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French

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The teaching of languages provides the pupils at Buckingham Park Primary School with an opening to other cultures. It develops our pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond; both in speech and in writing.

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Through our creative approach to the curriculum we provide opportunities for our children to communicate for practical purposes. They will learn new ways of thinking and begin to study literature in its original language. Our teaching will foster an interest in learning and provide firm foundations for pupils wishing to continue their study of French and other languages at secondary level. Although there are no statutory requirements for languages to be taught in the EYFS or KS1, we make links to our topics wherever possible. The pupils sing French songs and play language games to become familiar with learning an additional language.

Music

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At Buckingham Park Primary School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities, which engage them in music. This policy sets out a framework within which teaching staff can give guidance on planning, teaching and assessment. It has been developed through a process of consultation with school staff and governors.

Intent: Why do we teach music?

At Buckingham Park the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Buckingham Park is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Implementation: What do we teach?

Children learn music through the Charanga music scheme. The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children follow Charanga which enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a secure, deep learning and mastery of musical skills. The scheme allows a progressive approach which enables children to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Impact
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows children to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

RE

We teach RE to:

  • provide all children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to grow and achieve academically, socially and emotionally;
  • support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enriching and broadening their experiences, values and beliefs;
  • develop the children's understanding of fundamental British values, such as mutual respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs; 
  • enable children to explore ideas and questions relating to ethics, fairness, tolerance and respect;
  • provide opportunities for children to ask, explore and reflect on questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human;
  • develop children's knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these;
  • provide opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development;
  • enhance children's awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures;
  • develop children’s sense of identity and belonging, within the local, national and global community;
  • enable children to develop understanding of, respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education, but before considering this we would ask that you come in and discuss both our curriculum, and the methods used to teach RE with us.  We believe that in achieving the aims set out above, this subject forms a very important part of the children's learning. There is no nationally prescribed curriculum for RE.  Instead, Local Education Authorities draw up an Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which better enables schools to provide teaching that reflects the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups within their particular settings. We follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which you can view by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

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