The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
Our curriculum is planned around our Christian values of love, respect, resilience and honesty.
Through these values we promote:
- a love of learning;
- honesty about our own learning and in our supportive feedback to each other;
- a positive attitude and growth mindset, where we keep trying;
- an environment of mutual respect for each other's right to learn.
The long term plans provide an overview of our curriculum topics.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum is on a three year cycle.
We hold evening curriculum meetings for parents in the autumn term.
Phonics help children with their reading and spelling. It is one way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.
Phonics help children:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Early Years use Jolly Phonics in the initial stages of learning to read with phonics.
KS1 continue with this and use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
Then from year 2 to year 6 we follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme from Babcock.