A World Class Curriculum
We strive to give our children the best. Through vibrant curriculum experiences, Eardisley CE Primary School aims to ensure that its children are equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding they need to excel and successfully navigate the ever-changing demands of their world.
We also undertake to ensure that our children have a spiritual and moral framework through which to understand the values on which civilised societies operate.
Throughout our challenging curriculum we promote:
- High expectations
- Learning skills such as self- confidence, application and thinking for ourselves
- High quality products and outcomes
- Meaningful and engaging curriculum experiences
- Group and individual support
- Opportunities for further personal investigation
More about the curriculum
The National Curriculum (see Parents & Community, Parent Letters) identifies five ‘core’ subjects that form a major part of the school’s teaching programme. These are English, Maths, Science, Religious Education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In addition, there are ‘foundation’ subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology and Physical Education. These are generally taught as distinct subjects but wherever possible links are made between them so that children can see how aspects interrelate.
At Eardisley CE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum, but seek to educate more broadly and beyond its limits wherever possible, we offer Personal, Social and Health Education, Philosophy for Children, Global Education and whole-class and individual instrumental tuition. In addition, we offer a rich variety of opportunities for sport, drama and presentation.
Careful long and medium term planning by staff ensures that there is continuity and progression in the children’s learning and that work is appropriately differentiated for their needs.
The professional expertise of the staff at Eardisley CE Primary School is constantly developed through reflection and professional development opportunities. For the staff, as for their children, education is a continuous and life-long learning process.
Our Subjects in Detail.
Speaking and Listening
These are the essential skills on which reading and writing are based. Many opportunities are provided for pupils to become discerning listeners and to articulate their thoughts and opinions successfully.
We recognise that parents are very keen to support their children in this important area of the curriculum. All pupils are given an Eardisley CE Primary School book bag and a reading diary, and are encouraged to take home books to share. A wide variety of reading material and teaching methods are used in school alongside the Read, Write, inc. programme. The reading diaries contain some excellent suggestions for how to help your child read at home.
Writing and spelling
The youngest children are encouraged to write even before they have learnt all the conventions. This inspires confidence and prepares them for the handwriting and spelling rules that are taught progressively as the children move through the school. Children are taught to write in a range of styles and for different audiences.
At Eardisley CE Primary School we aim for all children to have early success in reading and so we use a programme of synthetic phonics teaching called Read, Write, Inc. Phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting and spelling skills. They read lively storybooks and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading.
We strive to give our children a wide range of reading opportunities and children learn to read using a range of books including those from the Oxford Reading Tree, Sunshine and Read, Write Inc. all children are encouraged to read widely and to read for pleasure and each class has a well-stocked reading area. All pupils are given an Eardisley CE Primary School book bag and a reading diary, and are encouraged to take home books to share. The reading diaries contain some excellent suggestions for how parents can to help their children read at home.
In school we have a daily phonics lesson for the younger children, as well as reading activities, such as group, individual and paired reading too.
this, great emphasis is placed on the use of practical activities and the modeling of processes by the teachers. Daily opportunity is given for children to develop their competence in mental arithmetic as well as written calculations. Problem-solving and investigation work are used to increase confidence and understanding.
RE is concerned with personal feelings and experiences, relationships, responses to life and the natural world, and understanding how religion contributes to these. Children will learn specifically about Christianity, Judaism and Islam, their writings, festivals, buildings and symbols.
If any parent wishes their child to be excluded from Religious Education, or assemblies, they should contact the Headteacher who will make alternative arrangements for their children during these times.
They are encouraged to see music as an important form of communication in daily life and different cultures, and to develop their own musical interests. Every child learns the Samba drums, violin, cornet, tin whistle or ukulele during their time in Beech class, and there are further opportunities to learn brass and woodwind instruments, piano and guitar through private tuition. All the children in Willow Class currently enjoy the opportunity of weekly violin lessons.
Children have a wide range of PE and sporting opportunities at Eardisley CE Primary School. These include gym, dance, athletics, outdoor co-operative games, field sports and swimming. There are also opportunities for developing sporting skills through after school clubs. Children benefit from a range of specialist teaching in this subject, including for swimming, tennis, and rugby. Our children enjoy regular fixtures with other schools and take part in numerous local tournaments.
Sex and Relationships Education
The Governors agree that sex and relationships education should be taught as part of a general health education programme. Use is made of film and other material which overs aspects of sex and relationships education in a caring way. We hope that this input from school will help the children and encourage further discussion at home. If any parent swishes to withdraw their child from all or part of the programme, please contact the Heacteacher.
In enabling children to participate in the outdoor experience, we aim to :
- encourage independence and team building
- encourage exploration and experimentation through solving practical problems
- foster an understanding of our connection to the natural world
- develop a sense of achievement and well-being
- develop a knowledge and appreciation of the environment
- develop confidence in challenging situations
- encourage self-assessment and self-management of risk
- link these positive outdoor experiences with topic work in class
- introduce new skills and ways of working which children may not have experienced before
Children love being outdoors and all the work we do outside is extra-special as a result! This kind of teaching is undertaken throughout all phases of the school, both in time specifically allocated to the subject and across the outdoor learning curriculum.
Sessions at Eardisley CE Primary School involve elements such as:
- Orienteering and trail work
- Shelters and camp craft
- Local biodiversity
- Education for sustainability
The outdoor learning environment we hope will inspire and nurture the children in a manner in which they can feel safe, happy and challenged.
Special Education Needs
Please see Local Offer for SEN under Parents & Community/Important Information
At Eardisley CE Primary School we identify, track, challenge and promote the needs and achievements of the more able learner. It is our policy that provision is made within the classroom, through differentiated tasks, enabling them to cover objectives in greater depth, to a broader range and at a faster pace.
In addition, where appropriate we seek opportunities beyond the school, such as through clubs and specialist provisoin, to extend and challenge children appropriately.