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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview

In Nursery and Reception classes, all pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Nursery to Year 2, to help get children off to a good start with reading and writing. By teaching phonics, we aim to ensure that our children quickly develop the skill of matching sounds to letters or groups of letters, which will enable them to feel confident readers and writers. From Year 1 to Year 6 there is a talk for writing session each day and there are handwriting, spelling and grammar lessons as well as these. In Reception and Year 1, we follow the Mathematics Mastery programme; these principles are used for Maths teaching across the school. The foundation subjects are an enquiry led curriculum, which is based on the national curriculum. ICT computing is taught through the Rising Stars scheme of learning. The RE curriculum follows the Bristol agreed syllabus.

 

English

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, pupils are assessed against the early learning outcomes against communication language and literacy. They are given some formal reading and writing teaching through Letters and Sounds.  Handwriting is addressed through the Pen Pal scheme. Pupils are encouraged to self-initiate their own learning and opportunities are made in the learning environment to make it rich in language. Books and stories play a vital part in providing a rich literacy experience.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 to 6, there is a more formal structure to the teaching of English. There is an hour of writing every day, which follows the ‘Talk for Writing’ model. Pupils are also taught phonics through the letters and sounds programmes each day as well as having daily reading activities.  Spelling and handwriting are taught as separate programmes and there is also a SPAG (spelling and grammar) meeting outside of the reading hour. This is a 15 minute basic grammar lesson every day. Pupils are assessed in Year 2 (SATs) in reading, writing and grammar.

Key Stage Two

There is a one hour writing lesson and a reading session every day. Spelling, handwriting and SPAG are also taught. Pupils are assessed at the end of Year 6 (SATs), where they hope to meet the expected standard. They take a reading comprehension paper, a grammar and spelling paper and writing is assessed over a period of time.

 

Maths

In Nursery and Reception classes, pupils are given learning opportunities through whole class, group and child initiated activities. In Reception, Maths teaching is through the Mathematics Mastery scheme. The lesson is split into six parts including a talk task and a written task.

 

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils follow the Mathematics Mastery scheme. The lesson is split into a six part lesson with concrete materials being used to reinforce mathematical reasoning. There is a Maths Meeting for 15 minutes each day outside of the maths lesson – this reinforces basic maths principles in a quick fire manner. Pupils are tested at the end of the Key Stage in Year 2.  

 

Key Stage 2

Maths is taught using the Mathematics Mastery scheme and Year 3 and in Year 4, 5 and 6 Maths is taught using the Mathematics Mastery scheme’s principles. Pupils are tested at the end of the Key Stage in Year 6. There is a Maths Meeting for 15 minutes each day outside of the maths lesson – this reinforces basic maths principles in a quick fire manner.