Our curriculum

NATIONAL CURRICULUM CORE SUBJECTS

Literacy

Literacy is taught through a structured daily session with clear learning objectives taken from the National Literacy Strategy. This area of the curriculum covers both written and spoken communication. Children are encouraged to listen and to express themselves clearly and accurately. Children are supported as they learn to write independently. Spelling and handwriting is an important part of this process.

Reading is taught by a combination of the visual and phonic methods using a variety of books at each level. Parents’/carers’ co-operation, through a shared approach, is greatly valued and children are encouraged to enjoy and respect books and learn to use the school library. School bookshops are arranged when parents and children may look at, choose and buy books together. We celebrate events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day with a variety of exciting activities.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught through the daily numeracy session with clear learning objectives. Oral and mental work gives children a sense of number and the number system. Children are taught number facts such as counting skills, number bonds, doubles/halves and place value. A range of calculation strategies are also taught. Opportunities are given so that these skills can be used and applied to solve real life problems and investigations.

Children also learn about measures (length, mass, capacity and time), shape, space and money.

Practical activities allow the children to practice and experience mathematical ideas and concepts and to become familiar and competent with equipment such as weighing scales, measuring jugs and rulers. They are encouraged to explore, experiment and record their findings and ideas using charts and graphs.

Children record calculations in a variety of ways including pictorially, with open number lines and horizontal sums. They are always encouraged to explain their thinking using the correct mathematical vocabulary.


Science

Science in KS1 is primarily concerned with observation and practical experience. Children have a natural curiosity and interest in their environment and we encourage them to develop enquiring minds, a scientific approach to problem solving and the ability to communicate their ideas. Termly blocks of science topics are taught throughout the three years children spend with us. Children take part in practical activities designed to allow them to hypothesise and investigate. Science topics cover Life and Living Processes, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes (electricity, light, sound and forces). Given the strong engineering background of the local area, opportunities often arise where parents, governors and local professional institutions can visit the school and give a different perspective on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

Information Communication Technology-ICT

Each classroom has a computer and further access to laptops that are stored centrally and available to each class on a timetabled basis.

All children are given the opportunity to use a range of software including data handling, graphics, multimedia packages and simple word processing programs to develop their ICT skills and learning in all curriculum areas. Children use online educational resources and the Internet under adult supervision and after parental approval has been obtained.

All classrooms have interactive whiteboards which are used by teachers and children to enhance teaching and learning in all curriculum subjects.


Other Curriculum Areas
Science and other curriculum areas are taught through a topic-based approach. Please look at the Whole School Curriculum section to see which topics are taught in which year groups.
Our approach to reading

Reading is taught by a combination of the visual and phonic methods using a variety of books at each level. Parents’/carers’ co-operation, through a shared approach, is greatly valued and children are encouraged to enjoy and respect books and learn to use the school library. School bookshops are arranged when parents and children may look at, choose and buy books together. We celebrate events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day with a variety of exciting activities.