Our school curriculum aims to excite and inspire learners. Through the National Curriculum, year group teachers plan together to address not only children’s academic needs but their physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.
We create a learning environment which promotes respect, diversity and self-awareness and equips all of our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is crucial for individual pupils and important for society as a whole. It is the heart of what education is all about – helping pupils grow and develop as people and effective participants in modern Britain. We promote ‘British Values’ through our SMSC education which permeates through our curriculum and supports the development of the whole child.
Through SMSC provision and development we can create opportunities to nurture a reflective wisdom that will enable our pupils to make wise and appropriate choices in the complex and changing circumstances that they are likely to encounter in modern society.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, the teaching of reading is supported through the use of a structured scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) which guides children through the early stages of learning to read. Phonic are taught through the “Letters and Sounds” scheme of work. We also utilise aspects of the Jolly Phonics Scheme. As the children’s literacy skills develop, we aim to move them away from the reading scheme to access a wider range of books with richer language and content.
Where possible the curriculum is delivered through cross curricular themes to link work from different subjects together, allowing children to make effective links in their learning. In Year 2 for example, pupils studied aspects of History, Geography and Literacy through their theme “Castles”. The classroom entrances were transformed into castle gateways which created a huge amount of interest! The grand finale was a visit to Warwick Castle where the children could put their learning into action through workshops and practical activities.
Our curriculum meets the needs of all learners and is enriched through trips, visitors, events, special projects, visits and support from the community so that learning comes to life. Each term, class teachers send home a Curriculum Map setting out the main subject areas to be covered and suggesting ways in which you might support your child’s learning.
More information about the curriculum is available in the school prospectus which can be downloaded from our School website.