Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised to ensure breadth, balance and depth for every learner in our school. Learning needs are analysed and the curriculum is tailored and personalised to ensure that every child is engaged, inspired and challenged. The main aim of our curriculum design is to move children towards a deep level of understanding in every subject area so that they will be able to use and apply skills and knowledge in different areas. We place equal importance on academic development and personal development as we understand children will not learn effectively or be successful in their lives if they are not able to handle their emotions effectively.
Our children follow a mixed age curriculum where learning within each topic is differentiated to meet the needs of the different aged children in each class. We have chosen to use the Inspire Curriculum as the basis for our pupil’s learning. This is a series of thematic units which cover all of the programs of study from the National Curriculum. We study three units each term and the development of these units is carefully monitored to ensure that pupils meet all of the requirements of the curriculum that are appropriate to their year group.
Whilst our writing topics reflect the Inspire Curriculum, reading and mathematics are generally taught separately from our Inspire topics, however where natural links occur we use them.
Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write and spell words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency/’tricky’ (Red) words which cannot be decoded.
The schools use the successful Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics. Children across the school are grouped according to their reading ability and taught phonics, reading and writing skills in smaller groups.
If you require any further information regarding the curriculum your child will be following please contact Mrs Dyer or your child’s class teacher.
For mathematics the school uses The White Rose Maths resources that give the children opportunities to practice fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
All subjects are assessed regularly across the year. Speaking and listening, reading, writing, mathematics and science are assessed throughout the term using end of unit tests and teacher assessment. These assessments are formally entered on our assessment program called Target Tracker, where we record statements, linked to the National curriculum, that children have achieved along with an overview of where their learning is in relation to age related expectations.
Religious education, PSHE and core subjects are recorded termly, again using statements linked to the National Curriculum and age related expectations.