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Our Wholesome Curriculum encompasses: • Heart- Feelings and responding • Head- ‘sticky knowledge’ • Hands- physical skills •Health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental

Curriculum Intent

Art Intent

At St Nicholas CEVC Primary School, we believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education.

It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society.

Art plays a central role in developing children’s creativity, resilience, independence, judgement and self-reflection. It enables children to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values.

The focus is on developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour, shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists and designers throughout history.

Through their lessons, whole-school projects and competitions, we aim to give children a broad creative experience which will expand their artistic and cultural horizons and so ensure they have a rounded educational experience.


Design and Technology Intent

Design and Technology is an inspiring, investigative and practical subject that encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team in an increasingly technological world. 

At St Nicholas CEVC Primary School, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. We also aim to make links to designs and designers throughout history, providing opportunities for children to reflect critically upon and evaluate their designs.

We aim, wherever possible, to link work to other disciplines such as maths, science, computing and art. This gives the learning purpose and relevance to the children.

Through their lessons, extra-curricular activities and competitions, we aim to give children a broad creative experience which will expand their conceptual and practical horizons. This will not only ensure they have a rounded educational experience but will acquire skills to take them to the next stage of their education and beyond.

Geography Intent

Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We provide exciting opportunities to spark a love of geographical learning; our teaching equips children with knowledge about places and people, the environment, physical and human processes and use of landscapes. We want children to develop a deeper understanding of places both on a local and global scale.

The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferrable, throughout their time at our school- from fundamental perceptions of the World in EYFS, to understanding the wider World in Key Stages 1 and 2, and in preparing children for further education and beyond. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the World, and their place in the World. They are supported in applying their geographical skills and knowledge to their role as responsible citizens.

Through high quality teaching, children will develop the following essential characteristics of a geographer:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • The ability to express well- balanced opinions, rooted in good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment.
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity and the world.

We want children to enjoy and love learning about Geography, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.

History intent

At St Nicholas CEVC Primary school, we want our children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We believe that high quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past, to think and act as historians and to love History.

Our curriculum is planned to stimulate children’s curiosity about the past and a desire to know more about it. In order to achieve this, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History by providing a broad and balanced curriculum that encompasses British values throughout and is fully inclusive.

Through linking learning to a range of topics, we teach children a sense of chronology and through this they develop a sense of identity. We teach historical knowledge and provide opportunities for interpreting events in history thus enabling children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. Historical investigations develop the children’s skills of enquiry, analysis and problem solving.

The knowledge and skills gained in each year group in History lessons is built upon as the children progress through Early Years and each Key Stage. Our children have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. Children are given the opportunity and support to undertake challenging activities and high-quality research into history topics at every level. We embrace opportunities to link History to other curriculum areas wherever possible.

 

Music Intent

At St Nicholas CEVC Primary school, we recognise the vital role played by music in helping children be part of a community, as it provides a vital channel for joining in learning. In light of this, we aim to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, present and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through worship and class presentations, children will be able to express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with awareness of others. It will also serve as a fun way of remembering God’s word and promises when they gather with others or are alone. Music lessons will enable children to develop their skills, listen to and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, as well as begin to make judgements about the quality of music. 

It is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience. As such, we will encourage all children, no matter ability, to participate in a variety of musical experiences. They will also learn and play various musical instruments, through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. We aim to develop the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing and playing songs, children can learn about the structure and organisation of music. We have support from Medway Music Association through Dynamics Music to focus on helping our children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons, when representing different feelings and narrative perspectives. We also aim to teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. 

Science Intent

Our science curriculum provides children with a broad range of life skills to use and apply within the wider school curriculum and throughout life. We encourage children to explore and understand the natural and technical world through asking questions and seeking answers to build sufficient understanding. These skills help children to generate ideas, make decisions and to use evidence to understand key concepts.

Developing curiosity, excitement and wonder of the world through exploration encourages their engagement with, and motivation to study science from the Early Years Foundation Stage to the end of Key Stage 2. We want our children to be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

To avoid superficial understanding and misconceptions our science curriculum is designed to provide the children with a progressive and sequenced approach to key knowledge and concepts. We encourage a cross-curricular approach to support transference and application of skills and to ensure learning is purposeful and meaningful. 

Our children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. Child-led investigations ensure that they develop scientific enquiry skills, such as:

  • observing over time;
  • pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping;
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations);
  • researching using secondary sources.

These enquiries improve the children's scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding by giving them opportunities to explore the nature, processes and methods of science. This helps them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

Once they are equipped with the scientific knowledge they begin to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

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