Curriculum

The school uses the National Curriculum 2014 as a basis for all schemes of work. Schemes of work can be found at the bottom of this page. Futher details about each term’s work can be found in individual class teacher’s termly curriculum letters; these are sent out to parents each term.

During a normal week all classes cover the following subjects: Computing; Maths; English; History or Geography; Art or Design and Technology; Guided Reading; PE; RE; Science; Music and a Modern Foreign Language in KS2.

Mathematics

The children work in their classes for Maths, but if necessary some children are moved to fit in with their ability ensuring that no child is held back in their development.

Each lesson starts with a basic arithmetic element, in which a knowledge of their tables is essential.  This is followed by the teacher explaining the main numerical context for the day and the last part of the lesson is group work on this idea.

Formal recording of work begins once children in KS1 are confident using numbers and the way this is done is explained to parents by the  teachers at consultation evenings or on an open evening to discuss the curriculum. The school has a calculation policy that outlines how maths is recorded.

English

The school teaches English daily and through this the skills of reading and writing are taught. Guided reading sessions are where higher level reading skills are taught.

From the time the children start school they have different levels in ability to communicate and, as the ability to express oneself is of vital importance each child is encouraged, from an early stage, to talk to the teacher and the class and also to learn to concentrate and listen.

Great emphasis is placed on an early interest in reading.  The children are encouraged to listen to stories, look at books, and take part in making class books.  The Oxford Reading Tree is our main scheme supported by, The Flying Boot, Wellington Square, Heinemann, Books on Demand, Nelson Thorne’s reading scheme and, in KS2, Collins Pathways Readers.  These are the reading books the children will bring home to practise their skills with.  A partnership of learning between home and school is needed: school to teach skills, home to practise these by a regular sharing of reading books.

Once a child has reached a certain level of competence and confidence he/she reads from a wider range of books, which are regularly added to.  At this level a child’s understanding of the written word is assessed through paired reading with an adult, a series of graded comprehension texts and through guided reading sessions.

Reading is a cross-curricular activity and the children are given opportunities to extend their reading skills and sight vocabulary in all subjects.

 Writing

Writing skills are also taught and from emergent writing the children are encouraged to use writing in other areas of the curriculum as well as in play activities.

Creative writing in the form of stories and poems is emphasised throughout the school, and is taught within and beyond English lessons. Children are taught a cursive style of handwriting from Year One onwards.

Parents can greatly enhance their child’s reading and writing skills by providing encouragement and interest at home and ensuring that books and reading have a high priority.  A shared story develops your child’s understanding of the written word and how it is used; so please continue to read to your child for as long as you both enjoy it.

Visits to the theatre and having simple theatrical performances in school, are a regular part of the school year.

Computing and ICT

Each class has an hour each week to learn computing and then at least one other slot to ensure that ICT skills are developed systematically throughout the year groups. The school has a mix of laptops and tablets so ICT can be used in other subjects. All classrooms are networked and have supervised access to the Internet. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard to enhance lessons in every subject. Each year the school adds to or updates its computers and software.

The school also has digital cameras, Beebots, Probots, iPads and a video camera to aid and extend its ICT provision.

We use the Rising Stars ‘Switched on to Computing’ as our scheme of work to teach lessons in computing.

Science

Wherever possible science is a mixture of whole class teaching and practical activities; opportunities for group work are built into most lessons. The school follows the National Curriculum for science and pupils are encouraged to develop skills of inquiry through all science topics.

 Art, Design and Technology

Mrs Garner teaches art to all KS2 pupils. Pupils in KS2 receive one hour tuition in design and technology or art per week. In KS1 art and design and technology are taught in half termly blocks.

The teaching of both Art and Design and Technology is linked whenever possible to topics being covered in history, geography or science.

History and Geography

History and geography are taught in half termly blocks, with both key stages having lessons in either subject once per week. To bring these subjects alive we try to take children to visit sites of interest or bring visitors in to school whenever possible and we also encourage the children to use skills in maths and English within their topic work. We take part in workshop sessions led by local museum staff and these provide opportunities fro the children to view and handle artifacts from the past.

PE

The school has recently achieved a Silver Award for PE and Sport.  

All pupils recieve 2 hours of curriculum PE per week.

Swimming is part of our PE curriculum with KS2 pupils visiting the swimming baths for one term in the year.  Parents are asked to collect their children from the pool after these lessons.

The school has continued to encourage sports through team games of rounders, netball, cross-country, tag-rugby, kwik-cricket and football.  Sports tournaments against local schools take place throughout the year.  Parental help with sport is used whenever possible.

See our PE and Sport page for more details about how we deliver PE in school.

 Music

Mr Clarke teaches music to all classes for one hour per week; as part of these lessons he also incorporates dance and drama activities linked to class topics.

Workshops and concerts by visiting musicians play a regular part in the school curriculum.

A variety of instrumental tuition is available at school; keyboard, violin, trumpet, guitar and saxophone from Yr1 upward.  Children are withdrawn from class for these lessons and a parental contribution is made in line with regulations of September 2009.

 Homework

The school has a homework policy. As the children progress through the school the amount of homework will increase.  We will try not to overload; we fully appreciate that they need time to relax too.  Where possible we try to make homework an activity that can be done with your child, particularly in KS1.

Please hear your child read as they may not always be heard regularly in school. Help your child to learn tables, go over them, then ask out of sequence or as a problem to check they really are known. By the end of Year 4 pupils should know all of the tables.

The school expects homework to be done on time unless a parent/carer has given sound reasons to the child’s teacher saying why this was not possible.  If homework is not completed then the child will be asked to do it at a set supervised time in school.

Spellings

Spellings are given weekly from Yr 1 up and we ask that the children learn these in the following way: Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check, so that they cannot see the word as they write it down.

Religious Education

This is taught in accordance with the County Agreed Syllabus, and is of a broadly Christian nature.  The children also study a number of other faiths to help prepare them for their future in our multi-cultural society.

It is a legal requirement that all children have access to knowledge of both Christian and other faiths. Parents have the right of withdrawal if they do not wish their children to participate. If children are withdrawn from either RE or collective worship, they would be supervised by a member of staff in a suitable activity.

Sex Education

The Governors’ policy on Sex Education in school is that this should be taught as part of the  Science curriculum. It will be treated in a sensitive, but factual way throughout the school.  Lessons will be appropriate to the age of the children being taught.

Parents of Y6 children will be invited into school to see how this area will be taught to their children.

A parent has the right to withdraw their child/children, from Sex education, except that which is part of the National Curriculum for science requirement.

 Educational Visits

We believe that taking children out of school to gain first hand experience is a valuable way of learning.  These may be taken at any time during the school year and are connected to the work the children are doing at the time, or are part of the National Curriculum.  Parental permission is obtained for any journey. A voluntary contribution towards such visits is usually requested.

Involving Parents

In Year Reception parents are able to view and comment on their child’s day to day progress and learning through our on line learning platform, Tapestry.  To access this, please speak to Mrs Smith and she will provide the link and your own password – this is only for pupils in Year Reception.

All pupils in other classes use a web based learning platform called Purple Mash and pupils are able to access this at home using their own individual password and they can share their work with parents if they wish.  School also uses Moodle in Year 6 for some tasks and pupils again have their own passwords.

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