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Curriculum Non Core Subjects

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and particular care is taken to ensure that all children are treated as individuals and that we carefully match the work to the child's capabilities.

Our school curriculum is designed to implement all National Curriculum requirements, so in every class, children are taught:-

English, Maths and Science - known as Core Subjects.

Design Technology, History, Computing, Geography, Music, Art, PE and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) are our Foundation Subjects. For RE we follow the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus.

Design Technology

Children work with a variety of materials. They are encouraged to design and make things, evaluate the results, understand how things work and the effect that advances in technology have on the environment.

History

One of the tasks of our school is to encourage the formation of the necessary skills with which children can find their place in society. Children are encouraged to develop a sense of identity and an understanding of the various interpretations of the past.

Computing

The school is equipped with nine fully networked PC's in classrooms with full, filtered Internet access. We also have 10 laptops with a storage unit so that we can take advantage of wireless technology in school. Computing is taught as a subject in its own right. However, children are encouraged to use their computer skills in all subject areas.

Control technology is taught throughout the school using the Roamer for younger children and Junior Control with related software for older children. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard that is used by teachers and children to support all areas of the curriculum. We regularly use scanners, i-pods, i-pads, digital cameras and a range of other devices to support teaching and learning.

Geography

Children will be helped to develop understanding and awareness of their local environment and that of the world as a whole. Through personal experience, field study and the use of maps, photographs and pictures, the children will begin to understand and appreciate the world they live in.

Music

We want each child to become competent as a listener, composer and performer. Activities are provided to develop musical skills in all children. We regard it as important that children who show musical ability have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Specialist teachers are available through the County Music Scheme to teach violin, flute, piano and cornet. Parents are required to pay termly for this tuition.

Art

We aim to develop in the children an appreciation of the work of various artists and create in them an awareness of our diverse artistic heritage and the importance of art in other cultures. Children will work in 2-D and 3-D using a variety of medium.

PE

Each child is given the opportunity to participate and develop skills in gymnastics, games, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. Junior age children have the opportunity to go swimming weekly during one school term. Children will work independently, in pairs and teams in both competitive and non-competitive situations.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

Through PSHCE we aim to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to be informed, active, responsible citizens. We work with the programme of study laid out in the NYCC PSHCE framework, which breaks taught content into year groups. 

Religious Education

The School is a Church of England Primary School but the worship in the school is appropriate for all Christians. We follow the agreed syllabus in RE produced by North Yorkshire County Council. Through the teaching of RE we encourage the children to explore the place and significance of religion in human life, so making a contribution to each child's search for a faith by which to live. At the same time, we are enabling the child to appreciate the importance of Christianity as the basis of our cultural beliefs and values.