Here at Minsterworth we have clear aims in terms of our children's education, which we view holistically, with equal emphasis being placed upon the academic; as well as the spiritual, moral and social aspects of teaching and learning. We have a dedicated Teaching and Learning policy that explains this in further depth. We teach the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2, and the Early Years Framework in Reception. A creative approach is employed in regards to our curriculum, whereby subjects are taught through a variety of over-arching themes and focused subject/skills weeks. Our curriculum in seen as ever-evolving and ever-changing, to reflect the transient nature of the world and society we live in. We are very keen to exploit our environment and maximise this to incorporate our community; we take on board ideas from children, parents, governors and local residents to provide enrichment opportunities to enhance our curriculum wherever possible. We are very proud of our 'bespoke' Minsterworth Curriculum.
Each term our teachers send home a taster of 'What We Will Be Learning About This Term', so that parents and children can contribute ideas and resources. If you want to find out more about the curriculum please contact your child's class teacher or the school office.
Overview of Subjects
The school teaches the Local Authority's agreed Gloucestershire syllabus for Religious Education. We are a Church of England school and have excellent links with our local church. Rev. Steve Taylor visits our school at least once a week to deliver Collective Worship and sometimes teams teach RE to specific classes. It is wonderful to have this extra input, which supplements our curriculum, providing another level of expertise. We also hold a collective act of worship everyday, which is Christian based with strong links to values (of which we change each term to reflect the Christian calendar, as well as current local and global events).
In this technological world it is important that children learn the skills of communication. We provide many activities to develop speaking and listening skills. Shared reading is encouraged, parent helpers are used in school to help with reading activities. Children are taught with the support of a wide range of reading material, using whole class text and guided reading sessions. In Key Stage 1 phonics are taught in a daily lesson in small ability groups, using the Read Write Inc Phonics programme. The skills of writing are taught through our daily literacy lessons. Regular opportunities are given for the children to apply these skills in other areas of the curriculum. Handwriting and presentation are a focus throughout.
Our mathematics teaching is based on the Primary Framework for Mathematics, using a multi-age programme of studies. Our aim is to develop confident mathematicians and link the teaching to real life situations e.g. year 6 planning sports day, measuring, scoring and timing. We concentrate on all mental strategies, all children learn number bonds and multiplication facts. Regular opportunities are given to apply these skills through problem solving and mathematical reasoning.
Children are taught science as part of a two year rolling programme. Skills of recording, fair testing and prediction are developed. Scientific knowledge is taught through practical hands on experience.
The school is equipped to teach the computing curriculum to pupils throughout the school. Pupils are taught how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming; and creating programs, systems and content. It is essential that children understand how to develop their ideas through information and communication technology (ICT) in a safe and respectful environment. E-safety is an essential part of the curriculum. Parents/carers should ask if they are unclear how to keep their children safe in the virtual world. E-Safety magazine Information for Parents/Carers
Art and Design
Children learn to express themselves using a variety of art media, focusing on aspects such as: tone, form, pattern and texture. They are taught about artists and allowed to develop an individual creative style. School makes use of the wider community for expressive work such as dance/drama.
School holds a daily act of worship. We meet together as a whole school community and Collective Worship is led by the Headteacher, class teachers and the children. The local Church leads one session each week and each class takes part in a class act of worship. Parents/carers may request that their child/children be withdrawn from our daily act of worship - please contact the Headteacher to discuss this.
As children grow and develop, citizenship will help them thrive and talk about issues arising in their everyday lives e.g. drug awareness. Sex education is taught throughout the year groups as part of the on-going health and hygiene studies. Our school scheme of work will help develop confidence and responsibility whilst developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. Some examples of citizenship/PSHCE are an active school pupil council, citizen challenge (year 6) and inter-school links.
Here at Minsterworth C Of E Primary School languages are taught to KS2 pupils with a strong focus on listening and speaking and repetition of key words and phrases. The children also have an opportunity to develop reading and writing skills. We currently teach European languages eg Spanish or French.
The National Curriculum areas are; games, athletics, swimming, drama, dance and gymnastics. We make the most of sports expertise around us e.g. parents or cluster schools, to develop new skills and join in with sports competitions. Sports may include tennis, athletics, hockey, dance, skiing, gymnastics, swimming, football, rounders and much more.
We hold a sports day each Summer Term and parents and toddlers are welcome to come and watch. Some even join in!
We are very fortunate to have such a safe, secure outdoor area which the pupils use to develop their team-building, problem-solving, survival and communication skills.