At our school we aim for all children to achieve to the very best of their ability and develop a life-long love of learning.
The aims underpinning our school curriculum are:
- To challenge all children to learn and achieve to the best of their ability thereby reaching their full potential
- To promote a positive attitude and foster a life-long love of learning
- To develop the skills in literacy and mathematics that will enable access to all other aspects of the curriculum;
- To develop children’s understanding and knowledge of the physical and social nature of our world and how it has changed over time
- To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
- To help children understand our culture and heritage;
- To enable children to have respect for themselves and others, high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others.
- To appreciate and value the contribution made by all groups in our diverse society;
- To enable children to be valuable and positive citizens who understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
- To teach children to have an awareness of their own social and spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong;
- To prepare children for their future in a changing world;
- To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
“Progress in reading is particularly impressive and pupils become very competent readers…. Early reading is taught exceptionally well.”
Ofsted report, Nov 2012
At the bottom of this page, you will find links to the aims of each of the subject areas we teach and outline plans for that subject. On your child’s class page you will find the link to the current term’s curriculum update.
Years 1- 4 September 2014 sees the introduction of the revised National Primary Curriculum. You can find full details of this by following this link:
The document details the programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1-6) and we will be using this framework to plan our curriculum for Year Groups 1 – 4.
At our school we have mixed year group classes. To ensure that children do not repeat the same topics we operate a two year rolling programme in a number of curriculum areas.
Children are taught within their class for most curriculum subjects although in Literacy we group children according to ability as we use the structured programme ReadWriteInc. to teach phonics, reading, and writing . We also have some specialist teachers (PE, Art and French) who work with classes across the school
We acknowledge that children learn in different ways and so teachers employ a range of teaching approaches and resources to motivate and encourage children to learn. In some cases, particularly in Key Stage 1, the curriculum planning is topic based linking subjects around a theme. In other cases learning is more discretely subject based.
“…teachers make lessons interesting and provide pupils with the skills they need.”
Ofsted report, Nov 2012
Our curriculum planning for children in Foundation Stage is in line with the National Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The framework focuses on the development of the whole child and can be found by following this link.
Children are involved in active, play-based learning and they are encouraged to develop their own interests. Some more focussed learning also takes place as children begin to develop their Literacy and Mathematical skills. They also have more structured PE sessions to develop their core skills. At this stage the development of children’s Personal and Social skills is crucial and underpins the rest of their learning.