Below is a list of the subjects taught at Ombersley Endowed First School. You can click on these links to find out a bit more about them.

English

In our English teaching we aim to develop pupils’ abilities to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers.

Pupils’ abilities are developed within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. This is usually implemented through a daily Literacy lesson for Years 1 to 4, and is linked to the class topic whenever appropriate.

Children are encouraged to speak clearly, fluently and with confidence in groups of varying sizes and ages and to listen and respond to other people. Drama is used whenever possible which helps in bringing the curriculum to life.

Reading is an important daily activity and children are encouraged to read and enjoy the wide range of books we have available. We aim to teach reading through the enjoyment of books, and reading activities are planned for every day, including guided reading and story. Parent volunteers work in partnership with the school to support this shared reading every morning. Teacher-chosen books, with a more carefully levelled vocabulary, are used for guided reading sessions when the children work in ability groups. Comprehension, expression and discussion skills are developed in these sessions. Parents take an active part in developing the joy of reading by sharing the books brought home each day and making comments in the reading diary. This should be a comfortable, stress-free and enjoyable time for both parent and child. We encourage the use of a variety of cues such as prediction, meaning and phonics.

Children from Reception to Year 2 are taught synthetic phonics on a daily basis through the read, Write Inc programme. This is levelled and is linked to their spellings. Throughout the school children are encouraged to learn spellings at home every day for a weekly test.

We have a very well stocked library.

Writing skills are developed through literacy lessons using Talk for writing in which the children tell stories using actions and immerse in the text before writing.

Mathematics

Numeracy in our school follows the new National Curriculum and is taught within a daily Maths lesson. We study:

Using and applying mathematics
Counting and understanding number
Knowing and using number facts
Calculating
Understanding shape
Measuring
Handling Data

This highlights the important areas of mathematics that children need to master to make effective progress. The emphasis in Key Stage 1 is on developing number concepts by providing practical, concrete experiences. The children are encouraged to use mathematical language, develop mental strategies for solving problems, and begin to apply their learning in practical situations.
At Key Stage 2 there continues to be an emphasis on mental calculation with the children being encouraged to apply concepts and skills and develop clear logical thought. They are encouraged to share ideas and develop a variety of methods of calculation –both mental and written.

Throughout the teaching of mathematics, we ensure all children gain confidence, knowledge, understanding and enjoyment from an early age, and we promote a positive attitude.
Years 1-4 have designated times for numeracy each day. This involves much teacher-led activity with a great deal of importance placed on the building of mental strategies and mental recall.

As much as possible we work practically – weighing, measuring, using time, using money, exploring capacity, volume – to enable children to enjoy maths and acquire the skills necessary to solve real problems. We develop correct mathematical vocabulary.

Science

Science is the third core subject in the curriculum. Through science children learn about the world around them. Science is usually taught through the class topics each term and the learning is planned to link with these topics. This ensures that the science the children learn is meaningful and relevant for them. Throughout the school, all teachers follow the objective set out in the Early Year Framework and the National Curriculum. By the end of each key stage, all children will have covered the entire programme of study. In addition to teaching the subject knowledge required, we encourage our children to work in an investigative way. Children are encouraged to design their own scientific investigations and as they move through the school they are challenged to make predictions, plan and evaluate their work more independently. The children are given opportunities in science to explore their own environment and we make use of the natural resources we have at school.

Children also learn about how to keep themselves healthy and a healthy lifestyle is encouraged throughout their time in school. Special science weeks also ensure that children enjoy science and experience visitors and outside experts in the subject.

Computing

Our aim in teaching Computing is to prepare children for participation in a rapidly changing world. Our teaching helps to equip the children with the technological skills to become independent learners. The skills are taught in specific Computing lessons which are active and practical. Deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology are maintained and encouraged. The curriculum is further enhanced through the use of programmable devices, tape recorders, DVD players, video cameras, and digital cameras.

The school is continually updating and adding to its hardware and software. We have interactive whiteboards in each of the classrooms and projector systems that are used to enhance teaching across the curriculum. We have a trolley of laptops which are used by the children regularly in Computing lessons and across the curriculum.

 

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.

History

At Ombersley we aim to provide a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.

History is built into the class termly topics. One of these termly topics has history as its primary focus. In KS1 the main history topics are Dungeons and Dragons and Toys. In KS2 the main history topics are World War 2 and Ancient Egypt.

Throughout the school British History and, where possible, local history is explored.

