A Creative Curriculum
Our curriculum is currently going through a period of development, to ensure that it continues to be creative, challenging and specific to our school context, whilst also ensuring coverage of the curriculum in a school with ever changing year group numbers and class structures. The new version of our school curriculum will be in place in September 2021. During the Summer term of 2021, we will be trialling some of our new themed units and discrete teaching of subjects that do not link. The full revised school curriculum will be in place for September 2021.
"The school provides a well organised curriculum that makes learning relevant to all groups of pupils" Ofsted 2012
The curriculum to which each child is entitled is laid down by the requirements of the National Curriculum. This curriculum is followed by all children of compulsory school age. During a child’s first year at school they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
We believe in providing our children with an exciting, creative curriculum based on a carefully planned thematic approach. Teachers plan the curriculum with a focus on developing the key skills necessary for confident and effective learning, which is enriched through the provision of additional activities and opportunities. We welcome visitors into the school to share their skills with the children. We also ensure that we have close links with the local community and our children are regular visitors to local events and places of interest.
In addition to the subjects above, the curriculum includes Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Relationship and Sex Educationis taught within our Science curriculum and as a stand alone subject. The content is agreed by the school governors and parents are informed of the subjects covered. Parents may exercise their right to withdraw their child from Sex Education.
"Provision for personal, social and health education is excellent, and gives pupils valuable opportunities to discuss their worries and learn how to stay healthy and safe". Ofsted 2012
Our children enjoy their maths learning right across the school. Whilst we place a real focus on everyday learning of key skills, such as mental and written calculation methods, a thorough understanding of place value and great recall of number and times table facts, you will rarely see children sat copying calculations from an interactive whiteboard. Whether they are working with practical activities like cooking, measuring and making or taking their maths knowledge outdoors or applying their maths knowledge to problem solving activities, you will see the children working with enjoyment and excitement!
Phonics is the fundamental starting point of the teaching of reading and writing in our school. The chosen phonics programme followed by the school is the Letters and Sounds Framework and every Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 child experiences daily phonics teaching. Through this teaching the children are taught to recognise sounds and break down words into manageable chunks; this is then reinforced through all aspects of our curriculum. We follow the phases of Letters and Sounds throughout Key Stage 1 and at Key Stage 2 where appropriate.
We have a great range of phonics resources, which are used to support phonic teaching, where relevant, throughout the school. These resources were purchased with the matched funding provided by the Government.
Reading both stories and non-fiction texts is a fundamental part of our children’s educations. We have great collections of fiction books in the classrooms and a well-stocked library, which is kept organised brilliantly by our Library Club volunteers. Our children access a wide range of texts throughout the school. The main reading material at Key Stage 1 is made up of fully decodable texts from the Big Cat for Letters and Sounds reading scheme; these are supported by additional texts from the Hero Academy and Project X Alien Adventures reading schemes to ensure that there is a wide range of styles of texts to give the children a broad reading experience. These texts are closely linked to the Letters and Sounds programme and are supported by texts from a range of other schemes and 'real books' to develop pleasure in reading.
ICT is playing more and more of an everyday part of our children’s lives. This is reflected at our school and ICT is woven throughout the curriculum. The children are taught ICT skills in programming, coding, digital creativity, communication, research and a deeper understanding of how ICT is used in our lives. We also focus on E-safety and, whilst this is taught through all aspects of the ICT curriculum, we also have a focus day each year in February to tie in with the national Safer Internet Day.
To aid this teaching we have recently invested in a range of new developments, including:
- 40 iPads to be used across the school
- 32 laptops
- 9 Chromebooks
- school wide wireless internet access
- a wide range of practical resources including programming resources, cameras, video cameras, voice recorders, animation studios, LEGO robotics equipment and much, much more!
The nature of ICT means that we are continuously looking at how we can improve the outcomes for the children at the school. We aim to keep up to date with changes in technology, and ways in which it moves forward.
We follow the agreed Somerset syllabus for RE: