Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities of the children.
We aim to help our children, with the co-operation of their parents:
- To develop into happy and confident individuals with a secure foundation in learning that will last throughout their lives
- Develop enquiring minds through knowledge with understanding which questions the world in which they live
- Establish a command of the subjects contained in the National Curriculum
- Value and understand religious and moral beliefs
- Develop a respect for the views of others
- Appreciate human achievements and aspirations
- To always aim higher
We try to do this by providing:
- A school environment in which they can enjoy developing their mental and physical abilities
- Whole school and individual staff professional development which ensures the highest quality of teaching and learning
- Opportunities to work with other children and adults in a friendly atmosphere and so develop social skills in co-operating with each other.
Our curriculum includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but the 'informal' programme of extra curricular activities as well as the features which produce the school's ethos, such as equality of opportunity, the values shown in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed. All children and staff are encouraged to participate in the wider life of the school.
The curriculum is planned by the staff in collaboration with the governors. The National Curriculum provides a necessary framework and ensures continuity throughout the child's time at Pyrford. The curriculum detail forms the most important element in the School Improvement Plan which in turn covers all aspects of school life.
Our teaching is child-centred in that our pupils are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so that we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We aim to plan interesting and exciting lessons which inspire children.
Within the class our children are grouped according to their abilities for the core curriculum subjects. Our planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils' talents, skills and abilities.
We teach mathematics so that our pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment. Where possible we apply it to everyday life.
Each child has a daily maths lesson based on the National Framework for Mathematics. This involves direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.
Our English curriculum is planned to develop the basic skills of reading and writing, the enjoyment of books and effective communication in speech and writing. Literacy is a great importance at this school and we provide the children with as many opportunities such as theatre trips and visits as possible. All our teaching embraces the National Framework for Literacy.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
The school has an extensive range of ICT resources including a purpose built ICT room for KS1.
Each class has at least one weekly teaching session and a further range of computers/tablets within the classrooms extend the use of ICT across the curriculum.
There is a whole school network and the internet is accessed over the broadband connection. A dedicated technician is responsible for the network, whilst the ICT leader focuses on the curriculum planning and delivery.
Sex Education is taught in years 4 and 5. The children are led gently to a deeper understanding of all the issues involved in this subject according to their level of maturity. The programme of work incorporates knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.
All aspects of sex education require close co-operation between home and school and parents are informed in advance when sex education is to be taught.
The R.E. syllabus is in accordance with the Surrey Handbook for Religious Education in Surrey and the Diocese of Guildford schemes of work. RE is at the hearty of our Church of England School.
School Parents are reminded of their right to withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. This should be discussed with the Headteacher.
From time to time many children will need additional help either to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their abilities. Specialist help is available within the school. Our Special Needs co-ordinator oversees the work of a team of teachers and classroom assistants who support and advise the classroom teacher.
They work with small groups and monitor the progress of children. Additional help is available when appropriate from Educational Psychologists and other outside support agencies.
The More Able Child
Our school policy is to identify through clear curriculum guidelines those children who have outstanding abilities. Opportunities are given for children to develop their specific skills or talents right across the curriculum.
Parents are always closely involved in all aspects of this special provision. The school endeavours to provide as many opportunities as possible for children who are more able and the school has very close links with secondary schools where some children are taught in order to stretch their ability.