Curriculum

Children are at the heart of what we do. Through an exciting and dynamic curriculum tailored to individual needs, we challenge children to believe in themselves so they begin their life-long journey of learning, discovery and success.

 

We follow the National Curriculum 2014 through a thematic approach to learning. 

We believe that an exciting and dynamic curriculum with lots of experiential and practical learning will inspire children to learn and help them discover the practical application of their learning in the real world, as well as help them see the world of opportunities out there for them. We need to hook them in and open their minds to the possibilities, for you can only aspire to what you know about.

Core subjects are embedded as well as taught discretely. 

Launch/Hook into learning 

Each theme begins with a launch.  This is an engaging activity or experience that will inspire the children and leave them curious about their new learning. Their questions and reactions are recorded and returned to throughout the themed learning giving them a voice about their learning. 

Classrooms and surrounding areas reflect the class theme , immersing them in a learning rich environment.  

Experience

Each theme  will involve a hands-on experience such as a visiting artist or speaker, a trip to a local place of significant relevance and interest, a workshop, adventurous outdoor activities or another area of outdoor learning.

Landing

Children reflect on, celebrate and share the termly  learning  they have been engaged in, they bring together all the work achieved over the past term for you to see. This may be through a class assembly, performance, sharing of books or activities where you can be involved with them such as making, creating and displaying.

For further information please look at the curriculum overviews in each year group and on the class blog pages. 

 

English:

Writing in Key Stage One and Two

Our writing is based around a talk for writing approach using a variety of skills:

• Modelled, shared and guided writing

• Independent or paired writing

• Peer and self-assessment against success criteria

• Continual opportunities for oral rehearsal of sentences and texts

• Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation activities, taught both discretely and as part of writing units

We teach writing through the Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett.  Pupils learn a story or text off by heart using pictures and symbols on a story map (or text map if it is non-fiction), and actions.  They learn all the writer’s skills and create ‘toolkits’ in order to write their own stories/texts at the end of the unit.  In one half term, pupils will complete 1 story unit, 1 non-fiction unit and 1 poetry unit, all wrapped up in the creative theme for the term.  In addition to this, pupils play language and sentence games regularly in order to prepare them for the Y6 Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation test (SPAG).  Please see below for a progression document 

 

Reading/Phonics:

Reading and  Phonics :  Children are taught to read using phonic skills though the systematic teaching of phonemes/ sounds using Letters and Sounds and a variety of resources including  Phonics Play and some Read Write Inc resources. For our KS1 children we use Oxford reading Tree books with a variety of other books being used to extend and deepen their learning. we also use a whole class text  for sharing with the children at the end of the day which is used to extend vocabulary and enthuse the children into reading.  

From November 2018 we will be using Sounds-Write as the way in which we teach phonics. All our EYFS and KS1 teachers will have attended the appropriate training. 

 

Maths

We adopt a Mastery Approach to the teaching of maths across the school. We use The White Rose Maths Hub resources.

 

What is Values-based learning?

Values-based learning underpins our curriculum. By teaching the children about values such as caring, patience, tolerance, humility perseverance and  resilience  alongside the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs we not only create a learning environment where children’s social and relationship skills are further developed, but one that allows them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. In turn this leads to increased academic attainment. 

 

 Curriculum Theme Overviews can be found on the letters page