Curriculum

School Curriculum

 

The school follows a topic based curriculum which includes all the requirements of The National Curriculum. Our aim is to make learning stimulating and exciting for our pupils.  We support our curriculum with visits and visitors to school.  We also include theme days where we focus on a topic area, either within a year group or for the whole school.  Some areas of the curriculum, which do not fit naturally into topic areas, are taught as discrete subjects. We aim to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain by embedding our work on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within our curriculum.

 

There are 2 mixed ability classes in each year group. Learning is undertaken by a variety of methods, employing group and class teaching with individual programmes as appropriate. Pupils  work in a variety of groups for Literacy and Mathematics. 

Reading

This vital skill, allows access to all other learning. We want our children to read and to develop a love of books. We encourage them to take books home and share them with parents. A reading record booklet is available for home/school communication.  Pupils will experience the following types of reading, but essentially it is an ongoing activity which happens all the time in the classroom.

 

·     Reading for pleasure;  personal quiet reading

·     Reading for information seeking, using reference skills

·     Reading to an audience for entertainment

·     Reading for following instructions

·     Reading in other subjects to gain or improve understanding

·     Listening to others reading

 

 

Mathematics

 

At our school, great emphasis is placed on “quick” and “mental” maths.  There is a greater content of oral work and mathematical vocabulary.  The intention being to improve the children’s ability in recalling number facts and building confidence in number handling.  They can then progress to written methods having developed this confidence.

 

Additional material from various published maths schemes is used to support mathematical activities.  We want to develop mathematical thinking, problem solving and investigating.  Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their ability in computation (use of the four rules of number) and YES we do put a great emphasis on the learning of multiplication tables which is often given as a homework task.  We want to develop a good understanding of number and pattern relationships within this subject so that the children can apply the maths they have learnt.

 

Foundation Subjects

We teach foundation subjects (history, geography, art etc) in a thematic way. This means that the curriculum areas are intertwined together into a theme that runs for a half term. The themes that your child will follow will be communicated to you at the beginning of each term. 

Our themes are loosely based on Cornerstones units. Cornerstones are a company that specialises in creative and exciting resources for schools.

At the bottom of the page is a web link that can be used to access more detailed information about each of the Cornerstones units.

 

 

 

Sex and Relationship Education

 

This forms part of the curriculum for all of our pupils. Some of the content is taught within PSHCE and science lessons and there are also some lessons aimed at specific topics around growing up and the way that the human body changes as a person enters puberty. For these sessions, we use the Channel 4 Living and Growing materials (Alternative 2013 version). Parents can view the resources upon request and we are happy for them to withdraw their child from lessons on these topics if they so wish. 

 

Assemblies

 

We have a daily assembly or act of worship which is broadly Christian in its character but also includes focus on other religions and philosophies. Much of the school’s ethos is reinforced during our assemblies with a focus on caring, sharing, respect for others, co-operation and self discipline. British Values are often a focus of assemblies, especially during Monday assembly.

We have a full-sized puppet theatre and a wide range of puppets that are often used within assemblies to help relay messages to pupils.

 

Parents are reminded that they have the right to remove their children from participation in school assemblies and lessons in Religious education. 

 

Assessment and Testing

 

Throughout their time with us the children are continually assessed.  This may be based on performance in class and by formal tests.  Ongoing assessment is a tool used by the teacher to inform the next steps in learning, while tests indicate the learning that has taken place. 

 

Children in their last year at this school will take tests in English, Mathematics and possibly Science.  Recent years have seen various changes made to these tests.  Prior to taking these tests they will be made familiar with the testing process.  They will experience the types of exercises and questions which appear in these tests during the normal course of lessons.  Nearer to the time we will of course give you more details explaining what these tests involve.

 

 

Reporting to Parents

We hold two Open Evenings during the year with a further optional meeting following receipt of the Annual School Report at the end of the Summer Term.  These provide opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with the class teachers.  Additional half termly reports also give an indication of general behaviour and attitude.  For pupils in Year 6 the end of Key Stage 2 test results are expected during the same period as the annual reports are issued. You are, however, most welcome to discuss your child’s progress at any other time by prior arrangement with the class teacher or myself.

 

Special Educational Needs

 

Our teacher with responsibility for children with special needs is Mrs. R Ogle who oversees our S.E.N. policy and procedures.

 

The Governor with responsibility for S.E.N. is Mrs. G. Carpenter who is also our Assistant SENCO.

 

During their time at school, a child may have special requirements in order to fulfil their potential or to support their learning. The need may be medical, behavioural, emotional or learning.  Every child is different. Within the constraints of our resources we endeavour to give each child with special needs as much help as is possible, and to make the appropriate provision for any child who has a specific need.

In terms of admission arrangements, we follow the North Lincs admission arrangements. For more details, please see the admission page on this website.

 

For more detail of  our SEND provision, please refer to the SEND section of our website under the 'Parents' tab.

 

 

 

 

Below is a link to Cornerstones where you can view further details of our curriculum units.
If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact Mr Brown in school via the main office.