At Valley End Infant School we believe that all children are born with potential, and that there are no limits to learning and achievement. We believe that in order to be independent, motivated learners children need to be taught how to learn, be involved in their own learning and be increasingly aware of what they need to do to be better learners. From this section parents can find out more about our curriculum.
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.
All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Key stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
- design and technology
- art and design
- physical education (PE),
- information and communication technology (ICT)
Schools must also provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.