We believe that computing is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone but is woven and should be an integral part of all learning. Computing, in general, is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and children should have the skills, with a thirst for learning what is out there. Computing provides a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects.
Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will actually equip them for the rest of their life. Computers and technology are such a part of everyday life that our children would be at a disadvantage would they not be exposed to a thorough and robust Computing curriculum. Children must be taught in the art form of ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide them essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.
At all stages, online safety is embedded into the learning and emphasised through discreet teaching linked to PSHE objectives.
The intended impact of our PSHE teaching is to enable pupils to develop their emotional literacy and social skills, being aware of their own thoughts and feelings as they happen and developing strategies to help them manage them. Mindfulness is an aspect we intend to build on and through this we aim to provide them with a vital tool for life, regulating their emotions, building emotional resilience whilst enhancing their ability to focus and concentrate, both of which will help to optimise learning. The teaching of PSHE is also designed to reflect the needs of our pupils, allowing staff the flexibility to address any issues as and when they may arise, for example issues in the news, the loss of family member etc.
PE provides pupils with the opportunity to learn how to be successful participants in physical activity. It allows pupils to understand what physical activity looks and feels like and how with practice they can improve their skills sets to reach high quality outcomes. Year 3 and 4 pupils will begin to experience a range of gymnastics, dance and games activities. They will be able to demonstrate basic movements and begin to link skills together to work towards an intended outcome. They will start to understand the requirements of working within different group dynamics. By the time pupils reach years 5 and 6 they will have a deep and varied PE experience. They will be able to call upon an extensive range of skills and link these together to perform more complex movements and tasks. They will have the confidence to work well within a variety of group dynamics and apply tactical and strategical thinking in a range of contexts under pressure. Pupils will be able evaluate their own performance and that of others.
At Dormansland the children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of media working both two and three dimensions. Our aims throughout the school are the ongoing development of visual literacy, and to foster an appreciation of artistic traditions and ethnic heritages. Children are encouraged to observe and appreciate the work of a variety of artists.
Running throughout this curriculum intent, should be the philosophy that art is an expressive and enjoyable subject, which allows us to explore feelings, symbolism and different cultures. It is important to foster an interest in art and cultivate talent in more able artists, whilst also enabling other children to develop their skills and find the medium they can excel in. Art experiences should engage, inspire and challenge the children to experiment, invent and create their own works.
History is taught through a topic approach. Each year group focuses on different aspects throughout the year. We aim to develop the children’s historical understanding through the use of artefacts and secondary sources in order to foster research skills and an empathy with the past.
Specialist historical groups visit the school to provide the children with a variety of experiences related to the historical period they are studying. This enables them to become active in their learning through the use of role-play.
Geography is taught through a cross-curricular approach, or as a separate subject where appropriate.
We endeavor to match geography with other related subjects such as Science to ensure a depth of experience without unnecessary duplication.
We cover the Geography National Curriculum through a series of projects looking at both the local environment and the wider world. Children also have the opportunity to develop their studies further afield during residential field trips in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Map work skills are developed throughout the school. Many aspects introduced in Key Stage One are revisited and further developed in Key Stage Two.
Teaching French as our modern foreign language at Dormansland helps enable our children to develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves members of a wider multicultural world.
We aim to support children to understand another language and culture so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. The priority is that children are keen to participate and make progress in being able to converse using useful sentences to communicate. Ultimately, we wish for our children to develop a curiosity and love of languages and to become interested and respectful of the world around them.