English is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum in England. In essence this is concerned with teaching children to read fluently and write for a range of purposes observing grammatical styles in a legible neat handwriting style. Spelling and speaking and listening skills are taught. Young children are taught phonics and word building skills using the Government ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from an early age. Each week children are taught reading and writing skills through ‘Guided Reading’ and ‘Wonderful Write’ strategies. The aims of the programmes are for children to: * learn to read fluently, to understand and enjoy books.
- use a variety of books
- use a range of reading strategies
- obtain information from books using contents and index pages
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- understand how letters build sounds in words and use this to read and spell accurately
- have an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- plan, draft, re-read and check their own writing
- children are also encouraged to read independently and will bring home books to read as part of their homework.
Children are encouraged to use their literacy skills in many other subjects of the curriculum through careful cross curricular planning: e.g. reference skills in history, report writing in geography, drama skills in RE etc.
The Mathematics National Curriculum is used for planning work and aims to enable children to:
- be confident, competent and proficient with numbers and measures
- develop fluency and reasoning – the skills which allow problem solving to happen
- Successfully use algebraic thinking which supports both fluency and reasoning.
- be able to tackle mathematical problems independently
- have a sense of size of a number and where it fits in the number system
- know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, division facts, doubles and halves
- use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally
- calculate fluently, accurately and efficiently, both mentally and on paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies
- recognise where it is appropriate to use a calculator – and where it is not – and be able to use one effectively
- make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems and recognise the operations to solve them
- explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms.textiles24
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Areas of Mathematics covered throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 include: Using and applying mathematics; Counting and understanding number; Knowing and using number facts; Calculating; Understanding shape; Measuring (time, length, volume, capacity); Handling data.
Science is taught using the National Curriculum programmes of study. The aims of the science teaching at the British Forces School are for children to work scientifically to:
- show accurate knowledge and understanding across the National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2
- use and develop their scientific understanding through planning and carrying out their own scientific investigations
- apply their knowledge and skills to unfamiliar contexts
- show an appreciation of the nature of scientific knowledge
- understand the contribution science makes to society
- communicate scientific findings, using mathematical, scientific and geographical skills, and to use computers to store, retrieve and present information.
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Art and Design
Art and Design is often taught in a cross curricular way with an emphasis on the teaching of skills and the development of creativity. The pupils are taught about the great contributors to the subject e.g. artists of note. All pupils are encouraged to evaluate their work.
MoD Schools are using a scheme which has been created by the Herts for Learning Computing Curriculum Team to support the teaching of computing, including computer science, information technology, digital literacy, and the safe and appropriate use of technology. It is designed to evolve to embrace new technologies and the latest thinking as well as to meet statutory curriculum requirements.
The school is well equipped with a fully networked computer system, a computer suite and interactive white boards in each classroom and wireless internet access, the use of which is strictly controlled for children.
In Design & Technology the pupils are encouraged to problem solve, design, make and test their prototypes. There is an emphasis on knowing the origins of foods and the preparation of more savoury rather than sweet dishes. The pupils are taught about the great contributors to the subject e.g. designers of note. All pupils are encouraged to evaluate their work.
Geography inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children will be taught knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing understanding about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Children will also take part in fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies.
History enables pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Children will be taught to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History will also help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Children in Key Stage Two will also take part in a local history study.
The teaching of a Foreign Language has a long tradition at the school and although it is only compulsory for KS2 in fact all pupils are taught aspects of the Italian language and culture in their twice weekly lessons. The emphasis is on practical communication with the pupils being introduced to vocabulary and grammar structures as is age appropriate through a range of stimulating learning experiences e.g. role play, games and songs.
Children study music of different styles and from different periods and cultures, as well as having opportunities to engage in a variety of musical activities. These range from singing, composing and evaluating music and experimenting with rhythm and sound to playing both tuned and percussion instruments. In addition, the school offers subsidised music lessons for individual instrument tuition in conjunction with a local music school. Please ask in the school office on arrival if you are interested.
Our programme consists of half termly units that develop good co-ordination of mind and body and to allow children to express themselves physically in a range of sports skills, athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Termly Swimming lessons are held throughout the year at a local sports centre for all children of statutory school age (FS2 – Y6). The school follows the ASA award scheme.
The MoD Schools RE Syllabus is followed this enables the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other World Faiths as appropriate to their age and ability. All children are expected to take part in religious education unless parents withdraw their child from Religious Education in writing to the Headteacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE is taught to all children throughout the school to encourage healthy attitudes to themselves and to others. We also implement the Government Primary National Strategy ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ (SEAL) programme and this underpins our assembly themes and class PSHE lessons.
Sex and relationship education (SRE)
The sex and relationship education policy has been agreed by the School’s Governance Committee and covers human development and changes at puberty. The policy is available on the school website. It forms an integral part of the Personal, Social and Health Education Framework. Parents are routinely invited to preview and discuss the materials and resources used prior to the programme being taught. There is the right to withdraw your child from part of the programme if you wish.
Teachers are continuously assessing progress and keeping a record to inform them of the next stage in all curriculum areas. In addition, children in FS2, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 are assessed in accordance with statutory assessments which are reported to parents. In FS2 this is the completion of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). In Y1 it is the Phonics screening check. In Y2 this is through using some standard assessment tests/tasks (SATS) to inform teacher assessment while in Y6 the children undertake national test/task (SATs). Other year groups are assessed by teachers and may undertake national optional tests, together with other school based assessments to support the teacher judgements made. Teacher assessments are shared with respective parents during parent consultation meetings and through the end of year written reports to parents.