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Foundation Subjects

 

Art and Design

Pupils learn art skills in pure art lessons and by combining the teaching of art skills with learning in other subjects. A range of media is used throughout EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, such as paint, papier-mâché, clay, printing products and fabrics. Our studies in Art encompass an awareness of art and artists, the skills of sketching, observational drawing and colour mixing and working with 3D form. Where possible we link art and design with other curriculum areas in order to give the children’s work real meaning and relevance.

 

Computing

Pupils are taught to use a range of software and hardware through discrete computing lessons and cross-curricular learning. Pupils are taught how to keep safe online and when using rapidly developing technologies such as tablets. Pupils use hardware such as laptops and iPads to learn how to manipulate software, programme devices and find information efficiently and safely. They create presentations using graphics and sound and edit their work to create final products. We provide opportunities for pupils to apply their computing skills confidently and effectively.

 

Design and Technology

Pupils are provided with opportunities to design, make and evaluate a variety of products, including those linked with food and nutrition. Pupils work with a variety of media to develop their skills in the use of appropriate materials and tools. Where possible we link projects with topic themes and other curriculum areas such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Our pupils also enjoy one-off DT projects such as creating decorations for the Christmas Tree Festival in Northallerton.

 

Geography

We aim to give our pupils an awareness of the world in which they live by developing geographical skills such as place knowledge, map work and an understanding of environmental issues.  Human and physical geography are studied and an awareness of the diversity of modern Britain and of the wider world is actively encouraged through direct teaching and independent activities. Pupils also learn about the effects of climate upon people’s lives and animal habitats. Where possible, we make links between geography and other curriculum areas, particularly science.

 

 

History

We aim to provide our pupils with a good understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We encourage our pupils to ask perceptive questions and consider a range of evidence, including different perspectives and points of view. We help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. In Key Stage 1, pupils compare their own lives to those of their family and consider similarities and differences. They place key events in chronological order and begin to consider the different ways in which the past is presented. In Key Stage 2, pupils use timelines to chart chronology and explore reasons for events and changes. They compare the past with the present day and consider how different views of the past are formed. We aim to bring history to life through cross-curricular learning, themed events and educational visits.

 

Languages

The main language taught in school is French. In Key Stage 2, we follow the North Yorkshire scheme of work and pupils are taught discrete lessons. Pupils are taught a range of skills, such as: listening and responding; learning through songs and rhymes; engaging in conversations; developing vocabulary and grammar. Children in Key stage 1 experience French in a more informal style through songs and everyday activities.

 

Music

The pupils take part in discrete music lessons every week and are taught skills such as: playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts; listening with attention and detail; improvising and composing music for a range of purposes; playing tuned and untuned instruments. The pupils sing songs from different cultures in whole school assemblies and they enjoy taking part in whole school performances such as the Harvest Festival and Christmas Production. Several pupils learn musical instruments at school and they are proud to perform in celebration assemblies. 

 

Physical Education

We are very proud of our sporting achievements, which stem from good quality PE provision. Every pupil receives two hours of PE within the curriculum each week and the whole school takes part in a daily ten-minute exercise. In PE lessons, pupils are taught a wide range of skills, including: running, jumping, throwing and catching; balance, control, flexibility, agility and co-ordination. Pupils are taught all aspects of PE, such as competitive team games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and outdoor/adventurous activities. Pupils learn to apply basic principles and rules when taking part in sporting activities. We invite people in to school to work with our pupils, such as sports coaches and a local athlete who has competed in the Invictus Games. There is an after school sports club every Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm where the pupils can take part in activities such as tag rugby, football, tennis and multi-skills (activities vary throughout the year). We are an active member of the Northallerton School Sports Partnership and take part in lots of sporting events. As a result of our sporting provision, we have achieved the School Games Gold Award.

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