Our School Curriculum
We aim to provide a balanced, broad based curriculum, which promotes the mental, physical and moral development of pupils and prepares them for future life. Please see our long term curriculum plans for further information.
Children in Early Years and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, comprising “Prime Areas” — Personal, Social and Emotional Development and “Specific Areas” — Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Early Years staff work closely with staff from Little Oaks Nursery to provide continuity for children moving from nursery to our reception class both within the Partnership Unit and beyond.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 - (years 1-4) work within the guidelines of the National Curriculum. The core subjects are English, Maths and Science, and the foundation subjects are Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art & Design, PE, Foreign Languages, and Computing. Provision is also made for the teaching of RE and PSHE (Personal, Social Health and Economic Education). The children develop key skills that encourage them to make connections and apply their learning across the whole curriculum. We enhance the curriculum by providing a range of experiences and opportunities which prepare the children for life in modern Britain.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and real books to provide progression and breadth. The books from the schemes are all leveled onto appropriate bands within school to ensure effective challenge.
We follow the Read Write Inc programme for the teaching of phonics in reception and year 1
In September 2016 we are adopting the Read Write Inc Spelling programme in years 2,3,4 which continues from our phonic teaching.
We have reviewed our maths curriculum and teaching in line with national developments and are moving towards a mastery in maths approach which concentrates upon securing basic arithmetic knowledge and reasoning skills and applying these skills across the maths curriculum throughout the year. There will be further developments as the year progresses as we will be working with The North East maths Hub.
Our class structure enables us to plan for individual children’s needs within the curriculum. Staff work together to provide support for children at all levels of ability and aptitude. They use areas of specific expertise to plan work across the age groups and support each other in monitoring and extending the curriculum.
We review and develop our curriculum annually in July for the following September.
More detailed information about curriculum matters is available, on request, at the school.