All schools are required to offer children a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life. In our school we seek to ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered to all children, regardless of social background, race, gender or differences in ability. All are entitled to the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes.
To enrich the curriculum, we also offer a range of educational visits and other activities that add to what they learn in school.
The National Curriculum defines what we teach the children in school. This is the basis for each class’s programme of learning for each school year. In addition, teachers and governors agree the corresponding programme of visits and activities to parents at the beginning of each school year in our School Calendar. We plan other activities as the school year progresses, and inform parents of these in due course.
Visits and activities usually take place within the school day. We follow all guidelines relating to health and safety, and we ask parents to give written permission for their child to take part in any activity that takes children off the school site. If we do not receive this written permission, the child will be unable to participate.
All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum, There are some circumstances when the school can make a charge for certain activities.
All educational visits and activities support and enrich the work we do in school. There is also a number of people who visit the school to support our work. Some visits relate directly to areas of learning for individual classes, whilst others relate to all our children. For each subject in the curriculum there is a corresponding programme of activities which includes visits by specialists.
English: Theatre visits, visits by authors, poets and theatre groups.
Science: Use of the school grounds, visits to botanical gardens.
Mathematics: Use of shape and number trails in the local environment.
History: Castle visits, study of local housing patterns, local museums.
Geography: Use of the locality for fieldwork, village trails.
Art and Design: Art gallery visits, use of the locality.
PE: Sporting fixtures, extra-curricular activities, visits by specialist coaches.
Music: Specialist teaching, local schools’ orchestra, concerts for parents to hear.
D&T: Visits to local factories/design centres.
ICT: Its use in local shops/libraries/secondary schools etc.
RE: Visits to local centres of worship, visits by local clergy.
We also have regular visits from our neighbourhood police officer, Fire Brigade and health workers. These visits support the personal, social and health education of our children.
Children in Year 6 will have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit. This activity is in school time and linked to the National Curriculum, so we do not make any charge for the education or cost of travel. We do, however, make a charge for board and lodging, insurance and specialist instruction for certain activities are undertaken with qualified instructors.
The school does not charge children if they are transported in the school minibus to sporting fixtures. Some charges that we make are to cover the expenses of non-educational trips; we do not make any profit from this. Our minibus meets DoT guidelines and each seat has a belt. We only hire those companies whose coaches have individual seat belts. We instruct all children travelling by coach or minibus to wear a seat belt.