We aim to make learning exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Subjects are linked cohesively, giving meaning and purpose to pupils’ learning through a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. Numeracy and Literacy are the key elements of our curriculum. These subjects are both taught discretely with links to the class’ current Learning Challenge where this is appropriate.
This is taught every day for about an hour. Most days the children will work on solving problems involving mental arithmetic, calculations and reasoning. From September 2014 we have adopted Abacus as a support resource for the school. It is introduced in Reception (Foundation 2) and is used regularly from Year 1 to Year 6 to secure basic skills and is enhanced by other resources and practical activities.
The children take part in reading and writing activities every day. The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teach 'Phonics' on a daily basis following the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. This provides taught skills, but these skills are drip fed continually during other lessons. Children write best when they are writing about real experiences. The children have the opportunity to write at least one extended piece each week. They also do grammar and spelling activities throughout the week. Children are encouraged to read four times a week to an adult and guided reading and individual reading takes place in school. We use Rising Stars and Big Cat reading schemes of work to teach and support all children in school, making reading real and purposeful. Children are exposed to print in its many forms, such as leaflets, recipes, posters, holiday brochures etc Classes also share a book together and are encouraged to share book talk and use book language in their writing.
Science is taught each term as part of topic work following the National Curriculum. Children are encouraged to think about their own understanding of the world around them, to ask questions and to explore finding the answers to these questions through investigations. Investigative science is the core element of the science curriculum and at least fifty percent of science taught is practical investigation. Children are taught how to ask a question and then test this through a planned investigation which involves making a prediction, keeping it fair by changing the one variable they are testing for, using a range of equipment safely, to measure and record their results, draw conclusions from these and then present their results.
All classes follow the Nottinghamshire recommended syllabus for computing. They have at least one lesson a week to teach computing skills. Computers, iPads and tablets are also used to support maths and reading with the Abacus programs the children can use at school and also at home.
We teach RE each week with an amalgamation of the Notts RE Syllabus and the Learning Challenge Scheme. Children learn about Christianity along with other religions.
All classes follow the Learning Challenge Curriculum for Geography, History, Design Technology and Art. In designing the curriculum, teachers and learners use a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks and the school’s context a series of subsidiary weekly challenges are then planned. Each weekly challenge is also expressed as a question. Importantly the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and it is something that is within their immediate understanding. Opportunities to extend pupils’ reading, writing and mathematical skills through other subjects are utilised regularly and effectively.
Two examples of challenges are;
What did the Romans ever do for us?
Who will be Willy Wonka’s next apprentice?
The Early Years also work with themes from the Learning Challenge Curriculum. Some of the learning is child-initiated through structured activities which are play based. Structured teaching time takes place each day for literacy and numeracy. Where possible these activities are practical and continue outdoors.
We have a full time sports coach and we buy in services from another. All class have two hours of PE a week. Pupils swim from F1 to Year 2 then catch-up in Years 3, 5 and 6 if they are not confident swimmers.
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
From Year 3 all classes learn French once a week. They learn simple phrases, songs and how to write and understand short passages. We bring this to life by our friendship with a school in France. For the teaching of French, we use an online resource provided by ‘Education City’
Should you require any further information regarding our curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher.