All learning takes place through language, which gives English a vital place within the curriculum.
The children are taught to communicate effectively, developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They learn to express themselves creatively and to adapt their work to different situations.
Priority is given to the early attainment of reading skills which, in conjunction with handwriting and spelling skills, are developed through a structured scheme. Use is made of a wide range of literature, including non-fiction, poetry and dramatic texts.
Throughout the school emphasis is placed on understanding language patterns and structures, on spelling and presentation of work. ICT is used as an important resource in all facets of this subject. As an aid to the development of language, pupils are encouraged to prepare items and perform to a variety of audiences.
We place great emphasis on achievement in Mathematics, stressing the children’s understanding of basic concepts as well as using and applying their knowledge of numbers in problem solving. As children progress through the school they will be taught the skills needed for complex problem solving, algebra and mathematical investigation.
The children initially use a practical approach to shape, space and measuring, together with handling data. Computers are used to support their work in Mathematics and provide a visual understanding of mathematical ideas and problems.
In Science, children develop a sense of enquiry, extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Throughout the School the children learn scientific skills, including the need for careful observation and recording of experiments, which leads them to plan and undertake scientific investigations.
Through the study of History, the children develop an awareness of the past and how it influences the present. They learn about significant events and people. Historical learning in the classroom is supplemented by a wide range of field trips and educational visits.
In Geography, Kerem School pupils gain a greater understanding of the world, the environment and the ways of life and cultures of people in other places.
Pupils investigate the human and physical features of different distant (at the national and international scale) localities, including the immediate environment.
A residential field trip is arranged for children in Year 6 (the top class) to make an in-depth study of a locality in the United Kingdom.
Kerem School is preparing the children to participate in a rapidly changing world. Our pupils gain experience by regularly handling laptops, workstation computers, cameras and floor robots. They learn to explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively.
Kerem School aims to encourage children to enjoy exercise and see it as part of a healthy lifestyle that will continue into adulthood.
Sports and physical education form an essential part of school life. The children play football, netball and rounders in the extensive playing fields adjoining the school. Classes also have regular PE lessons incorporating gymnastics, movement and dance. Years 3-6 visit a local swimming pool as part of their sports curriculum for one term a year, where under the supervision of qualified instructors, they develop their swimming skills. Years 1-6 visit a local gym for two terms which enables a wide range of physical education and gymnastics skills to be taught . An additional charge is made for these swimming and gym lessons.
Music plays an important part in the life of the school. The songs of the morning assembly, music and movement and Hebrew singing all combine to enable children to use sounds and to respond to the music. Children visit a number of musical and theatrical events, which helps them to appreciate music and perform with others.
Art, Design and Technology
The children are encouraged to develop visual, tactile and sensory responses to the world around them. They explore the ideas and work of many artists, craftspeople and designers, and use painting, drawing, collage, print, textile, sculpture and ICT techniques.
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