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Be the best you can be

Creative Curriculum

We provide an outstanding education. We recognise the importance and benefits of being an outward-looking school and understand how the process of school improvement contributes to providing outstanding outcomes for the children in our care. As a result, we continually strive to improve our practice and celebrate our achievements. We are very proud of our school community.

Our children have excellent opportunities to learn in different ways, through an exciting and varied curriculum and a wealth of enrichment events. Pupils are proud of their school, embrace their learning and treat each other with kindness, dignity and respect. We follow the National Curriculum 2014.

ENGLISH

All children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise their Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening skills. All of these skills are taught through the class theme which allows the children to transfer their theme knowledge to their Literacy and vice versa. This thematic approach allows children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, communicating effectively with others.

During their first year at school, children are taught to read and write through the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. They are taught all of the sounds and use these to segment for spelling and blend together for reading. They are taught to write simple sentences and are introduced to basic punctuation. In Key Stage 1 the emphasis is on fictional texts where children can apply their structure and punctuation knowledge to a familiar context.

In English lessons, children are taught to write a wide range of non-fiction texts as well as narratives, poetry and drama during their school journey. Throughout the school, we use a strategy called 'Talk for Writing' to immerse children in the model texts. It is a process which follows the notion that if you can't say a sentence, you won't be able to write it. Each text type is introduced and explored, looking at its' key features and structures as well as its' associated vocabulary. The children then learn the text through recital, pictorial prompts, actions, drama or dictation. They are then supported in the creation of their own innovations of the text.

Further support is given to children in the use of punctuation and sentence through our Intensive Skills Programme (ISP). This programme allows children to practise and apply their learning across a range of contexts outside of their current text type. It also allows children to explore further areas of the English curriculum such as Choral Speaking and Handwriting.

MATHS

Maths is a vital part of our curriculum. Children are taught efficient methods for mental and written calculations which are practised and applied through a wide range of contexts. These core skills are revisited frequently in order to enable children to become confident in their handling of numbers and allowing them to choose and use appropriate methods for solving problems and mathematical investigations.

Our maths learning journeys are personalised to each child and support them in developing the skills and understanding required to achieve their year group expectations. Through daily assessment and observation, we are able to support and accelerate learning for each pupil. Each objective gives opportunities for children to practise, apply and explain their learning to ensure that they are able to utilise their knowledge across a range of contexts. We aim to develop learners who adopt life-long skills central to a knowledge and understanding of mathematics. This individualised approach helps to raise children's self-esteem and allows them to take ownership of their achievements whilst understanding their next steps in their learning.

Further support is given through discrete Basic Skills sessions, where children revisit previous units and spend time learning specific mathematical skills and knowledge to enable them to create links between different areas of the maths curriculum.

TOPIC-BASED APPROACH

In every year group, Teachers plan a series of topic-based approaches to learning which are firmly rooted upon a set of progressive key skills. Whenever possible, the topics will be used to link together the core subjects such as English and Maths. For example, in the Autumn term of Year 6 the topic is 'The Rainforest'. Through this topic, children will be immersed throughout the curriculum studying: adaptation & evolution; the artwork of Jon Tremaine; location & geographical features of rainforests and comparisons of traditional tribal life. This is alongside writing reports about rainforest animals, narrative stories and persuasive texts linked to deforestation. Children will also develop their speaking and listening skills by taking part in a deforestation debate. By linking the separate subjects under the umbrella of a topic, learning becomes more exciting for children as they are able to build upon their knowledge and understanding throughout the curriculum.

SPECIALIST TEACHERS

We have an Arts Development Officer who works within all year groups to create large pieces of artwork using more complex mediums such as batik, willow, clay and mosaic which are showcased around the school.

Our Physical Education Specialist supports planning across the school and provides advice and support for individual children, teachers and after-school clubs.

Our Modern Foreign Languages teacher visits each KS1 and KS2 class every week, teaching a mixture of Spanish and French.

Our Music Specialist works with children from Reception to Year 4.

FOREST SCHOOL

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning that provides engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities for children in an outdoor environment. Our Forest School is an area of land at the front of our school that has been developed especially for outdoor learning. Forest School provides children the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks, how to use their own initiative to solve problems, co-operate with others, grow in confidence and become self-motivated.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Our extra-curricular learning opportunities are a real strength of the school. There are a wide range of clubs available during the year which provide sporting, creative and social opportunities.

BEING THE BEST WE CAN BE!

We strive for a happy, caring and safe environment for all. This requires teamwork from staff, children and parents alike. Whenever we are in the school we expect the highest standards of behaviour, courtesy and consideration to others, the building and other people's property.

We ask every member of our school community to 'Be The Best You Can Be'. This enables us to address our prime goal of teachers teaching and pupils learning to the best of their abilities, within a framework of respect and consideration.

We believe that the best way to teach and encourage positive behaviours is through demonstration, encouragement, praise and reward.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum please speak to our Deputy Head, Miss Lewis or Mrs Watton (Y6 teacher).

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