This covers the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing. We encourage children to look, listen and talk about experiences in order to develop oral language skills. Children are encouraged to speak in front of a variety of audiences in the classroom, on visits, in assembly and in school performances. All our topics are further enhanced with carefully selected core Literacy texts, to encourage children to develop a love of and excitement for reading. The main reading scheme is made up from a range of books, which are graded to ensure a width of reading at each stage of development. School also subscribes to the Bug Club reading scheme which children can access electronically from both school and home. We use Read, Write Inc as our phonics scheme and children use phonics based reading books from the Read Write Inc programme until they have mastered adequate phonics skills.
Writing at Sandhill aims to be a meaningful and focused experience for our children and the curriculum topic or core English text are largely used as a stimulus to write in a range of engaging contexts. We encourage our children to write using imagination for a range of different audiences and purposes. Children work on different types of writing throughout the term with a constant reinforcement and consolidation of core skills, enabling the children to build firm foundations and develop learning further.
To prepare our children thoroughly elements of the below are used in the classroom:
- Studying texts
- Drama, role play, discussion, debate
- Vocabulary and spelling
- Constructing appropriate sentences
- Teacher demonstrations
Grammar, spelling and punctuation are taught and applied within the context of writing, however some discrete teaching of these skills is also necessary.
In Key Stage 1 the phonics scheme we use is Read, Write Inc. and our reading scheme is Bug Club.
We feel that it is essential to build up a positive attitude towards Mathematics. We believe that all children can and will succeed in mathematics. We have adopted the mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics with emphasis on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We see it as essential that all children have a deeper understanding of the subject.
A wide variety of mathematical resources are used throughout school. To support the mastery approach. At Rawmarsh Sandhill. All children receive a daily maths lesson. As well as this, mathematics is also incorporated into the wider curriculum as much as possible.
The purpose of Primary science is not to teach a whole range of scientific facts and data, but to try to develop an enquiring mind – a way of finding out about the environment in which we live, a way of finding out answers and a way of thinking logically. We encourage the children to develop their natural curiosity, devise suitable experiments, collect and observe, check and investigate, record their findings, draw conclusions, become actively involved in science and communicate their findings. There is an expectation that children should carry out a science investigation fortnightly.
Physical Education helps to develop co-ordination, strength, stamina, as well as a range of skills. We try to build upon our children’s enjoyment of, and need for, physical activity and movement. We provide the children with a variety of physical activities such as movement, apparatus work, small apparatus games, indoor athletics and games lessons. The school hall is used for indoor PE and either the playground or field are used for outdoor games. Specialist coaches deliver some of our PE sessions alongside the class teachers.
Year 4 children receive swimming instruction as part of their physical education.
Music is an important part of our school life. Lessons include singing, creative music, instrumental work, percussion and music appreciation. Expert music teachers deliver brass and recorder lessons in KS2. Individual tuition is also available for KS2 children, where members of the peripatetic music staff give the guitar and violin lessons.
Art is a valued subject of the Curriculum in our school and great emphasis is given to the presentation of children’s work. The children are given the opportunity to undertake a balanced programme of Art, Craft and Design activities. The children are also given opportunity to evaluate their own and others work.
Design Technology aims to develop those skills and abilities in children which enable them to interact with the man-made environment. We give them opportunities to design and make products for a variety of purposes. Children are encouraged to choose the most appropriate materials and then evaluate the finished product.
The school offers Religious Education as part of its broad and balanced curriculum and is broadly Christian in its outlook – but the school has no affiliations with any specific religious denomination.
The children learn about the many different faiths from around the world and follow a locally agreed syllabus. RE is taught through a number of themes common to each religion including places of worship, celebrations, holy books, stories and religious artefacts. The aim is to develop and foster a better understanding and empathy for the views and faiths of other world religions. RE in school is supported by the local ‘RE Team’ who deliver half termly, whole school assemblies on Christian themes.
Sex Education at Y5 and Y6
We do not deal with this as a separate issue in school. However, there is a member of staff who has particular responsibility for Personal Social and Health Education. At the primary level, particular care and sensitivity is needed in matching teaching to the maturity level. Teaching should aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up. After consultation with parents, arrangements are made for films to be shown or talks to be given to the children, dealing with various aspects of Health Education.
The whole school meets four times per week for joint assemblies which include stories with a moral or spiritual theme. On Monday, a Special Mentions Assembly is held, in which we celebrate children’s learning from the previous week. We also find out which class has won our attendance award. On Friday, we celebrate our Stars of the Week. During this assembly, the Star receives a trophy from the previous week’s Star which they keep on their desk all week.