Curriculum Information Key Stage 1 and 2
Children from years 1 – 6 have discreet daily English and Maths lessons. Where possible these may link to topics. They are taught to read, using a range of published schemes and materials, organised according to the book bands. As children become more proficient, they develop their reading skills using colour coded books. Daily reading is an important element in each class. In Year 1 and 2 children also have a daily phonics lesson, based around Letters and Sounds. Spelling is taught in phonics sessions and in spelling lessons as children get older linked to the National Curriculum year group expectations.
Science is taught weekly and is integrated into topics or taught discreetly as appropriate. Each class studies a growing topic in the Spring term, which incorporates elements of SRE at a level appropriate for the age of child. Computing skills are taught from Year 1 upwards and computers are used regularly to support learning in different subjects.
Weekly lessons in philosophy and RE encourage children to examine their belief systems and develop British values. These are also underpinned in history and geography, which normally form the basis for topics.
We also place a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of their own and others’ needs and feelings through a programme of PSHEC (personal, social, health, education and citizenship). This may be taught as discrete lessons, integrated into others subjects, and also promoted through assemblies and day-to-day events in our Academy life.
In years 3-5 children learn French and or Chinese and all children enjoy 2 hours of PE, supplemented by extra-curricular sports clubs.
Whenever possible, we try to make links across subjects, so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. These themes have been chosen because they exemplify some of the values we believe are important for children’s future well-being and success. Each class investigates a different aspect of the following themes:
Autumn 1: Explorers
Autumn 2: What does it mean to be me? Our identity & heritage
Spring 1: Different cultures of the world
Spring 2: Symbols, patterns and logic
Summer 1: Growth
Summer 2: Our world and beyond
Letters and Sounds
Our Phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
You can find out more about the Letters and Sounds scheme and download all appropriate learning resources directly from their website.