Pupils within the Foundation Stage experience six areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication, language and literacy
Knowledge and understanding of the world
The Foundation curriculum is planned and resourced to allow each pupil to expand and develop his or her skills in a safe, caring environment. Opportunities for learning are developed through a broad range of both indoor and outdoor activities.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The school is distinctive in character as a Church of England Controlled Primary School. The work in both Religious Education and Collective Worship emphasises the Christian way of life.
A daily act of worship is undertaken in the form of assemblies led by the Head Teacher, teachers and visitors. A daily prayer or reflection is included in this time.
The school uses the Medway Agreed Syllabus and the Rochester Scheme of Work as a basis for developing moral and spiritual awareness. The agreed syllabus has two key principals:
Learning about religion
Learning from religion
Pupils develop an awareness of and respect for the beliefs and feelings of those within the school and wider community.
The whole school attends All Saints Church on at least four occasions during the year to celebrate Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaving. Parents are invited on these occasions.
The children also attend festivals at Rochester Cathedral during the school year.
The school aims to implement the Primary Framework for Literacy which will support and increase all children’s access to excellent teaching, leading to exciting and successful learning.
The school aims to develop and extend the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through purposeful use of language using a variety of experiences.
Children are encouraged to become independent readers in order to access meaning and information from a range of media. Pupils will follow a carefully balanced programme of guided reading from books of graded difficulty, matched to their independent reading levels. Through shared reading, pupils will also experience a range of more challenging texts. Children will be encouraged to take home a range of books to share with parents.
We aim to make children competent and confident writers, able to write their own fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts. The teaching of phonics, spelling and handwriting are key to the skills necessary to develop fluent, confident writing. Opportunities for drama, discussions and oral presentations will be provided to enhance language. Pupils are encouraged to listen attentively and respond appropriately.
Our aims are to ensure that every child follows a balanced programme of maths appropriate to their age and ability. The work includes using and applying maths concepts in everyday situations, number work, shape and space, measuring and handling data. Children will be encouraged to learn basic number facts and parental help will assist learning greatly. The daily numeracy lesson provides structured teaching of maths concepts using mental and oral recall, followed by group and whole class teaching using a range of teaching strategies and materials.
We aim to enable children to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge, skills and ideas as well as developing their natural curiosity about the world.
Each child follows a course that covers the Programmes of Study as defined in the National Curriculum. The work is organised under a variety of topic headings, with each year’s topics providing a balance between the three main areas to be studied: Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes. Throughout each topic children will be taught the processes involved with experimental and investigative science.
COMPUTING AND INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
As well as being an important curriculum requirement, the ability to use computers effectively is a vital life skill in society. We therefore aim to produce learners who are confident and purposeful users of all aspects of ICT. We encourage them to use technology across the curriculum for investigating, recording, organising, control and communication.
The school has 96 wireless laptops and 32 iPads. In addition there are computers based in each classroom and laptops connected to projectors for whole class teaching. As well as learning computer skills, children are taught to use other equipment such as scanners, digital cameras and other recording devices.
All the classrooms enjoy the facility of interactive whiteboards that support the quality of teaching and learning.
The school has a website which gives information about the school and promotes children’s work. Each child has an individual logon to our network, an e-mail address and access to the internet which is fully supervised.
All Saints C of E Primary School believes that physical education provides a vital and unique contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional health development.
We aim to give our children an opportunity to promote healthy life styles and enjoying and developing skills in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor pursuits.
We encourage children to understand the need for safety, help them develop skills such as co-ordination and working with others in a team, and discuss positive attitudes to sport including the ability to cope with success and failure.
All Saints C of E Primary School fully supports the Medway Partnership activities and mini-youth games programme.
PSHE AND CITIZENSHIP
We aim to promote good patterns of behaviour in personal, social, and health education. We also provide learning experiences that enable children to develop the necessary skills to participate in their local community and within the wider society. ‘Circle Time’ is used for discussion of themes and issues and children are encouraged to seek resolution of problems and issues.
The school provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves as developing individuals and to become responsible members of their community.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
We value the importance of Sex and Relationship education and offer an age appropriate programme from Year 2 upwards.
We aim to teach the children about:
The physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults
Respect and care for themselves
The importance of family life
The way humans reproduce
Respect for the views of other people
Music plays a major part within the ethos of the school. Our aim is to give all children the pleasure of performing music in a variety of ways, and sharing their developing expertise with others. We also give them the opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of the elements of music and encourage them to make decisions about the music they hear and play, thus developing an understanding of, and a feeling for, music. In addition the Music for Schools Programme and the school choir contribute towards the high standards achieved.
In KS1 the children will be involved in learning about people and events from the recent past, about important people and events in British history. It involves learning stories from the past, collecting information from a range of sources and beginning to develop chronology. This work will be further developed in KS2 and will include aspects of local, national and international history. The children will be expected to use a range of sources to ask and answer questions about the past and communicate historical understanding in a variety of ways.
We aim to provide opportunities for children to study the physical and human features of their immediate environment and of the wider world. The children will be involved in learning about places and themes from local, national and international areas. They will learn a range of geographical skills including making and using maps and using photographic evidence.
At appropriate levels, children will be given an opportunity to investigate, design and make products to understand the process of planning and making, and to be able to use competently a variety of tools and materials. Existing products will generally be the starting point of a project, providing ideas and raising issues regarding quality, health and safety and vocabulary.
ART AND DESIGN
Studying art can develop visual thinking and creativity. It allows children to make a personal response to the world and to communicate that response to others. Children’s creativity in art is developed by knowledge and understanding of art, as well as investigating and making their own art works. Art helps develop skills across the curriculum and can enrich teaching and learning.
Children will use a range of materials and tools for art, including ICT. They will experience both 2D and 3D art. They will be encouraged to review and improve their work to produce high quality artwork.
The school will show the value placed on the work by displaying it as much as possible.
PUPILS WHO HAVE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The school aims to provide equality of access to the curriculum for all pupils. This supports our primary objective to raise the level of attainment of all pupils.
All pupils will be assessed annually beginning in the Foundation Stage. If the results of any assessment indicates that intervention is required, the pupil will be placed on the special needs register and the specific provision provided will follow the responses as laid out in the Code of Practice. For specific needs the school is also able to access the specialist support services. In all cases parents will be kept fully informed about the progress and teaching of their children.
PUPILS WHO HAVE ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
Children whose first language is not English will be given extra language support where needed to develop their skills, concepts and knowledge.
Support is given to enable bi-lingual pupils to participate in, and have equal access to, all areas of the curriculum. It also ensures that pupils relate their cultural experiences to the curriculum to increase their motivation and encourage a positive self-image and achieve well. We aim to help children whose first language is not English to settle more confidently in school and become more familiar with the school environment.
All Saints C of E Primary School makes a positive contribution to community life, supporting many organisations in Chatham and the local community. The school has international links with schools in Foshan, China and with contrasting schools in Medway and Kent. The school is aware of its valued place in the community, enjoying the very close link to All Saints Church. We also raise awareness of the needs of others, supporting a range of charities both internationally and at home.
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT
The admission arrangements for disabled pupils are the same as any other pupils. The school will do everything possible to ensure such pupils are treated fairly and have the same opportunities as other children.
As employers, the Governing Body will not unjustifiably discriminate against current employees or job applicants on the grounds of disability and will make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to employment arrangements and premises.
It is the school’s intention for each child to enjoy their Primary Years Education, for parents to be fully involved at all times and that together we enable each child to fulfil their potential. The Primary Years go by very quickly and every opportunity for learning needs to be taken. The school will seek this for every child.