Here is an overview of our Curriculum Topics. Have a look at our Gallery section to see our curriculum in action.
Throughout the school work in Mathematics is based on the Numeracy Element of the National Strategy) and taught through daily Maths Lessons. This is supplemented to meet the requirements by other published material and teacher devised examples. The areas covered are:
- Number and Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Work in English (Literacy) follows the format of the Literacy Element of the National Strategy and it is taught each day.
The areas taught include:
Reading is subdivided into:
- Word Reading
Writing is subdivided into:
- Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
Science is taught by covering the National Curriculum for Science through a termly or half-termly topic. Children are involved in first hand experiences, observation and experimentation. The work undertaken covers the areas of ‘Experimental and Investigative Science’, ‘Life Processes and Living Things’, ‘Materials and their Properties’, ‘Physical Processes’.
Children cover the following areas of Computing at Gainford C of E Primary:-
- Computer Science
- Digital Literacy
Computing is taught as a discrete subject or as part of a topic through a wireless network in the classrooms and in the school hall. Computing is also used as a tool to support other areas of the curriculum. Gainford C of E is part of the Durham Learning Gateway and pupils with broadband internet access at home have the ability to complete some of their work ‘on line’ at home
Design & Technology
Work undertaken in Design and Technology allows children to develop their designing and making skills in addition to increasing their knowledge and understanding of mechanisms, structures, products and applications, quality, health and safety as well as learning the appropriate vocabulary.
Physical Education (PE)
All children are expected to take part in P.E. lessons and each child requires a pair of plimsolls (infants only) or trainers; a dark pair of shorts and a white T – shirt for lessons. For outdoor games lessons in colder weather children are permitted to wear a plain sweatshirt and plain jogging bottoms. You may find it is easier to have all PE items available, everyday, especially for younger children.
Children from Y1 to Y6 will be able to have a 10 week block at the Leisure Centre which includes at least 5 weeks but normally 10 weeks of swimming. Swimming sessions will be for Y5/Y6 in the autumn Term, Y1/Y2 in the Spring Term and Y3/Y4 in the Summer Term
All children take part in Music lessons including singing, and playing tuned and untuned percussion. They also take part in lessons on musical theory, composing and musical appreciation. Performances are also presented to audiences at certain times of year – often from the Academy Theatre.
Art & Design
An understanding and enjoyment of Art and Design is developed through activities which give the children experiences in investigating and making plus knowledge and understanding of Art and Design. In addition to their own work, undertaken using various media and techniques, children will also study and evaluate the work and lives of famous artists.
Geographical skills are developed and knowledge extended through the National Curriculum using class topics. Questions are posed such as ‘What/Where is it?’ ‘What is it like?” How did it get like this?’ The work is based not only on second hand experiences via books, pictures and DVD’s and websites, but also on direct experiences, practical activities and work in the locality of the school. Children have regular offsite visits to promote their geographical skills and knowledge which include use of the school grounds and local visits for the younger children and leads to residential visits for the older children. The school has built up links with a range of countries and in recent years has had teachers and students placed at the school from Japan, Italy, Russia and Germany.
History is taught as part of the class topic. Children are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and of the ways in which it is different from and has had an effect on the present. Using source material and historical evidence, children also study the lives of famous men and women drawn from History and important world wide historical events.
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural
At Gainford, Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Education pervades everything we do. For example, all staff are excellent role models for how to be good citizens; there is an active School Council which represents all pupils in the school are there are very good links with the local community. Our school holds the coveted Investors in Children Award as well as Anti-Bullying Accreditation. Children follow the SEAL Curriculum which develops their Social and Emotional Skills and Knowledge.
Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education is taught in all classes following the Durham Agreed Syllabus for R.E.
Whilst the work covers the major Christian festivals and beliefs it also includes an introduction to other world religions, thus allowing the children to develop a wider understanding of others, their beliefs and cultures.
Gainford C of E is a Church of England School and there is a strong Christian ethos. A Christian Act of Collective Worship is held each day. The school also has close links with The Parish Church (St. Mary’s) and special services are held there, for example at Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from the act of collective Worship. If this is the case the school will provide supervision (but not extra teaching) for the children concerned. However, we would expect that since parents have chosen a Church of England School, they would wish for their child to take part in collective worship. Any children withdrawn from Collective Worship will still be taught within the Christian ethos of the school.