Our vision, 'Learn to let your light shine' drives our curriculum and the decisions we make. It is a central part of our 'curriculum umbrella' and underpins our 'enquiry based approach' with all themes including enquiry as the main vehicle for learning. Each theme is introduced with an overarching question and have spirituality and outdoor learning as key drivers.
Our curriculum was developed to ensure that children are really engaged in learning. We endeavour to enthuse our children to want to find out more, to develop the important skills of problem solving, enquiry, creativity, independence, motivation and good self esteem. We strive to make sure that children leave our school with the essentials for learning and life ie have good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, good learning and thinking skills and good Personal and Social skills. We do this through 'enquiry based learning' which underpins our curriculum throughout school.
Our curriculum embraces both the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum embedding them into themes that are engaging and relevant to the children we teach. We use the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum as the basis for our planning. Our themes change each term and are developed to meet the current needs, interests and next steps in learning of the children in school. Our curriculum is not a table of topics or themes that can be placed on a shelf to come out year after year, but is an approach to learning that is planned to ensure we teach the required National Curriculum Objectives whilst at the same time encompassing the children's interests and needs.
The following document maps out our approach to the curriculum and demonstrates how all the facets link together:
Click on the link below to watch how and why we re-developed our curriculum:
Click on the link below to see what your child will be taught during their time in Y1 and 2.
Click on the link below to find more information about the Essentials Curriculum
To support our Enquiry based approach all classrooms have provision area that extend and support the children's learning, click on the following link to see how this links to the National Curriculum and key skills.
We place particular emphasis on the following ‘drivers’ which feed through every theme we teach:
Outdoor Learning and the Environment: valuing the outdoors as a vehicle to promote learning through the curriculum.
Spirituality: The awe and wonder of learning and exploring the variety of differences and relationships that exist within and between different religions, values and beliefs. There is a strong link to Christian Values and our Church School Status
Within the framework of our curriculum we ensure our children are taught the basic skills of reading, writing and maths to a high standard.
We use a system of synthetic phonics following the 'letters and Sounds' scheme to teach early reading and give the children the vital skills they need to be able spell.All children have focused daily phonics lessons linked to guided reading and application of phonics into writing. Children also read daily and we do everything we can to ensure they leave our school with a love of reading. To do this we incorporate regular visits to the local library, visits into school from storytellers and authors as well as providing children with a wealth of engaging reading books in school. We use a range of reading schemes to ensure breadth and balance
We have recently introduced the mastery approach to teaching maths and are working as part of a maths hub. The children are taught the basic maths skills and then how to apply these into problems.They then apply these skills through maths challenges in our areas of learning and through the termly theme.
Look at our maths page for more information about what this involves.
To find out what your child will be learning in reading, writing and maths Please click on the links below. Our schemes have recently been rewritten to address the increased challenges of Curriculum 2014.