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Geography and History
At St Andrew’s we provide memorable and exciting experiences that engage the children, providing them with a love of learning. Where possible, History and Geography topics are taught across the curriculum making links with other subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, Music and Computing.
Visits are planned or visitors invited in to school to enhance the children’s learning in History and Geography. Children also have the opportunity to dress up and take part in topic themed days within school. Geography and History are taught, as detailed in the National Curriculum.
In our school the children develop their locational knowledge by learning how to use a variety of maps to locate continents, countries, cities and regions. They learn how to identify physical characteristics such as rivers, oceans, coasts, hills and mountains. Children will also study key aspects of physical and human geography such as climate zones, volcanoes, earthquakes and land use. Children also have the opportunity to use fieldwork to observe, measure and record their observations within the local area.
Our History curriculum helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Across the school, children will study: local history; significant historical events; about the lives of famous people from the past; Key periods of British History including changes from the Stone age to the Iron Age, Anglo Saxon and Viking invasions and The Battle of Britain; Ancient Egyptian civilisation and Ancient Greece. Children will learn key historical enquiry skills such as: how to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is a practical subject that allows pupils to be creative and imaginative by designing and making products that solve real life problems. Pupils draw on knowledge from maths, science, engineering, computing and art in order to do this. Teaching of DT is organised into four themes: designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge. Wherever possible, links are made between subjects within the curriculum to solve problems in contexts related to learning.
Our music curriculum is based on the Music Express scheme of work, along with the BBC Ten Pieces project. Throughout Key Stage 1 musical skills are taught through games and are based on singing a wide variety of songs and chants. This is a fun way to learn about the musical beat, rhythm and pitch. They also have the opportunity to learn how to play classroom percussion instruments and the role of the conductor.
In Key Stage 2 children further develop their musical skills in a variety of ways: learning to read music through playing the glockenspiel and other class room instruments, composing and performing music in groups and as a class and evaluating their recorded compositions.
The BBC Ten Pieces introduces children to the world of classical music. It is used as a stimulus to perform and compose their music.
In Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and play in the school orchestra. The choir performs in a variety of events throughout the year, both in and outside of school.
Art at St Andrews CofE School includes children using a range of materials to design and make. Pupils are encouraged to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children are given time to research a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices. Children in KS2 experiment with an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. They are given opportunities to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with charcoal, paint and clay.
At St. Andrew’s, children are offered a broad and balanced physical education curriculum.
Sport plays a big part in developing the mental health and wellbeing of everyone and with two hours of P.E. per week and a multitude of extra-curricular clubs, our school endeavours to support children’s health and fitness.
Recently, St. Andrew’s was awarded Platinum status (the highest possible accolade) by the School Games for our commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the community.
About 90% of our children have attended extra-curricular sports clubs or represented the school at sports events, which is a fantastic achievement considering the size our school. This year, we hope that all children will be able to take part in at least one competition, event or club.