Our curriculum embraces the community in which it is situated, recognising local history, heritage, geographical and business links and most importantly, the aspirations of all our children. We place strong emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils and, to this end, implement a regular cycle of curriculum activity days linked to ‘skills for life’. Our school community has identified a clear set of values that underpin expectations for behaviour for all members of our school family.
English lessons throughout key stage two are planned from a range of high quality texts, film clips, or current affairs to engage children in their learning, covering a broad range of genre and text-types. A strong emphasis is placed on ‘writing for real’ – giving children a real-life purpose for their writing in order to engage and enthuse. The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is embedded within English lessons and is also delivered discretely to support pupil progress in these basic skills.
Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout school, with regular opportunities for pupils to read independently, in guided groups and in whole-class novel sessions.
Every academic year, every class has a book focused unit. This allows for higher level reading skills to be explored as well being submerged in great writing. Other subject areas will naturally follow, with teachers using the skills ladder at the appropriate age group to ensure that there is progression throughout the school.
Teaching and learning in mathematics is based on the maths mastery approach, embedding key concepts through a range of visual and concrete concepts so that our pupils are able to apply their knowledge across all areas of mathematics.
- The Whole Class Moves Through Mathematical Content At The Same Pace
Each unit is studied in depth waiting until all children demonstrate that they have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Time To Think Deeply About The Mathematic Concepts
Children are given time to think deeply about the maths at a slower pace, allowing all children to really understand concepts rather than as a set of rules or procedures.
- Builds Self-Confidence In Learners
This inclusive approach, and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils.
- Differentiates Through Depth Rather Than Acceleration
Advanced learners are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
The foundation subjects and science are taught through a termly or half-termly topic with particular lead subject areas for the topic. Computing is taught discretely and through cross-curricular application of skills. Pupils also have regular opportunities to apply their learning in maths and English across the curriculum.