Curriculum

As children move through school they will progress through the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Children in the Reception year will be taught the Foundation Stage curriculum, consisting of the seven areas of learning: Personal Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language; Literacy (Reading and Writing); Mathematics (Number; Shape, Space and Measure) Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.  Children in Year 1 to Year 6 follow the National Curriculum which consists of ten subjects.  

Our approach to teaching is cross-curricular.  We teach the basic skills and plan how children will develop these skills through the study of other subjects.  Connections are made so that children can make links and learning is effective. 

We teach children the skills required to become independent learners, able to plan and evaluate their work. 

 
Core Subjects Foundation Subjects Other Subjects
Mathematics Design and Technology Religious Education
English Geography Personal, Social, Heath & Citizenship Education
Science History Modern Foreign Languages
Computing Music  
  Art and Design  
  Physical Education  

 

The three Core Subjects take up a greater proportion of time than the Foundation Subjects. In line with national regulations children are formally assessed at ages 5, 6, 7 and 11.  This is in addition to the continual assessment carried out by their teacher.  Detailed programmes of study outlining the content and skills to be taught at every stage can be seen at the school on request.

Mathematics

Mathematics covers a wide range of knowledge from basic number skills, practical measurement, to the properties of shape and problem solving.  Much of the work is linked with other areas of the curriculum. We aim to develop an understanding of the basic ideas in mathematics, and the skills to use them, through a daily maths lesson.   

English

Our aim in English is to develop the children’s skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each day children will take part in a cross-curricular ‘Literacy lesson’, focusing specifically on teaching these core skills.  In addition different aspects of literacy are taught throughout the school curriculum.  There are times every day for the children to speak to their class or whole school and to listen to stories.  Reading is an essential skill and we aim to develop fluent, confident and critical readers who will read for pleasure as well as for information.  Every child takes books home to read with family and friends each day.

We teach a cursive handwriting style in order to develop a clear, fluent hand. Phonics, spelling, punctuation and grammar, are systematically taught from Reception. Children develop their writing skills as they move through the school, from initial mark making to extended forms of fiction and non-fiction writing.

All these skills are used throughout the day and it is important that children use and develop their language skills in an increasingly wide range of activities.    We use ICT to develop children's literacy skills e.g. through the use of word processing packages.  Parents and friends of the school have worked hard to catalogue and computerise the school library system.

Science and Technology

Much of our Science and Technology work develops from links with other subjects.  The extensive school grounds are used daily by all classes for a range of learning activities.  Facilities include a large pond and wildlife area.  All children are also involved in growing fruit and vegetables in the school grounds and cooking with the produce. 

Most children have a natural interest in the world around them which is the basis of scientific study and our task is to develop this natural curiosity and enthusiasm.  We are well equipped with computers for curriculum use.

Physical Education

Physical Education is concerned with the development of the skills of co-ordination, control and manipulation.  It also increases children’s awareness of how to keep their bodies fit and healthy and how they work.

At present, every child swims regularly at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham throughout their time at the school.  In the summer athletics, rounders and Outdoor Adventurous Activities are available.  Football, netball and rugby take place in the winter.  We also use the village hall once a week through the winter months.  This gives us access to a large floor area necessary for activities such as dance and gymnastics.

Creative Activities

The development of children’s creative and aesthetic skills is an important area of their education.  The opportunities for creative work arise in all subjects but some are particularly appropriate.  Music, Drama, Art and Design allow children to respond emotionally and intellectually to their senses.

Children are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials and techniques to create pictures and models of increasing sophistication.   Children are given daily opportunities to sing through acts of Collective Worship.  Instrumental teaching takes place through 'West Sussex Music', for which there is an additional charge.  Currently children are able to learn to play the guitar and the cornet.  

History and Geography

History and Geography are usually taught though a cross-curricular approach involving the whole curriculum. At present, we work to a three year cycle in KS1 and a two-year cycle in KS2, that enables us to cover the National Curriculum. We work from local, familiar sources and are fortunate that our area is so rich in resources.  For example, we use Slindon village for local studies on aspects of our Victorian theme and studies of the Romans and life during World War II. 

Modern Foreign Languages

Since September 2006 all children in the school have been taught language and cultural awareness in line with the Government’s language strategy.  Children take part in weekly French lessons and explore cultural diversity from a language perspective.  

Sex Education

The 1988 Education Act included Sex Education in the National Curriculum and we are now required to include certain aspects by law.  Teachers are responsible for teaching the school programme for Sex Education to their classes and the school nurse runs a specific course with pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.  In addition the agreed school policy is to deal sensitively and honestly with any questions that children may ask.  Parents may withdraw their children from all aspects of sex education, except those aspects deemed to be National Curriculum Science, by informing the Headteacher in writing.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

The school meets for an assembly each day and follows the West Sussex Syllabus for Religious Education.  Being a Church of England school, we have close ties with the local Church and hold services in the Church at various points in the year.  The Parish Priest, takes assembly in school each Thursday.  Visiting preachers from other local churches also lead school assemblies each month.  Any parents who wish to withdraw their child from either acts of Collective Worship or R.E. lessons should inform the Headteacher in writing.