The school staff plan the curriculum so it is organised into themes, which the children may study for a half term or a term. This allows children to make links between different subject areas and makes their learning more relevant and meaningful. We also plan to include lots of first-hand experience and enrichment opportunities such as visits and visitors. Our classes are organised into single year groups (such as Year 1), and learning opportunities are planned within this to ensure we are meeting the needs of all children. All classes produce a ‘curriculum map’ for the year, showing which areas they are planning to cover: these can be accessed through the links below.
We work hard to present the curriculum a way that generates a high level of interest and enthusiasm for learning. All classes use a variety of teaching methods such as whole class, small group and individual teaching. To ensure progress and continuity teachers and support staff work as a team to plan, and to record regular formal and informal assessments of learning in order to identify the next steps in the children’s learning.
We follow the statutory National Curriculum 2014, which sets down the minimum expectations for content in each subject area for each age group. Within in our curriculum is an element of flexibility of approach to respond to exciting and significant events as and when they occur, for instance exceptional weather conditions, visitors in school, National and global events in an age-appropriate way. Children in the Reception year follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage.
In addition to National Curriculum subjects the school is committed to the equality of opportunity and the importance of providing access to the curriculum for all children. We aim to work within our school’s core values of Love, Friendship, Forgiveness and Hope and the wider fundamental British values around respect and tolerance towards others. By supporting children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development we aim to prepare children for their future life in modern Britain, with a secure understanding of democracy and law and their own responsibilities within this. Opportunities in school such as the School Council give children the chance to experience planning and decision-making at school level; our well-established residential visits provide opportunities for team work and supporting each other in a different, more challenging setting.
Phonics and Reading
Children in the Reception year begin to develop their understanding of phonics using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme alongside other directed and child-initiated activities. All staff use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ guidance to inform their planning around phonics and spelling. We use a range of resources to support children’s reading: books from a number of different published schemes are organised into ‘book bands’ which guide children’s progression and offer a wider range of texts than any single scheme. Staff also have access to additional resources and intervention programmes such as ‘Rapid Read’ to support children who may need additional help with their reading skills.
Further Information on curriculum maps:
To view our Grammar Presentation, click here.
To view our Progression in Calculations, click here
To view our Maths No Problem: parents’ stay and learn morning (6.3.17), click here
Class teachers are always available to answer your questions; we also often hold information meetings on different parts of the curriculum.
For further information about your child’s learning, and to see the parents’ guide to the curriculum, click here