(currently being reviewed May 2018)
The curriculum is designed to provide:
We plan effectively to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the children and meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
We support and extend pupils through individual, group and class teaching
Foundation Stage classes
The Foundation Stage classes follow an Early Years curriculum that meets the requirements of the Early Learning Goals. This curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning that are the foundation of later National Curriculum subjects taught in years one and two.
Key Stage 1 classes
Each teacher ensures that the statutory curriculum is delivered in a stimulating way. Links are made between subject areas wherever possible through an integrated cross curricular programme of study. We continually review our curriculum to ensure that the children access vibrant cross curriculum learning indoors and out which is designed by both staff and pupils. Pupils are actively involved in identifying topics they would like to study.
English (subject leader Mrs Halliday)
Language skills, across the curriculum, are considered to be vitally important. We place great emphasis on the need to acquire the skills of reading and writing. Children are also encouraged to develop their verbal skills. A wide range of activities and techniques are employed to ensure children’s progress. The curriculum is planned in accordance with National requirements.
Reading: We have introduced book-banding to our progressive reading scheme. Children's progress through the book-band colours is tracked throughout the school. Children engage in guided reading across the week.
Writing: We are about to introduce a new approach to writing called "The Write Stuff". More details to follow.
Phonics: We follow Letters and Sounds.
Maths (subject leader Mrs Harrington)
In Mathematics, we aim to give children a clear understanding of concepts and a proficiency in the basic skills of the subject. We follow the White Rose Mastery curriculum which blocks units of work over a period of time. White Rose uses a carefully structured, practical approach in line with the National requirements. We keep detailed records of pupil’s achievement. Children are always encouraged to use their mathematical skills in real-life situations an to engage in talk-time in maths. In addition to the daily maths lesson, children also take part in a 15 minute maths meeting every day. Maths meetings focus on the key mathematical skills your child needs to be a successful mathematician.
Science (subject leader Miss Sawkins)
Structured scientific activities meet the national curriculum requirements; they help children to understand principles from varied real-life environmental experiences. Scientific concepts often form the stimulus for class/school schemes of work. Many topics taught are science based. We are proud to hold a Silver Primary Science Award!
Computing (subject leader Mrs White)
All children benefit from the use of laptops in the classroom. We follow a structured scheme which teaches specified computing skills. These skills are then applied across areas of the curriculum.
Art/DT (subject leader Miss Streeton)
Children are encouraged to explore and gain experience with a wide variety of art and craft materials and many techniques are taught including, sculpture, printing and 3D modelling.
There are also opportunities for structured, educational play to encourage social co-operation, independent choice and to develop curiosity and active individual learning. Play-times are an important part of your child's social and physical development and we ensure children receive appropriate support and opportunity during these times. Our Year Reception and Year One children also have their own outdoor learning environments.
Music (subject leader Mrs Carey-Smith
Music plays an important role in the school curriculum. All children learn to sing and to play a variety of simple musical instruments.. Children have the opportunity to participate in local events and we have a school choir.
PE (subject leader Mrs Humphrey)
There is a good provision of large and small apparatus for Physical Education. Attention is given to safety and the development of well co-ordinated physical skills. Lessons are given in the school hall and on the school field/playground. Parents are invited to join us for a ‘Sports Morning’ in the summer term. All children participate and are encouraged to enter into the spirit of friendly sporting and are supported in understanding the thrill of competition. All children belong to a sports team which compete each term and earn points towards the end of year sports trophy. Please visit our sports news page on the children's tab and our Sport Premium page on the About Us tab.
Religious Education (Subject leader Mrs Cant)
A careful distinction is made between Religious Education and Religious Instruction. Our aim is to educate not to indoctrinate. Very careful consideration is given to this aspect of the curriculum in relation to the developmental level of the children. The approach is open-ended and non-doctrinal, providing experiences that help children make informed choices at a later stage and enhance understanding of the beliefs of children within our school community. Varied resource material is available for teachers to deliver the County Agreed Syllabus.
Parents who wish their children to be withdrawn from Religious Education and Assembly should consult the headteacher to discuss alternative arrangements should this be deemed necessary after discussion.
Children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) (Our SEND leader is Miss Dunt)
Every child’s progress is carefully monitored and recorded and ensures that the curriculum is planned to take account of those needs. This applies to children who require additional support because of physical, intellectual, social, emotional, or behavioural needs. Extra help may be given regularly by our SENCo or learning assistants (LSAs) (this may be either individually or in a group situation for as short or long a period of time as is necessary.) If it is felt necessary advice is sought from external professional agencies such as the Specialist Teacher Team and Educational Psychology Service. Children about whom there are concerns have a One Plan which is written in consultation with parents/carers, the child and professionals. This complies with the requirements of the Code of Practice for Children with Special Needs and the school keeps parents fully informed of their child’s progress.
PSHE (subject leader Miss Scrivener)
PSHE and citizenship will be provided through a combination of:
We have recently introduced the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which includes mindfulness.
Sex Relationship Education (SRE)
“Sex and Relationships” is a theme that makes up part of our Personal Social and Health Education. The content is closely linked with the KS1 science curriculum objectives that can be found in SC2 – Life processes and living things. Children will learn about the cycle of human life (by, for example, bringing in baby photos and looking at how they have developed into children, and by talking about their own families.) They will discuss how people can be similar or different and think about how they will change as they grow. This is at an age appropriate level, without encroaching on parental responsibility. Our approach to SRE is regularly reviewed in the light of changes to local and national guidelines.
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