What our children are learning
A school's curriculum should help its children become the very best learners that they can be. We plan in teams. The children who are aged 3,4 and 5 who are in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children who are 5-11 and in school years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum. For more information, see our current Learning and Teaching Policy on our Policies page and also have a look at the pages called 'our classes'.
Through our curriculum we aim to develop our children as:
- Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Responsible citizens, who make a positive contribution to society
- Confident individuals, who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Individuals capable of spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth and development.
This school is able to offer an education for children from 3 – 11 years of age and strives to:
- Promote high standards, particularly in literacy, numeracy and ICT capability
- Provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
- Instil in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learning
- Promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
- Be meaningful and purposeful to the children in the here and now and prepare them for the next phase of their education and for their future
- Widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education
- Make children more aware of and engage with their local, national and international communities
- Help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success
Extended areas of the curriculum
Our children go swimming. Usually, we take the children in year 3 but sometimes we take other year groups to ensure that all children acheive the nationally required standard ofbeing able to swim 25meters. We have a range of awards, certificates and badges to encourage them in their progress.
Each year we hold a Sports day for Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 incorporating a range of skills-based activities and the more traditional competitive races.
We organise and run one residential every other year for the year five and six children. These take place at an outdoor adventurous activity center. We are also running a 3-day residential for Year 3 children this academic year.
In addition the children go on a variety of day trips throughout their time at Kimberley Primary School. These are often to support the children's learning in an area of the curriculum. For example, this year the children in key Stage One have visited Sherwood Forest, the children in Years 3 - 5 have visited Magna while the Year 6 children have visited Creswell Crags as part of their topics. There are also many shorter 'learning outside the classroom' experiences such as visiting the secondary school for a sports event, D&T, Science and Maths, visiting the library and local church.
One key aspect of education is to prepare our children for the wider society in which they will live independently one day. One way of doing this is to ensure that we have a curriculum that promotes British Values. So when we plan to consider our community, we think of 4 areas:
Local community (Broxtowe)
National community (UK)
We are continually working hard to make links with other schools so that our pupils meet a range of other children who have different life experience to their own. This is in preparation for their future when they will be expected to work as part of a fully integrated society which celebrates social, cultural and religious differences.
Personal Health and Social Education
PHSE is an integral part of the school day. Children need to develop and deepen their understanding of themselves within the context of the world around them, in a safe, secure environment where they receive respect and are encouraged to give the same in return.
We want each child to feel valued and to value others. We use the SEAL resources to support our delivery of the curriculum as well as teaching our children a range of behaviour for learning strategies. This also includes home activities and assemblies.
Sex and Relationships Education
All schools are required to provide Sex and Relationships Education through the National Curriculum for science (Education Act 1996). In our school it is also delivered through the PSHE and SEAL curriculum. According to the DCFS (2000) SRE is..
'The lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity'.
The governors of Kimberley Primary School believe that a programme of SRE is an essential part of the curriculum.
Ofsted is statutorily required under Section 10 of the school Inspections Act 1996 to evaluate and report on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. This includes evaluating and commenting on a school's sex and relationship education policy.
The delivery of sex and relationships education is not the sole responsibility of schools. In addition, it is also the responsibility of parents and the wider Children and Young Peoples Community such as health care professionals and social workers.
Some extracts from our SRE policy are included below:
'SRE helps to prepare children for adult life. It starts in the Early Years Foundation Stage thinking about feelings, working and playing together and developing children's self esteem. As children grow up the curriculum extends to look at physical and emotional changes that happen as we grow older, different relationships, respecting ourselves and other people, decision making and reproduction. All parents have the right to withdraw their children from specific sex and relationships education programmes at primary school except for those parts included in the Statutory National Curriculum.'