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Curriculum

Just as you regard your child as an individual, so it is our aim to educate the children in our school as individuals. By creating a caring, happy atmosphere we hope that each child will realise his/her fullest potential. We provide an environment where the children have varied opportunities to use language effectively and imaginatively. This encourages them to develop curiosity and awareness of the world around them. We help the children to develop a respect and tolerance for people of different ages, races, cultures, beliefs and abilities.

Giving a child responsibility, at home and at school, will enable him/her to develop a caring attitude towards our school and the wider environment. Our school is part of the community and it is our firm belief that parents and families have the strongest influence in the child's life. We welcome this influence into our school to be shared and enjoyed by all.

We aim to foster in our children an active interest in their learning. They are encouraged to organise themselves, and so gain self-discipline, through active learning by direct first hand experiences, using our immediate environment and visiting the wider environment when appropriate. Foremost in our school philosophy, learning should be an enjoyable experience. To this end, at Kell Bank we provide a rich, thematic curriculum of activities which are creative, stimulating, rigorous and relevant. We feel that by structuring and enriching the curriculum in this way it will encourage all talents and interests of the children, extending their abilities through use of appropriate knowledge, skills, understanding, expertise and resources.

We also believe that first hand experience, through practical activities, the use of our extensive outdoor environment, regular planned visits and visitors with specific expertise, is invaluable in broadening children’s understanding and knowledge. We provide opportunities for our children to plan, complete and review their work, to develop independent learning, self-discipline and collaboration skills. This is intended to raise each child's confidence, self-esteem and self-value. The school is committed to improving performance in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Through careful assessment and target setting, we plan for and expect continuous improvement throughout the school and provide additional support for pupils who underachieve in these key areas. We value establishing and ensuring equal opportunities for all children in all areas of school life.

 

Click here to Kell Bank C of E Primary School Long Term Plan

 

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Speaking and Listening

Development of speaking and listening skills are given an extremely high priority in the school. We aim to develop the children's understanding of the spoken word and their capacity to express themselves effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities. Children are given the opportunities to communicate using a style and response appropriate to their audience. Children are taught to listen carefully and with interest to what others have to say. The school also provides many opportunities for drama, both as a creative activity and as a vehicle for self-expression.


Reading

Our ultimate purpose is to foster a love of literature and a feeling for the richness of language that will last a lifetime. To this end, story and poetry occupy a central place in the curriculum. Reading has a high profile in our school and a variety of teaching methods are used to ensure early success. From the beginning children are encouraged to read ‘real books’ and we encourage our children to bring home books and share them with you on a daily basis. Children will learn to read accurately with understanding through:

  • the experience of a wide variety of books and reading materials graded and matched to their abilities;
  • a positive approach to literature, poetry, non-fiction and non-literary texts;
  • the teaching of specific reading skills at appropriate stages;
  • the teaching of skills specific to the retrieval of information;
  • the challenge of analysing and discussing texts with others.

Writing

We aim to inspire children to enjoy the many varied writing opportunities we give them and to feel proud of what they produce. Importance is placed upon presentation, grammar and spelling, without limiting the child's natural spontaneity. The school library is supplemented by a regular exchange of books from the County Library stock. Books on specific topics are also provided.


Mathematics

At Kell Bank we use the National Numeracy Strategy, and the Primary Framework for Numeracy, to plan our programme of work. Care is taken to make the work challenging and suitable to each child’s aptitudes and abilities. The importance of basic computational skills is recognised and the children are encouraged to apply these to real life situations. Mental maths has a high priority and oral and mental skills are practised daily throughout the school.

During Key Stage 1 we aim to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. Children learn to count, read, write and order, as well as calculate using, numbers to 100 and beyond. We help children develop a range of mental calculation skills and teach Shape, Space and Measure through practical activities. Children are taught mathematical language and are encouraged to use it in context. Planning for the Upper Foundation Stage is from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2008).

During Key Stage 2 children learn to use the number system more confidently, as they move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They are always shown how to tackle problems by using mental methods before using other approaches. They learn to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.

