Carr Head Primary

Our mission statement is to prepare the children of today to flourish in the world of tomorrow through nurturing mind, body and soul.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2


English: It is recognised that English has a central part to play in all areas of the curriculum. Every opportunity is used to develop children’s confidence and competence in speaking and listening, reading and writing, including spelling and grammar. Drama and role play are exciting aspects of our curriculum.

Maths: We recognise that numeracy is a key life skill. Children are encouraged to solve mathematical problems, using a variety of strategies, which become progressively more challenging as the children move from Foundation class through to Year 6.

Computing:This is a subject of increasing importance as we prepare our children for the future. Children develop and use the following skills:

  • Word Processing
  • Using graphic packages to produce pictures and designs
  • Using computer-controlled vehicles
  • Problem-solving, using adventure programs
  • Data Handling
  • Coding

 

All classrooms are equipped with computers and interactive whiteboards and are linked to the Internet. We also have a set of iPads for use in class which provides contrasting experiences to using a PC or laptop.

 

Science: Discovery and experimentation play a large part in science work. The emphasis is on practical investigations designed by the children with guidance. This process stimulates a child’s inquisitive nature by encouraging them to ask questions and to develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. The science curriculum is delivered through ‘themes’ or ‘topics’ and includes work about the body, plants, electricity, forces, materials and the Earth.

History: The children learn about the past and use a variety of historical sources. They learn about their own history, famous people and inventors. Chronology is embedded throughout the curriculum and their understanding is supported through knowdge of significant individuals and events. In Key Stage 2 children continue to build upon historical skills using primary and secondary sources to draw conclusions about reasons and impact of events in the past. They note connections, contasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.

Geography: Through the study of place (both local, national and international) the children develop their geographical skills together with a range of knowledge and understanding about physical, human and environmental geography.

Art and Design: The children explore the work of artists and craftspeople from different times and cultures. They go on to produce creative work through the development of their own ideas through drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and sculpting. The language of art is used to evaluate and analyse creative works. 

Design Technology: The children have opportunities to develop, plan and communicate their ideas working with a selection of tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products. An important aspect of this work is the evaluation of the processes involved and the finished product. Children are supported to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. 

Music: Children enjoy learning through listening, making music, composing, performing and responding to music. Every child is given the opportunity to perform in musical presentations during the year. In Y2 the children learn to play the recorder and pupils in Y4 are taught how to play the flute or clarinet. We also have a very active junior choir.

 P.E.: This is an important aspect of a child’s life at school. We believe exercise is essential to maintain healthy, active lives. We inspire all the children to succeed and excel in a broad range of physical activities as well as competitive sports.  Our high quality PE Curriculum enables the children to become physically active for sustained periods of time and helps to embed values such as fairness, respect and team work.

 Modern Foreign languages: French is taught throughout the school through games and songs, role play and drama. The children also learn about the French culture and enjoy theme days. Links with a school in France have been established and pupils enjoy communicating through the spoken and written word with their French counterparts.

 In addition, pupils learn about aspects of social personal and health education, citizenship and sex and relationship education. They enjoy whole school projects such as Health and Safety Week, Book events, Citizenship and Fundraising activities etc. British Values are embedded throughout the curriculum.