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Curriculum

Our children are taught in 5 classes:

  1. Crane - Reception Mrs Duthie
  2. Halton - Year 1 Mrs Fowler
  3. Lucas - Year 2 Mrs Breheney
  4. Rigby - Years 3 & 4 Miss Iddon
  5. Venables - Years 5 & 6 Mr Dilworth

Work is matched to children's ability, regardless of year group. A variety of teaching techniques and organisational strategies are used, including whole class, year group, small group and individual tuition, as the situation demands.

We also have a very succesful nursery for children of three and onwards. We have a bright and interactive environment which is well resourced.

Curriculum Policies and Schemes of Work

All our Curriculum Policies and Schemes of Work are in line with National Curriculum rules and guidelines.

We believe that all children are born with the capacity to be creative and that we have the responsibility to ensure that children’s individual creativity is nurtured. For this reason we will, wherever possible, ensure that cross curricular links are pursued in order to encourage creativity and meaningful learning.

The National Literacy Strategy forms the basis of all our Literacy/English teaching.  Each day there is a literacy lesson in all our classes.  We place great emphasis on literacy skills.  We will encourage all our children to read widely with understanding and enjoyment and write confidently in different styles.  Through reading and writing children develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.

All our mathematics teaching is based on the National Numeracy Strategy.  Each class has a daily, dedicated maths lesson of 45-60 minutes.  A high proportion of the lessons focus on numeracy skills, promoting participation.  There is also an emphasis on mental calculation, with interactive oral and mental work in each lesson.  All work is carefully differentiated to cater for all abilities.  Maths equips the children with a powerful set of tools including logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. 

Science work will include practical experiments and observations, appreciation of patterns and relationships, the acquisition of knowledge and learning skills and the ability to record and communicate findings.  Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them and children learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. The children see the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. Pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. 

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills. It can focus on understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. Pupils will encounter different societies and cultures helping them to realise how nations rely on each other.

Physical Education and Games lessons take place in the Hall, on the playground and on the school playing field.  Year 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 children also have swimming lessons at one of the pools in Skelmersdale.  Through a variety of physical activities we aim to develop muscular control, stamina, good co-ordination, agility and co-operative and competitive spirits.