The school is continually developing the curriculum in order to meet the needs of all pupils. We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which will promote the moral, spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. In other words, we are concerned with the development of the whole child as an individual, by giving each pupil the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities which will help them now and in later life.
Our curriculum is broad – introducing both boys and girls to all areas of learning and knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes. It is balanced – each area of learning and experience receives appropriate attention in relation to the others. It is matched to pupils` developing abilities and attitudes. There is progression – work provided at each stage reflects and builds on that done previously.
Our curriculum seeks to promote the following outcomes:
- The development of knowledge and understanding
- The development of a wide range of skills – intellectual, interpersonal and physical.
- The development of personal qualities, values and attitudes
The National Curriculum provides the framework for our curriculum, but other topics and themes which we consider are important for our children are followed. We aim to prepare our children for the wider world by covering issues such as citizenship, personal and social education, health, environmental education, equal opportunities and multi-cultural education. These are often taught within the framework of R.E., Science or Geography.
Outlined below are links to our curriculum programs and procedures for your information as well as the parent guide for the new national curriculum.
Curriculum Overview for Years 1-6
Literacy Rolling Program
The New National Curriculum – Parents Guide
All schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and must have a clear strategy for embedding these values.
Promoting British Values
At Curry Mallet Primary School we regularly reinforce these values through assemblies, classroom teaching and extra-curricular activities.
We are a Rights Respecting School and children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard in school.
We have an active School Council who are voted in by their peers. They meet on a two weekly basis to discuss issues and start new initiatives, such as suggesting ideas for new clubs, what equipment the school or PTFA buy for playtimes and deciding how we as a school fund raise for charity. They are also involved with developing new procedures within school e.g. equipment rota for playtimes.
All children in Year 6 l have been to visit the Houses of Parliament where they met our local MP..
The Rule of Law
The concept of rules is discussed with reference to home, school and the wider community. The importance of law is reinforced through assemblies and our PSHE curriculum and this is further enhanced by visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service.
The children have an excellent understanding of their rights and they are taught how to exercise these rights safely through the curriculum. They are given freedom to make choices in their lessons and in extra-curricular activities.
We are a Rights Respecting School and respect is at the heart of everything that we do. The children have an excellent understanding of what respect means and this is reinforced throughout the whole curriculum.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
The children are taught about a range of faiths and beliefs during their RE lessons, which follow the Somerset Locally Agreed Syllabus: Awareness, Mystery and Value. Local members of religions are invited into school to lead assemblies and the children are given opportunities to visit places of worship. All of KS 2 have visited a range of religious places of worship in Bristol. Throughout the year a range of religious festivals are discussed and celebrated during whole school assemblies.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Before your child is due to start, please visit us so that you can take a preliminary look at the school.
In the summer term, before they start, new entrants are invited into the school to experience taster sessions in class. Where possible our EYFS class teacher visits pre-school settings to meet the children or makes home visits.
At Curry Mallet, EYFS aims to make the transition into school as smooth and quick as possible. Normally the children come in full-time from the very first day but if you do not feel your child is ready for this it may be necessary to begin with part-time attendance, especially for those children who are still under five years old and for whom a full day is too long.
It is a great help, particularly to the children’s confidence, if by the time they start school they are able to:
- Go to the toilet without assistance
- Dress and undress themselves (with a little help if necessary)
- Understand simple verbal instructions
All children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack into school.
The PTFA will provide a new book bag for each child which will be given out before the summer break. On the first day of school, it would be useful for you to bring your child into school and for them to have:
- PE kit in a bag with spare underwear in case of accidents
- A small flask or sports bottle full of water to drink in class time
- A waterproof coat for unexpected damp weather
This policy should be taken as part of the overall strategy of the School and implemented within the context of our vision, aims and values as a Church of England School. At Curry Mallet, we believe that by working as a team taking collaborative responsibility towards discipline and by praising good behaviour, we will develop a whole school policy towards promoting good behaviour. Rules must be applied consistently by ALL staff but there must be flexibility to allow individual circumstances to be considered.
For more information please download the PDF below:
Somerset Local Offer for SEND
Our School Council represents the views of all the children. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and to feel part of the whole school community.
The school council meets, with a teacher present, to discuss and sort out problems, which may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
The Scope of the School’s Policy
Our e-safety policy sets out the ways in which the school will educate all members of the school community on their rights and responsibilities with the use of technology, to build both an infrastructure and culture of e-safety and work to empower the school community to use the Internet as an essential tool for life-long learning.
The school policy applies to all members of the school community, including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents/carers, visitors and community users.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Headteachers, to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents such as cyber-bullying, which may take place out of school, but are linked to membership of the school.
We will manage e-safety as described within our policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies, and will inform parents and carers of known incidents of inappropriate e-safety behaviour that take place in and out of school.
Please see our policies page for the school’s E-Safety Policy.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the school office.
Safeguarding Mission Statement
Curry Mallet Church of England VC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all our children in school and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and follow our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and procedures.
Who to contact should you have a concern;
Mrs Nicola Stoddart – Designated Safeguarding Lead – 01823 480421
Mr Tim Richards and Mrs Lorraine Rawlinson – Designated Safeguarding Deputies – 01823 480421.