Our curriculum sessions tend to be taught in the afternoon. We follow a creative curriculum approach to the teaching of the wider curriculum. This means we aim to develop children's understanding of the wider curriculum through skills based teaching which can sometimes be discrete and other times, will be linked to Literacy, Maths or Science.
If we can utilise a text, we will do in order to totally encapsulate children in their learning at all aspects of the day. We will also endeavour to provide real-life experiences which enhance the teaching and learning involved in the current topic. Information can be seen below in regards to coverage.
We use an online tracking tool (Insight Online Tracking) to assess against National Curriculum outcomes in all foundation subjects. If you would like more information, please speak to a member of staff in your child's key stage.
In KS1 we follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for core and foundation subjects. These are published by the Department for Education.
The core subjects are:
English - Writing
There are several strands that make up the English National Curriculum programme of study. These are:
- Transcription (the ability to spell)
- Handwriting & Presentation (the ability to write clearly and fluently)
- Composition (the ability to write texts)
- Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation (the ability to use different types of sentences and punctuation correctly)
In KS1 we follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics, reading and writing skills that children need. This is followed until the beginning of Y2 however, some children may need to continue on the scheme for a little while longer. Miss Wilford our RWI lead offers informal parent sessions to give further information. You can also look on the RWI website.
Once children have completed the RWI programme they begin to take part in more formal literacy lessons. In KS1 we teach writing through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Talk for Writing has been developed by Pie Corbett supported by Julia Strong, and is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style.
English - Reading
There are two strands in Reading: word reading (decoding and recognising words in print) and comprehension (understanding what has been read).
In Year 1 children working on recognising letters and sounds daily during talk and toast and have a daily RWI session. In Year 2 children have daily guided reading sessions in small groups and access purposeful reading activities through their literacy sessions. In KS1 we endeavour to listen to all children read 1:1 with an adult on a 2 weekly cycle alongside daily small group reading opportunities.
There are several strands that make up the Mathematics National Curriculum programme of study. These are:
- Number & Place Value
- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division (known as 'the four operations')
- Fractions (and Decimals)
- Statistics, Ratio, Proportion & Algebra
In KS1 we teach maths through a whole school maths programme called Maths Makes Sense, which teaches children the learning system of mathematics. The children use a resource tables, maths tables and cups during the session. The combination of objects, actions and vocabulary makes maths accessible to all children. Children are able to use what they learn in MMS and apply it to all mathematical problems. Miss Wilford our MMS lead, offers informal parent sessions to give further information. You can also look on the MMS website.
We cover a broad and balanced curriculum as outlined in our current overview: