Great emphasis is given to the teaching of the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics, within a curriculum that provides breadth, balance and continuity over a wide range of subjects. We are fortunate to have a specialist Music teacher and a specialist Art teacher working throughout the school. Sports coaches work with the children and offer range of activities both during and after school.
The Curriculum for Nursery and Reception Children
The Foundation Stage curriculum for Early Years children is based upon practical activity and learning through experience as well as encouraging children to record some work in books. Children are encouraged to become independent and to develop the "I can do" approach from the youngest stages, whilst being introduced to all aspects of the curriculum and school life. The Foundation stage involves a specially designed curriculum for younger children which includes:
Three Prime areas -
Four Core areas -
Information technology takes place throughout the day and is often linked to particular areas of the curriculum.
Children in Years 1 and 2 follow Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and children in Years 3, 4, 5 and Year 6 follow Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.
This includes the following subjects:
We give our children a carefully balanced and structured range of guided reading books that are chosen to promote a range of reading skills.
Our books are chosen to provide a gradually cumulative vocabulary and an increasing knowledge of grammatical structure. It is important to have a lively, engaging context, and from a range of genres to appeal to both boys and girls.
Alongside these books we use carefully structured phonic books chosen to practice vital phonic skills, and books that the children can have free choice of, according to their own interests and tastes.
Main reading scheme: Oxford Reading Scheme
Supporting reading schemes that develop phonics are in school e.g. Dandelion Readers
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The School has the Dyslexia Friendly School status and aims as fully as possible to meet the needs of each pupil as an individual. Children, who are identified as having additional educational needs, wherever possible, remain integrated within a normal class and are supported by an additional teaching assistant. Due regard is given to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. The Special Needs Co-ordinator, the class teacher and the parents work closely so that the children have the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Close relationships are maintained with Educational Psychologists, Health Service and Learning Support Service, who support the school during the stages of assessment. The policy is available from the school office.
GIFTED AND TALENTED
In the same way that we support our less able children we are committed to pushing and challenging our Gifted and Talented children. Identified children will take part in extra Gifted and Talented activities that enable them to showcase their specific talents.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The school has no affiliation to any religious body or organisation. All the children have Religious Education lessons and participate in some form of daily collective worship, which is predominantly Christian. We aim to develop moral and spiritual values, to give children an awareness of themselves within a wider framework.
Our assemblies and R.E. lessons include stories and festivals from other faiths and reflect our multicultural society. In accordance with the Education Act 1944, Religious Education is a compulsory subject. Any parent has the right to ask for his/her child to be excused from R.E. or worship but we would ask the parent to examine the curriculum and discuss the full implications of withdrawal.
Sex and relationships education is provided as part of the wide Science curriculum and the wider curriculum to be found in such key areas as Health Education, Personal and Social Education and Religious Education. Emphasis is placed on responsible living, citizenship, respect for other people, the importance of caring relationships, health and hygiene, all of which provide a natural lead into aspects of Sex Education. Parents are able to withdraw their child if they wish.