The aim of our Humanities curriculum is to ensure that children at Padbury C of E School develop the necessary skills to equip them to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and thus, become global citizens. We aim to foster and harness a love and thirst for knowledge of history and geography amongst our children, inspiring them to be inquisitive and to develop a desire to learn, not only about their local area, but to develop a global awareness of the world around them. Skills and knowledge within Humanities are taught in a context and with clear purpose. We our developing our curriculum to become project-based which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. The projects will be led by History, Geography and Science, incorporate Art and DT and link thematically to a rich variety of texts used in our English curriculum. These text will enhance the development of pupils’ historical and geographical vocabulary.
Our Geography curriculum aims to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. Children are taught to develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, and understand maps and atlases. The children learn through an investigative approach, asking questions, gathering and recording geographical information and using various resources. Our History curriculum enables children to recognise that studying history is relevant and exciting. They consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. The children learn about local, British, European and international history, and the historical order in which people lived and events happened. They are also taught how the past can be shown and explained in different ways. We aim to provide our children with memorable experiences and our Humanities work is enhanced by educational visits to places of historical and geographical interest.
The National Curriculum identifies that children need a high-quality computing education equipping pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science where pupils are taught the principles of computational thinking. They learn how to put this knowledge to use when writing simple computer programs or controlling robots through simple coding and programming exercises. They learn how digital systems such as the Internet, computer networks and email work where pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems as well as access a range of content. Pupils are equipped to use information technology by working with various software programs; operating a variety of computer hardware types such as laptops and Android devices and accessing a range of digital content both off and online.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Pupils are taught to become digitally literate. They learn day-to-day computer use such as logging in, password security and how to use the internet accurately and in a discerning manner. They will learn the principles of Digital Safety; how to communicate and collaborate safely when online and be good digital citizens.
Design and Technology
The context for the Design and Technology projects the pupils undertake throughout the school is linked either to the Humanities curriculum or the computing curriculum as part of our work with STEM. This ensures projects are meaningful and all have a clear end product in mind. Each project follows the process of design, make and evaluate and the outcome always has a clear purpose. Children develop their skills in these three areas following a sequenced, progressive structure.
We believe that encouraging our children to lead active and healthy lives is a crucial part of our role as a school. All children receive two hours of high quality PE teaching which means children learn essential skills in a purposeful context. These skills are developed further in a range of co-operative and competitive situations both within school and through festivals as part of the Small School Sports Partnership. In addition to this they are encouraged to join in the Golden Mile running programme as often as possible to increase fitness and mental well-being. Children in all year groups are taught by specialist sports leaders for P.E.
At Padbury Church of England School, all children have weekly Music lessons taught by peripatetic teachers. Lessons always include an element of singing, based on our singing strategy, listening to music and an opportunity to play and perform using a range of instruments. All children will learn to play Ukuleles, African drums, Xylophones, Recorders and percussion as whole class lessons. Children also learn musical notation so that all children leave Padbury competent in reading and composing music. All children have the opportunity to perform to Parents and the community throughout the year with different performances, creating a clear purpose for their work.
Art and Design
Art lessons are linked in context by themes from the Humanities curriculum. Throughout lessons, children develop their skills of drawing, painting and sculpture in a progressive manner as well as developing design techniques using colour, textiles, pattern, line, shape, form and space. All children also throughout the two year rolling programme study a range of significant artists.
RE lessons start with a Big Question which challenge the children's thinking and engages them in discussions about their learning. Units of work are planned from either the Bucks Agreed Syllabus or the Oxford Diocese Scheme of Work and span a range of religions, concepts and ideas. Where appropriate, units from Understanding Christianity support the teaching and learning further. In January 2019, the teaching of RE was judged to be good in our SIAMS inspection. Please see the report on the Church Links page within this website for further details.
Modern Foreign Languages
Children in KS2 learn French weekly. In their sessions, they learn how to listen attentively, explore patterns and the sound of language, engage in conversations, develop accurate pronunciation and much more. Mrs Jarvis, our French Specialist leads the sessions in smaller separate year groups and, where possible, French speaking visitors come in and work with the children to engage and develop conversational French across the key Stage.