The Education Act (2002) requires all maintained schools to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum. Changes to the National Curriculum and more information can be found on the DFE website.
The Education Reform Act (1988) requires that the curriculum for all children shall be made up of core subjects, foundation subjects and religious education and these subjects are all statutory.
The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. It is really important that children become literate and numerate. On most days the children will be learning English and maths in specific English and maths lessons or through other national curriculum subjects. For example children can learn about writing reports through writing up a science experiment.
The foundation subjects are History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education/Dance, Information Technology and Personal, Social & Health Education (PHSE). We aim to ensure that all children have access to the Curriculum through structured and progressive work, which often integrates subjects.
There is a new curriculum in place for Y1, Y3, Y4 and Y5. Y2 and Y6 are still accessing the old curriculum. Click here to view the new curriculum from Y1 to Y6
Arts at Sharrow
These are an important part of our curriculum and there are lots of chances for children to get involved in Arts activities at school. The arts lessons often include animation, film making, drama, and different crafts as well as dance, music and singing.
There are after school dance and drama projects – sometimes culminating in a theatre performance in the summer. All classes have music lessons and Year 4 children are involved in an ongoing music project, learning to play brass instruments.
We teach religious education and not religious instruction so children are taught to think about religion but are not told what to think.
Spiritual and social education happens throughout the day. Teachers make use of situations that arise to help children learn about themselves and their world.
We are fortunate that our school is a multi-ethnic community. The children have many opportunities to learn about each other’s faiths and cultures. We share traditions and festivals such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali, Chinese New Year, considering particularly, the family and community aspects of the occasions
Religious Education is taught in school as laid down by the Education Reform Act. We follow the Sheffield Local Education Authority ‘Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education’ - a handbook compiled by the Standard Advisory Council of Religious Education in Sheffield (SACRE). This document stresses developing children’s understanding of the diversity of religious beliefs and the values common to all world religions. It is available in school for any parents/carers to look at. Although the law allows parents/carers the right to withdraw their children from RE, very few parents choose to do so.
Health/Sex and relationships education
In Foundation and KS1—Health and Sex education is taught through appropriate projects or curriculum areas, in a way that is very mindful of the young age of the children and with regard to parental and cultural concerns.
Older children will learn about their bodies through the Science Curriculum. They will be taught about the growth of humans, animals and plants. It is important for them to develop a good self-image, and feel confident about being able to talk comfortably about things that may concern them. This work is taught in a caring and sensitive way in order that all children feel comfortable.
We hope to develop and encourage children’s positive attitudes towards their own bodies, relationships and health. If you have any concerns about any work in this area - please do come in and talk to us.
Assessment & Tracking
Assessment is important at all stages of children’s learning. They are continually assessed by their teachers and support staff. We monitor children’s progress, review their targets and set new targets. Children are encouraged to understand their targets and be aware of their next steps particularly in English and maths.
There are three open evenings - one each term, and parents/carers will receive one written report outlining progress and targets, at the open evening in July.
Seven and eleven year olds (Y2 and Y6) are also involved in national assessments (SATs). Parents/carers are given information about the tests and informed of the results.
The children in Foundation Stage (O-5) follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum which covers the early years curriculum. Adults working with your young children will give you regular updates on their progress during open evenings.
Making learning interesting
The adults in school try to make learning interesting. We use interactive whiteboards, laptops, films and video to support learning. Every year, groups of children go on trips out of school. We all feel that these are a really important part of the curriculum.
Work At Home
At times children may be given work to do at home by teachers.
We particularly encourage parents/carers to share books with children, help them to learn alphabet sounds, spell key words and learn to count and learn the times tables. We encourage children to take reading books home and parents of younger children are shown how to help their children with reading. There are workshops for parents/carers on how to support children learn more at home.
Small Group Work
Throughout the school day children are taught in a variety of different groups. At times they will be working as a whole class group, at other times they may be taught in small groups or even 1:1 occasionally. We do this to ensure children are receiving the specific support they need to make progress, particularly in English and Maths. This is frequently described as personalised learning – ensuring children are taught at the appropriate level dependent on their individual needs.
We make considerable use of technology to support learning in school. We aim to give children both the skills and confidence to use computers (PCs and laptops) in all areas of their learning. We have networked computers which use the internet in all classrooms. Children also have access to digital cameras, video recorders and Wiis.
As well as the timetabled PE sessions for each class children have the opportunity to participate in other sports such as basketball, football, gymnastics, rugby and athletics.
Children from Y3 upwards are taught Spanish and we have worked closely with King Edwards language school. Children receive at least half an hour of intensive Spanish which is reinforced by teachers in class.
We do not provide a daily act of collective worship that is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character as we believe that this would not meet the needs of the richly diverse communities and cultures represented at Sharrow. We have a programme of gatherings where different aspects of several beliefs and cultures are celebrated and where the ethos of the school can be promoted.
Children at Sharrow have many opportunities to take part in visits out of school. All school visits are educational, fun and have a particular focus generally linked to curriculum work that the children are studying in the classroom. They are an important part of our work extending experiences and ideas. Many year groups have the opportunity to participate in residential visits. Some of our recent visits have included Dorset, London, Northumberland and Derbyshire.
Day visits have included Endcliffe Park, Graves Park, Filey, Art galleries and local farms, Western Park and activities organised by Sheffield universities.