Our Curriculum Intent
Underpinning all our work are our core values:
Wonder Effort Compassion Aspiration Respect Enthusiasm
For 2019-20 we have launched a new approach to our curriculum here. Our curriculum intent is that we will create capable, confident, independent learners who have the resilience and self-belief to change the world for the better.
Our curriculum will be broad and balanced, covering a wide range of subjects to provide pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our aim is to foster a community of inquiry, wherein our pupils welcome the diversity of each other’s initial views and are empowered to take more responsibility for their learning. Each class will be studying the same topic but from a different angle. This will allow us to create a range of collaborative learning opportunities, to share knowledge, ideas, resources, and skills. This will allow us, at the end of each term, to celebrate, explore and share the pupils’ learning. Each term’s topic will be underpinned by a key question, one which allows pupils to unify their thinking and synthesise their learning. We are a learning community and now is the time for us to bring this learning together.
Our Curriculum Implementation
We follow the National Curriculum. In Reception, children are taught the development skills identified in the Early Years Curriculum – life skills that will support their learning and integration into school life.
In Years One to Six, we teach the three core National Curriculum subjects: English, Maths and Science. As a Church of England School, RE is another key subject area in our curriculum. We also teach Computing, PE, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, French, PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education). Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) is embedded throughout the curriculum as well as through discrete teaching each seasonal term.
As part of our English curriculum, we teach reading (phonics, word recognition and comprehension), writing (spelling, handwriting, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary and the composition of a range of text types) and spoken language (including drama, debate, discussion, presentation and recitation). We teach reading through a systematic programme of phonics; we also teach children how to read irregular or ‘tricky’ words. Rather than use one reading scheme, we use a range of schemes that are colour banded according to reading levels. Children practise their reading skills every day – both at school and at home. They read a range of authors and story types as well as non-fiction texts. We share with our children a love for books and for reading so that they can develop and grow as both enthusiastic readers and writers. We have a set of recommended reading books that we use in each classroom and we encourage children to read them during the school year.
Our maths curriculum includes units of work based on number (including place value, fractions, decimals and percentages), calculations, measures, statistics (including graphs and charts) and problem solving. We teach children to develop secure mental and written maths skills.
We believe that these help to develop well-rounded individuals and nurture in our pupils a love of learning and life. As part of the curriculum, we offer day trips, residential trips, competitions (within school as well as against other schools) and educational visits. We invite experts into school to inspire the children and open their eyes to new opportunities.
All children learn to play an instrument during their time with us. All children take part in our two annual productions as well as music concerts. We participate in local sports tournaments and hold an annual Sports Day.
We organise and participate in collaborative activities with other schools. These activities will vary but can include events such as sporting events, music concerts, language festivals, drama days and a Forest Schools Day.
We offer opportunities for more able children including sports coaching days, music lessons, literacy activities and maths cluster days. In addition, children with special needs have specific provision to support their needs. This is largely provided through high quality, differentiated class teaching. However, where further support is needed, this is provided through a targeted programme and additional support. For further details, please refer to the SEND section of this website.
We celebrate the Christian festivals in liaison with Holy Trinity Church. We actively link with the church in order to celebrate together both as part of church services as well as school worship.