Our School Curriculum
What is a Curriculum?
Our school curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education in our school.
What drives our School Curriculum?
Our curriculum is designed around five key drivers that support and enhance our teaching of the National Curriculum (2014)
- Personal Development
- Academic excellence
- The Christian Character of our school
- Positive Relationships
Our School Curriculum Intent:
Our school is ambitious for all our pupils. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum full of opportunities and experiences. We teach each National Curriculum subject to the highest standard, incorporate the school's values for life and endeavour to meet the priorities of the whole school community.
The five drivers above are threaded through our curriculum and match the vision and aims of the school.
Our Curriculum Overview
You can download the overview at the bottom of the page and click on the tabs for more information about individual subjects.
Values for life:
The school's associated values for life are taught and referenced throughout the year and together with the school vision and aims are the at the heart of what we do. The school's values are:
Kindness Courage Responsibility Friendship Respect
The fundamental British Values of tolerance, individual liberty and the rule of law are taught as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education curriculum ( PSHE).
The year starts with a week all about learning and how to make the most out of school. We have moved away from the traditional 'topic' approach and teach subjects discreetly finding when links when appropriate. The topics are planned to ensure the coverage of skills and knowledge within the National Curriculum. The curriculum is enhanced with regular enrichment activities and themed days/weeks.
The impact of our curriculum is evaluated regularly and in many different ways: end of key stage national tests, regular formative assessment in class, pupil conferencing, parent conferencing, work scrutiny and learning observations. Standards of attainment & progress are reported to parents and carers 3 times a year to keep families aware of how their children are doing. Ultimately, we hope that the impact of our curriculum matches our aims and supports our children in being ready for the next stage in their education.
The importance of reading...
We believe reading is the bedrock of learning. Reading starts with phonics. We use the DFE approved 'Rhino Readers,' as our core phonics scheme, supplemented by letters and sounds as well as Jolly Phonics. As the children get more competent they can begin to choose their own books. We don't use a reading 'scheme,' but have access to 'accelerated reader,' where children take a quiz on their reading book to check understanding. The benefit of accelerated dreader is that the choice of books for children is very wide. Teachers regularly read to children and time is made during the week for reading for pleasure.
The year group topic overviews, timetables and spelling & Maths can be found on the class pages. To get a feel for the variety of what we do have a look at the class blogs on each class page.