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Stramongate Primary School Curriculum.


At Stramongate our artwork aims to encourage children to be creative using wide range of media, including pencils, paint, pastels, clay and other modeling materials, printing inks and a range of other media. Skills and techniques are taught in drawing, painting, printmaking and modeling. children are encouraged to experiment and develop their ideas.

We also study the works of a wide range of artist from both Western and Non Western cultures, which include painting, printing ,textiles sculptures, in order to foster an appreciation of the artists skills. Children are encouraged to experiment with techniques and styles of great artists to develop their own skills and understanding.

Children have a 'sketchbook' which accompanies them throughout the primary school in which they try out different techniques and ideas. They are encouraged to collect interesting images to inspire their own creative artwork.


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English involves all the skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.

Programmes of study for English are outlined in the National Curriculum along with the expected levels of achievement. The National Literacy strategy provides guidance for teachers on how to interpret the programmes of study in the classroom. Each class has a daily ' Literacy hour ' set aside for this. In addition English is taught and assessed, in a variety of ways, in most other subject areas of the curriculum.

R eading is recognized as a strength of the school. As well as 'guided reading', which is carried out in groups and resource to suit, there is an individualized reading programme. The Oxford Reading Tree provides the core reading scheme with quality support materials from Heineman, Ginn etc. Phonics - the matching of letters to their sounds, is taught in the foundation stage.

Handwriting is based on a joined script style which,research indicates, helps children with spelling and to become more fluent in their writing. This too, is introduced in the early years.

We greatly appreciate the support given by parents in developing the children's literacy skills. Parents share books with their children at home and come into school, on a regular basis, to listen to children read in classes across both key stages.


Learning in the Early Years is based on the Foundation Curriculum, which is organised into six areas of learning. 'The Early Learning Goals' establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Reception Year. They provide the basis for planning throughout the Foundation stage and prepare for future learning.

Reading is centred round the core scheme, the Oxford Reading Tree, which is supplemented with other material and the first stages of phonics, or letter sounds. Maths is mainly practical work using actual materials.

In order to ensure a smooth transition into Year 1, elements of both the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies are taught by the end of Reception.


Our location on the edge of the Lake District National Park offers pupils excellent opportunities to explore geographical features in a practical way. Indeed ‘Kendal' owes its name to a geographical description: it is a corruption of ‘Kent Dale' describing its position in the valley created by the River Kent. Geography and the economy of upland agriculture have shaped its development. More recently transport links to facilitate movement of goods to centres of commerce and to bring tourists into the region have impacted on the development of the area

Introductions to Geography begin with the pupil's own home, school and the town of Kendal . History and Geography are strongly interlinked in Kendal through its Castle and its wool processing history. This brought prosperity to Kendal and ensured its successful development as a market town.

Children develop their geographical knowledge, skills and concepts initially through their own locality widening out to other areas of the UK eg. Barra, then internationally eg. Chembokoli.

Field trips are an important and regular feature of geographical studies. Reception and Year 1 study the school grounds and local environs. Year 2 visit Bowness and Lake Windermere travelling on one of the Lake steamers to Brockhole where they particicipate in orienteering. Year 3 children climb the hills around Kendal to obtain an aerial view of the town. They also visit the former canal head basin, which once connected Kendal to the waterway transport system. In Year 4 children enjoy a short residential stay at Arnside, a coastal location on Morecambe Bay , where they explore all the location has to offer including its SSI designated limestone pavements. Year 5 pupils carry out a comparative study with the village location of Grasmere and visit Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Centre. Geography and history meet again when Year 6 visit Stockghyll Bobbin Mill. They also visit The National Trust headquarters at ‘Town End' in the beautiful Troutbeck valley. Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a longer residential stay at Hawse End near Keswick where they can sample all types of outdoor pursuits.

International links have been forged through teachers visiting educational establishments in other countries: Austria , Finland , Germany , Italy , Norway , Oman , Romania , and the USA . Most visits have been reciprocated and Stramongate has hosted many return visits


History is taught throughout the school and regarded as an important area of the curriclumu, one which enables children to develop some understanding of the past and it's influence on life today.

