Curriculum

There is an emphasis on the teaching of basic skills in English and Maths however our curriculum helps to develop pupils not just academically but also encourages perseverance; co-operation; physical, spiritual and emotional and social development.

A range of visits and visitors bring the curriculum alive for children and ‘active learning’ in Key Stage 1 helps the transition from Foundation Stage. We work on a topic approach, linking with the children’s interests, English and maths. In Foundation Stage the curriculum follows children’s interests which is something we are developing through the rest of the school. Teachers find out what pupils know already and what they would like to learn. This has increased interest and motivation and is helping to ensure that tasks provide sufficient challenge.

The purchase of additional handheld devices and computers has impacted on improved links with ICT and provides opportunities for children to apply their ICT skills across the curriculum.

All pupils participate in 'The Golden Mile’ which increases fitness and helps them to be ready for learning. Pupils have at least two hours physical education during the week.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 participate in circle times and regular acts of collective worship. Religious Education lessons cover Christianity and other religions. Pupils may be withdrawn from assemblies and Religious Education lessons if parents request this.

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is used to identify the next steps in learning and is used to monitor the progress that children make. Assessment is about informed observation, monitoring of work and effective questioning which enables us to note what your child can do and what they need to do next.

Children are also engaged in self and peer assessment, so that they can explain what they have done well and how they can improve their work even more.

Children are also assessed in line with statutory requirements. An Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of their Reception year and Statutory Assessment Tests are administered at the end of Year 2 & 6. Phonics screening also takes place at the end of Year 1. Other year groups in KS2 are internally assessed using NFER assessments termly.

Open evenings are held termly, when your child’s achievements and targets for improvement will be shared with you.

Our topic overviews for each Key Stage are as follows: