Overview of the curriculum
Our curriculum plans cover all the expectations laid out in the National Curriculum 2014 ensuring that by the time children leave our school they have experienced a broad and balanced range of subjects and topics which are relevant to life in the 21st Century.
Early years â€“ there are 17 areas of learning within the foundation stage curriculum. In reception a child led approach is taken where children learn through a range of ways including child-initiated play. Please click here for more details on the 17 areas of learning.
Maths and English â€“ both these core subjects are taught daily in discrete lessons in mixed ability classes. This is with the exception of year 5 and 6 where mathematics is taught in ability groups.
Phonics â€“ pupils in foundation stage and key stage 1 are taught a 20 min phonics lesson daily to enable them to develop their reading and later their spelling skills. To find out more about how phonics and reading are taught in Early Years and KS1 please read the following document:
We base our phonics teaching and learning on the Letters and Sounds document:
Guided reading â€“ all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 take part in a daily guided reading session where they use a range of activities to develop their reading comprehension skills.
Grammar and spelling â€“ all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 study the expectations of the grammar and spelling curriculum both within English lessons and in discrete 20 minute lessons at least twice a week.
Religious education â€“ all pupils are a taught a discrete RE lesson each weekly which is based upon the Chelmsford Diocese Syllabus for Religious Education.
Physical education â€“ all pupils have two hours of PE a week including their swimming lesson.
All other curriculum areas: The other curriculum areas are taught using a topic based approach. Each topic is based on either Â Science, Geography or History with links made to one of two other subjects; Art, Design & Technology, Music, PSE and Computing. Topics last between 3-6 weeks in the juniors or 4-8 weeks in the infants. The aim of this approach is that children see links between the subjects they learn and have time to delve deeper into topics across a week rather than jumping between subject. Within a two year cycle pupils cover all the expectations for their stage of learning.
Click below to read information about how we assess and track children under the new Curriculum 2014