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School Curriculum

The School follows the 2015 National Curriculum for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, Art and D.T.  We follow the Warwickshire agreed syllabus for R.E.

We have a three year rolling topic programme to provide stimulating and exciting learning for our children. 

Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supplemented by a wide variety of other reading materials in fiction and non-fiction.

 

Nursery

Throughout the year we will explore different topics to support the children’s interests and learning.

Autumn Term 2017

  • People who help us
  • Maths topic

Spring Term 2018

  • Toys and movements
  • All about me and my family

Summer Term 2018

  • Our community
  • Things that grow and food

These topics will cover all seven areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum throughout the Nursery environment. We provide opportunities for children to use all resources and materials to enhance their early mark-making and creative skills, which encourages and supports independence and making their own choices.

 

Class 1

We are a mixed aged Reception, Yr 1 class so all the learning covers the objectives for both year groups from Development Matters and the National Curriculum.  Within the EYFS and KS1, we use objective led planning, so that the learning objective is at the core of all teaching and learning.  The activities that the children engage in all relate back to the intended learning objective.  In the morning our learning is based on the core English and Maths key skills. 

The children will be taught handwriting, SPAG (spelling and grammar), Phonics, reading and writing. 

Our handwriting policy requires children in Reception to be taught their letters and in year one they begin to join. We work on letter size, position on the line and forming the letters correctly.  Where possible, handwriting practice is linked to other areas of the curriculum, such as spelling.

In Year One, the children will participate in daily phonics lessons, based on Phase Five phonics (this consists mainly of vowel digraphs, split digraphs and trigraph).  As part of some phonics lessons the children will be expected to read and spell real and nonsense words. This allows us to check the children’s ability to segment and blend words.  Towards the end of the year the children will take part in a statutory phonics test, which the planned phonics lessons will help to prepare the children for.

Reading is taught in many ways throughout the day.  Our books are all book banded and the books are changed for the children as they read them. We select the books for the children that include the phonics sounds they are learning or need to revise. We read individually with the children twice a week and the children will also read in a guided group at least twice each week, where the teaching is more focussed on the comprehension of a text.   To support the reading in school, it is essential that the children practise reading at home to an adult on a regular basis.  We encourage the children to try to read three times a week (little and often is usually more beneficial than a longer read once a week). We ask parents to record home reading in the reading records and the children are rewarded within the Golden Book Assemblies for reading three times a week.

In class 1 we teach Maths in blocked units. We teach this in a carrousel form including concrete, pictorial and abstract activities related to the learning. This helps to secure the learning that is taking place. Our maths lessons include lots of hands on, practical activities based around a book.

Within our English lessons we also use the carrousel approach. Each lesson, every week is based around a book and then areas of the curriculum are focused on for that week, to ensure the learning progresses throughout the year. The carrousel consists of three adult led tables, one of which is always writing based and the other two are based around key English skills such as letter formation, spelling, phonics games, etc. Two of the tables are interactive and practical and the writing table is focused around a book related to the story for the week.

P.E. is taught twice a week on a Monday and a Friday.  The children are required to have their PE kit in school all week to allow for flexibility in the curriculum.  Games will often be taught outside, so it is useful if the children have joggers as part of their P.E. kit in the colder weather.  There are also after school sports clubs that the children can participate in. In reception we also teach core strengthening once a week.

As part of the continuous provision for Reception we base them around the various areas within Development Matters, these include: Funky Fingers areas, to help develop children’s fine motor skills. Investigation Station, which can link to various areas of the curriculum, especially understanding of the world. Writing area, where the children have the opportunity to write in a self-selecting environment, Maths area, to develop areas of number and shape, space and measure in a practical, self-selecting environment, Role play, which is changed every week and based around the learning, Reading den, with a variety of books which are changed weekly. ICT area, Construction area, which includes various resources that the children can self-select in order to construct. Small world area and also a create art area where the children can self-select paints and resources.

The children are allowed free-flow outside during continuous provision. Outside we have a wonderful space where the children can explore and develop their learning further. The children have access to a texture kitchen, where the resources are changed regularly. Water and sand, a builder merchant with a variety of construction resources, den building resources, instruments, building blocks and large scale construction resources. We also add in activities each week for the children to self-select as part of the continuous provision.

