Naphill and Walters Ash School

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Curriculum Overview

Reasoning

It’s important to consider each other’s points of views and accept differences of opinion. We help to give our children the ability to think through problems and challenges for themselves, and be able to explain their thoughts and actions.
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It’s important to consider each other’s points of views and accept differences of opinion. We help to give our children the ability to think through problems and challenges for themselves, and be able to explain their thoughts and actions.

Responsible

We encourage our children to be responsible, particularly for their actions, learning, belongings and environment.
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We encourage our children to be responsible, particularly for their actions, learning, belongings and environment.

Curriculum Overview

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.

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.