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Naphill and Walters Ash School
We follow the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2, the Reception Curriculum is based on the Early Learning Goals. Across the school we try to plan around ‘topics’ each term and where possible link our writing, history, geography, art, DT and where possible science to these topics. We believe that this makes learning more cohesive and relevant. We try to make all subjects relevant to the children and we get them to consider why they are learning something, what key skills is this subject teaching you and why do they need to learn them.
There are times when any child may need extra support to ensure they make expected progress. Those needing this support in English and maths will be given time in small groups or 1:1 if necessary. Some children only need support to overcome a particular issue and we endeavour to ensure this happens. Our SENDCo and class teachers are more than happy to discuss the support we can offer a child with parents.
We regularly have theme weeks or days where the whole school focuses on a particular subject or idea. We have used the National Gallery’s Take 1 Picture and have studied a particular painting for a week, taking various elements of the painting and expanding them with the children.
Many of our children learn to play musical instruments and are taught by peripatetic music teachers. These musicians come together and perform in our school orchestra, often joined by the choir. Children from Year 2 onwards can learn most of the instruments offered by the teachers. If your child is interested then please ask the school office for availability and prices.
We use the Bucks Locally Agreed Syllabus for our RE planning and teaching. In Reception the focus is on the child’s own experiences e.g. their special events, their family etc. As the children move into KS1 the focus in lessons is on Christianity but still with the emphasis on their own experiences and knowledge. In KS2 the children look at a different world religion in Yrs 3-5, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. In Yr 6 the focus is on wider moral and ethical topics which do incorporate religious views. We recognise that for many children and families faith is not a key part of their lives and their views and opinions are valued too.
As well as the academic curriculum we firmly believe that the children have to develop the skills and attributes needed to become confident people, equipped to move onto their next school and stage in education. We aim to develop their ability to speak clearly; to convey their thoughts and feelings and be self-aware. For some children this will be more challenging than others and again we will support those children who need extra help developing these skills.