Subjects

The school teaches the subjects required by the National Curriculum, with its clear aims, through topic work.

ENGLISH

AIMS

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The English curriculum covers:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading
    • word reading
    • comprehension (both listening and reading)
  • Writing
    • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
    • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
    • spelling, grammar and punctuation

MATHEMATICS

AIMS

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The Mathematics curriculum covers:

  • Number
    • number and place value
    • addition and subtraction
    • multiplication and division
    • fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
    • properties of shapes
    • position and direction
  • Statistics (Year 2)

SCIENCE

AIMS

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

The Science curriculum covers:

  • Working scientifically (Year 1 & 2)
  • Plants (Year 1 & 2)
  • Animals, including humans (Year 1 & 2)
  • Everyday materials (Year 1)
  • Seasonal changes (Year 1)
  • Living things and their habitats (Year 2)
  • Uses of everyday materials (Year 2)