Our School Curriculum
The new statutory curriculum is fully in place.
Mrs Richards and Mrs Wilkinson teach the class of children who, in accordance with the Admissions policy, start school in the September before their fifth birthday. This is known as Reception age. The children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum which contains Early Learning Goals.
Our curriculum is a child initiated/adult initiated curriulum where children learn through play based activities.
The children have opportunities through guided and indivudual reading of a wide selection of reading schemes. The main scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The children are following a structured scheme for developing their knowledge of sounds, reading and writing skills. This is called Read, Write, Inc.
Early Learning Goals cover:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication & Language
- Mathematical Development
- Understanding the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts
As a school we place a great deal of emphasis upon all forms of Literacy activities. Speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and hand writing are all integral elements of the National Curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged through group and whole class activities to express themselves clearly at all times. On entering school, our youngest children are provided with opportunities to develop both specific and enriched vocabularies through activities such as group discussion, circle time, drama and role play and by relating personal and imaginary events.
Children are introduced to reading at an early stage in their school life. Reading is taught through a multisensory approach developing phonic, contextual and short/long term memory skills. At Great Steeping children are asked to take books home every day to read at home and parental support is essential if children are to make progress.
Children learn to write through a structured approach. Starting with Read, Write, Inc, they are encouraged to attempt self expression. Copy writing and under writing are the early steps towards a more extended and fluent writing ability. Grammar and spelling are taught regularly as part of the Literacy lesson.
We believe that children should take pride in their work and therefore handwriting is taught through a structured scheme. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and fluency and children join their letters when they show maturity and consistency. This can be at different ages for different children.
Numeracy is important in our every day lives and consequently we believe that children's work in school should be structured and fun. Teachers focus on specific skills and concepts which are relevant to each stage of the children's development. Activities and experiences will range from the practical through to more formal; recording in conventional and less formal ways.
Applying knowledge and understanding of concepts is of paramount importance. Children are encouraged to seek solutions to everyday problems and we strive to provide structured but meaningful experiences for each child, relating the mathematical skills to other subjects as often as possible.
Science is about the children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We encourage children to observe, look for patterns, design experiments to answer problems, suggest explanations, make predictions and interpret their findings.
Science is taught as a topic but is often linked to other subjects being taught. Wherever possible, the study of scientific concepts is taught through first hand experiences and we ensure they are based in activities which cover both approaches.
Our aim is for all children to enjoy history and develop a curiosity about the past. Links between history and other curricular areas are used whenever appropriate. History is often taught in a "block" which means the children cover a history topic for a certain amount of weeks and then move onto Geography in the same way.
Children study geographical concepts whenever possible based on practical activities with the emphasis on first hand experience. We use the school grounds and the village to give our children a range of enriching experiences.
Most, if not all, children enjoy art subjects as they can use creative and imaginative skills to engage with learning and enjoy, with others, the end results of their efforts. Our aim is to develop a child's visual awareness, confidence and competence to express their feelings through the expressive possibilities of materials and techniques. We teach the basic skills for colour mixing, drawing and painting. As the children develop in confidence, these are utilised with a wider variety of material and medium.
Music is approached in a variety of ways. Children participate as an individual, a member of a small group or as part of the whole school. We encourage a natural enjoyment of music through a range of activities, from listening to music from other countries and cultures, to performing for an audience. We aim to develop musical skills and interests at an individual level wherever possible. Whole school or Key Stage productions are an important part of the academic year. We also take part in Music festivals with other local primary schools. Lincolnshire Music Service works in school to deliver "First Access" to Year 3 & 4 children, teaching them to play an instrument such as a Ukulele.
All children take part in PE lessons. They are viewed by all staff as central to the development of each child's self awareness and motor control. Lessons provide coverage of all aspects of physical education, including gymnastics, team games, athletics and swimming. The children swim at the Embassy pool in Skegness on a termly basis. We also take part in sporting tournaments with other local primary schools.
We are part of the Skegness Academy training and coaching partnership to ensure all children receive two hours a week of quality PE.
From entering the school, the children are given the opportunity to work with a range of materials, tools and equipment. Children are encouraged to design and take part in practical problem solving activities which provide meaningful context to practice and apply the skills taught.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Computers and other technology are used extensively throughout the school in all areas of the curriculum to support and enhance the quality of learning. The school has a computer suite with nine networked computers with access to the internet. All classrooms have access to internet linked computers or laptops. The computer suite is used for skills teaching and also is accessed throughout the day by children wishing to research a topic or develop a presentation of their work. We also have a wide range of other I.T. equipment, including digital camera, tape recorders, android pads and a Beebot robot, which are used regularly to enhance the children's learning experiences.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. It develops children's knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions. It enables children to consider and respond to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life. At various times of the year the school takes part in services in the local church. Local clergy take part in school assemblies on a regular basis. Parents are invited to attend Friday afternoon assemblies which are a celebration of the children's achievements. Arrangements can be made for a child to be excluded from religious education lessons and school assemblies should parents desire this.
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
We aim to give our children a comprehensive understanding of PSHE, with the result that self esteem and awareness is increased, social development and safety. They explore together issues about their own welfare and developing role in society. Some of these may also be covered in RE and Assembly time.
Sex & Relationships Education
Sex & Relationships are taught to an agreed policy and is included for Year 6 children. Particular care and sensitivity is taken to ensure that the teaching matches the maturity of the children. The teaching aims to help children cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up.