Our aim is that each child leaves our school equipped for lifelong learning remembering it with happiness. We value achievement and success in all areas of children’s lives. We encourage children to celebrate their out of school sporting and musical achievements in Friday Celebration worships. Our school recognises that our pastoral care provides children with the tools to succeed academically. We follow an integrated curriculum with Key Lines of enquiry that encourage children to revisit and link learning: based on the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We also take great pride in our National Curriculum linked ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Provision.
Wilderness Warriors LOC (Learning Outside the Classroom)
The Forest School (Learning Outside the Classroom) concept originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s. A child-centred, holistic approach originally aimed at pre-school children, it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills; with the ability to work in groups effectively; and generally possessing high self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements later in life. In a world of mobile phones, I-Pads, computer games and health & safety, children spend less and less time playing outside and these types of opportunity have become more and more important. Click on the link to read our Newton Tony LOC Handbook and Policy
At Wilderness Warriors, we aim to provide opportunities for the children to:
- develop personal and social skills.
- work through practical problems and challenges.
- use tools to create and build.
- pursue knowledge that interests them.
- learn how to manage failures.
- build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk.
- develop practical skills.
- explore connections between humans, wildlife and the earth.
- regularly experience achievement and success.
- reflect on learning and experiences. 4
- develop language and communication skills. 5
- improve physical motor skills.
- become more motivated.
- improve concentration skills.
- explore the world through their senses.
As a part of your child’s education at Newton Tony Primary School CE VC, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. This programme includes the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect. PSHE/RSE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and our governing body. Our PSHE/ RSE Programme is called JIGSAW. https://www.jigsawpshe.com/primary-pshe-scheme-of-work-including-statutory-relationships-and-health-education/
PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. In the Spring and Summer Term, children in Year 4, 5 and 6 take part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.
Puberty is taught as a statutory requirement of Health Education and covered by our Jigsaw PSHE Programme in the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (unit). Lessons include: Healthy relationships, including friendships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe; developing self-esteem and confidence. Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions. We conclude that sex education refers to Human Reproduction, and therefore inform you or your right to request your child be withdrawn from the PSHE lessons that explicitly teach this i.e. the Jigsaw Changing Me Puzzle (unit) e.g.
Year 4, Lesson 2 (Having a baby)
Year 5, Lesson 4 (Conception)
Year 6, Lesson 3 (Conception, birth)
All PSHE/RSE teaching takes place takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents; recent OFSTED parental feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents continue to be highly supportive. If you would like to find out more about what your child will learn, view the materials and resources being used in lessons and discover how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home, please click on the links below. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns about any aspects of the PSHE/RSE programme, please contact our PSHE/RSE Lead Miss Chloe Bale firstname.lastname@example.org or our Head Teacher Miss Sheena Priestley email@example.com
Click on the link to read our PSHE/RSE policy PSHE (including RSE) Policy
The Primary National Curriculum
Subjects taught at Newton Tony CE VC Primary school are:
- Design and technology
- Art and design
- Physical education (PE), including swimming
- Ancient and modern foreign languages (French taught from Y2-6)
We also teach:
- Religious Education (parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it)
- Personal, social and health education (PSHE) including the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect
Key Stage 1
Foxes Class (Year 1 and Year 2) belong to Key Stage 1. The children access Phonics, Spelling, Mathematics and English during the morning session.
Key stage 2
Squirrels (Year 3 and Year 4) and Badgers (Year 5 and Year 6) belong to Key Stage 2. Children work from a two year rolling programme which incorporates all areas of the National Curriculum 2014. Phonics, Spelling, English and Mathematics lessons are taught in the morning sessions but these skills are incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum.
At Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of literacy in line with the 2014 Curriculum. We believe that English is a fundamental curriculum area which enables all children to be able to communicate effectively. Click the following link for more information Primary National Curriculum English KS1 and KS2
We are currently focusing on improving our writing standards across the curriculum eg, History, RE and Science , ensuring children understand that expectations are high in all areas (not just in their English books). We incorporate ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies and focus on providing exciting and meaningful opportunities to develop their reading, writing and spoken English further across the curriculum. Click on the link to learn more Talk4writing
Our aim is for all children to:
- Be competent in the art of speaking and listening
- To read easily and fluently with good understanding
- To want to read widely and often, for pleasure and information
- Write clearly and accurately
- Aquire a wide vocabulary and a good understanding or grammar
- Use discussion in pairs or groups in order to learn.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of maths in line with the 2014 National Curriculum. We believe that maths is essential to everyday life, necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Click the following link for more information Primary National curriculum Mathematics KS1 and KS2
Our aim is for children to:
- Be fluent in the fundamentals of maths
- Reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their maths
- Have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about maths.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of Science in line with 2014 National Curriculum, providing the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. Click the following link for more information Primary National curriculum Science KS1 and KS2
Our aim is to help children build on their knowledge and concepts to:
- Develop a sense of excitement and curiousity about natural phenomena
- Predict how things might change
- Explain what is occurring
- Analyse causes
- Understand the implications of science for today and the future
- Become independent learners.
In Newton Tony we endeavour to promote high standards of Computing in line with 2014 National Curriculum. Click on the following link for more information Primary National curriculum Computing KS1 and KS2 Our aim for all children is to develop the skills in:
- Problem solving
- Discussing and sharing good practices
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