We aim to make St. Hilda’s CEVC School a happy and exciting place to learn. We believe that this will encourage the children to do their best and be willing to embrace the opportunities that we offer. They are introduced to a wide range of themes which we hope will set them on the path of “lifelong learning”.
The teachers use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum to plan their lessons, making sure that our cycles of planning cover all of the areas of development and programmes of study in the current documents. We draw up long term plans, which are in place before the start of each school year, medium term plans for each half term and detailed weekly plans.
The core subjects are those set down in the National Curriculum, i.e. Mathematics, English, and Science. The other “foundation subjects” are RE, History, Geography, ICT, Design Technology, Music, French, Art and Physical Education at all stages.
Whilst we ensure that all areas of these subjects are part of our curriculum, we plan in a themed way, working across subjects and enabling children to enjoy exciting and purposeful activities which encourage them to achieve high standards.
We recognise the importance of out of school learning and organise visits into the local area and beyond to enrich the curriculum for our children. The children in years 4, 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to take part in an outdoor activities or city residential visit each year.
The quality of our curriculum was recognised by OFSTED in the most recent inspection. “The school has worked successfully to improve the curriculum. There are good, enriching opportunities for pupils to nurture their individual skills and interests and broaden their horizons.”
We also organise a range of lunchtime and after school clubs. These vary from term to term, depending on the time of year and likely weather conditions.
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St. Hilda’s School, being a Church of England school, lays emphasis on Christian worship, following the festivals and celebrations of the Church whilst also including topical events, seasonal festivals, lives of famous people and stories or legends. Acts of worship are held in school every day and the Revd. Sue Bond regularly takes some of these.
Parents, friends and villagers are invited to annual Harvest Festival and Christmas Carol Services held in St. Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth.
Parents have the right, under the Education Act of 1944, to withdraw their children from R.E. and Collective Worship if they so wish.
All County and Controlled schools must provide religious education for all pupils (apart from those withdrawn by their parents) as part of the basic curriculum. St. Hilda’s School has adopted the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus and Guidelines for Collective Worship
Sex and Relationships Education
The provision of Sex and Relationships Education in St. Hilda’s School is the responsibility of the Governing Body under the mandate of the 1986 Education Act. It will be dealt with as part of a theme or in response to a child’s query, when it is answered in a factual way in the context of a Christian approach to family life. Puberty and human reproduction are covered for year 5 and 6 children in sessions provided by the school nurse. Parents are consulted and informed of this programme of Sex Education and are given the option of withdrawing their children from these sessions. This has proved to be an effective approach.