A Broad and Balanced 'Holistic' Curriculum
Our children receive a wide-ranging and enriched curriculum that is tailored to meet their holistic needs. Ultimately, our curriculum intent is to help us to fulfil our school’s vision of ensuring all children flourish, within a ‘community of hope’ where resilience is at the heart of learning. We aim for all of our pupils to leave our school being well prepared for the next step in their education. We inspire our children with exciting cross-curricular topics and interesting, challenging lessons so that they enjoy learning and develop high aspirations for the future and positive learning behaviours.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the Essentials Curriculum. The Essentials Curriculum sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.
One of the primary reasons we chose this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it.
We feel this curriculum provides us with a coherent, progressive and appropriately sequenced curricular structure to enable our pupils to develop subject specific knowledge and skills to prepare them well for the next stages of their education, enabling all pupils to 'know more and do more' as they move through each term and each school year.
The curriculum, builds progressively on from the learning in the Foundation Stage. The milestones (1, 2 and 3) that are built into our curriculum complements our mixed age class structure. The curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum and goes beyond National Curriculum requirements in each milestone to ensure repetition of skills and knowledge.
Click here to see our 'Essentials Curriculum' Information
Early Reading is a top priority for our school and our pupils are given the best start via the use of Sounds-Write (a validated systematic synthetic phonics programme). We focus on :-
- Fostering a love of reading and sharing stories, poems and rhymes to develop vocabulary and comprehension.
- Having a secure, systematic, synthetic phonics programme taught from aged 3 in our Early Years provision.
- Creating opportunities for children to read and re-read books that match the phonics stage taught.
- Effective use of assessment to quickly pick up children falling behind and giving targeted support.
Subject Information The National Curriculum Y1 - Y6 - see below
Please click here to find out more about our Geography Curriculum
Please click here to find out more about our Music Curriculum (in progress)
We use knowledge planners to organise our English curriculum, you can click below to see some examples of these: