"Every achievement is recognised and celebrated. What matters most to pupils and their parents is keenly promoted, be it academic achievement, artistic or sporting prowess." Ofsted May 2014
The core subjects of our curriculum are essential skills that your child will need to master in order to prepare him or her for the rest of their future. As a result of this, much emphasis and importance is placed on your child's development in these key areas. To reflect this, the core subjects are allocated a specific time during each week at school.
To ensure your child's future success, we aim to encourage and improve their use of language in a variety of contexts. What is more, we anticipate that they will leave us with a love of literature and language in many forms, and will be able to express their thoughts clearly and fluently in both written and oral forms. English is taught through the daily literacy lesson.
“The teaching of reading is a real strength of the school. Skilled teaching of reading skills throughout the school, underpins pupils’ strong achievement in this subject. They say that they really enjoy reading both at home and school. Importantly, in statutory tests at the end of key stage 2 last year, three quarters of pupils reached the higher standard, almost three times the national average.” Ofsted February 2019
We place great emphasis upon reading and provide the children with a range of books and other reading materials to support this. We want them to read fluently and with understanding so that reading becomes a real source of enjoyment and pleasure. We have daily phonics teaching groups in school to encourage them to practise and develop a range of skills. We monitor your child’s progress through an extensive range of available reading material to ensure that they reach their full potential. Each teacher will keep a detailed record of your child’s reading progress and achievement and will set targets with them. We encourage and welcome support from home with the reading process. Click here to see the reading objectives taught in each school year.
"I chatted to a group of older pupils at lunchtime and they said that there is always a wide choice of really interesting books. They also told me that their teachers read to them every day. Teachers read with expression to bring characters to life and make pupils want to find out what happens next in a story." Ofsted February 2019
Phonics is the knowledge of how the alphabetic sounds work and how these sounds are combined to correspond to the spoken word. Phonemes are the sounds made by blending letters to correspond to the spoken word and graphemes are the written equivalent of the phonemes.
Through Phonics we aim:
“You have improved pupils’ progress in writing. Consequently,a higher than average proportion of pupils reach the expected standard or greater depth in writing by the end of Year 6.” Ofsted February 2019
Children are encouraged to express themselves by writing in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences. We will develop children’s creativity, imagination, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting through the teaching of writing. We will do this through modelling good practice, using good examples and setting writing targets to aid self-improvement. We give each child the opportunity to discuss and assess their own writing and the work of others. Handwriting is a skill which can only be improved by constant practice. We have regular handwriting practice sessions and we support the development of this skill across the writing opportunities provided by the curriculum. Click here to see the writing objectives taught in each school year.
Speaking and Listening
We want our children to become confident in their communication skills. We encourage them to communicate clearly, describe accurately and to ask questions. We provide lots of opportunities through drama, assemblies, presentation and discussion. It is important to encourage children to develop their listening skills and to enjoy listening in a range of different situations. We ask them to follow instructions, convey messages and follow ideas raised in group discussion with understanding and interest. Speaking and listening encompasses all areas of our curriculum.
"Teachers set the most able pupils difficult challenges in lessons. These pupils do not simply move on from one calculation to another. Rather they are encouraged to think hard about increasingly complex problems and explain their methodology. This supports their development of increasingly high levels of understanding and mastery of this subject." Ofsted February 2019
Maths will be essential in almost every
problem that your child has to solve in their daily lives. We aim to ensure that your child will develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics and to learn to use it with confidence, pleasure and understanding. Their knowledge, skills and understanding in maths will develop as they use it in practical activities to solve relevant meaningful problems and to explore the patterns and relationships on which mathematical concepts depend. Click here to see the maths objectives taught in each school year. See below a range of resources, shared at a recent parents workshop, to show you how we teach multiplication and division skills in school.
“They make good progress in subjects such as science because you give them so many opportunities for practical investigations in physics, chemistry and biology.” Ofsted February 2019
The teaching of Science for your child will be based, as far as possible, on the immediate experience of their own environment. They should acquire the skills and attitude that enables them to observe carefully and systematically and find patterns in observations, to note similarities and differences, to make generalisations, to set up fair tests and devise simple experiments and to use tools for a planned purpose. For more information on what we teach in science and when click here.
"Your work to promote pupils’ participation in sport, music and a range of interesting experiences within and beyond the school is particularly successful." Ofsted February 2019
Your child will be taught
many of the foundation subjects in a topic/ project based way. This cross-curricular approach makes for a stimulating and varied environment which will fire your child's interest and imagination. It also ensures that they will learn to appreciate and to apply acquired skills and knowledge to relevant and important subject areas needed for their future. See our curriculum jigsaw for more details on the content of our foundation subject curriculum in each year.
In our school we have a good supply of up to date laptops. There are plasma screens in Class 1 and 3 and interactive white boards in Class 2 and 4. We also have an excellent range of software that covers both the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing and which also support other subject areas. We know the vital role that computers will have in your child's life and we will ensure that they become confident and able users of technology and its various applications, including e-mail, coding and the internet. Click here for more information on our computing curriculum. We also are very aware that we need to help our children stay safe on-line - for more information see our Internet Safety Advice.
Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. Through our teaching of this subject we aim that your child will develop an understanding of the world they live in and of the interdependence of individuals, groups, nations and the environment. We also study the child's local area. Click here for what we teach in geography and when.
Our teaching of history aims to encourage your child to enjoy their heritage; to increase their motivation to investigate and research; to develop their skills for finding out, understanding and evaluating that information. The multicultural content will also encourage your child to gain tolerance, empathy and social awareness. Click here for what we teach in history and when we teach it.
We aim to promote your child's enjoyment of art and to allow for the expression of their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional media as well as studying famous artists. This will develop the important areas of their visual perception and visual literacy as well as art appreciation. Click here to see out Art topics and what skills we teach and when. We also enter Rotary artist competition and Art in the Hills at Dufton.
We aim that your child's life should be enriched by a range of musical experiences. The music in school will foster your child's sensitivity to and their understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing. The children have the opportunity to: learn individual instruments, sing in a choir and all pupils perform in the Christmas and Summer music concerts, as well as church services such as Harvest and Christingle. Click here for the music curriculum at Long Marton school.
"Pupils are more confident in applying their skills to a range of problems – and not just in mathematics lessons. For example, pupils in Class 4 designed bird boxes to scale before building them in a design-and-technology project."
Ofsted February 2019
Technical capability is essential for your child to live and work in a technical society and the designing and making of products is a desirable activity which can provide fulfilment throughout their life. We therefore aim to develop his or her skills, knowledge and understanding to work with a range of materials and components to make and evaluate products fit for a specific purpose. Click here for more information on what we teach and when. Your child will develop an understanding of energy and structures and will become aware of the impact of technology and its contribution to the quality of life. For more information on our Technology week click here.
Subject areas that your child will cover will include gymnastic skills, creative movement and dance, games skills leading to minor and major games, and athletics. Click here to see when and how our PE curriculum objectives are taught. The whole school will have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons at the nearby swimming baths at Appleby. We aim to encourage your child to enjoy and succeed in the whole range of activities offered to them. However we also appreciate that winning and losing are aspects of sport and life that children need to learn to deal with in a fair and acceptable manner. In our teaching of PE, we therefore aim not only to encourage your child's physical development but also to ensure that they develop an appreciation of the importance of these life skills. For more information on the Sports Premium click below.
"Pupils also benefit from a specialist language teacher who teaches French throughout the school." Ofsted February 2019
Learning French in Key Stage 2 provides the pupils with an insight into another culture, deepening their understanding of the world, as well as beginning to enable pupils to communicate practically both in speaking and in writing. Our aim in French is to ensure that all pupils develop a good understanding of written and spoken French; speak with increased confidence and fluency and; write the language at varying lengths for different purposes and audiences. These aims will be taught through different topic areas throughout years 5 and 6 such as: family and daily life, food and drink, shopping, school, travel and holidays using a variety of methods and activities including games, music and film. Visit this page for more information on the French curriculum.
"Your work to provide a range of experiences within and beyond the school is particularly successful and this supports pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour and positive attitudes to learning continue to be a credit to the school " Ofsted February 2019
RE in our school is given in line with the County Agreed Syllabus. The religious education is moralistic and broadly Christian, including general beliefs and concepts of a range of faith communities. If you do not wish your child to receive such lessons, however general, please contact Rachel Smith, head teacher. If required your child will be able to work with another member of staff whilst Religious Education is taking place. For further information on the content and when its taught click here.
Every day the whole school gathers together in the school hall for an act of worship from 10.10 -10.30am. We aim to ensure that children experience “awe and wonder” during this time together - inspired by the world in which we live and encouraged to ask questions. We have a range of assembly themes - some linked to the RE curriculum and some to the SEAL curriculum. For details of our themes click here.
If you do not wish your child to take part in the daily collective worship, please contact the headteacher, Mrs Rachel Smith.
Special Educational Needs
We believe that all our children are entitled to have equal access to all the experiences provided by our school, all our children are entitled to experience our broad and balanced curriculum, and all our children should be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. To achieve this, a need for extra support may arise because of social, development or educational factors or because a child may be exceptionally gifted. Therefore we have developed the following aims:
Our school is ideally suited to children with Special Educational Needs of whatever kind. As a small school we know all our children as individuals and this offers great benefits. In addition, the premises of our school are readily accessible and flexible to those with physical disabilities. We have 2 ramps with handrails into School, a disabled toilet and level access within for children with mobility problems - click here to see our accessibility plan. Otherwise individual needs will be accommodated for as they arise. See below for our SEN policy. Click here to view the local offer.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
There are 5 broad social and emotional aspects of learning.
Within each of the social and emotional aspects of learning there are a number of individual skills (see below).
Social, emotional and behavioural skills underlie almost every aspect of school, home and community life, including effective learning and getting on with other people. The following topics will be covered:
Getting on and Falling Out
Say No to Bullying
Going for Goals
Good to be Me
Throughout the year we study the topics in order, launching them with a whole school assembly and then following up with a final whole school assembly where completed work from each class (art, drama, charters etc) is celebrated.
It is not the policy of the school to teach sex education as a separate part of the curriculum. However, many aspects will be taught as part of regular topic work as seems appropriate e.g. Science. When your pupil is a Y5 and Y6 they will received Sex Education with the other Y5 and 6s from cluster schools (for more information on the content taught - see below). You will be informed when this is to occur as you do have the right to withdraw your child from sex education lessons. If you wish to discuss this, please contact Rachel Smith, Headteacher.