As in other maintained schools, all the children of statutory school age at Senacre Wood Primary School follow the National Curriculum. This means they follow nationally agreed programmes of study in English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology, Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music P.E. and a locally agreed Religious Education syllabus. The school curriculum also includes crosscurricular issues such as personal and social education, health education, environmental education, equal opportunities and multicultural education.
Senacre Wood Primary School aims to:
• Provide a secure, stimulating and happy environment in which effective learning can flourish;
• Help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds;
• Foster self confidence and create a sense of personal excellence;
• Help pupils develop personal, spiritual and moral values, an understanding of religions and beliefs; a tolerance of others and their way of life;
• Encourage respect for all life, cultures and the rights of others to hold different views;
• Help pupils to understand the world in which they live.
We consider equality of opportunity essential if all pupils, including your child, are to lead a useful and fulfilled life in the adult world. We will provide your child with and encourage them to take advantage of all activities and opportunities in school.
THE CORE SUBJECTS
At Senacre Wood Primary School we aim to provide an environment where children can learn to communicate efficiently, effectively and with enjoyment through printed and written English. In support of our aims, Literacy is taught everyday in each classroom. We want to develop real writers who record for a purpose and an audience. Our writers will edit, revise and redraft their work like true authors with our support and guidance. We will build on your child's existing skills and develop them in partnership with you by encouraging independent home learning that re enforces what is being taught in class.
Every opportunity is taken, from the time your child enters school, to expose them to an attractive and stimulating array of books to develop a love and enthusiasm for reading. Your child should come to enjoy reading for its own sake, and to turn willingly to books as sources of pleasure and information. For this reason we use a carefully graded system which incorporates both reading scheme (Oxford Owl and Pearson) and children’s literature. This enables us to provide a wide selection of fiction and non fiction books at each level of development and also to give your child access to well-written text that stimulate their interest and encourage the reading habit.
Work in mathematics begins in the reception class with an emphasis on experience and practical work in order to establish concepts basic to your child’s future mathematical growth. It is our aim that your child should experience success and excitement in their maths so that they develop a positive attitude to the subject. Attention is also given to mental arithmetic, as it is in this form that most people need to use mathematical skills in every day life. Multiplication tables are very important in this respect and we will expect your child to master them. Apart from work done in maths lessons, your child will also meet the need to use mathematical skills in other areas of the curriculum. This will provide your child with a broader base and help them to appreciate the relevance of mathematics to the real world.
We aim to ensure that through science your child will develop their knowledge and understanding of the natural and physical world in which they live. Scientific knowledge will be taught through schemes of work and include topics focusing on plants and animals, their own bodies, weather and the environment, materials forces and energy, colour and light, sound, electricity and magnetism. Scientific skills are taught through varied practical activities and will involve observation, measurement, prediction and problem solving. In science we aim to encourage your child to develop an enquiring mind coupled with a concern and respect for resources, the environment, fauna and flora.
Over recent years, there has been an I.T. revolution, and computers are now an essential part of our society. At Senacre Wood Primary School we recognise the importance of information technology and aim to develop all pupils’ confidence and competence. Each class has access to the computer suite which is equipped with sixteen workstations. In addition thirty laptops are available for class-based work when the skills learnt in the computer suite can be used to support your child’s work across the curriculum.
In order to successfully support other areas of the curriculum your child will have supervised access to the Internet. A code of practice detailing responsible Internet access is provided to all parents and carers on your child’s admission. Additional security is provided by our Internet provider which operates an effective filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At Key Stage 1 your child will be taught to use ICT equipment and software to communicate and handle information, support their problem solving, recording and expressive work.
At Key Stage 2 your child will be encouraged to extend their range of ICT tools for communication, investigation and control.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Kent schools, which reflects the fact that our traditions are in the main Christian, whilst promoting a respect and understanding of the different faiths represented in Great Britain. Through class work and assemblies your child will be encouraged to foster a feeling of self worth, a consideration for others, a sense of wonder at the world around them and an enquiring thoughtful attitude.
Your child will also experience a daily act of Collective Worship, which is of a broadly Christian nature. We seek, at this time, to celebrate all that is best in human achievement, whether it be of mankind in general or of the children themselves in their work, play and behaviour. Assemblies are taken by a variety of people including the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, teachers, pupils, the vicar for the parish, The Family Trust and other invited guests. Whole school assemblies as well as separate infant and junior assemblies are held each week.
You have the right to ask that your child be wholly or partly excused from attending any religious education lessons or assemblies in the school. Any requests to do so should be put in writing and addressed to the Headteacher.
THE FOUNDATION SUBJECTS
Modern Foreign Languages
The link above provides details about the QCA French scheme of work that we follow. The aims of this scheme are to introduce children to a different culture to their own and provide them with the opportunity of responding in another language. At lower key stage 2 level children will need to engage in simple conversations in French and develop their vocabulary through songs, actions, poems, oral responses and written responses.
