The School Curriculum
The school uses a topic based, cross-curricular approach to deliver a curriculum in line with the National requirements as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum. In this way the learning is interesting and relevant to the children and caters for a range of abilities and interests to engage and enthuse them. The children are then motivated and inspired to learn and achieve.
Carefully planned and resourced activities enable the children to embed their learning and apply their developing skills and understanding in meaningful ways, in real contexts, across all subjects. This planning ensures all children can access the curriculum and, through a range of teaching and learning strategies and differentiated activities, can make progress.
The School Curriculum is planned to ensure progression as well as the revisiting, practise and use of skills and knowledge. References are made to previous and future work so as to put the current learning in context for the children, and the repetition of skills are planned with next steps added to ensure embedding as well as progression.
We provide opportunities for children to carry out their learning in different ways:
- speaking and listening – children discuss, debate and negotiate ideas using their language skills
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements
- creative and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
- applying learnt skills – children use specific knowledge, skills and techniques that have been taught.
We put a big emphasis on ‘basic skills’ which runs through all learning. Basic skills include phonics, spelling, handwriting, sentence level work, reading, number knowledge and calculation.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PSHE)
Phonics is taught from Nursery onwards using the Government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to plan the progression of the learning of synthetic phonics. The ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme is used to teach the correspondence between letters and sounds incorporating actions, songs and letter formation along with blending and segmenting sounds in words. As the children move on in their learning they will be taught alternative ways to represent sounds in words and also alternative ways to pronounce combinations of letters within words.
Children should enjoy looking at books and be motivated to read for pleasure. A selection of reading schemes are used to support the children’s application of phonic skills and word recognition taught during the daily phonic sessions. The school promotes the use of ‘real’ books, alongside the reading schemes, to develop story language, depth and understanding of a wide vocabulary, and increase factual knowledge.