The school fulfils the legal requirements of the National Curriculum by teaching the following:
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In addition the school follows the Gateshead Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
The school also provides Health Education and promotes Equal Opportunities, Citizenship and Multi-Cultural education through the curriculum. Personal and Social Education are developed in all pupils.
All classes are of mixed ability and some are of mixed age; generally, though, they are organised by means of age. Children are taught, in the main, by their own class teacher. but there are times when a number of classes are combined into ability groups to teach specific aspects of the curriculum – particularly in English and Maths.
Teaching is generally in separate subject areas but subjects may also be taught as part of a theme that will be studied for a period of half a term. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods to deliver the curriculum – whole class, group or individual work as appropriate. Care is taken to ensure that work is provided for children throughout the ability range.
Children who show an inclination and aptitude in music may have the opportunity to receive tuition in guitar, keyboard, recorder or violin.
Nursery and Reception are known as The Foundation Stage. They have their own special curriculum. There are six areas of learning for these children. They are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Mathematical Development; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; Creative Development.
At the end of Reception, children work towards Early Learning Goals.
The National Curriculum, laid down by Parliament in the Education Reform Act 1988, is made up of the following subjects. The core subjects are English, mathematics, science and information technology. The other foundation subjects are technology, history, geography, personal, social and health education, art, music and physical education. In addition, every school must provide religious education and a daily act of collective worship.
It is very important that children develop positive attitudes towards school, and every effort is made to make learning interesting and exciting. We believe that in order to achieve success, children must attend regularly and that a calm and orderly atmosphere should prevail in school.
Information and Communications Technology
Computers are regularly used in all classrooms. Children have the opportunity to become familiar with a wide range of programmes. In addition, we have a computer suite, and each class has a weekly timetabled visit.
All children have access to the National Literacy Strategy. Within this strategy, children have experience of different forms of writing. We encourage the children to talk and express themselves well, so that they become confident with spoken language. We place great emphasis on the ability to listen. Children have access to a wide variety of reading material, at different levels of complexity, so that they become competent and fluent readers. Children are encouraged to choose books to take home to read with their parents.
All children have access to the National Numeracy Strategy. In mathematics we develop children’s ability to solve problems, to understand numbers, shapes and relationships, and to predict likely results. We encourage children to apply their knowledge to practical tasks and real life problems.
In science we follow a themed approach. Through these themes children are involved in practical investigations. Individual and group skills of planning, decision-making, investigating and communicating results, as well as observing, classifying, recording, making and testing hypotheses, designing experiments and drawing information from evidence are vital to science-based activities, but also have a much wider application.
In technology we encourage the children to understand the significance of design and technology to the economy, and to the quality of life. This involves planning and making things ~ evaluating outcomes.
In history we introduce children to historical personalities and events, through stories, poetry, pictures, TV and festivals at local, national and world levels. We use the children’s own lives and their environment to make them aware of the passage of time.
Children progress and develop research skills in order to investigate different periods of history.
In geography we introduce children to the local area as well as extending their factual knowledge. This is done using maps, photographs, written accounts and other sources. Children also study other areas beyond their local environment.
In art we encourage the children to experience a variety of different techniques. They are also encouraged to plan and to manipulate different materials, so that they can develop skills and originality. Children also study the lives and works of artists.
In physical education children develop their skills in gymnastics, dance, outdoor individual and team games and adventure play, to develop good body co-ordination and control. We try to give each child enjoyment and satisfaction from physical activity, and to foster the development of positive sporting attitudes.
In music we encourage the children to make music, and to develop an appreciation of different types of music. Children also learn to compose and perform music.
R.E. lessons and religious assemblies, including those conducted by visiting clergy, promote the moral and spiritual development of the children. The school follows the Gateshead Local Authority agreed syllabus for R.E. You should speak to the head teacher if you want to exercise your legal right to withdraw your child from R.E. lessons or religious assemblies.
The school has worked hard to develop a curriculum designed specifically to meet the learning needs of Lingey House children. The curriculum uses a national curriculum skilled based approach to learning. The themes incorporate all subjects and begin with a visit, visitor or artifact and conclude with a ‘product’. The product could be a performance, an artifact or even a ‘fashion show.’
‘The outstanding curriculum assure a wider range of experiences that add to pupils’ achievement, enjoyment and sense of fun ‘ OfSTED May 2009.