Geography

Through Geography children begin to make sense of their surroundings and gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human features of our world. Geography is taught at Key Stages 1 and 2 through the two-year rolling programme of topics within our creative curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum with a focus on a good knowledge of the world around them.  In key stage 1, the focus is mostly on the UK and the locality. Children will be expected to be able to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans and the four countries and capital cities of the UK. In key stage 2, the study extends to Europe, North and South America and pupils will need to identify geographical similarities and differences between different regions. In both key stages, there is a focus on some basic locational and place knowledge and geographical skills, such as using maps, atlases and globes, compass directions and aerial photographs. We use our own school environment to study direction, position, climate and care of the environment. This is extended to cover the local area of Ombersley, Droitwich and Worcestershire. The children are encouraged to extend their knowledge through enquiry and investigation in independent research. We have developed Global Dimensions and are developing links with schools in Europe.

We have an Eco Council and Eco Club who are continually looking at maintaining and improving our school grounds and at ways to save, recycle and improve sustainability.

D.T.

Design and Technology encourages children to solve problems and work effectively through a process to reach a specified outcome. Every class follows the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum but work in D.T. is always linked to the topics being taught to ensure that the work the children carry out has a purpose. During Design and Technology lessons the children experience working with a range of materials and tools. Children are presented with a problem or a design brief and they are encouraged to work as a team to produce items which match the criteria given. Children ask questions, research, practise and refine their skills before producing a final product. They then evaluate their produce against the original objectives of the project. Through DT children combine practical skills (textiles, cooking, woodwork and modelling materials) with an understanding of aesthetic qualities, functionality and usefulness. DT is also linked to our Book Weeks each year, with each class using a book as the inspiration for a linked DT project.

The Arts

Art

We have previously received a Gold Artsmark in recognition of the importance attributed to this area and the breadth of opportunities on offer to the children. The Arts are developed through the creative curriculum and also through clubs and enrichment opportunities provided for the children. Annual enrichment weeks are also planned for the Arts when we welcome in outside visitors and artists in residence. We contribute to local and national celebrations of pupils’ work and have won competitions and have had work on display around the County. We hold an annual performance of either a concert or dramatic production.

 

Art and Design

We teach Art and Design through our topics in a way that aims to stimulate imagination and creativity. Our planned curriculum provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials, media and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed choices and judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, the children can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enrich all our lives.

 

Dance/Drama

The school often welcomes visiting Artists, Theatre groups and Dance teachers. Children from KS2 perform a school play and concert during the year, with KS1 taking part in the Nativity at the Carol Concert in church. Reception and Nursery do a Christmas performance in school. Drama and dance are also a natural part of our curriculum as well as being developed through clubs.

 

Music

Ombersley has long been known as a musical school. From the start the children are encouraged to sing, play tuned and untuned instruments, compose and perform. Children in Y2, Y3 and Y4 can learn the recorder. The school choir and musicians take part in pyramid musical events and perform throughout the year at school and community events.

From year 1 to year 4 children are introduced to classical and modern day music and composers every morning as they arrive at school. This gives them a deeper understanding and appreciation of a variety of music.

PE

At Ombersley Endowed First School we have always maintained a strong tradition in sport, enabling each child to participate in a range of physical activity. We have been awarded the Sportsmark award, PA Charter Standard for Schools, and Healthy School Status. The emphasis is on encouraging all children to take part readily and to promote enjoyment as well as skill in sport. Children of all abilities are given opportunities to become as involved as possible in sporting activities. As a Healthy School we consider it to be very important that children develop positive attitudes towards their own personal health and fitness that will benefit them in the future.

The children follow a planned, progressive curriculum incorporating dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities, athletics, games and swimming for Years 3 and 4. Throughout the Key Stages children take part in both competitive and non-competitive festivals and tournaments with children from other schools within the Pyramid. We have close links with Droitwich Spa High School, a specialist sports college, which helps with providing curriculum opportunities and a variety of after school clubs throughout the year. This has included football, tag-rugby, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, dance, netball, multiskills, rounders and cricket.

Links with the local community sports clubs have been developed and they are involved in supporting us in the curriculum and in after school activities, for example; golf and tennis.

We hold a school sports day and Hindlip, Tibberton and Sytchampton Schools join us for cluster sports days. The Maypole team performs at school and in the village Church fete.

The school hall is equipped with large and small apparatus and there is adventure play apparatus for use at break times. Small apparatus balls, ropes, skittles, games etc are available at playtimes through a Huff and Puff scheme. YR has a range of outside apparatus that is used daily to develop motor skills.

 

Have a look at the information and photographs of all our PE events by clicking here.

R.E.

Children throughout the school have lessons in RE in their class groups. They learn about Christian beliefs and festivals and explore stories from the Bible. They also learn about other faiths and world religions, principally Judaism at Key Stage 1 and Hinduism at Key Stage 2, and visits to places of worship are organised.

A daily act of worship is held each day for the whole school and this is predominantly Christian, although many of the messages conveyed are common to other faiths.

We enjoy close links with Ombersley Church, sharing assemblies and visits throughout the year. If parents do not wish their child to take part in any part of the RE programme they have the right of withdrawal and should contact the Headteacher about this.