All children in school are offered a broad and balanced curriculum, in line with the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) is grouped into four distinct themes; ‘A Unique Child’, ‘Positive Relationships’, ‘Enabling Environments’ and ‘Learning and Development’ in line with the latest requirements of the Department for Education. This incorporates seven areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Overview
Key Stage 1
The National Curriculum for Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) consists of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education, and the foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, PSHE and Physical Education.
The children have the opportunity to develop their skills in:
Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Handwriting.
Our main literacy programme is ‘Read Write Inc’ (known as RWI). The children are taught in ability groups. When children have developed their phonic skills sufficiently to allow them to read confidently and fluently, they move on to Literacy and Language. English skills are further developed through additional cross-curricular activities which are linked to our topic themes.
Alongside our main reading programme (Rigby Star), a variety of supplementary reading material is used. Your child will bring home a reading book. Please read or share these books with your child as this will help to foster an enthusiasm for reading.
The delivery of the daily mathematics lesson is in line with the guidance of the National Numeracy Strategy using a programme called Big Maths/Little Big Maths. Great emphasis is put upon the practical and mental work needed to gain mathematical skills, concepts and knowledge.
Starting in the Nursery, children progress through a developmental programme designed to encourage the acquisition of scientific skills. The children work on science-based topics, which change every term or half term, throughout the school.
All children have regular access to various sources of technology within school to support their learning.
- A daily act of collective worship which is broadly Christian in character.
- A Religious Education as part of each child’s curriculum entitlement.
As stipulated in the Education Reform Act, parents/carers have a right to withdraw their child from religious activities, but we would encourage you to contact the Headteacher to discuss the matter and to negotiate alternative arrangements.
We have links with our local churches – Christ Church C of E and the United Reformed Church.
Children receive spellings, keywords, library books and reading books each week dependent on ability and age. Talk homework is also set each week. We encourage families to take time to discuss the talk topic with each other.
Children in Key Stage 1 receive maths related 'CLIC' challenges.
Additional homework will be provided at parental request.
Sex Education is not taught as a separate subject but has its integrated place in our curriculum.
The children learn the importance of personal hygiene and to respect and look after their bodies. They learn to develop ideas about how they grow. Through studying living things they learn that all living things reproduce their own kind.
Through story and drama, children will be taught personal safety.