History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. Pupils will develop skills through researching, sifting through evidence and engaging in active discussion - skills that will prepare them for adult life.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of problem-solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is an important link between the natural and social sciences and is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment.
Music is essentially a practical subject. Pupils are encouraged to sing, compose and use percussion instruments in order to develop their creative skills. Through active listening, pupils’ awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed. The school provides pupils with the opportunity to learn a wide variety of instruments through the County Music Service and/or sing in a choir. Over the past year the whole of Class 3 have been collectively learning to play violins as part of the LA’s Wider Opportunities scheme. The choir was placed third in the Wadebridge Music Festival.
Art is for most pupils a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We encourage pupils to develop their creative and imaginative talents through learning skills and techniques and by using a variety of materials and tools. Pupils also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts. We regularly have local artists working with the children.
We provide our pupils with opportunities to work with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, textiles and food. They are helped to develop skills to plan, design, make and evaluate.
We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. All pupils have two sessions of PE a week. Dance, gymnastics, swimming and games are taught. From Year 2 pupils learn to swim at Wadebridge Pool in the Spring term. There is an annual Sports Day held in the summer term. We have just been awarded the Active School’s Mark. Beyond formal PE we have a whole school Physical Activity Policy which encourages the children to be active in all aspects of school life.