A Broad and Balanced 'Holistic' Curriculum
Our children receive a wide-ranging and enriched curriculum that is tailored to meet their holistic needs. Ultimately, our curriculum intent is to help us to fulfil our school’s vision of ensuring all children flourish, within a ‘community of hope’ where resilience is at the heart of learning. We aim for all of our pupils to leave our school being well prepared for the next step in their education. We inspire our children with exciting cross-curricular topics and interesting, challenging lessons so that they enjoy learning and develop high aspirations for the future and positive learning behaviours.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the Essentials Curriculum. The Essentials Curriculum sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.
One of the primary reasons we chose this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it.
We feel this curriculum provides us with a coherent, progressive and appropriately sequenced curricular structure to enable our pupils to develop subject specific knowledge and skills to prepare them well for the next stages of their education, enabling all pupils to 'know more and do more' as they move through each term and each school year.
The curriculum, builds progressively on from the learning in the Foundation Stage. The milestones (1, 2 and 3) that are built into our curriculum complements our mixed age class structure. The curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum and goes beyond National Curriculum requirements in each milestone to ensure repetition of skills and knowledge.
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Early Reading is a top priority for our school and our pupils are given the best start via the use of Sounds-Write (a validated systematic synthetic phonics programme). We focus on :-
- Fostering a love of reading and sharing stories, poems and rhymes to develop vocabulary and comprehension.
- Having a secure, systematic, synthetic phonics programme taught from aged 3 in our Early Years provision.
- Creating opportunities for children to read and re-read books that match the phonics stage taught.
- Effective use of assessment to quickly pick up children falling behind and giving targeted support.
We follow a 'cumulative curriculum' for Maths. Our Maths curriculum shows progression of knowledge and skills over time within major topic areas of number, measurement, geometry and statistics. The curriculum progression document that we use is linked to the National Curriculum objectives for Maths in respect of each year group / Key Stage. Within the scheme, you can see how topics are developed over time, including previous learning being revisited so that pupils embed this in their long-term memory. Once a topic is covered, it is met and built upon many times again in other contexts. We also use 'Flashback Four' as a strategy for spaced repetition of key topices over time.
Subject Information Early Years
Subject Information The National Curriculum Y1 - Y6
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We believe that children should be introduced to the processes of calculation through practical, oral and mental activities. As children begin to understand the underlying ideas they develop ways of recording to support their thinking and calculation
methods, use particular methods that apply to special cases, and learn to interpret and use thesigns and symbols involved.
Choosing the appropriate strategy, recording in mathematics and in calculation in particular is an important tool both for furthering the understanding of ideas and for communicating those ideas to others.
A useful written method is one that helps children carry out a calculation and
can be understood by others. Written methods are complementary to mental methods and should not be seen as separate from them. The aim is that children use mental methods when appropriate, but for calculationsthat they cannot do in their heads they use an efficient written method accurately and with confidence. It is important children acquire secure mental methods of calculation and one efficient written method of calculation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which they know they can rely on when mental methods are not appropriate.
This 'calculation policy' document identifies progression in calculation strategies - please click here for more information
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Lesley Berrington (Inclusive author) visited our school and shared her story books with the pupils. The books promote positive images of disability, fostering acceptance, respect and understanding for the differences we all have. The children really enjoyed the session and the parents/carers were keen to buy some books!
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