Bishop Aldhelm's CE
Loved by God; United in Learning
The curriculum describes all the activities and learning experiences that take place in our school. We emphasise the learning of basic skills within a broad and balanced curriculum. Our school curriculum is based on the National Curriculum.
In this subject, children learn about the rich heritage of our country and ancient civilisations. We make use of places of historical interest and visitors to school, including actors and drama groups who bring history alive for the children.
We aim to give children an understanding of their own and different environments, the use and misuse of natural resources, and other environmental issues such as pollution and conservation. We are fortunate to live in such an amazing place with varied geography on our doorstep. We make regular use of our local heath. We also use our local beaches and the Purbecks to enhance learning for our children.
We have a first class ICT suite equipped with 30 computers. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, which enable teaching and learning to take place in an exciting, stimulating way that was unimaginable a few years ago. We also have a number of iPads, netbooks and learnpads for use in class.
From early work using construction toys and scrap material, children develop the skills to design, plan, make and evaluate their own creations using a variety of tools and materials.
We encourage children to develop their artistic skills in a creative and imaginative way, giving their ideas visual form. We teach the children about the work of famous artists and help them to gain an understanding of their visual heritage.
We enjoy an excellent musical tradition and there are many opportunities for children to take part in musical activities both inside and outside of the classroom. We have a school choir, with children participating in both Key Stage 1 and 2. From the earliest years, children are encouraged to take part in and enjoy musical activities, leading to children achieving very high standards by the time they leave Bishop Aldhelm's. The school offers musical instrument tuition in brass, strings, woodwind, keyboard and percussion, taught by specialist teachers.
Children share their music with the community in outside performances, and musical productions within the school, to which parents are invited.
Children are encouraged to keep fit as part of their education for a healthy lifestyle. Gymnastics, games and dance are taught in each year group and swimming is taught in Year 3.
We have a number of school teams including football, netball, rugby, cross country, cricket, sailing and athletics, which regularly take part in matches with local schools. We offer an extensive range of after-school sports clubs.
In partnership with parents we prepare children for future adult life. Our personal, health and social education policy deals with all the issues relating to the physical, social and emotional well-being of each child. As part of this, the school has a programme of sex education which follows national statutory guidelines. Parents of children across the school are invited to view teaching materials before they are introduced to the children.