The School Curriculum
What do we want from our curriculum?
Our curriculum should be treasured by everyone. There should be real pride in our curriculum: the learning that we have decided to put before the children. Teachers, children and parents, should all see the curriculum as something to embrace, support and celebrate. Most of all, the children should relish the opportunities for discovery and achievement that the curriculum will offer.
We want the children to be:
We want a curriculum that enables learners to:
Linger Longer … Secure learning. To follow through. Recap
Dig Deeper … Reach conceptual understanding. Go beneath the surface
Cross Boundaries … Link subjects. Go beyond the school gates
We have designed and implemented a curriculum that builds on the new National Curriculum and that is well suited to children growing up in North Devon in the 21st Century. Our four year rolling programme has been developed by our staff in conjunction with staff from Witheridge Primary School. Through an exciting range of topics we will deliver a curriculum that is challenging, relevant and fun. We will actively engage all pupils in decisions about content of the curriculum in the medium and short term.
Our new four year programme of topics that supports learning across the curriculum in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is exciting and can be viewed here.
Teaching of the Curriculum
Our KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) pupils are taught together in a mixed age class. The class teacher, Miss Wannell is responsible for teaching Literacy and Numeracy. Year 3 is taught by Miss Trofa, Years 4 to 6 are currently taught together by Mrs Dunn. On a couple of afternoons during the week, KS2 work together on some areas of the curriclum. We have a system of subject teaching, delivered by subject specialist teachers for some key subject areas, including: Science and Music.
Key Stages One & Two
In KS1 & 2, we cover the National Curriculum through learning about a range of exciting topics on a four-year rolling programme. We place a strong emphasis on Physical Education – keeping our bodies active helps to make sure our brains are active, too! In the mornings we focus on Literacy and Numeracy. In the afternoons, we get creative in our topic work, learning about Computing, art, design technology, history, geography, PSHE and French by doing lots of different, hands-on activities. It is important that pupils use and apply literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum and they are given opportunity to do so through topic-based projects. School trips; visits by ‘experts’ and other curriculum enrichment activities play an important part in pupils’ learning, helping them to gain an in-depth understanding.
In Key Stage One, we have lots of opportunities to develop our Literacy skills. As well as a daily Literacy session, we have daily phonics teaching in a group and dedicated reading time every day. Once a week, we have Family Reading Time, where our mums and dads can come in and read with us in school. We practise reading and writing common words using games and other activities to make sure we know them really well. We practise correct letter formation using lots of different materials to make sure our handwriting is really neat. Every day we read a story together. In Literacy, we sometimes act out parts of the story to help us understand it better. We even dress up or have special visitors (sometimes from our stories) which makes it really fun. We’re becoming really good writers and can create and write our own stories and non-fiction texts. We also use our Literacy skills to help us find out more about our topic.
Throughout Key Stage Two, we continue to develop our speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. We regularly work in pairs and groups to help to develop our speaking and listening skills; we have opportunities to present information to the whole class, too. There are lots of opportunities to read throughout the school day, including fifteen minutes of dedicated reading time daily, and weekly guided reading sessions with a teacher. Our families can come into school to read with us in Family Reading time, which happens once a week. In all our lessons, our teachers give us opportunities to practise our reading skills. Each day, we have focused phonics and spelling sessions, building on our knowledge of letter patterns and spelling strategies developed in Key Stage One. We learn about different styles of writing through studying high quality texts. We look at the language that authors use in their work to help us to get better at ours, too.