Welcome to our curriculum page, we hope you find it an informative and useful source of information to support you with understanding your child's learning.
You will find more detailed information about the content and expectations of the curriculum for each year group on each class page. You can access the class pages by clicking on the left hand tab - Children, where you will find a tab for each class.
Oak: Reception Class – EYFS
Ash: Year 1 – Key Stage 1
Birch: Year 2 – Key Stage 1
Beech: Year 3 – Key Stage 2
Chestnut: Year 4 – Key Stage 2
Willow: Year 5 – Key Stage 2
Sycamore: Year 6 – Key Stage 2
What you can expect to find on each class page:
Termly class newsletter
Topic Overview Map
Overview of the Primary National Curriculum (from 2014)
English Programmes of Study
Mathematics Calculation Strategies
Learning is planned around topics and themes giving new learning a context. Each topic taught has an end product in mind which is shared with the children from the start so that they are actively engaged and involved in their learning. Our curriculum is enriched through visits, themed days and visitors, who are experts in their field, coming into school to work alongside staff and children. Our children are active participants in their learning, whereby we encourage them to learn about themselves as learners. To enable our children to become problem solvers, independent learners and active participants in their learning we encourage our children to be:
Become risk takers
We welcome the support of parents and volunteers within the school to share their skills and interests with the children and to support us with activities such as reading and cooking, IT sessions, Wellie Walks and much more.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
The first year at school in the reception class is known as the Early Years Foundation Phase. This Phase is a continuation from the learning and development your child will have made at nursery or pre-school. Learning is measured in month bands against each of the areas stated below. Your child’s records from nursery or pre-school will have been passed up to their reception class teacher.
The learning that takes place in the Early Years Foundation Stage provides our children with rich opportunities to relate to people and the environment around them. The characteristics of effective learning threads that run through all areas of learning to promote:
Engagement through playing and exploring
Motivation through active learning
Thinking creatively and critically
In EYFS and Year 1 we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme to teach the children phonics. This ensures all the synthetic phonics are learnt, through phases 1 to 5. We also link some activities from other schemes such as Read/Write inc and Jolly Phonics to add variety and interest.
Below is a link to the scheme of work as well as a video that shows how each phoneme (sound) is pronounced:
No Nonsense Spelling
From year 2 onwards, the children move onto the No Nonsense Spelling scheme which incorporates phase 6 into year 2 and then continues throughout the school:
'No Nonsense Spelling is a new complete spelling programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The programme consists of termly overviews, breaking down the requirements of the National Curriculum into strands with individual lesson plans and resources.'
The National Curriculum:
The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. The National Curriculum content is taught through topics to support links through subjects and give a meaningful context to children’s learning.
We have put together a leaflet in response to questions from parents about the changes that happened in the national curriculum in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Please click on the link below to access it.