Skilts Curriculum

Skilts School teaches all foundation subjects through a rolling programme of themes. With the exception of Literacy, Numeracy and, where the theme does not lend itself to the subject, Science. All other subjects are taught through a thematic approach.

Current educational thinking particularly at primary level places value on the links children make in their understanding when certain subjects are linked together. An example of this would be when children are learning about Romans they are learning historical facts at the same time as gaining an understanding of the geography of the Roman Empire and the science involved in the technologies that were invented or discovered.

Themes usually begin with a meeting organised by the teachers of leading the theme to create an overall plan of the learning activities for the term. Teachers will plan activities which engage and sustain the children’s interest and cover curriculum areas of science, geography, history, music, RE, art, design and computing. The timetable will not show when specific subjects are being covered. Coverage of Statutory National Curriculum programmes of study is done through regular monitoring by subject leaders and checking children’s folders and books.

In order for the curriculum at Skilts School to meet our children’s needs, we evaluate the key skills of the group and, through careful planning, teach the subjects to develop those key skill areas which are lacking. This goes far beyond basic skills teaching and covers socialisation, life skills, thinking skills, learning skills and raising children’s general knowledge and appreciation of the world we live in.

During lessons we want to see children engaged in meaningful discussions with each other and staff. Children will be taught how to accept criticism and getting things wrong and view it as a necessary part of the learning process. Children will be supported to become more able when working together. They will begin to feel relaxed in the school environment, ask sensible questions and relate their learning to their life. Ultimately we want to inspire children at Skilts School to believe they have every opportunity to make a valued contribution to the life of the school and beyond it when they leave.

At Skilts we aim to offer a curriculum which extends and interests the children. The curriculum aims to prepare them for transition to secondary school and ultimately for foreseeable demands of the future.

We aim to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to allow every individual to realise his potential and to be the best he can be.

To this end our curriculum aims to include:

  • A themed curriculum—for foundation subjects to create variety
  • Agreed assessment, marking & monitoring procedures to provide consistency and identify achievement
  • Promotion of equal opportunities for all
  • Development of citizenship
  • Personal and social developments with emphasis on responsible attitudes

For each child:

  • To promote self-confidence and the ability to question
  • The acquisition of a broad and balanced range of skills and knowledge
  • The active participation in sport, creative activities and extra curricular provision
  • A clear understanding of acceptable behaviour and moral attitudes both at school and in society
  • To encourage a belief in life-long learnin

All pupils have access to the whole range of National Curriculum subjects. These are provided in a modified mainstream basis with support as appropriate to the individual needs of pupils. The benefits they receive from that access will be affected both by the quality of teaching offered to them and by their own ability and willingness to participate in the learning process.

The ethos of the school is that learning experiences shall be presented in such a way as to allow pupils to enjoy their learning and to succeed; to raise self-esteem and to build their confidence, through a knowledge of achievement and progress.

The children’s learning is subject to continuous assessment and the school will respond to those who need extra support especially in Literacy, which is seen as an essential skill for life. Pupil progress is regarded as essential and challenging targets are set each year for all our pupils. Since September 2010 these are tracked using a software programmed called Classroom Monitor. Comparative school information is gained through the Authority’s use of CASPA software although comparative group is still very small. The emphasis is placed on the development of basic skills in English and Mathematics. To support Literacy the school introduced an intervention package. Read Write Incorporated in January 2009 across the whole school. This has made a significant impact on the progress pupils achieve in Literacy. Religious education is provided in accordance with the Authority’s ‘Agreed Syllabus’.

For more information regarding the curriculum at Skilts School, please click on the links below for PDF documents: