The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that is designed to help our children achieve the highest standards. We expect and encourage children to take an interest in, and responsibility for, their own learning process and we teach them how to evaluate their own progress.
The partnership with home is extremely important and we ask all our parents and pupils to sign, and then adhere to, a Home-School Agreement that outlines their rights and responsibilities.
- Speaking and Listening: Children have the opportunity to develop these explicit skills in a range of contexts. All children are invited to participate in class assemblies, presentations and whole school celebrations (e.g. Harvest Festival, Easter Services). We also employ a range of learning activities including class discussion, debate, musical theatre, poetry recital, Sing and Sign, to name a few.
- Phonics: Our school follows the DFE ‘Letters and Sounds’ synthetic phonics programme. We adopt a multi sensory approach to phonics instruction, facilitating a creative engagement with spelling and writing across curriculum subjects. Years 2 to 6 follow the ‘No-Nonsense Spelling Programme’ alongside systematic spelling lists which teaches a range of practical strategies to support children in consistent, accurate spelling.
- Reading: We support children in their development from ‘Emerging’ to ‘Fluent’ readers through the direct teaching of reading in guided reading groups, as well as individual reading to support decoding, expression and ‘reading for pleasure’. Our professionally trained team of teaching assistants and volunteer readers supplement our teachers’ planning by providing additional targeted and bespoke support for children. Adult and student librarians further enable all children within the school community to access our newly renovated library which has a regularly updated stock of popular age-appropriate literature. Reading schemes, such as The Oxford Reading Tree and Songbirds Phonics, along with our banded step-progression books enable all children to make measurable, systematic progress.
- Writing: We proactively create inspirational opportunities for children to develop a love of writing through a range of genres and contexts across the curriculum. These allow children to see the value of writing, to embed essential skills and to experiment with a variety of text types, language and styles. All year groups also follow ‘Pen-Pals for Writing’ which facilitates the development of flexible, fluent and legible handwriting, empowering children to write with both confidence and creativity.
- Mathematics – Our Inspire Maths scheme emphasises the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills which help children make connections to develop deeper understanding in all areas of mathematics. The powerful concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is central to this and challenges and inspires children to independently apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in a range of creative contexts.
- Science – Our science programme is enhanced through the adoption of the ‘Empiribox Science System’. It is based on our school’s fundamental belief that practical experiments are the only way for primary school pupils to be fully engaged in science and learn the basic science concepts. This system goes over and above the National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2 and has transformed our children’s view, enjoyment of, and engagement with a subject that will influence and direct their personal and professional lives as adults. The scheme ‘kick-starts’ mathematically meaningful conversations through questioning, giving children opportunities to think mathematically, discover connections and be creative.
- Religious Education – This subject specialism is integral in supporting our wider programme of personal development, which is enhanced though SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social Cultural) studies, by contributing to the ‘religious literacy’ of pupils. We interpret ‘religious literacy’ as the ability of pupils to understand the nature and impact of religions and beliefs in the contemporary world, to articulate informed responses about religion and belief, and to create a foundation upon which children can access further studies, for example, classical and historic literature, in later years.
- Modern Foreign Languages – Our school teaches French across both key stages. This is supplemented by a range of other languages and dialects facilitated through an exploration of multi-cultural literature, music and song; and reflective of our school community. We enhance this learning through a number of additional enrichment events including European Cultures Days.
- Computing – this curriculum is split into three areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Children are taught how to use technology purposely, in a range of contexts, to research, create, organise and manipulate digital content. There is a strong and explicit emphasis on the safe and respectful use of technology both in and out of school.
- Thematic Studies combine the knowledge and skills of humanities subjects (history and geography) and incorporate Design Technology, Art and Design and Music; each of which areas are also taught discreetly.
- Physical Education – is taught in line with government recommendations, emphasised through learning which promotes healthy life-styles and supplemented through a wide range of extra curricular and enrichment activities.
- Personal Social Health Education – mainly integrated within other subjects, although for older children with specific units on drugs and sex education.
We have introduced cross-curricular teaching and learning to good effect in line with the Government’s ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ strategy. Pupils examine a theme/topic in detail across a range of subject areas with a variety of outcomes.
We believe that a balance must always be struck between allowing children the time to be themselves and to take part in activities outside school, whilst undertaking work at home that supports and enriches their school learning.
Home Learning Tasks are set weekly. Children have a choice of three-four different tasks each week. These tasks reflect the progression and development of the curriculum within the classroom, and are designed to support your child in engaging in the curriculum with greater depth and confidence.
All set tasks are monitored and celebrated systematically and regularly throughout the school. In addition more bespoke reading, spelling and times-table/number bond practice is set. Children of all ages take home books on a regular basis and are expected to read to or share a book with an adult. The homework load may increase in line with the children’s abilities as they approach secondary transfer.