We have a lollipop system in place to help encourage the children to explore all of the areas of the continuous provision. Each area has a coloured lollipop stick in, when the children have completed the activity in the area or explored the area for a period of time they can collect one of the sticks. When they have a stick from each area in their pouch they will have created a rainbow which they are rewarded for at the end of every week in the celebration assembly.

 

 

 

Class 2

We are a mixed aged Y1 and 2 class so all the learning covers the objectives for both year groups from the National Curriculum.  In Ks1, we use objective led planning, so that the learning objective is at the core of all teaching and learning.  The activities that the children engage in all relate back to the intended learning objective.  In the morning our learning is based on the core English and Maths key skills. 

The children will be taught handwriting, SPAG (spelling and grammar), Phonics, reading and writing. 

Our handwriting policy means that children are taught to join their letters in Year One and in Year Two we practise our joins and work on letter size, position on the line and maintaining a fluid handwriting style.  Where possible, handwriting practice is linked to other areas of the curriculum such as spelling or poetry.

In Year One, the children will participate in daily phonics lessons, based on Phase Five phonics (this consists mainly of vowel digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs).  As part of some phonics lessons the children will be expected to read and spell real and nonsense words. This allows us to check the children’s ability to segment and blend words.  Towards the end of the year the children will take part in a statutory phonics test, which the planned phonics lessons will help to prepare the children for.

In addition to the phonics the children will have daily SPAG lessons where they are taught grammar and spelling such as words with suffixes, homophones, plurals and will become very familiar with the technical vocabulary such as noun, proper noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, clause, adverbial phrases and  so on.  They will be taught to use, punctuate  and apply the four different sentence types - statements, questions, commands and exclamations.  The children will learn to read and spell correctly the common exception words for years One and Two.

Reading is taught in many ways throughout the day.  Our books are all book banded and children will be encouraged to change their books daily.  They do this independently, choosing from the colour coded basket. We read individually with the children each week and the children will also read in a guided group each week where the teaching is more focussed on the comprehension of a text.   To support the reading in school, it is essential that the children practise reading at home to an adult on a regular basis.  We encourage the children to try to read five times a week (little and often is usually more beneficial than a longer read once a week) We ask parents to record a home read in the reading records and the children are rewarded with a sticker if they manage to complete five home reads in a week.

We teach the maths curriculum in blocked units to allow children time to absorb new information, practise key skills and apply their knowledge.  We include lots of hands on, practical activities and follow the theory that children learn best using real objects to begin with, moving on using pictures of objects and symbols before moving on to work in the abstract to answer problems connected to number, shape and measures.  Daily short lessons based on all four number operations are taught daily in addition to the main maths lesson to increase maths fluency.

At the end of the year the children in Year two will participate in SATs tests to assess the children’s attainment in English and Maths.  Alongside the tests, we will be making our own teacher assessments.  This information will be passed on to the children’s next school and used to assess progress as the children move up through the curriculum. 

Alongside Maths and English, the remaining National Curriculum subjects are taught mostly in the afternoons, but are also included in our Maths and English lessons where subjects are linked and fit together.  Science is taught separately to Year One and Two each week.

Being a Church of England school, RE is taught in separate weekly lessons.  Pupils will gain an understanding of all the six principal religions and recognise that many people hold secular (non-religious) views. Particular focus is given to Christianity and two other religions chosen from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Pupils develop an understanding of the role of religion in encouraging forgiveness, bridge-building and reconciliation. 

P.E. is taught twice a week on a Monday and a Friday.  The children are required to have their PE kit in school all week to allow for flexibility in the curriculum.  Games will often be taught outside, so it is useful if the children have joggers as part of their P.E. kit in the colder weather.  There are also after school sports clubs that the children can participate in. 

To bring our learning alive, we plan in a termly school trip that fits in with the current learning.  Examples of recent trips include Shakespeare’s Birth Place, and Brandon Marsh Nature Centre. We also visit the theatre each year, usually around Christmas time.  When possible we have visiting speakers and local experts who will come in to school and talk to the children about their job or interest.  Year One have a visit from the Fire Fighters to teach them important safety information.

Being fortunate to be in such a rural setting, we try to bring our learning outside where possible.  A lot of our Science and Art work takes place outside in the school grounds.  Year One learn about seasonal weather patterns as part of their Science and we are in a great position to view the changing seasons all around us.

 

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