Areas of Learning

Children   Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area of the curriculum is a vital part of a childs learning at school. Through a range of activities, your child will learn how to share, co-operate, tolerate and understand others. Your child will also develop independence and self-worth, decision making skills and the ability to behave appropriately in a range of situations. 

At Shire Oak, we use a whole school program called SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) in addition to Local Authority scheme materials to meet Personal, Social and Health Education outcomes, which addresses these areas systematically and in an engaging and stimulating way.
 
Children in Fancy Dress   Communication, Language and Literacy
Reading, writing and communication are vital skills, the development of which we attach great importance at Shire Oak. Your child will develop the skills required to read a range of texts independently and fluently, write for a range of purposes and communicate effectively, clearly and with confidence. They will develop these skills through taking part in a wide range of activities across all areas of the curriculum. They will develop essential skills such as correct letter formation and accurate spelling through structured and appropriately pitched teaching that reflects the different ways in which children learn.
 
Mathematical Development  

Mathematical Development
Pupils will learn about numbers and the number system, shape space and measures, money and making transactions, and handling data.

As well as developing the skills required to work in each of these areas, our pupils will be given opportunities to apply these skills in real situations.

 
 Children Eating

Child in Church Yard
 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Through our cross curricular approach to learning, our pupils will develop a range of skills and knowledge within the areas of Science, History, Geography, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Design Technology (DT).

They will be given the opportunity to link these areas in many diverse and exciting ways. ICT is used to support and extend the children's knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. Pupils are taught the skills required to communicate, research and present their thoughts and ideas using ICT.

They learn about the natural and physical world and carry out experiments to find out more about how things work and what they are used for. They learn about their local environment and the wider world, make comparisons and consider the human aspect of living in such places.

Our international dimension provides the pupils with first hand experience of people and cultures from other parts of the world, most notably Sri Lanka, through our link with Bishops College, Colombo. Pupils learn about famous figures from the recent and more distant past, famous events and civilisations, both ancient and modern.

We are a Church of England School welcoming children and families from all faith groups and celebrating the diversity of our school community.

In addition to developing the childrens knowledge of the Christian faith, we enable them to learn about all of the major faiths of the world and how they contribute to the development of their followers as citizens.

 
Children Singing  

Creative Development

The arts are a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way that pupils feel, think and act. They bring together intellect and emotion and enable personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

We encourage active involvement in different forms of music making, dance, design, drama and art and allow the children to work individually and collaboratively. Artistic expression helps increase pupils self esteem, self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

 
Physical Development  

Physical Development

P.E is more than just a chance for children to exercise. It gives pupils the opportunity to discover what the human body is capable of, communicate in a variety of ways and develop an active and healthy lifestyle.

Pupils will acquire and develop skills in a range of areas before using them in individual, group and whole class activities. They will develop their ideas in a creative way and set targets for themselves. They will compete against others, individually and as a team and set personal targets for improvement.