We teach the majority of our curriculum using a creative topic approach. Each term we have a over-arching theme shared by our entire school. This is then altered to meet the learning needs of the different ages of children. For example, our Icy Planet theme means the whole school looks frosty and have displays with snowy, polar characteristics. In Upper Key Stage 2 children are learning about Shakleton's expedition to the South Pole. Children lower down the school are exploring life as an Inuit and our youngest children are learning about what helps ice to melt.
Where subjects do not lend themselves to our topic we teach them as discrete lesson, such as RE or music. PE and games is taught by a qualified sports coach and generally involves an indoor and an outdoor lesson each week.
Our literacy curriculum is reliant on good quality texts to support and model our expectations of exceptional reading and writing for all of our children. Reading is supported by 'Accelerated Reader,' a programme that supports children's understanding of their reading. This is complimented by group reading session and support for children who find it tricky to pick-up reading first time round. A number of our children enter the school with English as a new language and they are provided with additional support to allow them to catch-up with their peers quickly.
We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and supplement this with additional resources such as Fischer Family Trust, ECAR and Five Minute Box.
Our maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum and is supported by Assertive Mentoring, to help us to really understand what children do and don't understand. We know that in Maths we need to get the basics right, so we use many techniques to help children to learn their tables and the fact associate to number sequencing, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. One of our most successful support programmes is an App that gives children regular practice of all of these operations and helps them to apply their knowledge to new and more challenging concepts.
Read the documents below to see how we cover the National Curriculum and what your child will be learning.