Curriculum - what do we teach?
We work hard to make our curriculum exciting, challenging and memorable. We want children to go home every night full of stories about what they have done in school and feeling a sense of achievement. Our curriculum teaches children to be inquisitive, resilient and reflective. We use drama a lot to encourage children to see important events 'from the inside' and to empathise with others. We ask 'big questions' to challenge children to think deeply, such as 'Is it ever right to steal?' when studying Victorians and the workhouse.
You can read about our curriculum here, but we would really rather you enjoy our class blogs. On there, you'll see pictures and hear from the staff and children about what goes on in class every day. You'll see how we teach all of the subjects of the National Curriculum and how we bring the curriculum to life through Mantle of the Expert.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils establish a solid foundation in the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy and are given many opportunities to apply these skills in purposeful, memorable contexts.
We teach phonics and reading comprehension in reception and Key Stage One, through the Read Write Inc programme. This is a very structured scheme where children who are not able to read fluently are taught to learn phonemes (sounds in words), to blend phonemes to read words and to read words quickly on sight. Lessons are fun and lively and children have opportunities to read a wide range of story books and non-fiction. Pupils are grouped by reading ability, not by age, and progress is measured regularly. Children who need extra support with reading receive 20 minutes each day 1-1 support with a teaching assistant.
All children in KS2 use the Lexia Core 5 reading programme for a minimum of 40 minutes each week. This builds reading fluency, comprehension and language and grammar knowledge. Children also have a password for access from home.
We also encourage children to use the Bug Club online reading club during breakfast club, at lunchtimes and at home. Parents can support their children and can make sure they understand what they read by asking them the 'bug questions' on screen.
We teach the vast majority of our English lessons through a high quality text. Where possible, other curriculum subjects are linked so that pupils learn to fully understand and become immersed in the text.
We teach a lot of our writing skills through 'Talk for Writing.' You can see examples of Talk for Writing by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.
We teach maths through a learning system called Maths Makes Sense. Children develop skills in arithmetic, data handling, geometry and reasoning. Partner teaching gives pupils opportunities to explain and deepen understanding of key areas of maths. To find out more click here or on the 'Video Guides for Parents' tab at the top of this page.
As well as a daily maths lessons in their own year group (mixed ability), all pupils are streamed by ability for an additional 'Daily Skills' maths session. This ensures basic skills in maths are constantly practiced and revised.
Mantle of the Expert
We aim to link as many of the foundation subjects as possible by delivering them through a 'Mantle of the Expert' approach. This means children becomes 'experts' in a particular field and explore learning through a dramatic context. Recent 'mantles' have included Year 4's 'Paranormal History Detectives' and Year 5's 'Bin Brothers.' You'll see examples of this in practice in our 'class blogs' section. If you want to find out more about Mantle of the Expert click here
Developing as confident citizens
Our school is a rich, multi-cultural community and we learn to value each other's cultural and religious differences. There are around eighteen different languages spoken by our children and we celebrate how we are all different, all equal.