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At Exeter – A Learning Community, we are dedicated to developing a deep understanding and embedded curiosity about the natural and human aspects of the world our children live in. We believe that a high quality geography curriculum should enable them to develop secure knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. It is important that our children develop an enquiring attitude to the world around them, as well as an understanding of their place in it, and we aim to facilitate this through our teaching.
Art & Design
At Exeter A Learning Community, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our progressive Art and Design curriculum provides all children with opportunities to develop a rich and deep subject knowledge and continuously extend their artistic skills; drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Through experiencing a wide range of media and techniques, we allow opportunities for all children to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas whilst developing their self-esteem and confidence in their own ability.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. The children will experience the works and styles of a wide range of great artists, craft makers and designers; giving opportunities to reflect on how their influences helped to shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. In addition to this, the children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their own work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving.
Design & Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At Exeter we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum that offers a variety of inspiring topics that engage children through their catchy titles and activity ideas. Whether it’s from creating rockets in ‘Moon Zoom’ in Year One, to using glue guns to build pyramids in ‘Pharaohs’ in Year Five, there is something to grasp all learners.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
Music is a universal form of communication and creativity. At Exeter A Learning Community, we believe that Music should engage, inspire and develop children’s creativity and love of music. Our rich Music curriculum doesn’t only support a child’s musical ability but also their listening skills, confidence and group work skills.
When children start at our school they are surrounded by music, song and rhythms which enable them to develop a love of music from a very young age. As children progress through our school, they are given the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical instruments and genres of music which are used throughout the school day. Children engage with a variety of music; listen to, compose and perform solo, duet or ensemble pieces of music.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils by the end of Year 6:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
At Exeter a Learning Community we follow the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Our aim is to give all children a broad R.E. curriculum which covers all the major religions and non-religious views such as Humanism. This will enable children to acquire the knowledge and understanding of other people's beliefs and values, while also allowing them to reflect on their own beliefs and experiences. RE plays an important part in preparing pupils for life in modern Britain. Its importance is increasing as globalisation has created greater links and migration between societies of different faiths and cultures.
The aims of the syllabus are for pupils:
- to develop religious literacy;
- to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom;
- to develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
- to develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own;
- to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious issues, with reference to the principal religions and world views represented locally and in the United Kingdom.
Religions deal with some of the most profound and difficult questions in human life, questions such as:
- What is the purpose of life?
- How should people treat each other?
- How do we explain and cope with death and suffering?
Religions approach these issues in complex ways, in ways of life, culture and action, as well as ritual, tradition, story, symbol and belief. Religious Education must take account of this depth and complexity, helping pupils to an understanding appropriate to their age and aptitude.
Within our RE lessons, we aim to:
- develop pupils' skills;
- enable them to ask questions;
- discover information, to approach new material with empathy;
- reflect on their learning.
Pupils should not only acquire knowledge but also be able to use their knowledge to understand their world, build community, and develop their personal position.
Throughout our RE. curriculum pupils are encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives. Within our R.E. lessons, there are opportunities for cross-curricular links, especially with PSHE and Literacy.
RE in the Early Years Foundation Stage support the achievement of the Early Learning Goals through appropriate subject content, according to the needs of the pupils and the resources and expertise of the staff.
Through Key Stages 1 and 2 RE will focus on Christianity whilst also drawing from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism, as well as non‐religious worldview such as Humanism, to provide appropriate depth and breadth to the exploration of the core questions and to meet the needs of the pupils. Reference to other religions, traditions, beliefs and lifestyles can be used to illustrate specific points, to reflect world events, or to include those represented in the class.
At Exeter a Learning Community, we welcome visitors from different religions to come and talk to the children about their faiths within RE. lessons and assemblies. Through our RE teaching, children will be able to ask and answer questions about people’s beliefs, respond sensitively to the beliefs of others and make links with their own experiences. This in turn will enable children to develop a respect for others and demonstrate understanding, empathy and tolerance towards other people and their faiths.
A high-quality computing education equips 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, in which 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 at Exeter A Learning Community are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
At Exeter a learning community we endeavour to promote the importance of Physical Education and a healthy lifestyle to all children across the school. We encourage participation in a wide range of opportunities, including through our extracurricular activities and through the festivals and competitions we partake in throughout the year. We offer a range of creative and exciting PE lessons delivered by a sports coaches giving the children opportunity to learn and try activities, gain physical skills but also develop their skills of sportsmanship for future life. We strive to offer as many experiences to the children as possible, to ensure they develop a passion for physical activity and a deep understanding of health and wellbeing.
We are committed to the well-being of our children and want to ensure that each and every child at Exeter a learning community develops a high level of self-esteem, a sense of confidence and feeling their place in the world. We’ll guide them to improve their concentration and they will learn how to feel and understand their emotions, and the emotions of others.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Exeter a learning community we visualise learning a foreign language to be a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied