All aspects of The National Curriculum are taught and, for primary pupils, this is composed of ten subjects and Religious Education. Three subjects form the core of the curriculum: English, Mathematics and Science. The other foundation subjects are: Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. We also teach French as a Modern Foreign Language to all children in Key Stage 2.
The National Curriculum programmes of study are followed for all subjects with the exception of RE where, as a Church Aided School, we follow the York Diocesan Scheme of Work for RE. September 2014 saw the introduction of a new primary curriculum and assessment framework and we have introduced this in school. Children’s progress is assessed against the new curriculum with a move from levels of attainment to whether a child is working below, at or above the expectation for their school year.
The youngest children in school follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This covers three prime areas of learning – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language – and four specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
Children are involved in first hand, practical learning. This includes the use of specialist visitors coming in to school and visits to places of interest or special events, including the offer of a residential visit for our Year 5 and 6 children. In addition, children are offered a wide variety of learning opportunities both during and after the school day. Children can take music lessons for woodwind, brass, guitar and keyboard and there is also the opportunity to join other music groups. There is a range of after/before school clubs and also ones which meet at lunchtime. One class is having whole class music tuition as part of the Wider Opportunities Programme in 2014 2015 and next academic year will see a follow up group continuing as a group of eight.
We monitor and track children’s progress through assessments made on a regular basis. This enables us to provide extra support when necessary and challenge children with gifts and talents where appropriate. Parents and carers are regularly informed of their child’s progress through parent consultations, interim and annual reports, Wave Provision Maps (where appropriate) and informal meetings with their child’s teacher throughout the year.
Children undertake statutory assessment at the end of the Foundation Stage, at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). Children in Year 1 have a statutory Phonics Screening check.
We use Read Write Inc as our main scheme for developing reading and writing throughout Key Stage 1. This is a systematic phonics based approach to the teaching of reading and writing. All children follow the programme through to completion and it is our goal that all our children become fluent readers by age 6.
There is a library in school open to all children, including the opportunity to read with parents after school in the library on a Thursday after school. We endeavour to promote a love of reading through themed days, access to books in all classrooms and shared reading with a partner in school.
English and Mathematics are taught discretely, sometimes linked to the topic being covered for the term and sometimes in isolation. Daily mathematics and English lessons take place across the school and there are additional sessions which focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar and guided reading.