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KEY STAGE 1
At St. Michael's Nursery and Infants School we believe that the curriculum should be rich and relevant to our children. Significant events such as educational visits are an important part of the school curriculum. They are all carefully prepared and followed up so that maximum benefit may be obtained from them. Parents are always informed in advance and are required to sign and return a consent form. As coach travel and entrance fees can be expensive we need to ask for voluntary contributions to cover the costs. Without parental contributions these costs would be prohibitive.
English is divided into the following areas:
We teach a daily phonics session which helps children recognise letters, sounds and early blending of letters.
These are the 3 aims of the National Curriculum and are taught within every maths lesson:
Mathematics is divided into learning strands:
Science is taught through these key areas:
Throughout the school much emphasis is placed on practical, experimental work and on developing observational skills, inquiring minds, problem solving and reasoning powers.
The children have access to our small Computer Suite and PC's in the classroom and iPads which all have filtered internet access. Children learn computing as a subject and also use it to enhance their learning of other subjects. The importance of E-Safety is taught.
Each classroom has its own PC's which are used to support every curriculum area. Teachers use laptops, data projectors and interactive whiteboards to enhance teaching and learning experiences in the classroom. Children have regular access to a range of software as well as web-based materials.
Foundation subjects include:
Physical Education (PE)
Each week your child will have at least two PE lessons taught by a dedicated sports coach. They will learn gymnastics, dance, games, and athletic skills. Swimming is taught in Y2 in the Summer term. Children in Year 2 have a residential trip to learn and develop their outdoor and adventurous skills. We are also members of two sports partnerships and so children from across school have the opportunity to take part in both an inter and intra competition calendar. The partnerships also provide specialist sports coaches to work frequently with the children. P.E. activities and swimming are part of the National Curriculum and all children are expected to take part unless there is a specific medical reason.
Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE)
Children are given experiences that enable them to develop as individuals, appreciate social issues and take responsibility for themselves and others. They learn how to live a healthy life and develop the ability to make sensible choices. Children are also provided with age appropriate information in Relationships and Sex Education as and when a suitable occasion arises in their studies.
Religious Education (RE), Collective Worship and Assemblies
The school has no affiliation to any particular religious denomination. The teaching of RE is based on the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus. Collective Worship is planned round a weekly theme and takes place every day sometimes in class but more often as part of a Key Stage or whole school assembly. Each Friday the children attend a Praise/Celebration Assembly where good work and behaviour are celebrated and children are chosen to receive a 'Special Award'. Parents have the right to request that their child be excluded from Collective Worship. If you wish to do this, please write to the Headteacher.