Worthington Primary School

Foundation subjects

Aesthetic development

We believe that children need to see the world in increasing degrees of depth and analysis, as well as taking delight in what is seen. We seek to develop an awareness of artists in our own and other cultures and make informed decisions about art, music, dance and literature

Our pupils are encouraged to produce ideas and solutions to problems, which reflect their individual responses to the world and its phenomena. Attaining these goals depends upon the provision of a rich and varied environment designed to foster and encourage sensory delight, curiosity and wonder.

Currently we hold the Artsmark Award from the Arts Council England for our work in drama, dance, art and music. We also currently hold the Activemark for our commitment to Physical Development throughout school.

Physical development

All children participate in physical education and games. Through these lessons they are led to an awareness of their own potential and the limitations of their bodies.

We aim to develop basic movement skills and an appreciation of the importance of team work.

Weekly swimming lessons (Friday mornings) are given to our Year 3 and 4 children.

By the end of Year 6 all children with bicycles have the opportunity to take a Cycling Proficiency Test.

We offer a residential weekend for pupils in Year 6, which focuses on Outdoor and Adventurous Pursuits. The children really do gain a great deal from such an experience.

Our main aim in this area is to foster a culture of participation. All children are given the opportunity to achieve and to eventually represent the school in a sporting arena if they so wish.

Modern foreign languages

All junior aged children in our school follow a scheme of work in a modern foreign language (MFL). By September 2009, this will become the statutory right of all junior children. Here at Worthington, we also teach basic MFL to our infant children.

Through the study of a foreign language, pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, people and communities and as they do so, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the world as well as of the United Kingdom.

Pupils also learn about the basic structures of language. They explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English, and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways.

Their listening, reading and memory skills improve, and their speaking and writing become more accurate.

The development of these skills, together with pupil knowledge and understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages.