Competence in English is essential for a child to succeed in school. We aim to provide children with skills in reading,writing, speaking and listening, to enable them to achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. We group children according to their needs for reading, writing, letters and sounds and grammar. We are keen to develop an appreciation of language through speaking, listening, reading, writing and drama. These skills are extended through a range of activities in English and other subjects in the curriculum. The children will read a range of fiction, poetry and non fiction. We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme within school. Handwriting is taught formally, throughout the school, providing children with the ability to present work to a high standard. Intervention groups run throughout the school to support children's acquisition of literacy skills.
Maths lessons are taught in accordance with the New Maths Curriculum. In maths, children will work in a variety of ways; wherever possible combining their maths skills with our whole school learning muscles. This may see children working in a wide range of situations that promote the challenge approach to learning. There will be opportunities for children to learn independently, with a partner or even within a group. By linking our studies to everyday situations, wherever possible, the children are increasing their understanding of the subject, skills to solve problems and knowledge in all areas of mathematics. We also provide opportunities to work in intervention groups to support individuals in their needs within maths.
Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. We aim to give them the skills and knowledge they will need to explore and make sense of this world. Our detailed planning provides for the progressive development of skills and knowledge throughout the school. It also ensures that the whole of the science element of the National Curriculum is effectively covered. Children are given every opportunity to experience for themselves the excitement of scientific discovery. They do this through practical activities. This practical approach to the teaching of science provides the children with a firm foundation of scientific concepts on which they can build in the future.
Computing (Information and Communication Technology)
We believe that Computing skills should be taught as a separate subject. We also believe Computing should be taught, developed and reinforced through other subject areas. This combined approach allows children the opportunity to practice and refine skills throughout their years at Shavington, building on the most important quality of Computing – confidence. We aim to show Computing's relevance to our children’s every day lives through planned access to all areas of Computing, including a range of software, the internet, e-mail, digital cameras, iPads and Laptops. We take the safety of children using the internet seriously and all computers are monitored in order that only "safe" sites are accessed. It is important for children to be aware of any risks whilst 'being online' and know the options they have to keep themselves safe. Parents are invited into school to attend an e-safety workshop.
Religious Education is based on the Cheshire Religious Education Agreed Syllabus. The emphasis is placed on Christianity but other religions, their beliefs and practices, are also studied. Children are encouraged to explore personal ideas and values, and to reflect on their own attitudes and emotions. An act of worship takes place each day. If, for any reason, parents wish to withdraw their child from an R.E. lesson or an act of worship, they should contact the Head teacher and alternative arrangements will be made.