Our curriculum will provide all children with knowledge of a wide range of culture to support them in becoming educated citizens. All aspects of our curriculum offers opportunities to expose students to a large variety of subject areas and arts; promoting character-building qualities that lead to creating well-rounded, global citizens fully equipped for the next stage in their education.
The use of researched schemes of work support the planning and delivery of our curriculum ensuring a clear skill and knowledge progression for all our children.
When planning the children’s learning, teachers refer to the requirements of the 2015 National Curriculum. Our curriculum is carefully designed and adapted, to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.
All forms of literacy are taught carefully and systematically in order that pupils develop the skills and strategies they will need to read and write fluently and with understanding. Speaking and listening are important skills and are developed through many areas of the curriculum. Attention is given to a child’s ability to discuss and exchange ideas with others and to speak clearly and articulately. Pupils are taught to write clearly and are encouraged to express their ideas freely in writing.
Reading is a high priority for all. We use the ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ programme to develop pupils’ phonic and word recognition. Parents are invited to meetings where this is explained and where they are shown how to support their child at home. Reading books are carefully matched to children's growing knowledge and skills until phonics are mastered and fluency is achieved.
Pupils will bring home books each day and we encourage parents to set aside some time to share these with their child. A home school reading diary supports regular contact between parents and teachers. We aim to encourage an enjoyment of reading and sharing of books to develop positive attitudes towards reading. Parents and carers are actively encouraged to support their child as he/she develops reading skills. This is an important partnership between school and home where we can work together for the benefit of the child.
We aim to provide children with a range of practical experiences that will lead to a sound understanding of mathematical concepts, including number, shape and measures. Children will use oral and mental methods and will learn to record their work in a variety of ways. Children are encouraged to see the uses of mathematics in every day situations. We are well equipped with a wide variety of attractive maths resources.
The Wider Curriculum
Our provision is carefully planned and sequenced. It is adapted to meet the needs of all learners through an integrated curriculum. We aim to deliver all KS1 National Curriculum objectives, whilst giving an exciting glimpse of the curriculum opportunities and disciplines to come, and igniting fires we hope will burn throughout their educational lives and beyond.
We aim to foster an interest in, and an understanding of, the past and to help children develop knowledge and understanding of the similarities and differences between their own local environment and other areas. Through this we hope to develop knowledge and understanding of the children’s own country and culture.
In art, pupils will experience a variety of materials including paints, dyes, fabrics, inks and clay. They will be encouraged to observe closely and to develop an awareness of colour, pattern and shape. They will also be encouraged to use their own creativity and to study the work of other artists.
Pupils are encouraged to sing and to enjoy listening to a wide variety of music. Singing, rhythm, pitch and percussion work form an important part of the musical life of the school. Pupils are able to join in with ‘performances’ and experience the enjoyment and responsibility of belonging in a production. Pupils are given the opportunity to listen to a wide range of music from a variety cultures
We provide our pupils with a wide range of challenging PE activities. Our large hall is well equipped with apparatus for PE. Pupils are given the opportunity to work individually or in groups to develop their physical skills. All pupils work with external sports coaches to further develop skills and fitness. Co-ordination is developed through dance and movement.
Through Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. They will be encouraged to develop feelings of self-worth and to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences. All areas of PSHE are discussed in class Circle Times, when pupils are encouraged to listen to each other and to contribute their own views. As relevant to infant children, themes for thinking and discussion are often introduced through a story. Sex and Relationship Education is relevant to the age of the children and has been developed in consultation with parents.
For more detail about the subject intent information for each of the foundation subjects,please see below:
Statements of Intent for each Subject Area
For more information on the Foundation Stage curriculum please read our Early Years Policy.