Mainstream Curriculum

The school currently teaches from the National Curriculum that has been in place since 2014. The school has always adapted the National Curriculum in line with the needs of the children in the school, and in light of two major government initiatives, which are ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ and ‘Every Child Matters’, this ensures that the children are delivered a high quality, rich and diverse curriculum.

Below, you will find a list of links to documents that you will hopefully find helpful, including curriculum overviews for each subject that show how they are broken down by yeargroup. We have also included links to some websites that may help you explore the curriculum further.

Teaching of mathematics

We have a range of resources that we draw on in the teaching of mathematics across the school. Teachers have access to the Abacus Evolve scheme of work, and resources from NRich and White Rose are often used in lessons as well. An intervention called 'First Class at Number' is also delivered where groups of children would benefit from extra support in maths work. Having such a wide availability of resources means that teachers are able to tailor their maths teaching towards each specific group of learners as they feel is most appropriate.

Teaching of literacy

Teachers ensure that objectives from each year group's literacy curriculum are covered through the year by embedding their literacy teaching within termly topic work. Books to tie in with each new literacy topic are carefully selected to engage and motivate each group of learners.

In terms of reading, we follow the guidance of letters and sounds and implement systematic phonics instruction by using planning, teaching resources and games from phonics play. This approach is also supported with resources from RWI to help with the learning process and incorporate the link between phonemes, graphemes and letter formation.
From Nursery upwards the children complete continuous phonics assessments throughout the phonics play process. This identifies which phase each child is working within and teachers will record and track their progress throughout the phases. Each teacher will pass the phonics play tracking sheets on to the next class at the start of the year. A class overview from these assessments will highlight which stage of each phase children are working within to support the new teacher when planning their phonics teaching.

Teachers and teaching assistant have access to a phonics play planning file and this is also available on the staff share system. This enables staff to assess, plan, deliver and support groups and individual learners.

Parents are also provided with information about phonics play and how they can access the home support section it provides close monitoring and assessment will highlight gaps to help to inform them of interventions to ensure children make accelerated progress.

Further interventions are also available to meet individual learner's needs and these include RWI catch up session, Project X Code and Phonographix.