Core Subjects

 

SCIENCE

Science is a practical subject, which stimulates children’s curiosity about the world we live in. The children at Ashley use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. They are encouraged to investigate problems through close observations, planning, predicting and fair testing.

During their time at the school, the children will develop the ability to record in systematic ways and make conclusions based upon scientific knowledge. Our aim is to ensure that their learning in science will foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.

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COMPUTING

At Ashley School, we wish every pupil ‘to be safe, confident and explorative users of technology across multi-devices and platforms. We want them to become computational and collaborative thinkers who are digitally literate and have the skills to safely use technology in and outside of the classroom for exciting purposes.’

Emphasis is placed on the development of:

E-Safety e.g. cyberbullying, copyright, digital footprints, trustworthy sources and social/mobile technology

computing skills e.g. programming, algorithms and debugging

communication skills e.g. word processing, graphics, use of cameras, videos, podcasting, recording and music

handling data information e.g. spreadsheets with formulae and conditions, databases

monitoring e.g. using technology to measure and record physical changes

online e.g. for research purposes, coding, website making and blogging

The school has fully implemented the hardware requirements for the National Grid for Learning. Each classroom is equipped with at least one computer, and the school has a Discovery Room with 15 laptops and a number of mobile devices as well as an interactive electronic whiteboard in every class.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP (R.E)

R.E. is taught in all classes and follows the procedures and guidelines laid down in the Diocesan Agreed Syllabus. The school is an example of Christian living with Christ at the centre. Through Religious Education we aim to enable children to understand the nature of religion, its belief and practices.

Through the teaching of Religious Education children are introduced to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the Christian festivals and the life of the parish community. In the junior years (age 7-11) the children also learn about the other main religions of the world.

The teaching aims to build on the experience of the children and provide resources for them to draw on in future as they seek to answer the big questions of ‘What does it all mean?’, ‘Where is it all leading?’ R.E. teaching also explores concepts such as joy, wonder, mystery and happiness, as well as sharing common issues with one another; needs, fears and delights. When children explore religion, they are learning to express themselves openly and honestly. Studies throughout the school of rites and customs, be they birthday, wedding, Easter, Diwali, Passover, or Christmas, are ways of expressing beliefs and feelings.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious worship. However, as parents who have opted for a church school, we anticipate that this should not arise.

A collective worship assembly is held every day either as a whole school, or as separate infant and junior assemblies. It is an important part of our school day.

Friday assemblies are special because we celebrate achievement and share good work. The school promotes a programme of Values Education and each month the children explore the meaning of values such as Respect, Honesty and Courage.

The month’s value is also a focus in our assemblies and class Reflection Times, which take place every Friday afternoon.