The curriculum aims of the school are to give all pupils access to the whole National Curriculum at appropriate levels according to their ability. The delivery of the curriculum will reflect the cultural diversity, which exists in school, the neighbouring areas and beyond. The school places a high value on parental involvement and encourages parents to understand and support their child’s learning. This is communicated through their reading record and homework books along with the different curricular Open Days and evening training meetings for parents.
Our priority for curriculum development in the current school year is to enable all children to have the opportunity for personalised learning to develop creative thinking, lateral thinking and a questioning mind. We are using the revised primary strategy in Literacy and Numeracy which is now embedded throughout the school.
We are in our seventh year of teaching French in all classes starting with simple greetings in KS1 with a stronger emphasis on grammar in KS2.
Spanish has also been introduced, which has enabled the children to compare similarities and differences of modern foreign languages. We use a wide range of teaching styles from whole class to group and individual work where appropriate.
The EYFS Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of six areas of learning and development. These six areas connect with each other and all have equal importance. These areas are;
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and number
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Creative development
- Physical development
The learning is based around some broad themes or topics which are also shared with Y1/2 on a two year rolling programme.
Assessment in the EYFS is based upon observations of individual pupils engaged in either focussed or self initiated activities. These observations are evaluated against the Early Learning Goals.
Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum
In both key stages the curriculum is taught through a range of themes or topics which form a two year rolling programme. Although Literacy and Numeracy are taught as discrete topics, where possible, other curricular areas are taught through a creative approach which helps to highlight the links between subjects.
Whole School Themed Weeks/Days
We aim to add to the curriculum by having themed weeks or days were the children can concentrate on one aspect of the curriculum eg Art week. By involving the whole school this also gives our pupils opportunities to work with older and younger pupils on a similar theme.