We are proud to have a knowledge-based curriculum which promotes good attitudes to learning, high standards and high achievements for all children. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
The English curriculum has been revised in line with the new national curriculum July 2014. Our English curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes and materials which support planning for the teaching and learning in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Speaking & listening strategies are used to underpin teaching in English. We follow the National Curriculum for English in addition to using other resources.
Our maths curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes including White Rose which support planning for the teaching and learning in arithmetic, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The new maths curriculum ensures that when a child is introduced to a key new concept, they should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach.
Concrete – students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence. Maths is developed through quality first teaching using rich tasks to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Reasoning allows the children to be able to recognise patterns, make connections, predict, draw conclusions, justify and generalise. Problem solving allows the children to make choices and seeking and communicating solutions to the actual problem. The children have the opportunity to think more deeply and to tackle problems that require a greater depth of understanding. More Information found in our Maths Policy.
(This is a great website that exactly mirrors the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ that will be given to children at the end of Year 4)
(A good step by step approach to improving times tables knowledge)
Throughout the whole school we plan and teach science weekly. We follow the new curriculum focusing on key science questions and investigative work. We start any investigation by predicting what we think might happened based on what we already know. We set out of our science investigations by identifying the materials being used, the step-by-step method we use to complete the investigation, record the results and a conclusion. We think of things we would do differently next time and whether the investigation was a fair test. Find out more through our Science Policy.
The staff strive to nurture the seeds of faith in our children and their families through the Come and See Programme. Working alongside families, staff and parish we are building a community of faith in which the young can grow socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually. Our teaching each term begins with a Big Question and is further explored through three themes: Domestic Church, Local Church and Universal Church. Find out more through our Religious Education Policy and Collective Worship Policy.
Computing looks at how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. The focus of the new curriculum is on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for programming and digital media. More information found in our Computing Policy and Curriculum Intent: Computing.