We are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum believing that this provides children with the most meaningful platform for learning. We teach the majority of subjects through topics - each class follows a specific topic plan.
We encourage our children to use the outdoor environment to enhance their learning. With this in mind we incorporate a wide range of outdoor experiences, day trips and residential trips into our topic work.
Pupils in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which works towards a set of Early Learning Goals. The school uses Development Matters in order to teach these Early Learning Goals. The Foundation Stage prepares the children for learning in Key Stage 1 and aims to ensure that every child has the necessary learning and social skills to be successful in school.
The National Curriculum begins in year 1 and all other year groups will follow this framework. It comprises three core subjects - English, Mathematics and Science and other subjects - History, Geography, Computing, Art, Music, PE, Design and Technology and RE.
Throughout the school, appropriate programmes of study and attainment targets for the National Curriculum subjects are covered.
New topics are presented in a way that inspires the children and encourages them to ask questions and become engaged and excited about their learning. For instance, a key stage 2 topic on WW2 includes the children dressing up as evacuees for the day and being evacuated to each others houses for a 1940's tea. A key stage 1 topic on Turrets and Tiaras includes the children dressing up, alongside the teachers, as princes and princesses for a medieval banquet in a castle.
We aim, as a school, to carefully structure curriculum activities to meet the needs of every individual child.
To develop all areas of mathematics, practical application and problem solving skills, we follow the objectives set out in the New National Curriculum. We aim to engage children in challenges and tasks that encourage them to apply their mathematical skills using logic and lateral thinking. We believe that good mathematicians are also good problem solvers. Class R and 1 are taught maths through the Numicon Scheme. Classes 2 - 6 are taught maths through the Maths No Problem Scheme. We use a variety of software programmes such as Mathletics to support and enhance our teaching. We also use a wide range of practical and creative activities where applicable to engage the children and help put their learning into context.
We use the Read Write Inc scheme to introduce letters and sounds which enables children to access reading and develop writing skills. This is introduced in the Reception class. In order to develop each child's ability to listen, speak, write and read fluently and independently we use an interesting and exciting variety of experiences involving stories, poetry, a wide range of writing resources and drama. We value and continually review the reading material available to all our children to encourage them to read for research and pleasure.
Our well stocked library is made up of fiction and non-fiction books from a range of different publishers that support the national curriculum requirements.
We use the Joinit Handwriting scheme to teach handwriting and aim for every child to be using cursive handwriting by year 6.
The children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 take part in a daily phonics session. The sessions last for 20 minutes and are in groups normally no larger than 15 children. Children work in mixed age groups for phonics dependent on their confidence and stage of development in reading. Phonics is only one strand of our approach to teaching reading. We have a wide range of books which we use in our guided reading sessions.
We use a variety of resources and books to support the teaching of phonics with the main scheme being the reading and phonics program Read, Write Inc. which provides a rigorous and sequential structure to children's progress.
Science is taught as part of a topic where appropriate or as a subject in its own right. We have a well stocked science resource area which has a wide variety of practical apparatus and support material.
We have a whole school IT network with interactive Smart whiteboards in all 7 classrooms. The children use our IT suite as well as our bank of laptops to support many aspects of the curriculum. Computing is a new addition to the national curriculum and will be taught as a separate subject.
Art, Drama, Design and Technology
Activities in these subjects often complement topic work. Children participate in a range of stimulating and exciting experiences. Our aim is to focus on creative development and improving children's ability to plan and evaluate their work and the work of others.
We perform a whole school drama productions every year that includes every child in the school. Each class performs a class assembly twice a year in front of parents to showcase the work they have been doing.
We wish to promote the many enjoyable aspects of music such as: making music, singing (via choir, hymn practice and assemblies) listening to music, performing in school productions and instrumental tuition and performance.
This includes a wide variety of activities developing many skills - swimming (in classes 1 - 4) gymnastics, dance, team games, orienteering activities and sports. Children participate in a range of co operative and competitive activities designed to develop individual skills and talents. We make the most of opportunities to participate in a range of inter - school competitions and tournaments. Every child has PE/games twice a week and will include a session in the hall and outside on the school playground or field.
Normally included as part of topic work; it includes aspects of Health Education (including sex education and drugs education) We also actively teach PHSE through a variety of activities such as : Philosophy sessions in KS2, assemblies, group discussions and the use of our school council. We follow the DARE programme in year 6 and sex education is taught formally in years 5 and 6. PHSE work also includes work on relationships with others and appreciation of cultures, values and beliefs other than our own.