Curriculum Areas - subject information
Our Vision demonstrates what we believe are the key values of education and outlines our aspirations for making our school the best environment to prepare our children for their future.
It is important that children have a rich and exciting curriculum experience at primary school and have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways. Our curriculum has been designed to allow our children to achieve their very best, to be ready for the next stage of their education and to be prepared for life in the 21st century. In order to be effective in a world that is changing rapidly, our children need to be independent, resilient and confident. Our curriculum is designed to make children confident, articulate, literate, numerate and able to cope with challenges.
We believe every child has interests, aptitudes, gifts and talents to develop. We encourage children to participate in all the school has to offer, whether in lessons, after school clubs, trips and outings, performances or sporting events. By the time children go to secondary school, every child should be aware of their strengths and all they have to offer.
At Felbridge our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 which guides what must be learned. The EYFS guidance which inspires Year R also flows into Year 1 and beyond as we use the characteristics of effective learning to provide a variety of learning experiences. Alongside this, we endeavour to provide a curriculum which excites, challenges, inspires and motivates each individual child.
As an inclusive school, we aim through our curriculum to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential. For more information, see our SEND Pages.
Subject Pages and Information
Through the arts children are given opportunities to learn about themselves and the world around them. They are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in art, music, dance and drama to help them make connections in their learning. They are expected to communicate their thoughts and feelings, problem solve, generate a range of ideas and produce finished products.
Music offers a unique contribution to the overall development of the child. It is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. All children have the ability to achieve musically.
Design & Technology
Design and Technology provides children with opportunities to design, plan and develop ideas and make products with specific purposes. It also encourages children to become creative problem solvers and to be able to work with tools, equipment, materials and components safely.
PE develops our children's physical skills, abilities and general confidence in a wide range of activities. It develops children's knowledge of the body in action and a positive attitude towards a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.
History and Geography
The teaching of Humanities - history and geography - aims to provide children with an understanding of how change affects the land and its people, both locally and across the world. We encourage the development of children's skills of enquiry and interpretation through context-based study.
In history, children are taught to weigh up evidence and use a variety of sources of information to help them understand why and how events happened in the past.
The study of geography is aimed at helping children to gain a better understanding of the world around them and to enable them to appreciate and interact with their immediate environment.
Both subjects aim to develop children's understanding of the relationships between different countries, peoples and the effects they have on each other.
We aim to help our children understand the nature of religion and to develop their awareness of the fundamental questions of meaning and purpose raised by human experiences. Religious Education should aid spiritual, moral and social development helping children towards:
- beginning to develop an understanding of the beliefs, practices and insights of religious faiths
- appreciating the place of religion in human life and the important ways it affects the actions and attitudes of people
- becoming aware of the cultural, religious and spiritual heritage of all members of the community
- developing personal values and a respect for rights of others to hold beliefs different from one's own.
Modern Foreign Language
We believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. We are keen to promote the learning of a foreign language to all pupils of primary age.