General Aims

One of the best definitions of the term curriculum is provided by Chris Kyriacou who indicates that it covers all the learning experiences set up by a school to achieve specified educational objectives. We hope to “enable all to succeed” through the learning experiences we provide; our general curriculum aims are to help each child to:

  1. Apply computational skills with speed and accuracy, and to use mathematical techniques appropriate to situations in everyday life.
  2. Become an independent reader and read with understanding, feeling and discrimination material appropriate to his/her age and interest.
  3. Develop an understanding of the spoken word, to listen attentively and to convey meaning effectively.
  4. Convey meaning accurately in written language for a variety of purposes and to develop technical competence.
  5. Produce clear legible writing and to present work attractively.
  6. Develop an interest in, and an ability to understand, the nature of the physical and biological world through observation, experimentation and systematic enquiry.
  7. Develop geographical knowledge and understanding, and an opportunity to gain experience of a variety of environments.
  8. Develop an interest in and an ability to interpret the past, through the local environment, knowledge of the key issues in British, European and World history and an appreciation of human achievement.
  9. Become aware of the influence of technology on the home, the workplace and lifestyles and to identify needs, plan, make and test.
  10. Appreciate the visual arts, music and drama and to develop skills and sensitivity as a means of expression.
  11. Develop co-ordination of mind and body through participation in physical activities, a sense of fair play and a positive attitude to sporting behaviour.
  12. Acquire a set of moral and spiritual values, an understanding of Christian beliefs, a respect for other races and religions and a reverence for all life.
  13. Have an awareness of self and sensitivity to others, and to develop habits of self discipline and acceptable behaviour.

Our curriculum comprises the subjects of The National Curriculum at Primary School level, (the core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science - plus Geography, History, Design Technology, Information Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education), together with RE and the Cross Curricular elements of Health Education, Drug Education, Citizenship, Careers Education and Environmental Education. Other important aspects are Equal Opportunities,

Multi-Cultural Education, Bullying and Positive Behaviour which form our Personal and Social Education Programme.

The curriculum is seen as a continuation from Reception to Year 6, with statutory assessments at the end of the Key Stages at Years 2 and 6.

Some of the work is linked thematically and each year group has six focused half termly themes. Where it is not appropriate to link subjects they are taught as a discreet subject. Mathematics, for example, is treated as a single subject although work of a mathematical nature is included in other areas. English, also, whilst included in thematic work, is also treated as a separate discipline. From September 1998 the school has been using the

National Literacy Strategy to teach English and in September 1999 adopted the National Numeracy Strategy. Science is both a single discipline and an aspect of thematic work. A variety of teaching styles are used - whole class, group and individual. The time set aside for teaching during the school day excluding breaks, assembly and registration is 4 hours 45 minutes (Key Stage 2) and 4 hours 15 minutes (Key Stage 1).

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Lightcliffe CE Primary School

Wakefield Road

Tel: 01422 202 235

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
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