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The School Curriculum

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Phonics

Read Write Inc. is a programme aimed at helping children learn to read quickly and easily. We introduce the children to the basic sounds in the English language, using picture hooks which also support them with letter formation. Children then read story books that are carefully matched to the spellings and sounds that they have been taught. As they grow in confidence, children are then taught alternative ways of reading the same sounds and read books that contain them. We encourage children to use their knowledge of sounds when reading, rather than relying on picture clues, ultimately giving them the tools they need to read independently.
We assess the children every six weeks and group them with others who are working on the same set of sounds. Together they practise reading story books until they are able to read them fluently.
Parents can support their child at home by sharing reading opportunities and looking at a range of books together. Further tips and support tools for parents can be found at ruthmiskin.com/parents. There is also a Facebook page which gives tips and ideas for reading with your child.

The school curriculum is taught through Topics where links are made within, and to other subjects. This is done to help stimulate and nurture the enthusiasm of the children. Traditional subjects are taught through a thematic approach and we aim to cover key skills in each subjects as follows ;

 

Geography

Learning about the links between our lives and the environment around us is central to geography at Primary school. Children learn to use geographical skills and resources to find out about places, local and further a field in this country and abroad. It is a subject that is about the investigation of questions, examining the impact of our actions on the world and examining the world’s physical features.

 

History

How did we get here? Where do we come from? History helps shed light on these big questions. Children learn to place events in chronological order, and learn about the lives of men, women and children from the history of Britain and the wider world. They study events and places from the past. By investigating the past using different sources including books, objects and computers they look at history from different viewpoints.

 

Physical Education

In PE children learn that it is fun to stay fit and active – a vital foundation to help them lead healthy lives as they grow up. We are fortunate to have extensive outside facilities and a school hall for indoor work. Our wide range of activities include: Games, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Swimming and Water Safety. Every week, 3 of the four classes go swimming in the pool at Market Harborough. Each class swims for 1 term each year.

 

Design and Technology

Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to investigate how well familiar objects work and how to solve practical problems skilfully, creatively and with imagination. Children are taught to look at products to see how they work and how they are used, and ask the views of people who use them. They practice practical skills and tasks such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting and they design and create their own products, using what they have learned.

 

Art and Design

There’s nothing like experimenting with colour and paint when you are a child. Children feed their imagination through art and design. They explore and develop ideas using a variety of materials and by looking at famous pieces of art from across the years and cultures.

 

Music

Children are taught how to sing and play musical instruments in a controlled way and to explore sound and create their own short compositions. They listen to many types of music, learning about how it was created and how it was used. Due to successful bids Key Stage 2 children are each given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, they are able to choose from the clarinet, flute, guitar or trumpet.

 

Personal, social and health education and citizenship (PHSE&C)

To lead independent, happy lives, children must develop their self-confidence. This involves taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. In this subject children learn important life skills. They learn not only about their own rights, duties and responsibilities but also those of others. Teaching aims to help them respect and value the richness and diversity of our society.

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