School Curriculum Provision
At Owslebury, we place a strong emphasis on developing the core key skills within English, Mathematics and Computing, while at the same time providing children with opportunities to be involved in their own learning with plenty of real experiences – promoting a sense of purpose, motivation, enjoyment, enthusiasm and confidence through learning.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is for children aged from three years until the end of their Reception year in the primary school. This national early years curriculum consists of seven areas of learning which are all interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting our children’s curiosity and love for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development.
Within these three areas are four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The phonics scheme which we use throughout the school is ‘Letters and Sounds’. Our main reading scheme is ‘Pearson’s Bug Club’. This scheme is further complemented with a range of other schemes and books which complement the range of individual children’s needs throughout the school for example: Project X, sails etc…
Every child is seen as a unique individual and we aim to help each child to develop their skills and abilities from the stage they have reached on entry to our school. To help support this further we run a regular ‘mini school’ which is an opportunity for our pre-school children and their parents to attend before their September admission.
The National Curriculum from 2014 for children from Year 1 onwards, consists of nine subjects. The ‘core’ subjects are: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (Formally Information and Communication Technology (ICT)) and Religious Education. The other foundation subjects are: Art, Music, Geography, History, Design and Technology and Physical Education. Children also begin to learn French from Year 3.
We teach through a topic based approach whereby the skills the children learn can be applied to a range of contexts. The children are ability grouped across both key stages and these groupings are fluid depending on where children may need additional support or extension work with any given skill or unit of work.
Sports and Games are offered as part of our PE curriculum and as extra-curricular activities. Gymnastics, small apparatus skills and team games are also taught. Our school has a good-sized hall, hard play area and sports field. We participate fully in inter-school competitions and local events.
Music is enjoyed by everyone at our school. As well as the planned weekly lessons, there is a strong tradition of playing a wide range of instruments and singing. Private lessons are available for keyboard, woodwind and guitar. We hope to be able to offer other instruments in due course. The children can also learn to play drums, recorders and brass. Our Class 3 children also take part in the ‘Listen2Me’ county initiative whereby they all learn an instrument every term.
Religious Education follows the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus and involves exploring spiritual concepts through a range of faith traditions rather than teaching children about religious doctrine. There is an assembly with an act of collective worship every day. We hope that all children will take part in all religious education activities and attend assemblies. We do, however, recognise that some parents might wish to withdraw their children. Any parent who wishes to take this action should make a relevant, written request to the headteacher.
Sex & Relationships Education will be presented in the context of caring relationships and of respect for others and self. The process of reproduction in animals and plants will feature in Science work undertaken at all stages of children’s schooling. A full version of the Governing Body’s Policy for Sex and Relationships Education is available from the school on request. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships Education provided at school; where any parent chooses to exercise this right, they will be offered information on Sex and Relationships Education for use at home.
Educational visits are planned for all classes to enrich the curriculum and widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. When arrangements are made for children to leave the school site, parents will be given details in advance and asked for their consent.
Children with Specific Needs
In line with the SEND code of practice all children, including those experiencing Special Educational Needs are welcomed into our school. We have clear policies detailing ways in which teachers will meet the needs of such groups of children and we draw on external support when required. We have a part time inclusion manager and the teachers constantly monitor the educational, emotional and physical needs of each child. In this way any need experienced by a pupil can be identified and resolved quickly. Able and gifted children are also welcomed at Owslebury. Teachers’ planning includes lessons and/or extension activities for pupils who are more able.
Please go to each class page where a detailed overview of the half term topics being taught is available.