The curriculum in Years 1 - 4 is based on 40 periods a week, and the curriculum in Years 5-6 is based on 50 periods a week. These periods average 30 minutes. In some cases these periods are taught as multiple blocks.
All subject areas take the Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum as a base for guidance when planning with modifications made to the Programmes of Study, where appropriate. For subjects that do not yet have an existing National Programme of Study, the relevant teaching staff member has been responsible for developing a suitable Scheme of Work. All primary curriculum subjects have been undergoing a curriculum review in light of the new National Curriculum, which came
into effect from September 2014.
Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) are considered of paramount importance throughout the Preparatory Department, along with a Spiritual, Moral, Cultural focus within lessons. National Standard guidance for Citizenship form the basis of key lessons taught during lesson time, along with relevant aspects of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL), with constant consideration given to the five key aims of “Every Child Matters”. However, at Malvern St James many Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and PSHE aspects are also highlighted, modelled and developed throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in individual or small group speech lessons, individual or small group learning support lessons and the Reading and Handwriting Schemes. Further to this, additional opportunities may be put in place for individuals who meet requirements of the Gifted and Talented register within the school.
Any pupils that do undertake regular individual lessons during curriculum time do so after approval from the class teacher and Pre-Prep or Prep Coordinator, in consultation with parents. Pupils in Years R to 6 may also participate in the varied and extensive extra-curricular programmes run at lunchtimes and after school.
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