Curriculum

Our pupils are taught in mixed ability classes and groups and our approach to learning is based upon meeting the needs of the individual child.  The curriculum for our KS1 and KS2 pupils meets the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 (see separate section for detailed Programmes of study). The curriculum for Nursery and Reception children meets the standards set out in the EYFS framework and details regarding this can be found in the Early Years section of our website.

 

English

We aim to encourage each child to develop a love and appreciation of language and reading, and to acquire the necessary skills to become an effective communicator. 

Speaking and Listening
Great emphasis is given to each child's ability to listen with understanding and to respond to what they have heard. The school provides a stimulating environment in which children are motivated to think about their experiences, and those of others, and to express themselves as clearly as possible. 

Phonics
A daily 20 minute phonics session is planned across the school. Each child is allocated to a group depending on their stage of development. The school follows the 'Letters and Sounds' Phonics Programme.  We also use 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Read Write Inc' to support our phonics teaching and learning.  

Reading
From the first day in school your child will be introduced to a variety of print.  We ask parents and carers to support and extend their child's reading skills through such activities as reading to their child, listening to their child read, helping them learn letter sounds and key words.  We also issue a home-school reading record to be used to record your child’s progress. Children are encouraged from early on to be responsible for changing and choosing their own reading books from our graded reading scheme. 

Writing
Each child is encouraged to express and communicate their thoughts and ideas by writing stories, recording events, writing letters and poetry, and creating lists, pamphlets and posters. Writing is linked to most areas of the curriculum and there is ample opportunity to develop skills to meet a wide variety of situations, purposes and audiences.

Spelling
All children are encouraged to spell correctly those words in everyday use. We encourage children to attempt their own spellings by listening carefully to the sounds in words, as well as the use of dictionaries. At some stage your child will be given spellings to take home and learn which will have been especially chosen to support his or her own level of spelling ability.

Handwriting
All pupils are encouraged to write neatly and legibly with control over the formation, the size and the shape of letters. By Year 3 your child will begin using joined writing which will be well established by the time of transfer to middle school at the end of Year 4.

Although the specific teaching of the above skills is delivered through Literacy sessions, children will also have plenty of opportunity to apply their skills throughout the curriculum.

 

Mathematics

Our aim is to encourage each child to work with confidence, understanding and enjoyment in this area of the curriculum.  Much of our work is taught through the Abacus maths scheme and the following mathematical aspects are covered:

Numbers and Place Value 

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Fractions

Decimals

Measures

Geometry

Statistics

 

Science and the Foundation Subjects

The Foundation subjects include Design and Technology, Art and Design, Geography, History, Computing, Music and French (at KS2).  These subjects, along with Science, are taught over a 2 yearly cycle to accommodate the needs of our mixed age classes.  Much of the curriculum relating to these subjects is taught through termly or half termly topics in KS1 and KS2 (see separate section for an overview of topics planned for this academic year). Specialist music teachers are engaged to enhance the curriculum, such as the teaching of skills in playing violins and singing.

PE is also a Foundation Subject and your child will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including dance, gymnastics, games and athletics.  Because of the area in which our pupils live, we believe that swimming is also an essential part of our curriculum and therefore pupils from Year 2, 3 and 4 attend a local swimming pool for lessons for part of the year.

Religious Education

The school follows the County syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education which has been organised into a two-year programme of study at each Key Stage.

As well as studying Christianity, your child will also learn about other religions such as Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.

PSHE

Our PSHE curriculum is based upon recommendations by the PSHE Association (see separate section) and relates to the following three themes:

Health and Wellbeing


Relationships


Living in the Wider World

The specific aspects taught remain flexible to ensure that we are able to best meet the needs of our pupils and prioritise topics that are most relevant at any given time.

 

Accessibility

All areas of the curriculum are available to pupils regardless of any disability. If an activity cannot be made accessible or would be inappropriate then an alternative activity will be made available. Planning to improve access to the curriculum will include identifying reasonable adjustments to offer an equality of opportunity, staff training and the purchase of specialist equipment. 

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Children are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra curricular activities, including sporting activities, dance, art and craft, and computers.

Further information with regards to annual topic overviews and specific details of what is to be covered each half term can be found within the ‘Classes’ section of our website.