We learn together within a caring, safe and friendly Christian school community where every child matters. RE is delivered in accordance with the Derbyshire L A agreed syllabus. Curzon is a C of E Voluntary Aided Church School and this means that the school has a strong Christian ethos and focus. This is reflected both in the teaching of RE and during Collective Worship. The school enjoys close links with the local church; the vicar delivering weekly collective worship within school and the children visiting church for a weekly service of child-friendly worship and Bible stories. The study of other major World Faiths is also undertaken, to ensure that all pupils are aware of, and show respect for, the beliefs, values and practices of others.
We use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We continue to learn, develop and enhance our knowledge and understanding of English throughout our lives.
Literacy skills are taught daily with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities and with changing emphasis as children grow in competence and maturity.
In Reception a synthetic phonics scheme is used in the form of Jolly Phonics and this then leads into Letters and Sounds in KS 1and word work in KS 2.
Individual learning needs are celebrated and developed by using teaching techniques which are suited to all learning styles, such as, drama, outdoor learning, hot seating and ICT.
With parental support, we want our children to:
Most importantly, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.
Reading is the most important skill a child learns in the early years of their education and this is reflected in the attention we give to reading through the curriculum.
We request that parents and carers read with their child as often as possible: we cannot over emphasise the impact this will have throughout the curriculum.
In EYFS and KS1 children are taught phonics by following the 'Letters and sounds' scheme and they access a variety of appropriate reading scheme texts to help develop their reading, the main ones being Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star, supplemented by others. We also use a reading app called Teach Your Little Monster To Read.
KS2 focus on comprehension using Reading VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence or Summarise) with a variety of different age appropriate texts. We also Rigby Star comprehension as well as topic related texts.
We aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical education taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way. We use ‘real life&rsquo experiences so children begin to understand the importance of applying maths skills in order to solve problems and engage them for future learning.
Maths is taught daily based on the Renewed National Numeracy Strategy. Children move through the Key Stage building on existing skills and developing their knowledge and understanding. Pupils explore all four number operations and are encouraged to try different strategies that best suit their learning. Pupils explore shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They are given lots of opportunities to discuss their methods and encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
We want our children to know and understand mathematical concepts, skills, facts, relationships and strategies and be able to apply and communicate these in a confident way.
Our aim in Science at The Curzon CofE Primary School is to enable a systematic, scientific approach to learning whilst developing useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live.
Children are encouraged to take a practical and inquisitive approach within Science to develop an understanding of scientific concepts and skills. Logical thinking, analysis of problems, formation of ideas and investigations are supported through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work which are designed to arouse the children's natural curiosity.
Science concentrates on a core of essential knowledge, building transferable skills which run throughout the curriculum, and life.
As ICT underpins today’s modern lifestyle, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. Our provision of ICT enables discrete ICT teaching following the ICT curriculum. Either by using desktops, laptops or iPads, the children learn how to safely navigate the internet; communicate and collaborate on wikis or blogs on our learning platform; desktop publish and create presentations. Other resources the children regularly use are digital cameras and video cameras; control equipment and voice recorders. Cross curricular teaching of ICT builds on skills learned in discrete lessons using real contexts, audiences and meaningful outcomes. Children and staff use ICT whenever they feel it is appropriate.
A healthy lifestyle is vital for a child’s well-being and keeping fit is an important part of this. In Physical Education, children learn about the need to warm up in preparation for, and cool down after, exercise. All children receive a range of PE and Games activities developing skills, techniques and rules for the following games: football, basketball, cricket, hockey, rounders, tag-rugby, tennis, Squash and athletics. Children are put in houses – Chatsworth, Haddon, Kedleston, Riber and Sudbury. The children compete in inter-house competitions and Sports Day, representing their house. The school hall is equipped for gymnastics, dance and movement and also houses some of our after school clubs such as Fencing, street dancing and Tri golf. The school offers a range of clubs for the children to join using both staff strengths and the skills of external sporting coaches. As well as enjoying a wide range of activities in PE & Games in school, we participate in all inter-school competitions and tournaments outside of school and have enjoyed much success over the years.
At the Curzon we take a topic based approach to the teaching of History. Children are given the opportunity to explore the past in an exciting way linking their learning to different areas of the curriculum.
As well as learning about historical characters and times we endeavour to engender a passion for finding out about the past thus developing enquiring minds.
We provide a variety of learning opportunities including handling real artefacts, field work visits and we invite specialists into school for workshops.
At the Curzon we take a topic based approach to the teaching of Geography. Children are given the opportunity to explore our environment in an exciting way linking their learning to different areas of the curriculum.
Children find out about the features of all environments and how and why they may vary from one to another.
From the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6 we provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge of people and places throughout the world. We want them to develop respect, a caring understanding and to value our precious world.
Children use maps, the internet, visits and the whole school has a relationship with The Good Shepherd School in Uganda. Teacher exchanges have embedded respect for different environments and communities.
Music at Curzon is rich and varied. It is creative and exciting and taught through class topics. Singing is at the heart of our music making, both in class lessons and during whole school assemblies.
All groups perform for special school events. We have also taken groups of children to local singing events and competitions.
Other music lessons, including drum, piano, guitar, violin and recorder, are available for a fee, provided by members of the county peripatetic staff. We encourage our children to take part in local events outside of school and also invite professional singers and musicians from a variety of cultures to perform and work with the children.
Through Art, we provide children with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
Children explore a range of starting points for practical work, such as themselves, their experiences, images, stories, drama, music, natural and man-made objects and environments. They use a range of materials and processes, including painting, collage, print-making, digital media, textiles, sculpture and ICT. Children have the opportunity to develop art, craft and design in the locality and in a variety of genres, styles and traditions.
To enhance the art curriculum, we visit museums and local sites and we also invite artists into school to demonstrate and show their work.
Children's work in Art and Design is assessed by making informal judgements in lessons and through children's self-assessment.
Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.
Our curriculum gives children the opportunity to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of increasingly well-crafted products.
The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers and watch their ideas come to life while helping them to learn and apply sound mechanical and scientific principles of design.
Social, emotional and behavioural skills underlie almost every aspect of school life and are, therefore, a crucial part of learning. We want children to be motivated and equipped to be successful and effective learners. Where children have good skills in these areas and are educated within an environment supportive to emotional health and well - being, children will acquire skills to help them in:
Most social, emotional and behavioural skills are developmental and change over time so we continually revisit and develop the concepts, building on what has been previously learned. We use SEAL ( Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning ) to aid our work in PSHE. Although the work is an integral part of the curriculum, the whole school also have specific lessons and assemblies to support SEAL.
As an addition to this, children also learn about Sex and Relationship Education ( SRE ) appropriate to their age and development.
Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience in preparation for future life. French is taught at Curzon in a fun and enjoyable way through the use of conversation, drama and song. There is also an opportunity for the children to take part in a lunch-time French club.
Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This has been revised from September 2012. There are now seven areas of learning.
Three Prime areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making Relationships
- Self Confidence and Self Awareness
- Managing feelings and behaviour
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Self Care
Communication and Language
- Listening and Attention
There are four Specific Areas
- Shape, Space and Measure
Understanding the World
- People and Communities
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using Media and Materials
- Being Imaginative
At Curzon, we strive to provide a caring, stimulating learning environment, with activities which reflect the interests of the children. We know that children learn best through play and practical hands-on activities because these develop other skills such as talking, observing, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating and reflecting. We continually address the characteristics of effective learning and provide opportunities for children to:
Play and Explore - where children are encouraged to play and experience open-ended activities.
Creating and Thinking critically - where children have opportunities to develop their own ideas and make links; choosing ways to do things; interacting with peers and adults and learning from each other.
Active learning - being motivated, involved and concentrating and where children keep trying and achieve what they have set out to do.
At the end of the Reception year, parents receive a written report which reflects their child's progress and characteristics of effective learning.
All children arrive at school at different stages of understanding and development and our curriculum allows for all the children to develop at their own pace.
Throughout the day, children will be engaged in whole class activities, group activities and individual learning both indoors and outdoors.
We constantly observe, monitor and assess the children's understanding and provide the 'what next' steps to further their understanding and development.
At Curzon, we work closely with parents. We encourage parents to share knowledge about their child's development and achievements. Parents bring their children into the classroom at the start of the school day and they are always welcome to stop for informal chats and to look at their child's work.
We also work closely with Quarndon Pre School. They come and use the Reception play area every morning and there is a Rising Five group for children attending Pre School during the second part of the Summer term.