Click here to download maths key objectives

 

Science

Through learning to explore, ask questions, collect evidence and investigate, children are encouraged to understand the world around them. During Key Stage 2, children learn to apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas in the following areas:
Life Processes
Humans and Other Animals
Green Plants
Living Things in the Environment
Materials and their Properties
Electricity
Forces and Motion
Light and Sound
The Earth and Beyond
They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment. A large part of our science curriculum is practical where children are encouraged to observe, devise experiments and formulate hypotheses. Children are encouraged to talk about their work using scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.


History

During Key Stage 1 children learn about significant men, women and children and events from the past. They learn how the past is different from the present.
At Key Stage 2, children are given opportunities to study the following periods of history - Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Tudors, Britain since 1930, Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Egyptians as well as aspects of Local History. Visits to local shops, businesses, museums, historical sites etc provide exciting starting points for children to begin to understand more about the past and the world in which we live.


Geography

During Key Stage 1 children investigate their local area and a contrasting locality, they also begin to learn about the wider world, they learn to use geographical skills and resources, such as maps and photographs.
During Key Stage 2 children are taught to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people affect their environment and how they are affected by it. They learn to use atlases, aerial photographs and ask geographical questions.


Design and Technology

Technology is a subject which requires pupils to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems. Technology is divided into two areas: Design Technology, and Information and Communication Technology.


Design Technology

All children are given opportunities to take part in designing and making activities; by the time they leave the primary stage, they will have experienced using a wide range of materials, tools and practised an equally wide range of skills. Activities will often relate to other subject areas such as Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Children will learn to identify needs, to plan and evaluate their work, and to use materials and tools effectively.

Food Technology

Food Technology is a particular strength of the school. At KS2 all the pupils are given chance to develop their cooking skills on a regular basis.


Information Technology

Computers and ipads are accessible to all children at Kell Bank School and used in a variety of ways to support work across the curriculum, for example to develop language skills through word processing, to reinforce mathematical and scientific concepts, to develop art and design skills, and to apply problem solving to simulations. In addition each class has a multimedia projector and interactive whiteboard. The school has produced several award winning animations. We are very proud of both our hardware resourcing and our pupils’ achievements in this subject.


Art and Design

Art is a particular strength of the school. We provide an extensive and unusual range of materials with which children may explore and develop an appreciation of art. Equal emphasis is placed on both key skills and expressive content of these subjects. From Key Stage 1, children learn the more formal high-order skills, of colour mixing, colour values, proportion, and perspective, and Art appreciation, which enables them to express themselves in the rich variety of artwork they produce. Art education is structured throughout the school. The presentation and display of Art and Craft work is considered to be hugely important, both in its own right and as inspiration for work in other areas of the curriculum, particularly English. Special techniques are taught, through visits to areas of artistic excellence, by qualified staff and by local crafts people.


Music

Music has a high profile in the school and the school is well stocked with musical instruments and tapes and CDs. We aim to develop critical appreciation of sound in terms of rhythm, pitch, melody and harmony, through a wide range of experiences; pupils have the opportunity to compose, perform and appraise music. They will use voice, as well as tuned and un-tuned instruments to rehearse and perform with others. All children have the opportunity to receive instrumental tuition during school time and most children become proficient sight-readers of music. We are also able to arrange peripatetic music lessons in school at competitive prices. Music groups often perform at various events throughout the year.


Physical Education

The school offers a wide range of PE activities. Over the year pupils explore different aspects of physical education - dance, movement, games and P.E. The school owns the adjoining field and this is used extensively in the summer months. We have fixed play equipment and a range of small equipment for team games and individual work. We offer extra-curricular sporting activities throughout the year. School teams regularly participate in cluster sports tournaments and multi-sports activities.


Swimming

Pupils have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons at Bedale Leisure Centre every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year. The children are taught in small groups, by qualified instructors. Older pupils provide a support network for younger pupils in transit and at the pool, along with parent volunteers. The school asks parents for a voluntary contribution towards the swimming costs.


Religious Education

Religious Education is an essential part of our school's curriculum, in that it contributes to a pupil's overall development, both individual and social. "Religious Education is concerned to help pupils develop an open, sensitive and reflective approach to understanding humankind's varied religious experience, practices, values and beliefs, and to help them relate these to fundamental questions of everyday life." [from North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus]. Work in school is planned using the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus with the emphasis on Christianity. Under the terms of the 1989 Education Reform Act, withdrawal from R.E. lessons is permitted. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from R.E. must inform the Chair of Governors and alternative provision can be discussed and arranged.

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