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Religious Education

re_photoProvision in Religious Education is compulsory for all children in maintained schools. We follow the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus which reflects the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, whilst taking into account the teaching and practices of the other main religions represented in our communities.

Through the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus pupils learn about the beliefs, traditions, festivals, and writings of Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism, although the emphasis is on Christianity and its principles.

By exploring and responding to religions and the natural world, children also engage with social, cultural and moral issues.

As a church school, we have close links with St. Mary’s Parish Church, their clergy and other local church schools.

Science

Science is taught explicitly through a weekly session. The emphasis in Science at Dewhurst is not solely on knowledge; the development of ways children may investigate and solve problems scientifically; predicting, using results and data from tests, drawing conclusions and making links across themes is a priority.

We make children aware of environmental issues and encourage them to make their school more environmentally friendly, tackling areas such as energy saving, recycling and wildlife habitats.

Our Science learning is enhanced further through Science weeks.  These  are extremely practical and you may find your child’s class teacher eager for some additional hands on support!

Computing

ict_photoWe aim to give our children the best possible input into developing discrete computing skills, through engaging, relevant and inspiring units of work from Reception to Year 6. As well as this they use computing to increase their skills across the curriculum both in their classrooms and in our fully equipped and networked computer suite.

The children live in a climate of exciting and changing times, where computing will be a powerful influence on their lives. We aim to provide them with the necessary skills to adapt to this changing world. Therefore we feel it is important that all children have E-safety sessions and are made aware of the dangers when using ICT. The children are taught using the Hertfordshire computing scheme of work. They work with a range of information to investigate the ways it can be presented, explore a variety of computing tools and talk about the uses of computing inside and outside the school.

All classrooms have an Interactive White Board with access to the internet, which are used extensively to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Also they are equipped with digital cameras, access to digital video cameras and MP3 players which are used whenever appropriate to enrich teaching and embed learning.

PSHE/Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and the community.   They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.

They find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities.

The school nurse has regular contact with the children. Examples of areas covered include drugs education, sex education, smoking, personal hygiene and citizenship.

PE

pe_photoOur school is very fortunate in having a wide variety of indoor and outdoor PE equipment.  All children have at least 2hrs a week of physical activity. We have a specialist PE Teacher who delivers 50% of our PE curriculum in Years R-6.
In addition we encourage all pupils to take part in at least 3hrs of sporting activity each week through our many additional extra-curricular clubs including netball, football, rounders, dance, athletics, cricket, rugby etc, as well as through active lunchtimes and by encouraging pupils to participate in competitions, matches and tournaments against other schools and compete in our own Sports Day held annually.
Yrs 3, 4 and 5 children have the opportunity to undertake lessons at a nearby swimming pool. We have strong links with other primary and secondary schools and often hold sports festivals to celebrate our sporting achievement.

Modern Foreign Language

Pupils learn French from Year 3 to Year 6 in dedicated weekly lessons.  Teaching techniques include whole class participation, songs, games and fun activities ensuring pupil enjoyment and progression.

Music

Pupils participate in a range of musical activities, which include singing, composing and performing.  All teachers integrate music into their topic if possible, as well as teaching a weekly lesson dedicated to musical learning.

Key Stage 1 pupils develop their musical skills through the regular use of tuned and percussion instruments. They listen to and discuss a variety of styles of music.

All Year 3 pupils learn to play the recorder; beginning to read music and performing to audiences.  Year 4 pupils all learn the violin with some pupils  increasing their skills, by playing cellos. Pupils are offered the opportunity to take individual lessons to learn to play the violin or keyboard.