Curriculum

National Curriculum
All classes follow the agreed new National Curriculum, published in October 2014. For full details of the curriculum content of the National Curriculum please click here.  For more information on the curriculum we follow please do not hesitate to contact the headteacher.

Termly Medium Term Plans
Each class completes and medium term plan for parents, which is an overview of all the subjects being taught that term. Please see below for this years medium term plans.

Phonics and Reading
The school has a structured approach to the teaching of phonics which is based around the "Letters and Sounds” framework. The children are introduced to the “Letters and Sounds” scheme when starting school in Reception and it is then taught throughout Key Stage 1 during a focused daily whole school phonics session alongside class teaching.

Children are grouped based on their stage not their age and are supported accordingly. This ensures that children are appropriately challenged in small groups. The teaching of phonics for KS2 and the more able KS1 children leads into spelling programmes, based on the new national curriculum, which follow the spelling rules and patterns. Weekly spellings are learned and lists are derived in line with the statutory word list for Year 3/4 and 5/6.

Reading in school focuses on both individual reading books and structured guided reading sessions led by an adult in class. In Key Stage 1 the children have access to Oxford Reading Tree books to support individual reading and some book band levels are also supported by Rigby Star phonics bug books to further support reading, and encourage a wider breadth in reading material.  Children read their individual reading books at least three times a week in school and are encouraged to read daily at home. There is a wide range of guided reading resources which follow book bands and children read weekly with an adult as part of a guided group.

Reading activities continue into Key Stage 2 and children read both individually, and as part of a guided group. There are a number of resources to support guided reading in line with book bands and individual reading books. Guided reading has a considerable impact on comprehension moving on from reading strategies.

Maths, English and Science
All children are taught maths, English and science in line with the new National Curriculum. Children are taught in mixed age classes to ensure challenge and progression as appropriate, work is differentiated and varied to meet the needs of every child, whilst ensuring curriculum coverage and depth of learning.
The Hamilton Trust Plans are used to support planning as appropriate.

Physical Education
The Physical Education curriculum ensures a wide range of high quality experiences for all the children. All children have 2 hour each week of Physical Education alongside a wide range of additional experiences for every child through daily informal physical activity, out of school hours learning and competitive and non competitive intra and inter school competition. Every child experiences Gymnastic activities for a full term alongside Swimming for all children in Key Stage 2. The remainder of the lessons include athletic activities, striking and fielding games, outdoor and adventurous activities, net and wall games, and invasion games. There is considerable importance placed on fundamentals for KS1 children.

Music
Music is taught weekly in every class through a combination of class teacher led input and support from Leicestershire Schools music service. All children have the opportunity to perform as part of a massed choir and as part of a massed orchestra. Children can also learn the guitar as part of the extended curriculum.

Geography and History
The Geography and History curriculum is taught as part of a rolling programme across the classes based on themed content. Please see below for a detailed overview.

 

Religious Education
As part of the Leicester Diocese of Education we follow the agreed Leicester and Diocesan Agreed Syllabus for RE. 

Modern Foreign Languages
We currently teach French at Key Stage 2 and are in the process of reviewing our curriculum content.