We believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant and meet the needs of all children whatever their ability. The Curriculum taught is in line with the statutory guidance as outlined in The New National Curriculum 2014. All children are provided with a range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning through our creative curriculum which is based on first-hand, practical experiences.
To bring about successful learning, we structure our planning sequence through three phases:
We use the 2014 National Curriculum and the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to map out our class “themes” based upon a geographical country or city. We check and balance the breadth of our curriculum using the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum Maps for the appropriate Key Stage [Curriculum Map KS1 and Curriculum Map KS2]. Our Reception children follow the EYFS Curriculum.
We use the Chris Quigley Essentials Learning Objectives to develop ideas to motivate and inspire the children to learn, clearly.
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 AFL and maximising children’s outcomes.
Most English is integrated into themed learning but discrete targeted teaching is also undertaken, eg Phonics, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
Mathematics is linked into curricular themes where appropriate and relevant.
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.