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Please note, specific information of the topics and units of work your child(ren) will be learning this year are given in the relevant class area in the children's section of the website.

 

Our focus for teaching and learning is inspired by a curriculum that is enjoyable, relevant to daily living and

inspires creativity. The children in their Reception Year follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the programmes as set out inthe National Curriculum. English, Maths, Science, Computing,

History, Geography, P.E., Music, Art, Design and Technology as well as Religious Education and the wider issues of Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education are planned through cross-curricular topics. Rolling plans ensure continuity and progression for every child despite our mixed age classes. These topics are then broken down into daily plans with specific learning objectives and written specifically for the age and ability of the children.

 

English and maths units of work follow the new National Curriculum. In English we aim for every child to be able to read fluently, communicate verbally and in writing effectively, listen carefully and respond appropriately. Our phonics lessons follow the government's 'Letters and Sounds' programme. In maths we aim for every child to achieve a sound understanding and fluency of all aspects of the National Curriculum, using concrete manipulatives and visual images throughout the school to support this. Reasoning and problem solving form a significant part of our curriculum.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education promotes the life-skills needed to play a positive role in modern society and is reflected throughout every aspect of the school curriculum. The discrete PSHE lessons focus on helping the children to learn about what we value (as part of the school, as Christians and as British citizens), understand and be positive and active members of the community, understand how to lead healthy lifestyles and build healthy and successful relationships, develop resilience and other good learning behaviours - amongst other things. These are embedded in all other areas of the curriculum.

 

Through scientific enquiry we encourage our children to develop enquiring minds through practical experiences, using the document 'Maintaining Curiosity' alongside the National Curriculum to guide us.

 

Physical Education nurtures a healthy lifestyle which is fundamental to children’s well-being and physical development.  We have six core sports which, alongside dance and gymnastics, ensure children learn how to build on coordination skills as well as develop their strength, control, flexibility and stamina progressively during their time at school.

 

In computing, we follow the Cambridgeshire scheme of work, engaging the children in programming, digital literacy, e-safety and understanding technology. Children are given opportunities to use computers, I-pads, Interactive Whiteboards and digital cameras, amongst other things.

 

History activities develop children’s understanding of chronology and how past events have impacted on our present world. Geography offers opportunities to investigate the local environment as well as finding out about how people live in other countries and knowing key facts about the world. R.E. follows the Cambridgeshire scheme of work and considers 'big questions', supporting the children in understanding Christian beliefs and practices, as well as those of major world religions. It also promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development, emphasising self-worth, respect and tolerance of differences.

 

French is taught to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Children learn to understand, speak, read and write French, as well as developing the children’s interest in the lifestyles of other nations.

 

Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, think and feel. The work of artists is used to inspire pupils to express their own ideas and feelings as well as identifying their own opinions and critical awareness.

 

Design and Technology helps children to discover how and why things work. Children learn to think critically about how to make improvements to a design in order to make a better model.

 

Music provides children with a platform for self expression through composing, performing, listening and appraising. Children learn about rhythm, melody, simple musical notation and how to improve a musical performance.

Singing is actively encouraged and children are confident at performing in public to an audience.

 

 

 

 

If you would like any further information of our curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher or the Head Teacher.