Our curriculum is based on the national curriculum but goes far wider and deeper to ensure that all pupils achieve well and have a detailed knowledge of all subjects. We have clearly defined areas of learning basing our curriculum on an EBACC model (English Baccalaureate which emphasises attainment in English, mathematics, science, history, geography and languages). We have also ensured that our arts offer gives as much weight and detail to ‘foundation’ subjects as our core curriculum. Our pupils learn a modern foreign language from key stage one with some exposure in the early years.
Our phonics teaching is based on letters and sounds. Our reading scheme is based on Bug Club but incorporates a number of other schemes to support a love of reading.
To ensure our curriculum is as diverse as possible we give children the opportunity to engage in self-study ‘modules’ where they can develop their knowledge and understanding in a subject area of their choice. This has a specific end outcome which could be a presentation to parents or their peers, a web page, a blog or a podcast. We offer drama as a specific, taught, subject. This supports pupils speaking and listening skills as well as their ability to speak to wider, larger audiences. All pupils engage in a detailed computing package. Alongside this they are utilising ICT skills throughout other subjects. We know that keeping children safe online is an important factor of modern life and we therefore give pupils the opportunity to explore social media in a variety of context and learn to use them appropriately and safely.
The intention for our curriculum offer is therefore encapsulated in these three statements:
- High academic outcomes for all pupils regardless of their starting points.
- High quality arts based teaching which develops pupils knowledge and skills in-depth in art, PE, DT, music and RE
- Extended opportunities for self-development. Access to a much broader cultural capital based curriculum that allows pupils to invest time in self-study, understanding of social media, drama and enterprise.
For information on what is currently being taught in each year group please refer to the class pages under the 'children' menu. There you will find a knowledge organiser for this term.
We use Letters and Sounds as the basis for our phonics teaching. The relevant phonics and spelling week can be found in the reading journal (a copy of which is on the letters page under September).