Staff work hard to deliver the programme in an interesting and excitingway, to encourage curiosity amongst pupils and first hand experiences are given whenevr possible. Visitors are welcomed into school and class visits are made out of school to ensure breadth of experience for all pupils. Above all we want our children to enjoy their investigation into the past and appreciate how exciting being a 'Time Detective' can be.


The teaching and use of Information and Communications Technology is an important part of our curriculum. Every classroom has at least two computers for general classroom use and pupils also make regular use of a suite of laptop computers which can be quickly set up in any classroom for dedicated ICT teaching. All our computers have access to the Internet through a fast, filtered, broadband connection provided by the LEA.

Aall classes in Key Stage 2 have an interactive whiteboard and digital projector. These are used to support teaching in all subjects but especially in Literacy and Numeracy where they have been shown to improve children's learning. It is planned to extend this provision to all classes in the school as soon as possible. All teachers have been provided with laptop computers and these are used for preparing teaching materials and for other administrative tasks.


Recent government research has shown that successful schools make sure that the creative areas of the curriculum, such as music and art, are celebrated and that children are given opportunities to develop their skills in these areas.

Music is an important part of our curriculum and a part of school life. In addition to weekly lessons, we invite specialists to work with our children. In the past we have been joined by a strings group, an African drummer, and a Scottish percussionist.

Extra-curriculum musical activities include:peripatetic violin, clarinet, flute, guitar, brass lessons for older children; we continue to offer recorder tuition in years 2,3 and 4 and have an active after school choir.

At Christmas our choir was kept busy performing to Cancer care unit and senior citizens groups and our christmas production successfully combined music, drama and dance.


The National Numeracy Strategy is the foundation for mathematic teaching in Stramongate school. We place a high emphasis on developing mental calculation skills and strategies. This is demonstrated through daily practice across the school.

We consider problem-solving and investigative tasks to be critical in developing children's understanding. Pupils are given opportunities to reason about number, explore patterns, attempt solutions to problems and apply their mathematical learning in real context. Our Maths trail, currently being developed in the school grounds, is an attempt to take mathematical learning beyond the confines of the classroom.


Physical Education and Games develop the child's body as well as the mind. They learn to work together in an enjoyable physical activity towards a common end. It develops physical and mental co-ordination, self-control and confidence.

These physical and practical subjects also require careful structuring within the school to enable the skills to be developed with regards to the pupils' age and ability.

At Stramongate children take part in a range of activities as part of the curriculum. These include football, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, dance, athletics and hockey. Other activites are available to children as after school clubs.


Religious Education is taught in accordance with the County Agreed Syllabus. The children learn about the beliefs and practices of Christians, Jew and Buddhists in depth and also those of major religions to a lesser degree. Any parents wishing to withdraw their child from R. E. or assembly may consult with the Head teacher through whom suitable alternative arrangements can be made.

Copies of all relevant documents to support the National Curriculum and R. E. are available in school and can be seen by request.


Science encourages children to look very closely at their world and how it 'works.' It stimulates and excites children's curiosity about their world, it is exciting, it is to do with real things and it is about 'doing.'

Science is a practical activity in which children develop knowledge, skills and understanding through questioning, predicting, testing observing and making sense of what happens. It allows them to develop their own knowledge and experience and investigate to find out more. It is exciting, about real things and fun!

Children learn about how to work scientifically by planning and carrying out tests, obtaining and presenting evidence and considering evidence and evaluating it.

They also learn about these different aspect of science:

Life process and living things- humans and other animals (growth, nutrition , movement, reproduction), green plants, variation and classification and environment:

Materials and their properties- grouping and classifying, changing materials by mixing, heating or cooling them, seperating mixtures of materials:

Physical processes- electricity and making simple circuits, forces and motion eg working with magnets, light and sound and the earth and beyond.

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