Depth before breadth
All children need a firm mastery of English and mathematics as early as possible. Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy as the basis for all other learning. Pupils will be taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Where pupils need extra support it will be provided, to ensure that every child reaches and exceeds nationally expected standards.
The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning. The three prime areas are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
The four specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
We will provide a stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environment where children will be motivated to communicate, explore and learn independently. A carefully planned range of activities will provide a rich, age-appropriate learning experience across the curriculum.
This will be divided into three areas:
Speaking and listening
Pupils will be given opportunities to experience different kinds of speaking and listening so that they can learn how to express themselves and how to listen to others’ opinions. We will use drama techniques to provide opportunities for children to express themselves in different situations.
Our aim is that every child should enjoy reading; for pleasure and to find out information. Children will read every day, individually, in small groups and as a class. Children learn to read through synthetic phonics and a wide range of reading strategies. We strongly encourage parents to read with their children on a daily basis. Children will be encouraged to become independent readers as they move through the school.
Our aim is to ensure that every child can write appropriately for a variety of situations. Initially children are encouraged to write in play situations and, as they become more confident, to write in a more structured way. We will combine teaching spelling and handwriting with phonics. Knowledge of letter sounds helps a child to spell correctly and to tackle unknown words when reading. Handwriting will be taught on a regular basis, with a clear progression each year.
Mathematics will be taught through practical and written activities that have real meaning for the children, enabling them to develop their numerical skills and the ability to solve problems. In mathematics we will teach three separate areas:
Using and Applying
Children will be taught how to choose appropriate strategies, explain their ideas and ask questions using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
Children will learn about counting, place value, strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. The emphasis is on developing mental recall of number facts to enable them to carry out mental calculations accurately and confidently.
Shape, space and measures
We will provide "real life" experiences to enable children to develop their understanding of the names and properties of shapes, learn about time and to estimate and measure the length, mass and capacity of objects using non-standard and standard units.
Children will take part in investigative activities and experiments through which they acquire and develop scientific knowledge, skills and understanding Science will be taught separately as well as through cross-curricular links.
Modern Foreign Languages
All pupils learn Spanish from Reception.
Pupils will have access to the latest technology including interactive whiteboards and wireless laptops to enhance their learning and learn computer skills. Children will learn programmes including programming, computational thinking, creativity, computer networks, productivity and communication and collaborations. We will also incorporate the use of ICT into other subjects.
We will focus on developing children’s social, moral and community spirit, by exploring a range of cultural beliefs. Pupils will be taught to be understanding and considerate to others both in the school and the wider community.
History, geography, design and technology, personal, social and health education, music, art and drama will be taught through a creative and themed approach as well as in distinct lessons. We’ll keep parents up to date on the topics being covered across each phase through our regular newsletters.
Physical Education and Healthy living
Regular PE will be part of the curriculum and we will encourage active play every day. Pupils will be taught gymnastics, dance and athletics as well as team sports and swimming. We aim for every child to be able to swim at least 25 metres by the time they reach 11. We will also teach pupils how to live healthily and provide pupils with a nutritious lunch each day.