Our school curriculum promotes an ethos based on 6 key values: Respect, Teamwork, Responsibility, Honesty, Understanding and Peace. Through these values we aim to promote a common ethic which positively affects behaviour and contributes to peace and well being. Through our curriculum we celebrate distinctive cultural and religious identities in modern Britain and the wider world. We recognise shared values and are secure in the philosophy that what we wish done to ourselves, we do to others.
Our skills focussed curriculum is both broad and balanced, promoting deep learning and a thirst to learn and explore beyond tasks set. Themes are chosen by the children and staff to reflect pupil interest in addition to offering challenge and a clear focus. Children are expected to discuss their learning, evaluating their own progress and identifying their next steps for learning. All National Curriculum subjects are taught in addition to Religious Education. The school is fortunate enough to be set in fabulous grounds and learning outdoors is an important part of the curriculum in all classes. Outdoor learning takes place on average a minimum of once a week (in addition to PE) in all classes, often a lot more.
Religious Education: Please see the Long-Term RE Plans for KS1 and KS2, which are attached below.
Reading: Children are invited to share a book with an adult both at home and at school as soon as they start in Reception. Children choose from a range of graded reading scheme and real books which are suitable for their age and ability. Books are colour coded according to the nationally recognised Book Bands scheme. In addition to individual reading children are taught through guided reading lessons in groups of no more than 6 children. Class texts are also used to teach reading and in Reception/ Key Stage 1 class stories are read daily.
Phonics: Reception and Key Stage 1 children are taught phonics daily for short highly focussed lessons. This is done in ability groups during parts of the lessons and children may move to work with a group in another class if beneficial. We follow the Read, Write Inc programme for teaching phonics and supplementary schemes are also used for re-enforcement. Children in KS2 who require it are also taught phonics in small groups or individually.
Spelling: Spellings are set by all classes from Year 1 when children are deemed to be ready. Initially spellings follow the phonics phase children are working at and will also include some irregular words each week. As children move beyond Letters and Sounds, spellings are taught following spelling patterns and rules. Spellings are assessed in school regularly. We again follow the Read, Write Inc programme.
Handwriting: The school follows the Cambridge Penpals handwriting scheme which is a non-cursive script. Letters are taught individually initially and when this is secure joining patterns are taught. For most children this will be towards the end of Year 1 and in Year 2. Daily handwriting practise takes place in Year 1 and initially in Year 2.
Mathematics: Children are taught to investigate and explore number, shape, space and measure. They are expected to apply their skills to real life problems and investigations in each of these areas. From Year 2 or as appropriate children participate in ‘Terrific Times Tables’. Children practise their times tables most days at their own individual level and are assessed weekly. They progress through the levels as their accuracy, confidence and speed develops. We follow the Maths Mastery programme.
For further details and information about the full range of curriculum subjects taught, please see our School Prospectus.