Whole School Coverage of the National Curriculum 2018-19
Our Curriculum at Lyme Community Primary School
To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes from Year 1 – 6 follow a Learning Challenge Curriculum. Each half term there are two subject drivers: History/Geography/Science and Art/Design Technology/Music which drive our themes which are shared with parents each half term by class teachers. This approach to the curriculum means that, where appropriate, we make as many cross curricular links as possible and the topics we choose take into account:
- The requirements of the National Curriculum in terms of skills and knowledge.
- The interests and needs of our children.
- The opportunity to embed literacy and numeracy skills in real-life activities.
- The core values of our school as illustrated by our I CAN statement.
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. However, at Lyme, we work hard to ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn lots of additional skills and to develop their knowledge and understanding fully. For example:
- We offer a wide range of after-school clubs.
- We take part in sports competitions and opportunities in the locality
- We have a specialist language teacher to teach Spanish across the school.
- A specialist teacher provides brass instrument lessons. A choir is also in place.
- P.E. specialists teach across Key Stage 1& 2.
- Current local / national or international events regularly provide a basis for learning.
- Independence and personal responsibility are taught through our rights respecting ethos. Many of our students are Prefects, RRS Ambassadors, Peer Leaders and Sports Leaders promoting and supporting good behaviour and participation in school life.
- All children are involved in electing Student Councillors from Y2 to Y6 who put themselves forward for these positions and take a leading role in school.
- Eco – Action team representatives from the pupil body promote environmental awareness and responsibility.
- Higher attaining children are encouraged to think flexibly, take risks with their learning and to pursue excellence in particular areas.
Although the National Curriculum is in place and we are required to follow the programmes of study, we can interpret it in such a way that it meets the needs and interests of our children. Our curriculum is delivered using an annual cycle and is taught by class teachers with the exception of P.E. and Spanish.
This is not a separate area of the National Curriculum but PSHCE runs seamlessly through all we do.