The content of our school curriculum is delivered through an integrated thematic approach which provides rich and meaningful learning for the children. This approach develops and builds upon children’s natural curiosity. It encourages them to take an active part in their learning, to think critically and to approach problem-solving in a logical way. It allows children to cover broad areas of experience and helps to make all areas of the curriculum relevant and meaningful. Our KS1 Curriculum Map is the starting point, but the topics and themes may change and grow in reaction to the needs and interests of the children and community, locally or nationally.
Curriculum overviews 2020/2021
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 ‘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.
Children’s curiosity is encouraged in all areas. In science sessions they learn to observe carefully, to start to classify, to estimate, to hypothesise, predict and experiment. Children are encouraged to take a lively interest in the world around them and to develop a sense of wonder. We aim to provide a wide range of practical experiences, relevant to the interests of the children, which will develop scientific skills and concepts in a logical and progressive manner. The environment of the school provides us with a range of natural habitats to observe and study, and this often is the focus of study for the summer term.
We have a range of resources accessible by all pupils including iPads and interactive whiteboards in class rooms, enabling us to use ICT to support learning across the curriculum. We have this static website available to the wider world, but we also have a thriving Virtual Learning Environment (password protected) through which pupils can access curriculum 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.
The Local Authority has an agreed syllabus “Open Worlds” and this is followed by the school. During whole school assemblies, pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways. Religious Education is linked with caring, tolerance, consideration for others and awareness of “right” and “wrong”, thus it is part of the whole ethos of the school. Our basic approach is a Christian one, and children are also made aware of other religions; we live in a multicultural society and respect and empathy for other cultures and religions is encouraged. Parents who wish their child to be withdrawn from Religious Education and assembly should consult the headteacher and alternative arrangements can be made.
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 further information please see our Curriculum Policy or contact the school.
For more information on the Foundation Stage curriculum please read our Early Years Policy.