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Curriculum

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Our aim is to provide a stimulating, varied and active curriculum. 

Children choose their own books within the ability colour bands which their teacher has allocated them. Many of the upper key stage 2 children will be able to choose free readers.

Guided reading sessions take place 3 times a week where the children work in small ability groups on a shared appropriate text. Each session will have an assessment focus. Teachers, teaching assistants and parent and governor helpers will work with groups in rotation.

A full range of text types will be shared with the children in lessons and a class novel provides enjoyment, enrichment and a basis for discussion.

A written reading comprehension exercise will take place once a week in Discovery and Endeavour with children given differentiated texts.

We expect our key stage 2 children to read independently and to record this but also to read to an adult or discuss their book on every week day.

MATHS

We follow the new 2014 National Curriculum.

Please use this link for our calculation policy.

PHONICS

Phonics is taught in Ark Class (Years R and 1) as an active and exciting daily learning session. The children are split into small groups and follow the Letters and Sounds Programme. This is a 6 phase programme in which the children will progress through at a rate that suits them.

READING IN EYFS AND KEY STAGE ONE

Children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 are given books to take home and it is encouraged the children read every night for a short period of time. The books they are given correspond to the phonics level they are working at, therefore applying their phonic knowledge to their reading. We hear the children read individually once a week, and an assessment made each time.

Pupils move on to colour banded book in the library as soon as they are at an appropriate level. These books develop fluency and enjoyment of a variety of texts (e.g. stories, poetry, and information) 

Ark class has a reading corner where the children can choose and enjoy books independently. We always have a class story to read and enjoy with the children every day.

READING

We model reading strategies for the children during English lessons and the children are given opportunities to develop these and discuss texts in greater detail during guided reading sessions.

We expect our children to be heard read aloud or to share a book with a parent or carer on every weekday and this is to be recorded in their Reading Record books.

Once a week the whole school (including staff) take part in a ‘Big read’, this is a 30 minute uninterrupted reading for pleasure session.

We aim to nurture a love of literature in our children and we hold various events to encourage this; World book day events, book sales and ‘pizza and pyjama story telling ‘.

Our smart mezzanine library with its cosy sofas and chairs is a welcoming space for the children to choose and share books and take part in small group work

Whole School CURRICULUM oVERVIEW

SPELLING

The teaching of spelling follows the requirements set out in the 2014 national curriculum and the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Children in Discovery and Endeavour take home a list of spellings at their own level to learn through the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method. They are tested on their spelling list and attempt to better their own score.

READING IN KEY STAGE TWO

Children choose their own books within the ability colour bands which their teacher has allocated them. Many of the upper key stage 2 children will be able to choose free readers.

Guided reading sessions take place 3 times a week where the children work in small ability groups on a shared appropriate text. Each session will have an assessment focus. Teachers, teaching assistants and parent and governor helpers will work with groups in rotation.

A full range of text types will be shared with the children in lessons and a class novel provides enjoyment, enrichment and a basis for discussion.

A written reading comprehension exercise will take place once a week in Discovery and Endeavour with children given differentiated texts.

We expect our key stage 2 children to read independently and to record this but also to read to an adult or discuss their book on every week day.