Additional Curriculum Information

As a Church of England primary school we hold a daily act of Collective Worship. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this. Parents who do not wish their child to take part should write to or contact the Headteacher in person.

 

Personal, Health, Social Education and Citizenship

The school places an important emphasis on PHSE and Citizenship. There is a planned programme of work and all classes take part in circle time activities. The School Council is elected by the children and brings important issues for class discussion about various aspects of school life. The school has achieved the national Healthy Schools Award and the Bronze Eco Award. 

 

Sex and Relationships Education

The Governors have decided that sex and relationships education should be part of the school's curriculum. It is generally part of the PHSE programme, but is taught as a separate subject in the older classes. In the early years the subject is approached through broader themes, e.g. families. Parents are invited to view any DVDs and resources which are used to support the teaching of sex and relationships education. Parents have the statutory right to withdraw children from sex and relationships education but not from those sections relating to the science content of the National Curriculum.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

The children are offered a wide variety of extra-curricular activities which take place at lunchtime or after school. During the past year these have included choir, recorders, gardening, drama, art and craft, dance, cross-country, badminton, netball, football and athletics. St Matthew's sports teams compete successfully in inter-school sports fixtures and tournaments. The choir participates in local music festivals and performs at various venues including Dorking Halls as well as special services at St Matthew’s Church.

The annual school production provides children with opportunities for performing and learning drama and music skills as well as helping behind the scenes making props, scenery and costumes.

 

English Language Support

One teacher and language assistants provided by Surrey’s English Language Support Service are assigned to the school on a regular basis to work alongside bilingual pupils.

 

Homework

The school has a written homework policy. This states clearly how much homework to expect and what to expect. The policy is part of our induction pack for parents and is available from the school.

 

Open Evenings

There are termly opportunities to discuss your child's progress with the class teacher. A written report is provided at the end of the summer term. Of course, parents may make appointments to discuss areas of concern at any time, should the need arise. Induction meetings are held yearly for parents of children starting in Reception, and termly for Nursery. 

The school also organises open mornings for parents to come in to school and spend time with their children in lessons.