A school teaches in 3 ways: by what it teaches, by how it teaches and by the kind of place it is - Lawrence Downey
For the free man there should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise may benefit the body but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. Therefore avoid compulsion and let your children’s lessons take the form of play.
Plato - The Republic
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.
The curriculum is everything children learn in school. The explicit curriculum includes lessons in class, extra-curricular and optional learning such as instrument lessons, clubs or classes before and after school. This curriculum is outlined in the documents above. There is also the 'hidden curriculum,' the ethos and values of the school shared through assemblies, role models among adults and children and those informal times where children learn to play and interact sociably.
Children in years 1 and 2 learn to mix colours, apply paint and work collaboratively, making work to celebrate the environment beneath our feet.
A Garden for the Greeks at RHS Tatton. Over 90 children worked on the garden from designing the planting scheme and growing the willow in Gardening Club to making the Gods and Monsters in Art Club.
The National Curriculum for England 2014 is divided into core and foundation subjects.
English, Mathematics and Science.
Art and Design, Computing, Design/Technology, French, Geography, History. Music, Personal, Health and Social Education (including sex and relationships), Physical Education and Sport, Religious Education.
At Kingsmead we value the intrinsic value of education: the development of intellectual and cultural interests, good character (moral fibre) and a healthy lifestyle. Standards measured through National Tests are achieved within this broad, balanced and rich curriculum. Kingsmead students are supported in developing their interests, and grow new gifts and talents in the Arts and Music, the Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Children are also supported in developing healthy lifestyles through Physical Education. Personal, Health and Social Education helps pupils to understand their responsibilities as well as their rights: respect for and valuing difference, upholding the rule of law, democracy and and how to stay safe and behave kindly to others.
By working together, teaching staff, parents, carers and children too, we can enable every child to work hard, enjoy learning, achieve well and enjoy their success. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects and, as such, more time is spent on their study. Children will be taught English and Mathematics most days and Science in one regular weekly session. High standards in English and Mathematics enable children to participate fully in school and set them up for wider choices in life. We teach the core subjects both through thematic topics and discretely as outlined in the documents below.
The National Curriculum for schools in England is statutory for every child attending a Local Authority community primary school. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects and, as such, more time is spent on their study. High standards in English and Mathematics enable children to participate fully in school and provide opportunities them up for more choices in life: choices of further and higher education and employment.
'Unless people have the broadest of broad education, they'll never understand the essential unity that is at the heart of human existence.'
Birger Berthensson - Principal of TT College, Norway