Educating the Whole Child

At our school we value the importance of a rich and varied curriculum. We are hugely proud of all the activities the children take part in linked to the whole curriculum based on a thematic, topic based approach.

The Arts: Music, Art, Dance and Drama

The Arts are fundamental to cultural engagement and personal development.  They foster transferable skills, provide space for personal judgement; help problem-posing and thinking outside the box; promote diversity, respect and intercultural understanding; show that making mistakes can be liberating and open up new opportunities; encourage looking at details and thinking in depth; allow the creation of a personal reality; provide therapeutic benefits and support emotional literacy and make us feel alive.

Music

Children receive age appropriate whole class music lessons which not only provides opportunities for learning traditional notation and music reading but allows the children to use their creativity to compose. Year Two children benefit from the wider opportunities whole class instrumental teaching. Children sing as a class regularly which brings a sense of community and makes them feel good. Professional musicians are invited in to perform for the children on a regular basis and children relish these experiences.  

Art and Design

We want our children to value art – both appreciating and creating it. We teach art skills explicitly and link our final art pieces to the curriculum topic. Our curriculum allows children to explore a range of artists, styles and genres. We use working artists for projects in school. Our aim is for children to understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways.

Dance

Dance is also linked to the topic, for example the children might explore historical and cultural dances.

Humanities: Geography, History and Religious Education

Geography

We want to equip our children with knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want our children to be inspired and curious about the world and its people. Educational visits are used within our topics to enhance the geography curriculum.

History

History helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We want to develop our children’s knowledge and understanding so that they are equipped to think critically, consider evidence, ask perceptive questions,develop perceptive questions, develop perspective, judgement and be inspired and curious to find out more about the past.  

Religious Education

We follow the Devon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE) and link RE in to our topic based learning where appropriate. We learn about different festivals from different cultures and religions so that the children can experience them for themselves. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship to experience the awe and wonder and enjoy welcoming visitors to the school which gives them the opportunity to meet different people from different religions.

Design Technology

Design and technology gives our children the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. They learn how products are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources to improve the world around them. Children are taught the knowledge and skills required to investigate, explore, design, make and evaluate products. Their finished product is linked to the class topic.

Computing

We embrace age-appropriate use of all types of technology. It works with the enormous enthusiasm many young people have for change, innovation and all that is new. Computers, iPads, programmable robots and digital cameras are just some of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. As teachers, parents and carers, it is our job to help young people to negotiate the obstacles and avoid the hazards that come alongside the use of technology. E-safety underpins all of our teaching of computing.

For more information around our approach to E-safety, please see our page dedicated to it.

Physical Education

We provide a wealth of activities and experiences which encourage our children to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle. We play lots of sports: football, tag rugby, gymnastics, swimming, cricket, hockey and tennis. We have active after school clubs provided by our own staff and external staff. We have our own heated outdoor swimming pool where children swim from Easter until the end of October. We use specialist sports coaches and work really closely with Ilfracombe Tennis Club.

“It was such a nice surprise to find that there are so many trips and clubs on offer and they’re all free.”

Ilfracombe Infant Parent