Children learn scientific skills through taking part in a wide variety of practical activities. We aim to encourage children to use their natural curiosity in scientific investigations. Our school grounds and the close proximity to the Water Park ensure we have great outdoor opportunities for developing those aspects of the science curriculum.
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All our classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards. We have a computer suite as well as ipads and cameras in school. We have Lego WeDo kit and area always looking to further develop the equipment and experiences we can offer.
E=safety is an important part of our computing learning, see more on the 'Key Information' page.
Where possible we link work in technology with other areas of the curriculum. We want children to design, make and evaluate using a variety of materials.
They work on all aspects of technology, including food, construction, textiles and control technology. We have a food technology room, so that children can learn to cook in hygienic conditions. All our KS2 classes have opportunities to cook a range of meals during the year, these have proven very popular with children who often go home and cook the food again for their family.
History & Geography
We aim to make the topic work as cross curricular as possible across the school. Works includes studying the local environment, both in the present and the past, map work and use of artefacts. Kingsbury provides us with a rich source of local history and geography and children often make short trips in the area to further their knowledge. Children gradually extend their knowledge by studying other areas at home and abroad.
We have a wide range of apparatus which children use to help them develop their control, co-ordination, mobility and flexibility. Our curriculum includes gymnastics, games, athletics, swimming, dance and drama. . Although swimming is not compulsory at Key Stage 1 we believe that this is important to introduce children to this activity at an early age, particularly as we are based in an area that has so much water.. All our children from Y2 upwards take swimming lessons each year
Children in Y6 get an opportunity to attend a residential at Redridge in Wales during the Autumn term. This has proven to be very popular and a great way of team building at the start of their final year with us.
Throughout the school children are taught to use a variety of media through 2D and 3D work. This enables them to express themselves creatively and have fun! Studies are also made of the work of other artists and of art in different cultures.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught throughout KS2. Children learn basic vocabulary and to speak and write simple French. To practice this look at this link https://www.duolingo.com/
All children have music lessons where they learn to sing, compose and perform what they have composed. We have an exciting range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. We aim to develop children's creativity, understanding and enjoyment of the music of our own and other cultures.
KS2 children are able to participate in lessons using guitars, violin, brass or drums. Unfortunately there is a charge for these lessons and in some cases a waiting list may apply. Please enquire at the office.
Singing is a strength in school. Our KS2 choir performs to enthusiastic audiences at the Methodist church several times each year and each year we take part in the Young Voices concert.
We follow the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which includes themes like “Me & My Family, Celebrations, Special Places and Believing and Belonging”. Children are helped to develop feelings and attitudes of respect to people of all faiths, to recognise what we have in common and to celebrate the diversity in our culture and society. We have regular links with local churches and have visitors and make visits as a school to other places of worship.
We meet together as a whole school and in our separate Key Stages to celebrate achievements and special events, listen to stories from the Christian and other religious traditions, to share thoughts and ideas about behaviour, relationships and some of the things that make our world a special place.
Our Assemblies are inclusive of everyone in our school community and our latest OFSTED report states “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. They gain a good understanding of living in a multicultural society especially during days celebrating diversity.”
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship and religious education. If a parent wishes to consider this option, the Head Teacher should be approached.
Personal, Social & Health Education and Sex Education
We follow a P.S.H.E. programme in school which uses materials from a variety of schemes including S.E.A.L. (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning). Children explore, at a level appropriate to their age, issues such s self-esteem, relationships, caring for others and bullying. They also, through this work, and in science and P.E. learn about keeping healthy,
eating well, keeping fit and being safe. We encourage the children to talk about their feelings and to try to see other people’s points of view. In science children learn about life processes including nutrition, movement, growth and reproduction.
In Year 5 and Year 6 our girls and boys receive separate talks entitled “Growing Up”. This, with an accompanying video, is presented by our school nurse. The talk deals with growth, puberty and personal hygiene. Parents are informed in advance of the dates of these talks and asked to give permission in writing for their child to take part. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from any part of our Sex Education Programme that
is not part of the National Curriculum but we do ask parents to discuss this with the Headteacher.
As a school we are part of Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board Taking Care Programme which runs in all classes in school. The programme aims to teach children about feeling safe and building networks of support they can use if they don’t feel safe. The curriculum is based on the Protective Behaviours process. Children are taught about using safe language, how our body lets us know if we are not feeling safe, safe and unsafe secrets, and the importance of children learning to name their body parts correctly
and building a safe support network to talk with.