People & Places
Through themed work, the children learn about their world and the people in it. The children learn about geographical, historical and social changes – at a local, national and international level - and become aware of other times and places. They recognise links among family, local, national and international events.
The children develop knowledge of the beliefs of the major world religions. The agreed syllabus for Essex is followed. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from Religious Education should arrange a meeting with the Headteacher.
From the summer term of Year 2, the children begin to learn a foreign language. Our chosen Modern Foreign Language is Mandarin.
Over the last few years the school has demonstrated its commitment to International Learning by being accredited with the British Council’s International Schools Award. Each of our curriculum themes develops the children’s global citizenship and understanding and develops an awareness and appreciation of cultures other than their own. We believe it is vitally important for today’s children to be outward looking and global citizens.
Children in the school are currently linked with children in four countries around the world:
Ecole de Warlus, France
The primary school Ecole de Warlus is a very small school situated in the countryside near Amiens (between Lille and Paris). There are currently only 21 children on roll at the school. The class we are currently linked with comprises a mix of 8-10 year olds. The school is part of the L'académie d'Amiens which 2110 primary schools are part of. Our Year Four class has enjoyed corresponding with this class through exchanging biographies in French and English and posting Christmas and New Year cards. Through this link we aim to develop the children’s oral and written French language.
APL Global, India
APL Global is a school set in sylvan surroundings on Old Mahabalipuram Road, Chennai, India. The school provides education for children from Kindergarten to A Level. ALP Global has strong links with the UK and is a registered Cambridge International Centre, which follows the University of Cambridge International Examinations and curriculum. The school has a passion for technology and encourages its students to use online resources to further their learning through research. This year, Year Two have enjoyed corresponding with this school and took part in a Skype session when they shared information about their different ways of life. Further to this, special celebration cards were exchanged at Christmas and Diwali.
Colegio Santísima, Trinidad
Colegio Santísima Trinidad is a school based in Valdepeñas, Spain. The school is part of an ‘Ownership team’ which encompasses seven schools from two Spanish provinces. The school is a bilingual school with a strong focus on English as an additional language. Children start at the Kindergarten at the age of three. Reception have worked on a number of projects this year with the Kindegrarten class including exchanging Christmas and Easter cards, sharing songs and comparing homes in our differing countries.
Yangzhou Yucai Primary School, China
Our link with Yangzhou Yucai Primary School is part of the Essex – Jiangsu School Partnership Programme. Essex is a leading county in the UK for successful partnership working with China. The aim of the project is to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and maths and we are particularly looking at teaching approaches in maths. We had enjoyable exchange visits in July and October 2016.