We want our children to be happy, engaged, motivated and to enjoy their learning.
We offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of The National Curriculum, Core Stories and other challenging experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, for children in our Nursery and Reception classes; the focus in on learning through play. We provide access to new learning through appropriate adult support, planned activities, self initiated activities, practical resources and effective use of both indoor and outdoor space. All pupils are assessed on entry and teachers build on the child’s experiences and knowledge to ensure that they feel happy, valued and secure, whilst progressing in their learning.
Learning to read remains a key priority in the youngest years where we aim for all pupils to be able to read well as soon as possible. Children are taught the National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science alongside the foundation subjects of Art, Design and Technology, ICT, History, Geography, Religious Education, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship. We place an emphasis on the Emotional, Social, Moral and Spiritual education of our children, and follow the PATHS (promoting alternative thinking strategies,) scheme of work closely.
We have a strong will to be at the forefront of ICT and pupils are given many opportunities to use a range of equipment to support their learning. We have a school VLE, DB primary, which children can log into at home and at school to take part in activities which support their learning.
In order to make learning exciting and stimulating, we have developed a challenging, creative curriculum that makes links between subjects and encourages cross-curricular learning. We base all of our work for each half term around a core story, which acts as a stimulus and inspiration for all of our work.
We offer up to 30 hours Nursery provision, in our purpose build Nursery classroom. Children are able to attend half or full days. We pride ourselves on our nurturing ethos and work to ensure that all children are happy and settled and enjoy coming to Nursery. Our curriculum and learning opportunities, allow children smooth transitions from Nursery into the Reception class.
Our curriculum is based on four key aspects:
- To explicitly teach the emotional literacy and social skills needed to make our school a happy and thriving place.
- To give our children the knowledge and skills they need to understand their place in the world and be able to move to the next stage of their learning journey.
- To promote a love of reading through exposure to high quality texts and excellent reading instruction.
- To provide children with excellent teaching from skilled practitioners.
These will be driven by the following ideas:
- Relevance – We aim to make our learning relevant in terms of what has gone before and what will come next in our curriculum. We aim
- Curiosity - We aim to spark a love of learning in our children and inspire them for the future.
- Knowledge - We aim to provide a curriculum which is rich in the knowledge our children need.
- Fluency - We aim for our children to be fluent readers, speakers and have quick recall of the taught knowledge from our curriculum.