim to provide a secure foundation for the development of these skills as well as to challenge and develop a love of number and shape.
  • Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • We not only provide a strong academic framework but also ensure the subject is relevant and practical.

All children work to their own ability and progress at a pace that is challenging but realistic.

If you wish to find out more about Mathematics in school, speak to Mr Edwards, the numeracy subject leader.

Literacy

At Reedham Primary School the overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word. We also want to develop children’s love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We want to skill all pupils to be able to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Be competent in speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

To achieve these aims we have daily focused literacy lessons which teach the basic skills. These skills are then used across the whole curriculum.

We emphasise the importance of reading, a skill that is used in all areas. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible at home.

Science

Our science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of sciencethrough different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implicationsof science, today and for the future.

Scientific skills, concepts and knowledge are taught in a variety of ways. Practical investigation is the keystone to the children’s learning and we teach this through the encouragement of questioning and fair testing of ideas. We encourage visits and use external expertise to develop science to the full.

Design and Technology

The design and technology in school aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

The children develop skills in design and creativity. We work towards increasing their knowledge of materials including wood, textiles and food. Children are taught to use a wide range of tools correctly and safely.

Religious Education

This is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education or the devotional part of morning assembly are invited to discuss the matter with the Headteacher.

Art and Design

Our art and design curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Children will experience a variety of media, promoting awareness of colour, texture, design and an added element of art appreciation. They have the opportunity to express themselves artistically, based on studies of other cultures, contemporary artists and from direct observations.

Modern Foreign Languages.

Children are taught Modern Foreign Languages throughout Key Stage 2. A practical and spoken approach is always favoured. Our curriculum will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Geography

Our geography curriculum aims to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We try to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

Our spiritual education aims to explore beliefs and experience, respect values and discover oneself and the surrounding world. It also encourages children to use their imagination and creativity when reflecting on their experiences

Moral education at Reedham aims to give pupils and understanding of right and wrong, help them to understand consequences, investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.

Social education encourages children to use social skills in different contexts, work well with others, resolve conflicts and understand how communities work

Reedham’s cultural education enables children to appreciate cultural influences, participate in cultural opportunities and to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

We use many visits out of school and invite many visitors into school to support and achieve these aims.

History

Our history curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We aim to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. History frequently provides the central theme around which we develop natural links to literacy, ICT, art and the community.

Music

In our music curriculum we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

Singing and musical development is highly regarded at our school. Children have ample opportunities to explore musical learning and flourish in our nurturing environment. The school owns a range of tuned woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instruments.

Summer Music Concert 2014 (2)

Instrumental and Musical Tuition

Through the school all children have an opportunity to learn to play the violin, clarinet, flute, trombone, trumpet or cornet. They can also join the school orchestra who perform at a variety of venues throughout the year.

We also have a thriving singing club which also perform at events in the local community and beyond. Please contact the Headteacher for further details.

Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.)

This is all about growing up, coming to terms with oneself as an individual and as a member of a community. It involves self knowledge, the development of a positive self-image and working in a co-operative and positive way. Children are also taught to learn about health and safety, including aspects such as road, cycle, fire and internet safety. Much of this development is an integral part of every day school life.

Computing / ICT

The government has radically changed the approach to the teaching of information and communication technology in its new National Curriculum for 2014. We are fully prepared to embrace the new computing framework which will help to equip pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity. Pupils will be encouraged to make links with mathematics, science, and design and technology.

More emphasis is now placed upon computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. At Reedham we use computing to equip pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. We also want our pupils to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

Children have access to computers in all classrooms and a bank of 16 laptops means that there is a ratio of computers to children in school better than 1:3. When a class uses the computers they are often able to use a laptop or computer individually or at worst in a pair.

PE

This subject includes dance, gymnastics, athletics, games and swimming. The programme is designed to develop the physical skills necessary in preparation for later life and to instil an awareness of working together in teams.

The wearing of jewellery, other than a watch is not allowed. Any child with pierced ears should only wear studs whilst at school. The child should remove all jewellery during a PE lesson for safety reasons. Jewellery will be kept in a safe place for the duration of the lesson. P.E. kit consists of blue shorts and a white T-shirt.

A sports coach comes to school twice a week to teach high quality P.E. to all year groups and model excellence in P.E. coaching to members of staff.

We are fortunate to have our own heated outdoor swimming pool with a uniform depth of 75cm and we take full advantage of it when the weather is suitable. Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit when his/her class is timetabled to use the pool. A waterproof bag is also needed.

Children with Special Educational Needs

A child may need, at some time in their school life, extra help in a particular area of the curriculum. In these cases we contact the child’s parents to explain the programme to be followed and also ask for co-operation in helping the child at home. The school works closely with the special needs support team. In exceptional cases we need the assistance of the School’s Educational Psychologist. We sometimes recommend that an Educational Health and Social Care Plan procedure is followed in order to safeguard the child during his/her educational career. In these cases we work very closely with the parents.

There are many intervention programmes to help and support children individually or in small groups.

SRE programme

The school has a policy for sex and relations. A programme has been incorporated into the curriculum. SRE is a lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, sex, sexuality and sexual health. Much of the work is included in the Seal and PHSE programmes as well as Science.

Parents are informed of the content of their child’s learning and parents may withdraw their children form certain aspects if they so wish.

Gifted and Talented

We work hard to identify all the skills and talents in our children. The school has a Gifted and Talented register listing children who need special attention, challenge and differentiation in the curriculum