We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and particular care is taken to ensure that all children are treated as individuals and that we carefully match the work to the child's capabilities.
Our school curriculum is designed to implement all National Curriculum requirements, so in every class, children are taught:-
Reading and writing are of paramount importance at North and South Cowton Community Primary School. Using a variety of carefully graded reading schemes we aim to help children become fluent and independent readers. Children also have the opportunity to select from a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction books. Our school library is regularly used. The reference section aims to encourage children in the use of a classification system, enabling them to locate information to support other areas of the curriculum.
Children are given the opportunity to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Opportunities are given to develop the skills of grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling.
High priority is also given to the development of speaking and listening.
This week, during literacy lessons, class 2 have been planning and writing stories for younger children. They have looked at a variety of books for a younger age to get an idea of the type of story and how they are written.
We have had some fantastic ideas which have resulted in some great stories. These stories were shared with class 1 yesterday, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy them.
Children are taught to read through the government phonics programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’. We use a range of resources, activities and games to support and embed learning. The reading scheme used across school from EYFS to Key Stage two is Big Cat Collins Education. This scheme is fully aligned with the Letters and Sounds Programme.
We supplement our reading resources with the Rigby Navigator scheme to ensure we have a balanced and rich coverage of guided reading throughout all year groups.
We rigorously follow the requirements of the National Curriculum and have developed a new Calculations Policy which lays out our year by year expectations for Maths. Every opportunity is taken to ensure that the children apply and develop an understanding of mathematics in practical tasks and real life problems. The development of divergent thinking and mental agility is encouraged.
Much of our Science teaching is delivered through cross curricular topic work. Our four year rolling programme outlines these topic areas, and we map National Curriculum Science themes against these areas. Through an investigative approach, children can develop skills and competence to apply ideas to a problem situation. They are encouraged to apply logic, pose questions, form theories and draw conclusions from their findings.
We aim to develop in the children an appreciation of the work of various artists and create in them an awareness of our diverse artistic heritage and the importance of art in other cultures. Children will work in 2-D and 3-D using a variety of medium.
Children work with a variety of materials. They are encouraged to design and make things, evaluate the results, understand how things work and the effect that advances in technology have on the environment.
One of the tasks of our school is to encourage the formation of the necessary skills with which children can find their place in society. Children are encouraged to develop a sense of identity and an understanding of the various interpretations of the past.
Children will be helped to develop understanding and awareness of their local environment and that of the world as a whole. Through personal experience, field study and the use of maps, photographs and pictures, the children will begin to understand and appreciate the world they live in.
Each child is given the opportunity to participate and develop skills in gymnastics, games, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. Junior age children have the opportunity to go swimming weekly during one school term. Children will work independently, in pairs and teams in both competitive and non-competitive situations.
We want each child to become competent as a listener, composer and performer. Activities are provided to develop musical skills in all children. We regard it as important that children who show musical ability have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Specialist teachers are available through the County Music Scheme to teach violin, flute, piano and cornet. Parents are required to pay termly for this tuition.
The school is equipped with nine fully networked PC's in classrooms with full, filtered Internet access. We also have 10 laptops with a storage unit so that we can take advantage of wireless technology in school. Computing is taught as a subject in its own right. However, children are encouraged to use their computer skills in all subject areas.
Control technology is taught throughout the school using a range of resources for younger children and Flowol with related hardware for older children. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard that is used by teachers and children to support all areas of the curriculum. We regularly use scanners, i-pods, i-pads, digital cameras and a range of other devices to support teaching and learning.
The School is a Community Primary School but the worship in the school is Christian in nature. We follow the agreed syllabus in RE produced by North Yorkshire County Council. Through the teaching of RE we encourage the children to explore the place and significance of religion in human life, so making a contribution to each child's search for a faith by which to live. At the same time, we are enabling the child to appreciate the importance of Christianity as the basis of our cultural beliefs and values.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content for our curriculum. Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.