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If you have any further queries regarding your child's curriculum, please do not hesitate to speak to their class teacher or Mr Illsley (Headteacher).
Details of the National Curriculum April 2017 taught in schools can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/national-curriculum
As a school we base our learning on a broad and balanced curriculum and strive to deliver a wide and varied learning platform and are fully committed to developing each child’s unique potential within a secure and caring environment. We use a range of sources to meet the needs of the curriculum and provide an exciting and enlightening learning experience for our children. We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning. The children of Stithians School are happy learners, who work hard to reach the challenges set by their teachers. Excellent teaching and learning give children opportunities to be successful in a creative, safe, calm environment where classrooms and other learning spaces promote creativity and high aspiration.
The curriculum consists of many planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic days, school council, assemblies, clubs, sports, trips/visits, workshops, fund raising, and community work. Outcomes may be designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for learning and for life. Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular theme or context. In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, the programmes of study are then developed into medium term plans which clearly highlight the learning objectives, assessment opportunities, differentiated tasks as well as links to other subjects and the thinking skills and aspects of learning most appropriate. Teachers then translate these plans into smaller units – half term, weekly, daily plans where the specific needs of the learners are addressed. We are developing better ways of assessing children’s needs and measuring impact on progress and attainment and, as such, teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all the children
Reading is a key tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers is a large and exciting part of what we do at Stithians. We have lots of opportunities for reading exciting books and materials. Writing is very important at Stithians. We have lots of wonderful opportunities to inspire pupils, which makes sure they enjoy writing, and lots of excellent teaching and support to ensure children make excellent progress. Pupils will normally have an hour and a half of English lessons in the morning, which is a mixture of learning about reading, writing and speaking and listening, which includes reading roundabout and spelling. Writing is also promoted through other subject areas.
Our mathematics curriculum covers everything from cooking with weights and measures all the way through to long division and algebra. New mathematical ideas are introduced with lots of hands-on Science at Stithians which gives our pupils an opportunity to learn about science by being real scientists.
Design and Technology is a subject which our pupils are involved in designing and making things from musical instruments to pizza. Music and Art are vital for creative development.
We currently have Cornwall Music Service visiting school each week to teach Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 children to play an instrumental guitar and all children have the opportunity to take part. Performing and visual arts also play a significant part within our curriculum with a Christmas nativity for Key stage 1 and a summer Key stage 2 production every other year. Drawing upon our rich and varied regional culture.
Computers and other IT can help pupils make accelerated progress. We support pupils to develop their skills such as researching, typing, editing and art skills. Then we use those skills in cross-curricular work. Computer programming we use various methods including Scratch, Code-a-pillar etc.
Religious Education at Stithians is based on the agreed syllabus. Physical Education is where our children participate in all activities.
All children from Year one have swimming lessons. There are numerous extra-curricular clubs held throughout the year. Sporting provision at Stithians ensures that our children have the chance to participate and excel in a wide range of sports delivered by both teaching staff and professional coaches.
Extra-Curricular Clubs are very popular, and there are a variety of clubs available for KS1 and KS2 pupils. These include football, netball, code club, cricket, computer club, KS2 writing, gardening, KS1 and KS2 athletics etc. Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have well-staffed and equipped playgrounds a sports field and an Outdoor Area specifically for the EYFS children. Our Year 5 and 6 children can choose to become Play Leaders to younger children and Buddies to the Reception children. At Stithians we believe that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum through which we support children with additional needs. All children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to be included in the social and academic life of the school. We aim to provide educational experiences that take into account the individual needs of children, appropriate to their level of ability. Special Educational Needs (SEN) at Stithians we have developed a programme of early intervention in order to identify pupils who have special educational needs. This process is co-ordinated by Mrs Bailey, who is supported in her work by outside agencies, which provide specialist advice. Homework is seen as an important extension of our work in school and is set regularly. Children are encouraged to read with their parents and practice their multiplication tables from Reception class onwards and advance to more regular homework as they progress through school
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are thoroughly enjoyed by all children learning by leaning French. We hold Parents’ Evenings termly and we do like to see as many parents as possible. Active and positive involvement by parents will lead to enhanced progress for your child. Assessment is an on-going process within school, the aim of which is to help your child achieve his or her maximum potential. This takes many forms including observation, written evidence and discussion between teacher and child. Formal assessment within the National Curriculum will take place at ages 7 and 11. Children will be involved in on-going assessment throughout their time with us.