Specialist Subjects

 

These subjects are taught separately by specialist teachers.

 

Physical Education (PE)

Physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital in its contribution to supporting the IPC curriculum, physical development and the emotional health of our pupils. PE and Swimming both occur once a week, and during swimming lessons pupils follow the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming.  Pupils are placed into ability groups (or stages 1-7) and taught all major components of stroke development. The PE curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations.  Physical education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face challenges as both an individual and member of a team.

 

 

Music

Music lessons focus on learning music through creating music. Children work in a purpose designed suite equipped with a full range of percussion instruments, 24 keyboards, 24 guitars and 8 Apple computers with associated music software.  The currciculum is designed to ensure children progress at a smooth but accelerated pace – all children are innately musical and all are able to succeed with the right guidance and support . In P5 all children learn to play either the trumpet or the clarinet.  In P6 and P7, those students who have shown aptitude for the instruments may continue.  All students in P6 and P7 have increasing access to Music Technology as well as learning to play keyboard and guitar.

 

 

Computing

All children use technology in the classroom to support their learning.  Additionally, children from the age of 5 have dedicated Computing lessons taught by a specialist in the well resourced computing suite.  Children learn to develop an inquisitive, can-do approach to using technology and to use technology creatively.  They learn how to edit images, videos and sounds, how to use office programmes purposefully, how to make games and programmes and how to code, making their own iPad apps coded with html,css and javascript as their final project.

 

 

Art & Design

Children benefit from the expertise of a specialist Art & Design teacher to support their work in the classroom, as well as having dedicated lessons in the very well equipped and modern Art room.   Art & Design education is engaging, inspiring and challenges students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  As students progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art.  They also learn to appreciate how art, craft, textiles and design reflect and have shaped our history.