All maintained schools are required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children which:
· Promotes their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.
· Prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
· Teaches the National Curriculum and Religious Education through approaches that promote excellence and enjoyment.
Recently schools have been increasingly encouraged to be creative in how they build their own unique and distinctive curriculum within these guidelines. At Long Preston School our timetable is not etched in stone but shows flexibility and dynamism, responding to the needs of individuals within a variety of teaching approaches. It also reflects the best use of our resources, both physical and human.
Our curriculum also takes into account our unique community, its evolution, traditions and heritage, whilst balancing this with the diverse multi-cultural world in which we live, with its ever changing technological wizardry.
We also recognise that learning opportunities are not limited to the confines of the timetabled day. Our wide range of extra curricular activities ensures that such opportunities are not lost. We are convinced that this philosophy best meets the needs, talents and aspirations of the children in our school. Our curriculum may be open to change but always stays deeply rooted within the ‘Aims and Values’ of the school.
The precise details of our curriculum subject plans can be seen in school and are regularly reviewed by staff and governors to ensure that National Curriculum and LEA Guidance and Strategies are embedded within our practice. This is an essential piece of business to maintain progression, continuity and the highest quality of teaching and learning we can offer, where the child is at the centre of our thoughts.
The children are taught each of the Core Subjects (English, Maths & Science) RE and the Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Information Technology (ICT), Art, Design Technology, Music and PE) in addition to Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE.)
Our long term plans reflect the DCSF recommended percentages of time for each of these areas, ensuring that cross curricular links are made where possible to integrate learning and make it meaningful to the children. As an example, within the Geography topic of Rainforests might come elements of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Design Technology, ICT, Music and PSHCE. When relevant, day and residential visits are included in the programme to provide first hand learning experiences. On other occasions visiting specialists or speakers are brought in to stimulate learning and make school an exciting, dynamic place to be.
The development of Literacy and Numeracy underpins much of what we do in school. The ‘National Frameworks' for the development of these key areas are prominent features of all schools. We hope parents will take advantage of meetings and workshops to gain a greater insight into these key areas and how they can help their child in their development.
The original foundation of 'Hartley's School' states that Religious Education should be in accordance with the doctrine of the Church of England.
There is a long established bond between the School and St Mary’s Parish Church in Long Preston. Visiting speakers take one of our assemblies each week. Our assemblies, on planned themes, offer a rich and varied diet of collective worship and reflective thought. Children are also taught about other world religions to help them understand different communities, draw comparisons and come to terms with the diverse world in which they live. Our teaching always sees the ‘care and concern’ of others as a constant theme.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE and assemblies but we would urge them to allow their children to take part. If you are uncertain about your child’s involvement in RE or assemblies please speak to the Head.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
The school places great importance on the development of each pupil through pastoral care and through a structured programme of study into personal relationships which includes many aspects of personal growth.