Other Curriculum Subjects
Below is a summary of our different curriculum areas.
Science is about developing enquiring minds and a scientific approach to problem solving, through predicting, testing and analysing the results of those tests.
The new curriculum, introduced in 2014, offers greater opportunities to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, as well as understanding the uses and implications of science today and for the future. The central aim is to build up a knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics. Working scientifically is key to the understanding of nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It runs through all strands of science and is not taught in isolation.
Design and Technology is included as an integral part of project work. Children will be expected to discuss the need for a particular item, then to plan, make and evaluate their efforts both individually and as a member of a team. A wide variety of tools and materials will be used. Use of the outdoors also features in the development of this subject, usually in the form of forest school sessions.
Information Technology is directly linked to our work in English, Mathematics, Science and more general class projects. Every year begins with a unit of work on e-safety. All pupils are asked to follow a set of guidelines when using IT equipment to keep themselves safe, both at school and at home. We are fully prepared for the demands of the new curriculum. Children regularly have an opportunity to design their own programmes usings tools such as Scratch. We have sixteen Raspberry Pis to enhance this new direction in learning as well as two laptop trollies and an IPad trolley.The school was designated a Lead School for Computer Science in 2013.
History and Geography
History and Geography are taught as part of the creative curriculum and frequently used in thematic projects, which study the environment and the wider world. We encourage children to find out about their world either by direct observation or through the use of books, electronic media and first-hand experiences. Learning is closely related to the new primary curriculum. Living in such a rich historical and goegraphical environment such as Winchcombe, activities based on first-hand experience, such as visits, are hugely important in putting learning into context for our pupils.
Pupils have regular opportunities to develop their musical ability. The curriculum involves developing a range of skills including singing, playing of simple musical instruments and, in due course, basic notation and composition. In KS2 we employ a specialist teacher for a term to deliver an intensive programme of whole class instrument tuition (formerly known as Wider Opportunities).
In addition to this, instrumental tuition is currently available from peripatetic staff for woodwind, strings, guitar, brass and piano. Music teachers are self employed and set their own charges and undertake their own administration. Instruments are available to hire from Gloucestershire Music (no hire charge is made for those in receipt of free school meals). Contact information for the peripatetic teachers is available from the school office.
Art and Craft
Artistic expression is encouraged in all areas of the curriculum. We aim to help children to be creative and to develop self-expression and self-confidence. We provide experience in various techniques, e.g. drawing, painting, modelling, printing, construction, collage, felt making etc., to develop individual skills. Our displays are designed to stimulate children and to give them a sense of pride and achievement. All the above techniques are studied by all ages. The children’s work is displayed throughout the school. We have an annual Art Week. We endeavour to draw on our local art and craft heritage, using the skills of local artists and craft workers. We regularly participate in the Winchcombe Art Festival. We run a variety of extra curricular art clubs throughout the year including sewing, crafts and knitting.
There is also a thriving school choir.
Modern Foreign Languages
Our school is committed to developing pupils' understanding of modern foreign languages. In KS1, this is through simple theme days such as European Day and through activities which introduce basic language such as registration and simple greetings. In KS2, we employ a specialist Spanish teacher to deliver the curriculum on a weekly basis.
In addition, a Spanish language club is available.
The school firmly believes that delivering a strong and relevant curriculum for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is vital in ensuring our pupils' safety and well-being. A range of practical activities closely linked to the curriculum alongside use of ICT, stories and visitors supports their learning.
We hold an act of collective worship each day which is integral to the life of the school. The content is usually in the form of a modern day parable, a simple hymn and a prayer. On Wednesdays we welcome members of the local clergy or other visitors from the community. On alternate Wednesdays we attend St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe. Special feast days in the Church's year are celebrated at church. Additionally, prayers are said at the beginning, middle and the end of the day.
Physical Education in a safe and supportive environment plays a vital part in the physical development and well-being of the whole child and is of equal importance to and complementary to other subjects. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies in a variety of situations. Through the selection of differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their ability, will enjoy success and be further motivated to develop their potential.
A balance of individual, paired and group activities, in co-operative, collaborative and competitive situations, aims to cater for the preferences, strengths and needs of every pupil. These activities aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. They also aim to develop a pupil’s ability to work independently and to respond appropriately and sympathetically to others.
There are two P.E. sessions each week, supplemented with other physical activity such Wake and Shake and a five minute jog around the playground. The lesson content in Early Years and KS1 focuses on fundamental skills of control, movement and flexibility. These skills are built on in KS2 and the children have a range of specific games skills, gymnastics, yoga and dance. The school takes advantage of specialist coaches where appropriate to further pupils' development. PE lessons take place in the hall, the playgound or school field, as appropriate. We plan our games lessons to prepare for tournaments with other schools. Swimming lessons form part of the P.E. programme and currently we take the Y3 in the first two terms and Y2 and children in Y5 and Y6 who have not yet achieved their 25m in swimming. A voluntary contribution is requested for swimming.
We have an extensive range of after school clubs which further enhances the pupils' experience.