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Last updated 05/11/12

The Curriculum

We believe in our pupils having fun, meaningful experiences across the curriculum!

For the past 2 years we have been developing a creative themed curriculum. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this way of working and have experienced many varied and memorable experiences. All classes have a different theme for each term and the children help to plan the topic by suggesting activities and saying what they would like to learn. Each class has a role play area and the displays in the classroom reflect the topic.

Our curriculum embraces the 'Every Child Matters' agenda, so each child has the opportunity to learn about life in the wider world.

Examples of this are:
  • Dressing up as clowns and finding out about life in a circus from a real clown!
  • A visit to Pizza Express to find out how pizzas are made
  • A visit from Richard Angwin, weather presenter, to discuss how the weather forecasts are put together.
  • A Dragon's Den experience where the children had to manufacture and pitch their own chocolate design to a group of 'Dragons'.

The planning of the curriculum is based around the skills children need for life and the children knowing how they learn. Each term we have a 'learn to learn' day which is a curriculum day where all the school work together on a particular topic.

This involves them working in mixed age groups and using a range of skills that they have been developing throughout the year.

'Learn to learn' days have included
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind - experiencing life as someone with disabilities
  • Eco Day - activities based around being eco friendly

Throughout ICT is at the heart of our curriculum. Children are taught ICT skills which they can then use in cross curricular projects. They are encouraged to make choices about the ICT they use and whether it is appropriate for the task.

They will be taught to develop their enquiring minds and be eager to explore the world around. This will include a practical approach to problem solving, research, experimentation and a suitable choice of communication of the results.

At the heart of the curriculum, literacy and numeracy skills will be seen as vital to the successful development of all aspects of the curriculum.

We expect high standards in all aspects of school life and work, with the emphasis at all times on providing a supportive and happy atmosphere in which to work. Children will be encouraged to produce their best possible work and be proud of what they produce.

Useful Links to Curriculum Resources

Phonics Interactive Learning
This is a programme that you can install on your computer to help children learn the phonics sounds.

Times Tables Booklet

Maths Guidance for Parents

Reading Guidance for Parents