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Curriculum

At Church Broughton Primary School, we aim to provide a vibrant, balanced and quality education for each child. We plan for work to be stimulating and interesting and to challenge all children.

We have planned a topic based curriculum that is creative, fun and focused on knowledge, skills and understanding. By linking subjects through a theme, the work becomes more exciting and motivating. At our school, we plan on a two-year cycle to ensure coverage is not repeated in any of our classes. We do, in addition, plan for discrete teaching in some subjects. In this way, children are able to recognise the individual nature of specific subjects while also appreciating the links between different curriculum areas. Teachers meet on a regular basis to discuss overall policy and to ensure continuity and progression of teaching practice throughout the school. Teachers ensure that a balance is maintained between the different areas of the curriculum and that these are fully developed within the framework of the topic. The emphasis throughout the curriculum is working with meaning and understanding. Children are encouraged to take pride in the quality and presentation of their work and to become motivated and independent learners able to make decisions.

We always endeavour to create an enriched curriculum for our children, injecting varied and rich learning experiences. Every term each class has at least one first-hand learning experience; they might go on a visit or we may invite a visitor into school. We also have themed days each term, where children work in their houses, giving them opportunity to work with children from across the school on a particular topic.

Within any age group of children there exists a wide range of ability and it is the responsibility of the class teacher to ensure that children’s work follows school policies and that it matches the needs of individual children. Advice and help is available to teachers with children who are experiencing particular learning difficulties and where necessary, Provision Maps are prepared for children. Such programmes are discussed with parents as their support and involvement is an important element in determining their success.

Children with exceptional abilities are also identified and provision made to ensure that their learning programmes meet their particular needs.

In line with most schools, we work from and develop the National Curriculum to meet our children’s needs. In doing this we place a high emphasis on basic skills to enable our children to achieve well. For more information on the National Curriculum, please go to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

The Foundation Stage Curriculum:

The Early Years Foundation Stage is for children beginning in Nursery at the age of 3 until leaving Reception at the age of 5.  There are seven areas of learning: Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Creative Development. All children within the Early Years Foundation Stage work towards attaining the Early Learning Goals associated with these areas of learning.

At Church Broughton Primary School, we plan purposeful activities and experiences with a balance of child-initiated and adult led activities. Play underpins all development and learning for young children and play, both indoors and outdoors, will enable your child to develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Children are assessed, through observation, on entry to school and during the Reception year.

The EYFS curriculum will be explained to you in more detail at information evenings for parents in the Summer Term before your child is due to start school and then early in the Autumn Term.

Core Subjects:

English: This incorporates phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling & punctuation and speaking & listening. The children work in phonics groups according to ability every day with spellings to learn each week.   We follow the ‘Letters & Sounds’ scheme in phonics. In reading, children follow a colour banded scheme through school. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read as often as possible, recording this in their child’s reading diary. All children have a guided reading session with their teacher once a week. Spelling, grammar and punctuation is taught either within English writing lessons or as a discrete lesson. Children are taught to write using the cursive style, with the pre-cursive style used in Reception.

Maths: We teach maths using a range of resources including ‘Maths No Problem’, ‘White Rose Maths’ and ‘MyMaths’. Children are taught the skills of reasoning and applying as well as the ability to be fluent in maths. Times Tables are an important part of the maths curriculum. We use ‘Rock Stars Times Tables’ to make this area of maths fun and purposeful for the children.

Science: Children learn more effectively from investigation and ‘doing’. Much of our science is based on first-hand experience to develop an ‘enquiry’ approach. Children are encouraged to predict possible outcomes and test those predictions and theories.

Foundation Subjects:

Topic: This incorporates history, geography, art and design technology. We choose topics to engage the interests of all the children and teach these curriculum areas through a series of lessons based on the topic chosen.

Computing: We follow the ‘Wokingham’ scheme for computing. The children have a discrete lesson each week as well as having it incorporated into other areas of the curriculum. We have trolleys of laptops and ipads which are moved between the classes. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and there are also visualisers in some classrooms. The teaching of online safety underpins al our teaching of computing.

Religious Education: As a Church School, we are wholeheartedly committed to the teaching of R.E. It is delivered as a separate lesson each week. Although we provide a broadly Christian based approach, we include the richness of our culturally diverse society and learn about the world’s major religions. Children will take part in an act of Worship every day. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from either RE or Worship need to discuss this with the headteacher.

Physical Education: P.E. is taught within two sessions each week and will be a mix of indoor and outdoor activities through the year. Children in Y3/4 have the opportunity to go swimming each week as one of their PE lessons. This is at no cost to parents. PE is taught by the class teachers and by external sports coaches. We hold enrichment days at least three times a year. This is to enable children to experience sports not usually taught within the main curriculum, such as fencing and archery.

Music: We follow the ‘Music Express’ scheme within school. Children are taught the skills of listening, singing, composing and playing through a range of topics. We have a singing session each week where children enjoy learning contemporary songs as well as songs with a Christian theme. Children have the opportunity to learn instruments through the external teachers who come into school each week.

Modern Foreign Language: In Key Stage 2 all our children learn French following the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ scheme. There is opportunity for any child in school to learn French with an external teacher once a week.

Sex & Relationships Education: In Y5 children will learn about hygiene and puberty and then in Y6, children will learn about reproduction. This subject is taught with sensitivity to the age and needs of the children and parental consent will always be obtained first.

Progress and Reports:

Your child’s progress is monitored continuously and a written report is issued annually at the end of the Summer term. We hold parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms. At any time, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s attainment and/or progress, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us.

Assessments:

Our children are assessed continuously and their work is tailored to their individual needs. Children are formally assessed at the end of Y2 and Y6. Results of these tests form part of your child’s report.

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