The school follows a broad an balanced curriculum, developing the potential of each child. The curriculum is delivered through a mixture of cross-curriculuar and subject teaching. Lessons are taught using a combination of whole class teaching, group work and individual work.
Science is taught both as a subject and through cross-curricular topics. Children are taught to carry out experiments and investigations, to make observations and records their findings in the way best suited to their ability and level of understanding. They are encourged, whenever possible, to work co-operatively and thereby to share problems, pool ideas and discuss interpretations. A great emphasis is put on scientific language and investigative work.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
This includes Drug Education, Sex Education and Citizenship
Sex education is taught in the context of family relationships within the PSHE programme. The school nurse plays a major part in the presentation of human reproduction in Year 6 and parents are informed and given the opportunity to preview materials before the course starts.
The school is committed to working with parents. Under the Education Act 1993 pupils can be withdrawn by their parents from part of sex education that is outside the compulsory elements of sex education contained in the science National Curriculum. Parents wanting to exercise this right are invited to see the Headteacher.
We are required by law to teach Religious Education. The school follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus. The syllabus is approved by all the main religous groups. The document is available for parents to read.
We are concerned with looking at the major world religions and the impact they have on peoples’ lives and with developing sympathy and understanding of differing viewpoints.
PE is an important part of the school curriculum and children are expected to have their PE kits at school every day. Most children enjoy the wide variety of activities offered; this includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor and adventurous activities, athletics and games. Full use is made of our hall, playground and all-weather pitch.
Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Watford Central leisure , a short walk from our school.
Other National Curriculum Subjects
The school also teaches Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and French. These are taught through a combination of topic and subject teaching.