The curriculum is made up of all the experiences and activities planned for children; what is taught, how it is taught and how progress is assessed.
The governors and staff aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum through which the children develop academically and socially, gaining self-confidence and lean to take pride in their achievements. The way children learn and the quality of relationships is as important as what children learn. We have high expectations for all children and encourage parents/carers to become partners in their children’s learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum sets out what the children should be taught during the Early Years (Owl Class). Children work towards the Early Learning Goals which are divided into seven areas of learning: communication and language; literacy; personal, social and emotional development; understanding or the world; mathematics; expressive art and design; physical development. At the end of the year a record of each pupil’s achievement is completed. This is discussed with parents/carers at the end of the school year and helps to inform the Year 1 teacher’s planning for the new academic year.
The National Curriculum sets out what the children should be taught from Year 1 onwards.
Recent changes made to the Primary National Curriculum were implemented in September 2014 in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5, and in 2015 in Years 2 and 6.
The National Curriculum is designed to ensure that all children are given the same opportunities to learn and be assessed, wherever they live in England. The primary curriculum is divided into two Key Stages:
The National Curriculum can be accessed by parents/carers by following this link:
Religious Education - We cover the statutory Religious Education requirements through the use of the Emmanuel Project planning materials which were written by the diocese. Please click on the document below to view the Long-Term planning for RE.
We believe very strongly that education must be engaging for the pupils, and we offer many opportunities for enrichment through visits and visitors, special days, special weeks (eg art week, environmental week, global week) and additional sporting, musical and arts activities.
All our pupils take part in regular philosophy lessons. Using stories and other starting points such as music or art, children learn how to discuss and debate the ‘big’ issues in life. This programme encourages the development of higher order thinking skills, problem solving and enhanced literacy skills.
Younger children take part in weekly ‘Forest Schools’ activities in ‘Happy Wood’, our woodland area named by the children, and all children take part in well-planned outdoor activities. Older children take part in 'Forest Schools' sessions in blocks of 6 weeks, twice a year. We also offer a wide range of out-of-hours activities to develop other interests.
The children are encouraged to play a musical instrument. In year 4, the children all learn to play the clarinet as part of the Whole Class Music Ensemble teaching provided by the County Music Service. For children who wish to continue to play the clarinet after year 4, pupils have the opportunity to "play on" throughout years 5 and 6. In addition, children in year 3-6 have the opportunity for violin tuition, which is also provided through the County Music Service. Children regularly perform to the whole school in Collective Worship, participate in musical concerts and perform at special events during the school year e.g. playing at the Christingle Service.
The school is a member of the Gipping Valley Sports Partnership. This provides us with a number of benefits including access to inter-school competitions, coaches, before and after school sports activities, access to visits from Olympic athletes, training for our Play Leaders, a qualified and very experienced sports coach who provides CPD to all staff as well as high quality PE lessons.
We base our planning on the 'Letters and Sounds' document (Primary National Strategy) and have a wide range of additional resources to make learning enjoyable for the children.
We have a wide range of reading books and schemes to suit individual learners. Our core books include Phonics Bug, Word and Pictures and Oxford Reading Tree (early stages), followed by the Oxford Reading Tree.
To find out about curriculum planning for each year group, please click on the links below.