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Our curriculum is built around stimulating the children's natural curiosity in learning and following their own interests.
In Nursery and Reception, our curriculum is guided by Development Matters and Birth to 5 Matters. Our environments are set up to enable children to explore, practise, revisit and rehearse new skills and knowledge. Play is vital at this early stage of learning and staff model and facilitate learning for the children in this way. We approach our curriculum through both child and adult led learning as appropriate.
Our English curriculum is designed to support and allow children to achieve the overarching aims of the 2014 National Curriculum. They are:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
In English, we use a variety of books to practice, rehearse and develop skills in reading and writing. All our classes have a daily Ramp Reading session using high quality texts which support phonic and comprehension skills.
All children in Key Stage 1 receive daily phonics following Letters and Sounds.
To support the children's spelling, those who are secure with their phonological knowledge have a dedicated daily 20 minute session using the RWI Get Spelling Scheme.
In Maths, children experience lessons which support the 3 aims of the 2014 National Curriculum. They are:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Teachers follow White Rose Hub materials to ensure a Mastery Curriculum. They use other resources such as the Busy Ants scheme to support the planning process, Convince Me!, Picture Maths and Sometimes, Always, Never.
Our Science curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of not only Scientific fact, but also their ability to work scientifically.
The aims of the Science curriculum are:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
All classes have a dedicated lesson a week using 'Love to Investigate' from Cornerstones.
The Foundation Subjects include:
Design & Technology
Our Foundation Subjects are covered using the Cornerstones Curriculum. The Interactive Learning Projects mix learning from a variety of subjects through 4 corners - Engage, Develop, Innovate & Express. Currently, all classes cover two ILP projects over the course of the year to allow sufficient depth and coverage of the topics.
Our school follows the Locally Agreed Rochdale Syllabus. The objectives in the Locally Agreed Syllabus are met through the Cornerstones Love to Celebrate scheme of work. The Love to Celebrate topics cover all major religions and faiths in the U.K including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Each year covers all religions and there is clear progression in each unit, which builds on prior learning.
To find out more about what is happening throughout the year in each class please visit the class page.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our curriculum in more detail, please make an appointment to see the class teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.