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Our Curriculum

We have three drivers that shape our curriculum.  These drivers reflect the needs of our children and the values of our school. These are set out below:

Global Community - we want our children to grow up loving our world, feeling a valuable part of it and knowing that they have a contribution to make.

Through learning about the world, we want them to understand their role in society and develop respect towards the environment, communities and religions by:

  • Noting cultural awareness and celebrating diversity
  • Participation in the local and global community and being a beacon for others
  • Utilising our local area
  • Nurturing environmental awareness
  • Relating learning to real-life context
  • Investigating the impact of the important individuals in our world
  • Using technology and connectivity

Spirituality - we are creating an atmosphere for Spiritual growth at the centre of all teaching. Children are encouraged to:

  • Pray, reflect, contemplate and make links with their daily life and gospel values and in doing so develop a relationship with God
  • Look inwards to think about that own beliefs, values, hopes, dreams, feelings, ideas and aspirations
  • Look outwards, to reflect on and appreciate the natural world, the environment and human achievement
  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards others and in which we live

Equipped for life - We understand the importance of preparing children for their future.  We recognise the importance of making connections. We support our children in becoming confident readers and  develop a growth mindset so that they can:

  • Become life-long readers who read for pleasure
  • Develop a rich and varied vocabulary so that they can communicate well Develop resilience, perseverance and open to challenge
  • See mistakes as the launchpad for new learning
  • Discover and develop individual talents and skills
  • Have the confidence to take risks and explore possibilities
  • Have high aspirations for their future.

Reading at the heart of our curriculum- Making Connections

We understand the importance of making connections. As they grow and develop, children learn to make connections in order to understand themselves, other and their world. Each Learning Journey is supported by carefully chosen quality reading texts which engage the children and provide the stimulus for writing and further exploration; it helps pupils build a meaningful understanding of the language being used, and make connections between the text they are reading/hearing and their own individual lives.

Learning Journeys enable us to identify skills, concepts, knowledge and ideas from individual subjects and bring them together in a cohesive way. By putting great books, wonderful poems and rich texts at the heart of our teaching we aim to ignite children’s love of reading and writing which will which will benefit them in school and throughout life. We strive to nurture life-long readers who take pleasure in searching out new books to read.

We are currently reviewing our learning journeys to ensure they complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, they will be able to explore concepts more deeply, applying their knowledge and understanding in different contexts. Our planning is supported by ‘The Literacy Tree’ which also reinforces the teaching of grammar through real texts. 

Phonics

The teaching of reading and phonics is given the highest priority in EYFS and KS1. Our approach to the teaching of phonics is through the ‘Phonics Fairy' programme which follows the government's 'Letters and Sounds' document. 

This is taught daily and if children are not progressing at the expected rate, interventions are quickly put into place. Children have access to phonically decodeable books to build on their phonic skills for reading using the 'Bugs Club' collection and online resources including e-books. This is also supplemented by other schemes to enhance reading experiences. The Phonics Fairy teaching resource is also now used to further engage the children and link the teaching of phonics to real books.

We now also use digital applications on iPads and desktops to support childrens' early experience of phonics. These include games and services such as 'Teach your Monster to Read', 'Spelling Shed' and the 'Hairy Letters' suite of apps.

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