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Our Curriculum

A world of experience, bringing learning to life.

Our school is vibrant and dynamic. We place a strong emphasis on challenging and supporting every pupil to aspire to, and achieve, success in all areas of the curriculum. Inside and outside the classrooms our talented and committed team concentrates on what the children are doing and provides experiences and support to help youngsters to learn. Lessons are active, children work with each other and pupil responsibility for learning is encouraged at all times.

We are committed to the safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of our children.

Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities in the children.

We aim to help our children, with the co-operation of their parents:

  • To develop into happy and confident individuals with a secure foundation in learning that will last throughout their lives
  • Develop lively and enquiring minds through knowledge with understanding
  • Establish a command of the subjects contained in the National Curriculum
  • Value and understand religious and moral beliefs
  • Develop a respect for the views of others
  • Understand something of the world in which we live with regard for our mutual dependence on others as individuals, groups and nations
  • Appreciate human achievements and aspirations.

We try to do this by providing:

  • a school environment in which they can enjoy developing their mental and physical abilities
  • whole school and individual staff professional development which ensures the highest quality of teaching and learning
  • opportunities to work with other children and adults in a friendly atmosphere and so develop social skills in co-operating with each other.

We have wider aims to:

  • play our part in raising national standards in education through sharing good practice with other schools and teachers across the country
  • take a leading role in national initiatives.

Our curriculum includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but the ‘informal’ programme of extra curricular activities as well as the features which produce the school’s ethos, such as equality of opportunity, the values shown in the way the school sets about its task and the way in which it is organised and managed.

The curriculum is planned by the staff. The National Curriculum provides a necessary framework and ensures continuity throughout the child’s school life. The curriculum detail forms the most important element in the School Improvement Plan which in turn covers all aspects of school life.

Our teaching is child-centred in that our pupils are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so that we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We aim to interest the children, even excite them, so that they want to learn and enjoy their new skills. Success is a firm foundation for future learning and we show our appreciation of their successes.

Within the class our children are grouped according to their abilities in the different fields. Our planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils’ talents, skills and abilities.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The school has an extensive range of ICT resources including its purpose built ICT room. We are very proud of the way in which engage pupils in the use of ICT. All pupils have their own Learning Platform site, where they can save their work and collaborate with others.

Sex Education

Sex Education is taught in every year. The children are led gently to a deeper understanding of all the issues involved in this subject according to their level of maturity. The programme of work incorporates knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

All aspects of sex education require close co-operation between home and school and parents are informed in advance when sex education is to be taught.

Religious Education

We follow the agreed Warwickshire Syllabus, which gives children the opportunity to develop their understanding of Christianity as well as making comparisons with other religions. They are encouraged to develop their own beliefs, values and attitudes.

The Values for Life scheme gives us a key value for each half term.  Each value is introduced to the children in the classroom.  The children are encouraged to give their own interpretation and understanding of it.  The value is a key part of assemblies and classroom reflection throughout the half term.

Mathematics

We teach mathematics so that our pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment. Where possible we apply it to everyday life.

Each child has a daily maths lesson based on the National Framework for Mathematics. This involves direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems – reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing as argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Also pupils can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 1

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 2

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 3

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 4

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 5

Mathematics Information to parents – Year 6

English

Our English curriculum is planned to develop the basic skills of reading and writing, the enjoyment of books and effective communication in speech and writing.

Reading : Children follow a programme of Letters and Sounds in Key Stage 1 and where necessary, continue with phonics lessons into Key Stage 2.  Across the school children follow the Project X reading scheme which delivers a range of interesting and stimulating books to engage children, but also challenges them at a level that is appropriate.  Teachers read with the children in daily guided reading sessions, where reading fluency and comprehension is developed.  We always encourage parents and carers to read regularly at home with children and to record this in their reading diary provided.

Writing: Children develop their writing skills through literacy lessons and also have the opportunity to independently demonstrate this in weekly free writing and guided writing sessions. Children will have the opportunity to write in a range of genres and are encouraged to develop speaking and listening skills.  In addition to this pupils are taught to analyse texts, highlight grammatical features and to apply these in their own work. Pupils will also receive spelling lessons which teaches them spelling rules and patterns.

Writing is assessed using a criteria scale and this has been an especially useful tool for setting targets for children . Many parents have used the criteria to help their children at home by asking them to write short pieces and then discussing what criteria have or have not been fulfilled.  Please find these below for each year group.

For further information on writing please speak to Literacy Co-ordinator.

Assessment of writing Radford Semele

We have also found it useful to share example pieces of work so that parents and other adults are aware of expectations at key assessment point in their child’s development. Please feel free to book an appointment to talk to myself if you require further advice.

Expected year 2

Expected year 6

Special Needs

From time to time many children will need special help either to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their abilities. Specialist help is available within the school. Our Special Needs co-ordinator oversees the work of a team of teachers and classroom assistants who support and advise the classroom teacher.

They work with small groups and monitor the progress of children. Additional help is available when appropriate from Educational Psychologists and other outside support agencies.

The More Able Child

Our identification is through clear curriculum guidelines those children who have outstanding abilities. Opportunities are given for children to develop their specific skills or talents right across the curriculum.

Parents are always closely involved in all aspects of this special provision.

 

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