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Foundation Subjects

Art and Design

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the ‘Specific Area of Expressive Arts and Design.’ The Early Learning Goals are assessed on leaving Reception are ELG 16 (Exploring Media) and ELG 17 (Being Imaginative). Pupils are encouraged to develop their fine and gross motor skills and to engage in activities and experiences which will enhance their understanding and skills in art and design.

In Key Stages One and Two pupils access Art and Design opportunities both through themed or topic based work and through specific art and design lessons. The curriculum overviews  and year group curriculum maps show links between themes and suggested artists for study and the Art and Design skills overview (see appendix 2) outlines the specific skills to be developed in particular year groups.

Design and technology

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the Specific Area of Expressive Arts and Design. The Early Learning Goals they are assessed against on leaving Reception are ELG 16 (Exploring Media) and ELG 17 (Being Imaginative). Children are encouraged to explore and play with a range of media, learn to use tools safely and use materials for particular purposes.

In Key Stages One and Two pupils undertake specific design and technology projects at least once a term. They learn skills and apply these to making models for particular purposes linked to their curriculum themes usually in History, Geography or Science. Food technology takes place as part of the design and technology curriculum. There is a specific food technology kitchen area that can be booked by specific year groups or classes. Food technology is often incorporated into whole school, key stage or year group theme days or weeks.

Geography

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the ‘Specific Area of Understanding the World.’ The Early Learning Goals they are assessed against on leaving Reception are ELG 13 (People and Communities) and ELG 14 (The World). They are encouraged to explore their immediate environment both at home and at school and to think about how environments differ and change.

In Key Stages One and Two pupils study Geography and geographical skills as part of their topic themes. These themes are set out below in Appendix 1 (Curriculum Overview). Pupils in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are offered residential trips in the Spring Term each year. These trips involve teaching of some of the fieldwork and practical aspects of the Geography curriculum.

History

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the Specific Area of Understanding the World. The Early Learning Goal they are assessed against on leaving Reception is ELG 13 (People and Communities). They are encouraged to talk about past and present events and relate these to their peers and their own families.
In Key Stages One and Two pupils study History and historical skills as part of their topic themes. These themes are set out below in Appendix 1 (Curriculum Overview). Pupils are offered enrichment trips or theme days in school on a termly basis and many of these are used to enhance the teaching of the History based themes.

Music

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the ‘Specific Area of Expressive Arts and Design.’ The Early Learning Goals they are assessed against on leaving Reception are ELG 16 (Exploring Media) and ELG 17 (Being Imaginative). Pupils are encouraged to sing songs, make music and dance as well as express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music.

In Key Stage One pupils are encouraged to continue to develop the skills begun in EYFS. Songs and music making is often linked to curriculum themes and children in Year Two learn to play the ocarina with a specialist music teacher.

In Key Stage Two (and Year 2) pupils attend a weekly music assembly where they are taught singing and musical accompaniments by two music specialists. Music lessons in Key Stage Two are taught by music specialists. Year 3 and Year 4 learn the recorder alongside the development of musical skills and singing. Year 5 learn drumming as part of their music sessions and Year 6 further develop singing skills. Music is related to topic themes wherever possible. Pupils are also offered the opportunity to perform in termly performance assemblies and class sharing assemblies. The Christmas productions also provide a vehicle for performance as does the end of year Year 6 production. The senior and junior choir practise at lunchtimes and perform at out of school events such as the Watford Schools Annual Carol Service.

Physical Education

Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the ‘Prime Area of Physical Development.’ The Early Learning Goals they are assessed against on leaving Reception are ELG 4 (Moving and Handling) and ELG 5 (Health and Self Care). Pupils are encouraged to develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as acquire an understanding the health benefits of physical activity. They have weekly timetabled PE sessions as well as daily access to physical activities both inside and outside.

In Key Stages One and Two pupils access the requirements of the National Curriculum through regular lessons both indoors and outdoors. Swimming takes place in Lower Key Stage Two and is followed up in Upper Key Stage Two for those who have not achieved the minimum requirement of 25 metres in a good style. PE lessons are supplemented in Upper Key Stage Two by the use of specialist coaches who work with the teachers so that the year group can be split into groups of 20 pupils. There are a number of PE based extra curricular clubs on offer including street dance, netball and football as well as opportunities for inter school sport events organised by the School Sports Partnership.

Religious Education

Pupils in the EYFS access opportunities to develop skills through the Prime Area of Understanding the World. The Early Learning Goal they are assessed against on leaving Reception is ELG 13 (People and communities). Pupils are encouraged to find out about the similarities and differences between families, communities and traditions. Specific RE teaching is based around celebrations.

In Key Stages One and Two pupils are taught using the Hertfordshire Scheme of work for RE. They learn about Christianity across the school and compare and contrast with other world religions. A wide range of festivals are studied both in class and through daily assemblies.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

The School Behaviour Policy and ethos forms the basis of the teaching of PSHE and pupils experience specific PSHE sessions alongside adult role modelling, rewards, sanctions and reminders throughout all activities.
Pupils in the EY access opportunities to develop skills through the Prime Area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The Early Learning Goals they are assessed against on leaving Reception are ELG 6 (Self Confidence and Self Awareness), ELG 7 (Managing Feelings and Behaviour) and ELG 8 (Making Relationships). Pupils are encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves, form positive relationships and learn how to manage their feelings and behaviour.

In Key Stages One and Two the PSHE curriculum is based on the SEAL materials supplemented with National Curriculum 2000 materials to cover topics (e.g. drugs education and citizenship) that are not included in the SEAL themes. Teaching is based around the 6 half termly themes with anti-bullying as an additional focus in the Autumn Term and these themes are regularly reflected in the daily assemblies. The themes are: ‘New Beginnings’ (Autumn 1), ‘Getting on and Falling out’ and ‘Say No to Bullying’ (Autumn 2), ‘Going for Goals’ (Spring 1), ‘Good to be Me!’ (Spring 2), ‘Relationships’ (Summer 1) and ‘Changes’ (Summer 2).

Modern Foreign Language (French)

This subject is only taught in Key Stage Two.

French is taught by a specialist French speaker who works with classes across Key Stage Two in order to develop their proficiency in the language. Provision is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum 2013 and emphasises the development of oral and written language along with an understanding of French culture.