The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014. The new curriculum is more challenging, focusing on essential cor subject knowledge. In order to prepare our children for the ambitious end of year expectations our planning has been amended.
National Curriculum levels have gone, instead there are end of year expectations for each year group. children will be expected to develop a deeper understanding of the subjects instead of jumping to the next level.
The school will be assessing a child's understanding rather than the level that they are working.
We seek to give our children a wide range of life experiences so that they can grow and understand the world around them.
Topics are designed to engage the children and to make learning exciting.
Trips out into the local area give the children the opportunity to explore as part of a group and brings the class into corporate learning experiences that can be developed later on in the classroom.
We also make much use of guest speakers and teachers. It's great to tap into the specialisms of others and to bring real quality learning to our school.
The study of English develops the children's abilities to listen, speak, and read and write for a range of purposes. English is a core subject for all children in Key Stages 1 and 2 and is taught through the CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) area of the Early Year Foundation Stage.
We teach literacy every day in KS1 and KS2. Children share books, are involved with grammar and phonic work, as well as group reading and independent language activities. Children follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree books for Early Reading
Speaking and Listening
We provide a wide range of activities designed to develop the children's speaking and listening skills. Children are encouraged to listen carefully to others, and to take turns when involved in group discussions. Opportunities for Drama also encourage them to speak clearly, fluently and confidently.
Children are listened to by an adult every day. Books go home and parents are encouraged to listen to children regularly and talk to the children about their books.
We have a wide selection of books from different genres, both fiction and non-fiction. We feel that it is crucial that children learn to enjoy books from an early age, and that they develop a real love of reading.
The children write for a variety of different purposes across the curriculum. For instance as well writing imaginative stories and poetry in Literacy lessons, they might write a recount in Geography and a report in Science. We provide a variety of special events in school, such as a theatre group visit, which provide an exciting stimulus for written work.
All children in KS1 and KS2 are involved in a daily Maths lesson.
At the beginning of each lesson the children do mental maths activities such as times tables, number bonds, counting in steps and patterns and problem solving.
Finally, the plenary does a quick round up of what has been taught, deals with any problems or misconceptions, or extends the topic into the next stage of learning.
As well as number, maths also includes problem solving, shape and measures, and handling data.
Children in the Foundation Stage learn about Mathematical concepts through practical activities, such as cooking and working in the sand or water trays. They also learn how to count, to recognise numbers and shapes and to use measures in real-life contexts.
Science is a core subject and has a high profile in our school.
Science stimulates and excites children's curiosity about things in the world around them. Through practical investigations, direct observation and measurement and evaluation, this curiosity can be satisfied with scientific knowledge.