Essentials for Learning (E4L)
The Isle of Man curriculum is also centred around the Freedom to Flourish philosophy. These are aptitudes and skills that every child should develop in order to be a successful life long learner. This has recently been updated as part of ‘Essentials for Learning’.
Relationships which are positive
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
Introduced in September 2000, for children aged three to the end of the reception year. The early learning goals set high expectation for the end of the foundation stage, but these expectations are achievable for most children.
The six areas of learning for this stage are:
The Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum
Below is a list of discrete subjects that are covered as part of the school’s curriculum for Key stages 1 and 2 ( 2001 Education Act ). Since then we have moved towards a skills-based curriculum so many of these subjects are now taught through a cross-curricular approach.
English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Information and Communications Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Manx is offered at Key Stage 2 only.
In addition to the core and foundation subjects Religious Education is also provided to all children of compulsory school. A parent of any pupil at any provided school or maintained school may request that their child be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious education in the school, religious worship in the school, or both religious education and religious worship in the school.
Until the request is withdrawn, the pupil shall be excused from such accordingly.
For each subject and for each Key Stage, Attainment Targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance. The school has a skills-based curriculum. This is delivered using a thematic, cross-curricular approach with the emphasis being on improving each child’s capacity to think and learn.
At the end of Key Stage 1 the normal range of most pupils’ performance will lie between Level 1c and Level 3a, with the majority of pupils being expected to attain Level 2b.
At the end of Key Stage 2 the normal range of most pupils’ performance will lie between Level 3c and Level 5a , with the majority of pupils being expected to attain Level 4b.
We try to provide within the curriculum, opportunities for the social development of a child so that he or she may grow into a happy, self-reliant, confident and caring member of the community. Residential educational visits are provided which not only provide children with extended learning opportunities, but encourage social awareness, self-reliance and environmental awareness.