Curriculum overview

The Curriculum
We endeavour to provide a curriculum which will engage and enthuse learners of all ages. High expectations for all pupils and a commitment to meeting the needs of every individual are shared by all staff.  The knowledge and skills of the 2014 National Curriculum are taught through a combination of discrete subject –specific  teaching and cross-curricular themes, thus ensuring that pupils have opportunities to develop and apply their skills across the curriculum. The creative arts continue to have a high profile in the school, as well as physical education. Personal and social skills are also valued as essential ingredients for successful learning.
Curriculum maps for each term can be found on the class pages of the school website.


Informing parents
Teachers invite parents to a curriculum workshop at the start of each school year to describe the main areas covered and give advice for supporting children with home learning. Letters and curriculum overviews are sent out to all parents each term. Parent consultations are held each term and a written report is sent to parents once a year. These strive to inform parents as to their child’s progress and attainment in relation to age expectations.
The school also organises information evenings each term on specific curriculum areas, for example reading, writing, maths and early years.


Assessment
Children’s progress is monitored closely throughout their 5 years with us so that we can be sure that they are achieving their best and that the curriculum we provide meets their needs. Any difficulties are identified as early as possible and support put in place. We can also identify any notable strengths and ensure that enrichment opportunities are maximised.

During their first year in school, the children follow the Early Years Foundation stage and their progress in 17 areas of learning is assessed and reported to parents and the local authority.  The children are assessed as reaching the expected level for their age, exceeding or working towards this level (emerging).


In Year 1 phonics screening is carried out and the number of children who reach the required level  is reported to the local authority. Ongoing teacher assessment of reading, writing and maths takes place throughout the rest  of the year groups and children’s achievement is measured in terms of age-related expectations.


In Yr 2 statutory Key Stage One assessment tasks (SATs) indicate children’s achievement in reading, writing, maths and science. The levels are reported to parents and the local authority. 


Yr 3 is the only year in which pupils’ achievement is not required to be reported to the local authority, but assessment still takes place as thoroughly as any other year group.


In Yr 4 we inform the local authority of pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing, maths and science. We strive to ensure that each pupil makes good or better progress from their starting point.