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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Primary Phase
 
The Foundation Stage:  Years 1 and 2
 
Key Stage 1:  Years 3 and 4
 
Key Stage 2:  Years 5, 6 and 7
 
Our aim throughout these stages is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which gives every pupil the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
 
The Curriculum is set out in six Areas of Learning:
 
  1. Language & Literacy
  2. Mathematics & Numeracy
  3. The Arts (includes Art & Design, Drama & Music)
  4. The World Around Us (includes Geography, History and Science & Technology)
  5. Personal Development & Mutual Understanding
  6. Physical Education
Through this curriculum children will develop their skills in communication, Using ICT & Mathematics, and Thinking and Personal Capabilities.
 
MUSIC
 
Music plays an important part in the life of our school. All pupils receive a good all-round musical education and from P.4 onwards learn to play the recorder. There is an opportunity to become part of the Recorder Group for those who show aptitude. A Guitar Tutor works with children in Primary 6 and 7.
 
SEELB’s Instrument Teaching Service provides tuition in violins, brass instruments and woodwind. We also offer tuition in cello. Presently we have 37 pupils from P.4 to P.7 learning violins, cellos, cornets, baritones, French horns, clarinets and flutes. Our school orchestra performs regularly at school and community events.
 
Pupils are encouraged to enjoy singing and we aim to provide opportunities for non-auditioned choirs to perform. Pupils who show aptitude may audition to become members of our School Choir which performs regularly at school and community events. Our Christmas performances and annual Musical Evening is an opportunity to showcase the variety of musical talent.
 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
 
In all schools collective acts of worship are organised. These collective acts are led by the Headteacher, members of staff, children and visiting clergy. They are all of a non-denominational nature. 
 
The teaching of Religious Education is compulsory in all schools and, like the collective acts of worship, is non-denominational in nature whilst being Christian in content.
The parental option remains: a child may be withdrawn from attending the collective acts of worship and religious instruction in the classroom at the written request of the parent. Parents should make contact with the Principal if they wish to exercise this right.
 
HEALTH EDUCATION
 
The school operates a comprehensive programme of Health Education which provides our pupils with the opportunity to develop positive attitudes towards keeping healthy. Our pupils learn about the factors that contribute to good health, e.g. diet, exercise and hygiene; and also about the harmful effects of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs. A Drugs Education Policy is in place. A Healthy Lifestyles week is part of our annual programme of events.
 
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)
 
Care is taken at all times to take account of any particular difficulties or special talents which our pupils show. Children requiring additional support receive this from a specialist teacher, who works with small groups and individuals on a regular basis. Classroom Assistants also provide support. Parents are fully consulted regarding their child’s needs and are encouraged to discuss work, progress and behaviour with the SEN teacher at any time by appointment.
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