We recognise the importance of providing all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging and encompasses all aspects of our vision and values.
A whole school topic approach is taken when planning much of the curriculum incorporating the framework of the National Curriculum 2014 and supplemented by our own school curriculum enrichment and enhancement activities.
Staff plan together initially to develop ideas for the curriculum which forms a Long Term Plan and then work in teams and individually to tailor specific activities for the own classes, taking into account individual needs.
Core skills in English, Maths, Science and Computing are often taught discreetly as well as through the topic, with children being given opportunities to apply the core skills they are learning within broader topics.
English teaching incorporates integrated teaching sequences based on key texts, including reading, writing, spelling and grammar based learning. Daily phonics sessions in KS1 provide a comprehensive approach to the teaching of reading through the government - approved Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme and the Kinetic Letters approach to teaching letter formation and developing joined handwriting is also used in Classes 1 and 2. Daily Guided Reading sessions and regular class Storytime ensure children are reading and listening to a wide range of quality texts and developing their skills of decoding, comprehension, prediction, inference and evaluation.
Please see our Phonics, Spelling and Reading pages.
Maths teaching reflects a mastery approach following the White Rose Maths programme and the school's detailed calculation policy. Concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract methods are all taught through a progression of skills and vocabulary to develop fluency, reasoning, problem solving skills and independence in mathematical exploration. Speedy recall of number facts, including number bonds and multiplication tables is built on the basis of exploring and recognising patterns and understanding how numbers related to each other.
Please see our Maths page.
he age-related requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 in Science are met through a rotating programme of scientific themes to ensure children learn through Scientific Enquiry and Working Scientifically at an appropriate level.
Whole School Topics
Wherever possible, teaching in History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology is linked with the current topic theme and opportunities to write for different purposes across the curriculum are maximised.
There is on-going provision of PE, RE, PHSCE and Music to ensure the children access a comprehensive age-related curriculum in these subjects each year (as required by the National Curriculum 2014).
Personal, Health, Social, Citizenship and Economic Education helps children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps them to make the most of the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up and to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Regular PHSCE lessons are based on the Heartsmart programme and supplemented by whole school projects and enrichment events.
A Modern Foreign Language (French) is taught in Years 3-6.
Please see our curriculum documents below to find out more about what children learn in school.