NATIONAL CURRICULUM SUBJECTS
The National Curriculum is split into the following subjects:
Modern Foreign Languages
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
READING AND PHONICS
We use a wide range of Reading Scheme books to teach Reading across the school. The books have been colour-banded according to their level of difficulty and interest. Alongside the teaching of Reading, a daily phonics lesson takes place in our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.where children are taught to recognise and use phonemes (the smallest unit of sound in speech eg "ay", "ch" etc). We use the "Jolly Phonics" scheme alongside "Letters and Sounds".
THE ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM
Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a daily Mathematics and Literacy lesson following the National Curriculum. At Disley Primary School we place great value on children participating in a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to create a stimulating environment in which children are actively engaged in their own learning. We try to give children valuable first-hand and relevant experience by making links between subjects wherever possible. Teachers plan around topics for teaching
e.g. The Egyptians (KS2) and Pirates (KS1). Children are thus given plenty of opportunities to develop new skills through their learning. Our long-term planning is available for parents to see should they wish to and termly overview plans are sent out to all parents.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Every child in KS2 is taught French for 30 minutes each week by one of our members of staff. This is a Government initiative and is a life-skill which also prepares them for their secondary school.
INFORMATION EVENINGS FOR PARENTS
Throughout the year we hold curriculum information sessions for parents. These usually run in the form of workshops or talks and focus on a particular aspect of the curriculum. This gives parents the opportunity to find out more about the work we do in school.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (Computing)
ICT is essential in today’s rapidly changing technological world. To support this, we aim to equip our children with the ability and confidence to access this aspect of modern day society. Our computer suite enables teachers to work with the whole class or large groups on a weekly basis. Alternatively, we have a set of mini laptops to support or extend the children's work. Children explore internet access in a planned and controlled way. We currently have 7 Interactive Boards in school. Throughout their time with us children also become familiar with a wide range of other ICT equipment including CD players, digital cameras, programmable robots, TV, DVD and music centres.
Assemblies and worship
Each week we have assemblies for the whole school, Foundation/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The Headteacher, staff, children, ministers from local churches and other visitors to school lead these. Issues explored in these assemblies help the children to re-visit, interpret and reflect on the values of our school. They relate to specific incidents in or around school and to the wider world. While mainly Christian, assemblies include stories and festivals from other religions as well as a prayer or hymn in accordance with the law.
We work hard to ensure that no child is excluded from assembly because of their beliefs. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from assemblies and Religious Education if they wish. Please see the Headteacher if you are concerned.
We follow the Cheshire scheme of work for RE which teaches children about many faiths and does not place any one religion above another. All parents have the right to look at the scheme should they wish.
PERSONAL, HEALTH AND SOCIAL EDUCATION
Our PHSE curriculum across the school is based around the emotional and social aspects of a child's development. Weekly "Circle Time" sessions are held in each class. Our children show outstanding attitudes towards one another.
As part of our PHSE curriculum children are taught about puberty and relationships and other health related issues. This is taught within a carefully structured and co-ordinated programme which is relevant to pupils’ stage of development and is taught when the children are in Years 5 and 6.
Our Sex and Drugs Education policies are available to parents from School should they wish to see them.
SPORT AT DISLEY
At Disley Primary School we place a great deal of importance on sport. Children have 2 hours of
Physical Education lessons each week, and children in KS2 are taught swimming for a block of 6 weeks each year. We use a specialist Games coaching company, Peak Active Sport, to teach the children specific games skills.
Our after school clubs also offer a wide range of sporting opportunities, such as multi-sports, football, running/cross-country, cheerleading, gymnastics, tennis and athletics.