As a school we firmly believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant to our pupils, our community and our setting. It should meet the needs of all children whatever their ability.
We use the National Curriculum 2014 as a starting point to ensure curriculum coverage is in line with the statutory guidance and then plan to include content relevant to our pupils and our school. We also use a skills matrix to make sure that all of our children develop the skills they need in each area of the curriculum, as well as gaining key knowledge and understanding. As a result we have a bespoke curriculum, specifically designed for the pupils at Paulerspury Primary School.
Our Skills Matrices can be found by clicking below:
- PPS Skills Matrix Key Stage 1
- PPS Skills Matrix Lower Key Stage 2
- PPS Skills Matrix Upper Key Stage 2
We are currently in the process of reviewing our curriculum in light of new OFSTED guidance. We are focusing on the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact.
- Intent – why do we teach it
- Implementation – how do we teach it
- Impact – what effect does it have
A working document which gives detail on the 3 Is at our school can be found here
We the structure our planning sequence through three phases:
Our long term plans give an overview of the curriculum taught in each year group. These are currently in development. Working examples for each year group can be found below:
- Curriculum Overview Y1
- Curriculum Overview Y2
- Curriculum Overview Y3
- Curriculum Overview Y4
- Curriculum Overview Y5
- Curriculum Overview Y6
Our teachers then plan in more detail the content of each term. We follow a local, national, international format in each year group. These documents are currently in development. A working example can be found here.
Short term plans have clear learning objectives and outcomes understood by the children. They include information about the tasks set, the resources needed, ideas to address different learning styles and evaluation/assessment. Lessons are planned by class teachers and the format and amount of detail may vary depending on the experience and needs of individual members of staff. We consider short term plans to be a working plan that may need adjusting in the light of ongoing assessment and maximising children’s outcomes.
We use Talk4Writing as our main vehicle for teaching English. This focuses mainly on writing but also included grammar and punctuation. Spelling and reading are taught separately.
Our school has recently introduced a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. Mastery takes the view that every child can achieve in maths and through focused teaching and use of concrete apparatus, visual jottings and abstract representations, allows children to develop deep understanding of the concepts covered. There is a strong emphasis on correct mathematical vocabulary and terminology which is supported by the use of stem sentences. Our vision for mathematics can be found here
Mixed age classes
Due to the size of our school our pupils are usually taught in mixed age classes. This is normal for us and our teachers are very skilled at planning to accommodate this. When in a mixed class children are taught content from one of the year groups in that class but still develop the skills relevant for their own age group.
Phonics and Reading
In Foundation Stage, we follow Jolly Phonics.
Jolly Phonics is a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn how to use the letter sounds to read and write words.
Find out more about how Jolly Phonics is taught.
If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please contact the school office on 01327 811674 and ask to speak to your child’s class teacher.