Curriculum Statement

Curriculum

Our curriculum plans have been devised with a creative approach in mind with links made to cross‐curricular learning where possible. These plans have all been updated, for the academic year 2017/2018, ready for single year group classes with the 2014 National Curriculum objectives.

Curriculum Rationale
• It has 4 main elements in its design:
• It is cross-curricular in order to make links and allow learning to be in greater depth.
• It has Christian distinctiveness at its heart with the use of What If learning strategies.
• It has outdoor learning at its centre to enhance pupil engagement.
• It has breadth and creative learning opportunities for the whole child.

Curriculum English
• Reading is taught using a variety of reading strategies using book banded books from a variety of schemes and real books. Shared reading is used throughout the school.
• Phonics is taught from letters and sounds and is supplemented by the City scheme and phonics play online resources.
• Spelling is taken directly from the spelling appendix of the National curriculum 2014.
• Grammar is taught both discreetly and directly in English lessons on a weekly basis.

Curriculum Maths
• In key stage 1 Maths is taught using materials from Maths no problem and is supplemented using NCTEM maths and White rose maths.
• In key stage 2 Maths planning is based on materials from White Rose, using Maths No Problem and NCTEM resources to support learning. See also a copy of our curriculum overview.

Curriculum R.E and Sex Education
• In RE we follow the Agreed syllabus for Nottinghamshire “RE for all” and Understanding Christianity resources.
• In addition, the school has a comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE, sex and relationships education. Both are taught in accordance with guidelines issued by the Nottinghamshire Local Authority and approved by the Governing Body.
• Sex and Relationships Education is linked to the study of Life Processes and Living Things in science.
• Parents are informed when specific sex education is being planned and may exercise their right to withdraw their child if they wish. They may also view the materials used in advance. In addition, children’s questions about sex are answered frankly by the teachers with due regard to the child’s age and maturity.

Handwriting

What does Year 6 and Year 2 writing look like?

If you are interested to know how a child’s writing is assessed; follow the link below where it is possible to see examples of children’s writing from year 2 and 6, plus a detailed breakdown of the criteria they are assessed against.

Year 2:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-exemplification-ks1-english-writing

Year 6:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-exemplification-ks2-english-writing

 

What are the spelling expectations for each year group?

If you would like to know the spelling expectations for your child’s year group then click the link below to take you to a breakdown of the rules and patterns taught in each year. There is also a bank of example words, although this is not an exhaustive list.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

Curriculum Plans