The School Curriculum
A true picture of the school curriculum can only really be obtained by visiting the classes and seeing the children at work. However, Government regulations now insist that schools publish their curriculum aims and give some indication as to the amount of time spent on each subject.
The school governors have approved the following statement:-
‘The curriculum of Goodrich School is much more than a set of subjects. It consists of all those activities and experiences that are designed to encourage pupils' spiritual, moral, cultural, social, intellectual and physical development in order to prepare them for a successful future. The National Numeracy and Literacy Strategies are formally established alongside science, religious education, physical education, ICT and music. The remainder of the timetable is dedicated to providing a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’.
In these sessions children are taught geography, history, design & technology, art & craft, drama and PSHE (personal, social & health education) either as separate subjects or through an integrated approach. By the age of 11 each child should have progressed through the levels of attainment laid out in the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. In general terms these may be described as
To be literate
i.e. to be able to read, write legibly and to talk clearly and with style.
To be numerate
i.e. to be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and be able to use these skills in a variety of conditions.
To be scientific
i.e. to be able to hypothesise, test and predict in a logical and measurable way.
To have social skills
i.e. to be able to interact with others in a sensitive and understanding way, showing a range of skills viz.:leadership and co-operation. To apply these skills in an appropriate way.
To have an aesthetic awareness
i.e. the ability to produce and appreciate a range of the awareness aesthetic arts i.e. visual, musical and dramatic experiences.
In particular we seek to provide that every child:-
- as children develop musical skills ideally each junior child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument taught in small groups or individually (e.g. guitar, recorder)
- each week each child takes part in a dance, mime or drama session
- receives weekly class/group tuition in singing with instrumental accompaniment
- regularly engages in producing pictures, models and sculptures
- To have an environmental awareness
- Understanding of the social, technical and natural factors which shape our lives, and the way in which these factors develop and interact (geography, history, humanities)
To develop fit and healthy bodies
To take part in a programme of physical activities which promote co-ordination, agility, and physical development
To have a religious and moral awareness
To encourage the awareness and appreciation of the spiritual religious values at work in society, the community, the school and the individual.
Above all, an ability to benefit from a further five years of formal education and to emerge as talented young adults, well able to make their own, independent lives in the world.