The Curriculum

The school is divided into four learning phases, each of which is managed by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The four learning phases are:

Early Years (Reception) led by   Sarah Irving

KS1 (Years 1 and 2) led by    Amanda Welsh

Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4) led by    Tom Charlton

Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6) led by    Jo Buckley

We find this structure helpful for pastoral care and some aspects of curriculum development. Staff also work across phases to ensure continual school development through a whole team approach.

An overview of the content of the curriculum for each phase is available below.

The Early Year Curriculum
We are passionate about ensuring that our youngest children in Reception receive an appropriate early years education which eases the transition from home and nursery into school, from Reception into Year 1 and then from Year 1 into the more structured learning environment in Year 2. These transitions are gradual and follow the needs and readiness of the children. They key features of our early years practice include the following:

A curriculum which is relevant to very young pupils

A curriculum led by children's interests

Stimulation and challenge for every child at their own level of readiness

First hand experiences

Learning using the senses and movement

Learning through play

Opportunities to use and apply literacy and mathematical skills in independent activities

Learning inside and outside the classroom

Opportunities for working at length and at depth

Organisation which allows independence and creativity

Partnership with families and carers

‘Observation led’ assessment

The KS1 Curriculum
Year 1 & 2 are of fundamental importance to furthering and embedding basic skills and ensuring growing confidence for the onward educational journey. The children’s experience is brought alive through using exciting texts which are the launching pad for developing reading and writing skills. Teachers skilfully use cross-curricular links to enthuse the children and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world.

KS1 teachers prepare children for two important transition moments; moving from the Early Years curriculum and into the Years 1 and 2 style of teaching which follows the National Curriculum and, at the end of KS1, ensuring that they are ready for their move into Lower KS2.

Parents can support their children’s development in these key years by helping with the following:

Practising mental maths and written calculations

Learning to spell tricky words and to use their phonic knowledge with increasing accuracy Help with

Using basic sentence punctuation.
There are sections in the Curriculum which offer support for parents in these areas.  

The detailed overview of the core curriculum is set out below for Year 1 and Year 2:

 Band 1 English Reading Spoken Language

 Band 1 English Writing

 Band 1 Maths

 Band 1 Science

 Band 2 English reading spoken language

 Band 2 English writing

 Band 2 Maths

 Band 2 Maths properties of shape statistics measurement

 Band 2 Science

Lower KS2
Year 3 & 4 are the beginning of the children's more formal education - using their skills in reading and writing to access a creative curriculum which incorporates learning about foundation subjects, science and occasionally mathematics, with English. As writing and reading underpins all learning, pupils are expected to do both activities at the highest possible level in all subjects. Those who need support will experience intervention strategies to ensure they attain the appropriate levels of skills and understanding.

Through implementing the creative curriculum, teachers ensure that the children are thoroughly immersed in all subjects and thus become engaged, excited and enthusiastic about learning.

Parents can continue to support their children's development through:

Ensuring that they read for at least 1/4 hour every night - making reading a shared, enjoyable activity

Practising spellings with a focus on 'tricky' words and phonic knowledge

Practising mental maths - times tables and 'Learn-its'

Sharing and discussing events thus developing your child's use of language and ability to express themselves clearly

Supporting homework tasks and any special projects

Ensuring that your child arrives at school on time and so does not miss any vital input to a lesson

The detailed overview of the core curriculum is set out below for Year 3 and Year 4:

 

 Band 3 English reading spoken language

 Band 3 English writing

 Band 3 Maths

 Band 3 Science

 Band 4 English reading spoken language

 Band 4 English writing

 Band 4 Maths

 Band 4 Science

 

Upper KS2
Children in Years 5 and 6 are ready to follow a dynamic, cross-curricular approach which fosters active, informed, creative and intelligent pupils who are learning to influence their own lives and those of others positively. Their curriculum develops:

Communication

Application of number

Use of information technology

Working with others

Problem-solving

Thinking skills

Information processing skills

Reasoning skills

Enquiry skills creative thinking skills evaluation skills

The children are encouraged to develop positive dispositions and attitudes to learning, becoming adaptable and flexible learners who are determined and unafraid to take risks. This is achieved through the delivery of an exciting term long programme of activities which involves the children in learning through a variety of ways, indoors and outdoors, in school and on educational visits.

 

By the time they leave us to attend secondary school we are aiming for every child to be:

An active investigator

A reflective learner

A confident collaborator

A creative contributor

A practical self-manager

 

You can continue to help your children by:

Ensuring they read for at least 1/2 hour every night from a braod selection of genres - making reading a shared, enjoyable activity

Practising spellings with a focus on 'tricky' words

Practising mental maths

Sharing and discussing events thus developing your child's use of language and ability to express themselves clearly

Supporting homework tasks and any special projects

Ensuring that your child arrives at school on time and so does not miss any vital input to a lesson

The detailed overview of the core curriculum is set out below for Year 5 and Year 6.

Band 5 English reading

 Band 5 English writing spoken language

 Band 5 Maths

 Band 5 Science

 Band 6 English reading spoken language

 Band 6 English writing

 Band 6 Maths

 Band 6 Science

Half Term or Term Curriculum Maps
Parents can see what their children will be learning in each subject every half term (or term for Years 4, 5 and 6) via the curriculum maps that can be downloaded below. The exception to this is Reception and Year 1 who display a weekly newsletter in their classroom window informing parents what children will be learning the following week. These newsletters can are also available to download below.

 

To view our YR Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our YR Weekly Newsletter please click here

To view Y1 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our Y1 Weekly Newsletter please click here

To view our Y2 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our Y3 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our Y4 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our Y5 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here

To view our Y6 Half Term Curriculum Map please click here