LEA’s Policy Statement
The Governing Body has adopted the LEA's policy statement of curriculum aims for the school curriculum; a copy of which is available at the school.
“In Essex, every learner is entitled to a curriculum rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard; so that all, for the benefit of all, are able to shape their destinies and create a better world.”
In its widest interpretation the curriculum of a school may be seen as the sum of experiences, activities and opportunities a school provides: which then promote the intellectual, personal, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of its pupils.
St. Andrew’s JuniorSchool strives to provide opportunity for pupils to become adaptable, confident, questioning, caring and responsible.
In order to achieve this shared view, we believe that we need:
- To enable pupils to be aware of their capabilities and to reach their true potential whilst developing confidence and a positive attitude to learning.
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring continuity and progression in learning for all pupils according to their individual needs.
- To encourage good citizenship by developing self-discipline, co-operation and respect for others within the school and wider community.
- To provide a stimulating, harmonious and safeenvironment conducive to learning,and social development.
A Government initiative called ‘Every Child Matters’ also sets out 5 objectives which the school wants for all its pupils:
- to be healthy
- to stay safe
- to enjoy and achieve
- to make a positive contribution
- to eventually achieve economic well being.
The National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 is made up of English, Maths and Science all nationally tested at the end of Year 6 plus Art, Geography, History, ICT, Technology, PE and Music.
To complete the curriculum, Religious Education, Health Education, Equal Opportunities, Multicultural Education and Citizenship are included.
Both the National Literacy Strategy and the National Numeracy Strategy are practiced throughout the school. Both are under constant development with the aim of raising standards in English and Mathematics.
It is intended that the National Curriculum should provide a clear framework and a basic entitlement to all pupils. Most schools including St. Andrew’s offer wider experiences than those given by the National Curriculum. Since September 2003 the school has been developing the curriculum in accordance with the Government’s ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ – a strategy for Primary Schools document.