The Broad Curriculum
ICT and Computing
The school has learning platform to celebrate work, record progress, share resources and as a place to access homework. The school is forward thinking has a specialist teacher who teaches computer coding. The school has an enviable ratio of 1:2 workstations to children. We have 8 desk- top computers. We also have 1 mobile trolley of 24 laptops and 1 mobile trolley of 20 Ipads with wireless access throughout the school. All children are computer literate and able to use the applications available through Office365. Data projector, white boards, visualisers, voting systems, voice recorders and digi fip cameras are used by the staff and children in all classes. All children have supervised access to the internet and e-mail. We have an acceptable use policy and we teach all children about e -safety every term.
The school has recently updated fibre links, replaced hardware and have reinvigorated the computing curriculum. We have an Action plan for 2021-22 which can be accessed here.
R.E. is taught in all classes and follows the procedures and guidelines laid down in the Worcestershire diocese Agreed Syllabus (2020). Through Religious Education we aim to enable children to understand the nature of religion, its beliefs and practices. We actively promote peace and tolerance.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E. lessons and religious assemblies if they wish. You need to talk to the Head teacher before doing so. Alternative provision will be made for your child. We hold experiential RE days which include activities such as arts, cooking, films, visitors and visits to places of worship.
Our RE and Worship Action Plan for 2021-22 can be viewed here.
History and Geography
We give children a hands-on learning approach. Trips are planned to extend the learning. The children’s experience of history is broadened by events. In geography, children can compare our local environment and that of a school in South Africa. Children learn about Fair trade through special events and they have recently studied Mantle of the Expert sessions about India, Africa.
Through Design and Technology, the children are taught to identify, examine and solve practical problems and how to improve them. Our Mantle of the Expert system provides many opportunities to design for a purpose. The children are given access to a wide range of materials and tools and have the opportunity to develop, modify and evaluate their ideas through a series of projects. Children become inventive problem solvers; inventive in their design, resourceful in their making and innovative in their thinking.
We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. All children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Dance, gymnastics, swimming and games are taught. We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co- operation with others. The children have many opportunities to take part of inter school competitions and outside providers work with the school to provide multi – skills. We have football and netball teams and friendly matches are played throughout the year. There is an annual Sports Day held in the summer term. In their final year at school, children are given the opportunity to take part in a cycling proficiency scheme.
We have an Action Plan for 2021-22, which can be accessed here.
We are very proud of our children’s musical abilities and particularly the enthusiasm with which children take part in singing and music making. Children have the opportunity to play an active part in school productions, concerts and religious services. All children in our school learn to play musical instruments in class time including ocarinas, recorders, drums and keyboards.
In addition, those who join the choir take part in church services and provide entertainment for the local community at various times of the year. We encourage our children’s love and appreciation of music by taking every opportunity to invite musicians to perform live in our school. Children in Key Stage 2 can also take part in instrumental lessons provided by the Worcester Youth Music service.
Our school Music curriculum was developed prior to the new National Curriculum being launched in 2014 by staff in consultation with the Local Music Authority (now the local Music Hub – Severn Arts), The Chantry School at Martley, (the local high school that the majority of our year 6 pupils attend after leaving here) and a retired University professor of Music Education from Birmingham University. This curriculum formed a two year rolling programme of study due to the school’s split year group classes and has been used with minor alterations since the academic year 2014-2015.
This curriculum, and the school’s passion for music teaching, has been rewarded with the Music Mark for the years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
The Music curriculum that is included within this policy has been revised in April 2020 for use in the school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. At its heart are the same key elements that were present within the original curriculum (designed in 2014) but it now reflects the greater range of resources available within school and online. It continues our strong focus of instrumental teaching and singing but this now appears alongside specific piece / genre studies which are taken from a range of styles both popular and classical and from different stages of musical history. Teaching of the Key Musical Elements is embedded throughout. There is also an increase of focus on music technology due to major developments in this area since 2014. This again uses a two year rolling programme.
The new scheme uses units from music schemes including Music Express, Charanga, BBC Ten Pieces and Sing Up.
For more details about Music at Grimley, click here.
Art and Design
We work closely with artists through the year. Children gain knowledge and understanding of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures. Art work includes painting, collage, printing, ICT, textiles and sculpture. We hold an annual Arts Week and, in the past, themes have included portraits, different cultures and the environment. During these weeks we have visits from dancers, storytellers, musicians and artists. The experiences children gain from such an event are very rewarding and enjoyable for all.
Philosophy for Children
We use P4C throughout the curriculum, in a number of subjects. Children are given a prompt- maybe something arising from the Mantle of the Expert or Science- and are asked to think of a philosophical question to discuss. Not only does this increase the creativity of the Mantle approach, it gives children a valuable opportunity to be heard, practice articulating their thoughts, formulate arguments and gain confidence.