Topics covered include:
- Simple greetings (bonjour, au revoir)
- Basic conversation (what is your name? How old are you? Are you ok? Yes, No etc)
- Numbers from 1- 50
- Birthdays, Christmas,
- Months of the year and days of the week
- Body parts
Upper Key stage 2 MFL long term plan
Years 5 and 6 are taught Mandarin by an external specialist teacher.
Senacre Wood Primary School aims to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding of geographical processes, structures, places and peoples whilst developing the skills required for geographical investigations. The study of places begins with the immediate school locality, and is later extended to a comparison of an economically developing country and an area in the UK. There are also four thematic topics based on rivers, weather, settlements and environmental change.
We aim to develop your child’s knowledge and understanding of the past and how this has influenced the present. Your child will be encouraged to be aware of varying interpretations of history. Through the use of a range of resources and experiences your child will be given the opportunity to compile evidence, question reliability and make deductions.
Design and Technology
Senacre Wood Primary School aims to develop the process of designing and making a model for a particular function within a topic. Technology is a part of everyday life, and children are taught to recognise this fact by looking at designs in the home and in the world around them.
In Key Stage 1 children will be planning, designing and making models, using recycled materials, and construction toys. All children will be taught skills of cutting, sticking and will form an understanding of the properties of materials. They will begin to evaluate their models and suggest changes.
In Key Stage 2 children will begin to draw out and think about their designs in more detail before making their models. They will be taught how to use a variety of tools correctly and with safety. They will focus on how improvements could be made and revise their models in the light of experience learned.
Art is valued not only because of the tremendous support it provides in enhancing other curriculum areas but also for its own sake. Your child will be encouraged to develop their artistic skills using a variety of mediums in 2D and 3D work. They will learn about form, colour and light and develop perceptions, which enable them to make emotional and intellectual responses to what they see, touch and feel. Opportunities will also be provided to study and work in the style of a variety of artists enabling them to gain an appreciation and understanding of some of the world’s great artists and popular movements.
Senacre Wood Primary School has a strong musical tradition with an emphasis on the practical work of composing and performing throughout the school. We encourage the children to have confidence in their own contributions and to value the contribution of others. Well attended concerts are performed throughout the year when the children’s musical skills are shared with an appreciative audience. Additional musical instruments can be studied and tuition can be arranged through the school.
In 2008 the Arts Council awarded the school its Gold Artsmark in recognition of its commitment to the arts.
Physical Education and Sporting Aims
All children follow a balanced programme of study for gymnastics, dance, team games and athletics. Swimming is taught from Year 2. A variety of extra-curricular sport clubs are organised over the year where participation and an emphasis on teamwork are encouraged. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate and may be eligible to represent the school in one or more activity if they prove themselves capable in both skill and attitude. Activities include: netball, football, cross-country, tag rugby, Kwik Cricket, rounders and athletics.
• To give children opportunities to experience a wide variety of physical activities;
• To promote the development of strength, stamina, co-ordination, balance and flexibility as well as specific activity skills;
• To encourage good sporting behaviour, fitness and healthy habits;
• To promote self-esteem and enjoyment of physical activity through competitive and noncompetitive experiences.
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The teachers are keenly aware of the different abilities within their classes and differentiate the work to suite each child’s ability. Some children, however, may require additional help. A Teaching Assistant under the guidance of your child’s class teacher or the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator usually provides this. When required other expertise may be called on from other educational support agencies. As a parent or carer you will be informed of any concerns the school may have with regard to your child’s progress and needs in order that we can, together, support your child.
As part of our reforms to the national curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed. It will not be replaced.
IMMEDIATE CHANGES TO NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS
2016– new tests for the new curriculum (standardised scores rather than levels)
KS2 writing remains a teacher assessment
KS1 remains as teacher assessment informed by tests(including a new Grammar test)
WHAT DOES THIS MEANS FOR US?
Ø No national system
Ø No levels
Ø Schools have the freedom to develop their own approach to assessing progress
Ø Transition between schools and Key Stages
Ø Comparisons between pupils in different schools
WHY LEARNING LADDERS?
We have adapted the Learning Ladders system of assessment as we believe it has the potential to impact significantly on the attainment and progress of our pupils.
In each year group, there are Reading, Writing and Maths statements which the children need to achieve throughout the year, linked to the National Curriculum expectations as well as the Kent Additional Guideline recommendations. Over the course of the year, the children will move from ‘Entering’ their year group of study towards being ‘Secure’ when all the statements from their year group have been achieved. During this learning process there are 4 stages that the children progress through: Entering, Developing, Developing+ and Secure.