In September 2014, the new National Curriculum came into effect. Our staff have worked very hard to devise a curriculum which is creative, fun and interesting so that your children are motivated to learn.
Teachers work in teams to plan lessons and activities which are engaging and linked to an overarching termly theme.
You can view the planning overview for your child’s year group below. Planning follows a two year cycle – Year A was 2014/15 and year B is 2015/16. 2016/17 will be year A once again and so on.
PE- Please note that during PE lessons, extra-curricular sports clubs or sporting competitions, we do not allow children to wear earrings nor cover them with plasters. Earrings must be removed for PE, in line with NYCC policy, which our school have adopted.
Reading, Writing and Maths
A good grasp of reading, writing and numeracy are key skills for life and we work hard to ensure that all children acquire the necessary skills at our school.
Reading is taught in a number of ways but primarily through a phonics approach. Every child in school has a daily phonics session where they are taught the different sounds that different letters or groups of letters can make.
This helps them to ‘break down’ and ‘sound out’ unfamiliar words and become more confident, independent readers. Children also participate in a weekly guided reading session where they work in a small group with an adult to read books, answering questions about what they have read.
Additionally, children choose books from our school reading scheme (Oxford reading tree) which they bring home to share with an adult. Children who read regularly at home often make more progress compared to children who do not have this opportunity and we welcome support with reading at home. We have put some useful information on this website about how you can do this. please go to ‘School Information’ – ‘Support your child at home’.
Writing skills are also developed on a daily basis through a daily literacy session. Children have opportunities to work in a number of ways including independently, in pairs and in small groups with an adult.
Numeracy is taught daily with a sharp focus on number recognition and calculating skills. Problem solving is one of the key ways in which we offer children an opportunity to apply mathematical skills and concepts. It is vital that children have a good foundation in basic number facts including knowing, by heart, all of the multiplication tables. We use a scheme called SMIRFS to support and encourage children to learn these basic facts.
All children work at different levels in different subjects depending on their strengths. They also work at different rates. Our staff plan carefully to ensure that this is taken into account so that all children have an opportunity to progress. During 15 / 16 our school will be exploring the use of a ‘mastery approach’ to maths in order to raise standards.
Download the school calculation policy here – Calculations Policy revised 9th Dec 2015
Please follow the links below if you wish to read more about the national curriculum.