Humanities include History, Geography. They are taught across the school through cross curricular topic work making them as interesting as possible for the children. Visits to local places of historical and geographical interest give the children first hand experiences. The children are also given the opportunity to use artifacts, photographs and other resources to develop their skills and knowledge. Only if children understand the world in which they live will they develop a caring attitude towards it.
Physical development plays an important role in promoting wellbeing and self-esteem in children. In PE children are taught to be active and improve their fitness. The emphasis is on improving and developing abilities. Aspects of gymnastics, games, dance, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities are taught. Children have at least two hours PE every week. All children in KS 1 and KS2 take part in weekly swimming lessons throughout the year. We run a variety of after school sporting clubs that children can attend. All children have the opportunity in year three and four to visit Robinwood outdoor adventurous activity centre. At the end of the Summer term parents and children take part in sports day on the school field.
It is our aim that children develop musical skills, knowledge and a genuine understanding of music that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. In addition to music lessons in the curriculum, children have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, violin or clarinet. The school band regularly performs at family assemblies.
During their time at Belford Primary School children will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of techniques and media through painting, printing, modeling, drawing, textiles and collage work. Visiting artists and sculptors work alongside the children on whole school projects. At Belford Primary School we promote the process of art rather than the end product. We want children to experience the joy of being creative and understand that everyone appreciates art in different ways.
We observe Northumberland’s syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education. We take great care to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of children and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Children take part in a daily act of worship which overtime are mainly Christian in character. They aim to reflect the aims and ethos of our school. They can cover religious themes or issues that arise in our school. We encourage children to see themselves as part of the family of school and as part of a larger community where they have rights and responsibilities. Parents may withdraw their children from the act of worship. To do this parents must inform school formally in writing of their wishes.
PHILOSOPHY for CHILDREN
All staff have achieved level 1 in P4C and deliver weekly lessons. We want children to understand that everyone has an opinion and just because they have a different opinion to their friend they are not wrong. Philosophy supports children to have confidence to talk and discuss issues.
One member of staff has achieved their MIDAS Minibus Licence which allows each class more freedom to explore the local area. Lessons on the beach anyone?