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We have a whole school theme-based curriculum which means the children are excited and motivated to learn and they can learn together sometimes across the age range. We link subjects together e.g. art with geography, history with ICT, literacy with science, etc. Creative arts and a vibrant learning environment are essential parts of our themes. We also focus on achieving the highest possible standards for all our children in the basics of literacy, maths and science. We are well equipped with computer technology too and combine high tech. learning with our Forest School status where we learn outdoors and engage with nature. Our curriculum is further enriched by visiting teachers, artists, musicians and sports teachers. We also have a cookery room where we cook a variety of foods including produce from our garden.
We follow the National Curriculum in all subjects.
We follow the Literacy Strategy's guidelines in terms of teaching a wide range of genres and spelling which progress through the year groups. Children are inspired in their writing by a wide range of stimuli including links with our themes for example Science Fiction stories linked with Space and Persuasive posters linked with the Seaside. Children begin to check and edit their own work in the infants and they are involved in the next steps in their learning through our learning journeys for writing which each child progresses through at their own pace.
Children are taught to read using systematic synthetic phonics based on Letters and Sounds. They are encouraged to also use other cues to decode texts. Children throughout school from YR to Y6 are grouped according to ability to learn phonics and spelling to aid, in the first instance, their reading followed by their spelling. These groups are small as all class based staff take a small group of children to ensure teaching is focused. Activities are interactive, investigative and fun. In Foundation stage children initially read books from the Rigby Star scheme which is based on phonics and this links with what they are learning in school. Following this they read books from Oxford Reading Tree. As they reach the upper levels of Oxford Reading Tree they broaden their reading with a range of early readers from Collins, Puffin and a wide range of publishers. Children read their reading books 1:1 with adults in school on a regular basis with those children who find reading more difficult receiving additional support and encouragement. All children in school are also grouped by ability into guided reading groups where they work with their teachers on focused reading activities.
We place a high value on reading and enthusing the children about books. All the children spend time in the school library at least once a week and choose books from the library to take home along with their reading book. We also hold regular reading events such as World Book Day activity days, inviting parents in to read with the children, buddied reading between older and younger children and visits from authors, poets and story tellers.
Speaking and Listening
We believe that developing good listening skills and the ability to articulate thoughts are vital and children are engaged in plentiful discussions as whole school, classes, groups and in pairs as well as drama activities and forest school or outdoor learning activities which give rise to an enormous amount of high quality talk! Children have weekly assembly and PSHE themes which they discuss and learn the conventions of discussion and asking questions.
In maths we follow the Primary National Strategy guidelines and use a wide range of approaches and resources to enhance children's learning and appeal to different learning styles. We place a high emphasis on the children having a thorough understanding of number and calculation and learning mental maths skills and knowledge that will help them throughout their lives. Children know their next steps with regard to mental maths knowledge through their Learning Journeys:
Science and Design Technology (D.T.)|
Science is taught covering biological, chemical and physical aspects on a rolling programme from Year 1. We make good use of our grounds in studying plants, mini-beasts and habitats as our pond and garden are full of wildlife. Children enjoy practical investigations and often use their science knowledge to inform a Design Technology project for example, their knowledge of electrical circuits to design a game which lights up. We have a kitchen for the children to use in school so they have plentiful opportunities to cook including making recipes using produce from our garden. Our science learning is integrated with our themed curriculum for example, when we study Rainforests theme we study habitats and food chains.
Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T)|
The children learn about communicating and presenting information through slide shows, leaflets and email using visuals and sound; about finding out information through the internet; about interpreting information from graphs, databases and spreadsheets and about control and modelling technology. All of our ICT learning is integrated with our themed curriculum and the children have access to laptops and PCs so that a whole class can be engaged in ICT at the same time.
History and Geography|
We study a skills based curriculum in these subjects linked with our themes. For example, for our Local Area theme we study local history and geography field work skills of mapping and orienteering. We bring the subjects alive through drama and outdoor learning as well as visitors to school and trips.
We teach a wide range of games including football, hockey, rounders, cricket, rugby and netball building skills from Reception class upwards. We have a hall where we do gymnastics and dance as well as our large outdoors areas for all outdoor games.
We study all major religions in the world following the Lancashire RE syllabus and the children learn about tolerance and diversity as well as about specific customs and practices within different religions and cultures.
We have a specialist music teacher who teaches the children in their classes every week. We also place a high value on singing and learning new songs in singing assembly every week. We stage a performance including singing at Christmas and in the summer for parents, grandparents and friends. The children also have the opportunity to take up free guitar lessons and private brass lessons.
PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)|
Developing children's social skills and ensuring their emotional well being is central to our ethos as a school and each week key themes such as "courage", "friends" or "ambition" form the basis of our assemblies and our PSHEE sessions in class.