Wider Curriculum

History & Geography

The study of other subjects are built into topics that are taught in a rich and active way. These topics are covered in an experiential way and often culminate in a special day, where we dress up and have outside providers bring the learning to life such as, The Great Fire of London day, our Java week and Victorian day.

Through investigation, they develop enquiry and problem solving skills and also learn how past events have influenced our lives today.

Meaningful links with literacy, art, ICT, music, drama and dance have been made and are constantly being developed.

Computing

At Sandygate computing and technology are central to helping our pupils learn and develop. We use LearnPads, computers and exciting new ICT hardware to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. Children are encouraged to use computing to aid their learning both in school and at home.

Music

At Sandygate, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience, achieve and enjoy the subject of music. Learning and teaching in music is not only based around the 4 areas of the national curriculum (listening, composing, performing and evaluating) but also forms part of our whole school cross–curricular approach to learning and teaching.

Our recorder group is a very popular school club. All the children have a weekly assembly where they have the opportunity to sing a wide variety of songs which are performed at a range of events (Christmas bazaar, Christmas Plays, Church visits, Open Evenings and Praise in the Park).

Art

At Sandygate, we offer a wide range of art activities right across the school and we encourage art as a means of expression, to communicate ideas and feelings.

Our children are presented with a wide variety of materials and techniques in the early years, which they continue to develop and apply as they progress throughout the school.

In KS1 and Early Years, children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art. They develop skills in drawing, painting, 3D work, textiles, printing.

Much of our art is related to our class topics but we also learn about artists and what inspired them. We use lots of different materials such as pastel, paint, fabric and clay to develop skills in art and children develop their ideas through self-evaluation and group discussion.

We have been awarded an Artsmark Award (Gold) for high quality provision.

P.E.

At Sandygate, we are committed to ensuring that children have high quality teaching in P.E. Children receive weekly P.E. lessons from a specialist teacher and all pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week to develop the core skills they need to become well-rounded sportsmen and women as set out in the new National Curriculum.

Religious Education

At Sandygate we celebrate diversity. We are committed to preparing our children to thrive in a multicultural world, which is rich in faiths and beliefs and to developing citizens of the future who are tolerant of others.

Religious Education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. They have opportunities to share the experiences and ideas of others without making judgements.