Foundation Subjects


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The Foundation subjects in our curriculum are:

Computing


At Clapham Manor we are committed to developing learners that are fluent users of technology. A fluency underpinned by the acquisition of computing skills, an awareness of the opportunities presented by technology and the confidence to work resourcefully with this knowledge. We believe it is essential to prepare children to not only thrive in but also contribute to life in the 21st century.

The computing curriculum is delivered through timetabled computing lessons but also through technology enhanced learning opportunities embedded in subjects across the curriculum. As part of the computing provision, pupils develop skills within the strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Teachers deliver units of work using mobile hardware that enables all pupils to have access to their own personal device. In the Early Years, classrooms are richly resourced with technology that facilitates learning through play, with a range of toys and devices that promote achievement in all areas of learning.

As well as a central hub of equipment shared across the school, each classroom is equipped with tablets that allow pupils to access technology during any lesson. Teachers skilfully plan in opportunities where technology can be used to deepen learning in all curriculum areas however pupils too, are actively encouraged to independently utilise resources in order to maximise the progress they are making. Subject leaders ensure that software that supports curriculum outcomes are available on devices, and these are added to and reviewed frequently.

Empowering learners through technology enables young people to shape their futures and respond innovatively to the challenges of their generation. This philosophy is the heart of our provision at Clapham Manor.

 

Design And Technology (DT)


Design and Technology helps to prepare children to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. It gives them a better understanding of the process that goes into producing the things they use in their everyday lives.

We aim to teach children to become independent and creative problem solvers, through identifying the need for a product and designing solutions.

Children have the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills across both key stages working with different materials including fixing and joining, measuring and cutting, assembling, applying and a range of finishing techniques.

Children also complete food technology projects and work with textiles.

The children evaluate their projects, suggesting ways in which their work could be improved.

Design and Technology provides us with many opportunities to make links with other areas of the curriculum, in particular science, literacy and maths.

Health and safety also form an important part of the children’s DT work.

History


In history,  the emphasis is on developing the use of historical skills, as well as learning about the people and cultures of the past.  Information, knowledge and understanding will be gained by visits to museums, places of historical interest, the use of artifacts, photographs, video programs, books, websites and films.  Children are encouraged to ask questions about the past, challenge given information and discover more about their lives and surroundings.

Geography


Children work on Geography through topics such as journeys, maps, down your way, Benin:  An African Kingdom, or a local study, usually in line with other subjects, particularly Science or History.  Work is planned using the National Curriculum programmes of study.

Children should gain an awareness of their own environment and develop this, investigating their local area and its landscape. Drawing on a rich diversity of cultures, children are encouraged to extend their knowledge of human societies and appreciate the similarities and differences among them.

Through studying a variety of localities children develop their geographical skills, for example, recognising landscape features (a stream, a road), following directions using maps and fieldwork techniques (using questionnaires). In developing these skills children should be able to tackle geographical questions to interpret geographical information, and appreciate the significance of people’s beliefs, attitudes and values.

Children, where appropriate, will also be given the opportunity to use information technology to extend their geographical skills and knowledge.

Creative Arts


This area includes drama, movement/dance, art and craft and music.

Being involved in creative arts offers children different ways to express themselves and communicate with others and to explore feelings and emotions.

We aim to help children develop a range of skills from which they can select to make the most of any creative task they do.  The teaching of these skills increases in complexity throughout the school, from learning how to use scissors in the Nursery to batik techniques in the top Juniors.  We also aim to expose the children to art forms of good quality, e.g. art galleries, theatre and exhibitions, and to a wide range of music, so they develop an appreciation and conscious awareness of things around them.

We feel that displays around the school are important and deserve attention.  By displaying children’s work well, we show our appreciation of their efforts and of our surroundings.  They also give children a chance to see the range of work from different age groups.

We have developed links with artists in the local community to allow children to watch and work alongside experts.  Contributions are very welcome.

Music


Music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. We teach it to further the creative and aesthetic development of our children. We also see it as an aid to developing co-operative and social skills.

Through listening, composing, practicing and performing, music is taught as an active subject, reflecting the cultures within the school and the wider community we live in.

All classes have a weekly lesson in our specialist music room with our specialist teacher. Children are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of musical composition and notation. Children put theory into practice in these sessions using a wide range of percussive instruments. There is a weekly singing assembly for juniors to enjoy modern and traditional songs. pupils are given further opportunities to perform their music in sharing assemblies, whole school annual performances and the Year 6 leavers’ assembly.

At present, we have a popular choir and orchestra.

Children from Year 3 onwards have the chance where possible, to learn one other instrument from the following: violin, piano, brass and guitar. The school heavily subsidises the cost of these lessons and pupils are asked for a small contribution towards them.

Physical Education


PE provides children with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities that enable them to develop both physical and social skills.  Our programmes of work are structured in keeping with the National Curriculum, so all children take part in skill acquisition, gymnastics, dance and team sports such as netball, basketball, hockey and football.

It is also a requirement of the National Curriculum for children to learn to swim.  In years 3 – 5, pupils attend lessons once a week for a term at Clapham Manor Pool where they learn to swim for 25 metres and work towards a series of borough-wide achievement levels.

We send representative teams to a variety of school sports events including netball, athletics, hockey, tag rugby and football.  Our football team plays in the Lambeth and Southwark Primary Schools Football League.  To check on the team’s recent results click here.

PE is an important part of school life and we expect all children to participate.  If your child needs to be excused from his/her lesson for medical reasons, please write a note of explanation to the class teacher.