A high-quality education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past while informing their understanding of how the present came to be.
For the children at Newland St. John’s, history aims to foster their sense of wonder at the world, help them to understand the complexity of people’s lives and enhance their recognition of their own identity and the challenges of their time.
In particular, History aims to: give children knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world; help children to understand and value the diversity and complexity of other cultures and societies; inspire children to learn more about the past; teach children to ask appropriate questions; equip children with the skills to think critically, weigh evidence and understand balanced argument; help children develop perspective and judgement and help children to understand the concept and process of change.
Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its peoples through the study of places, space and environments. It is one of the many perspectives through which we try to understand our world.
For the children at Newland St. John’s, Geography aims to foster their sense of wonder at the world, help them to develop a concern about the quality of the environment and enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.
In particular, Geography aims to: develop in our children an understanding of our locality and the changing world within which it exists; develop a sense of place: a feeling for a ‘personality’ of a place and what it is like to live there; develop geographical skills of space, pattern and relationship, especially those related to map work; focus on an enquiry based approach which allows the children to acquire techniques and develop skills and competencies necessary for this type of work – in a way that is their preference; help children to develop a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs towards geographical phenomena, by studying issues and develop skills in communication through number, language and computing.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
The overall aim is to produce learners who are confident in using a range of hardware and software and to become digitally literate. To facilitate this effective learning, teaching and support staff must continue their own professional development in a rapidly changing technological landscape. Pupils are given opportunities to: use digital devices with purpose and enjoyment; develop their computing capability; have a conceptual understanding of the processes they are being asked to do; become autonomous users;
recognise when computing is and isn’t needed in a wider context; evaluate the benefits of computing and its impact on society; meet the requirements of the National Curriculum as fully as possible and help all pupils achieve the highest possible standards of achievement and celebrate success within the subject.
Art and Design
We believe that Art is a valuable vehicle for children to explore the world and their place within it. The children in our school experience a variety of media in order to explore their ideas, thoughts and feelings. The access to those experiences will take into account differing learning styles and will be an integral part of the curriculum for each child. Children learn to recognise and appreciate the work of others. They will be helped to search beyond their own time and culture, both within the school and outside it. The environment of the school aims to be stimulating and interesting and enable the children to enjoy art in all its forms. We recognise that time needs to be made available to the children to benefit from a planned and coherent programme which will address conceptual, formal, critical, cultural, technological and historical elements of art and design.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. Children need to express themselves through sound, listen to sounds and find ways to make their own sounds. We teach the children the need to develop a positive attitude to music and to work with others, listening to and cooperating with each other. We aim to develop the child’s aesthetic awareness of music. Children will learn musical skills in a structured way. They will listen to many different styles and types of music and develop musical awareness of a variety of countries and cultures. They will also have the opportunity to perform types of music to various audiences. At Newland St John’s we use the Charanga scheme of work to support us in achieving these aims.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. Newland St John’s CE Academy has adopted a whole school approach to the teaching of French to all KS2 pupils, using the Language Angels programme to support us.
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, enabling children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. The aims of PE are: to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination; to encourage children to work cooperatively with others in a range of group situations; to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities; to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance; to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise; to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination, irrespective of their ability; to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success; to develop Out of School Hours Learning (OSHL) activities and provide competitive opportunities for all children.
As a Church of England academy, RE plays a crucial role in helping children to flourish and become the best they can be. RE looks at what it is to be human and how we engage well with one another, with the world around us, and ultimately with God. Religion continues to shape us and our world, and studying RE can give children and young people tools with which to examine beliefs, attitudes and values that mould us and guide us in life. Our curriculum is focused around Christianity through the Understanding Christianity scheme. However, as we follow the York Diocese to guide our teaching of RE, the children are also given the opportunity every year to learn about and respect other religions in addition to Christianity, with a focus on spirituality and the relevance to the children’s lives. This allows us to develop the children into respectful, well rounded and balanced individuals.
We believe that the education of children stretches beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and that educating children to become informed, sensitive and morally aware is a crucial part of their overall education. PSHE is important to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead a confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
They are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum and in doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Our children are taught to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. The children will be encouraged to contribute fully to the life of the school and their communities, reflect on their experiences and how they are developing personally and socially. At Newland St John’s we use the Jigsaw scheme of work to support us in achieving these aims effectively.