The school offers a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is designed to enable all children to become: successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. All classes are taught by the class teacher and have children of mixed ability. The children are taught using a variety of grouping and teaching methods. Teachers are supported by highly trained teaching assistants and other support staff.
Children begin their learning journey following the new statutory Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Progress is assessed against the Early Learning Goals across seven areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication & Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
In KS1 & KS2, National Curriculum core subjects are: English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation), mathematics and science. These are delivered in a variety of ways that provide continuity of learning for the children across the school.
The National Curriculum foundation subjects: design & technology, computing, art & design, history, geography, music and physical education (gymnastics, athletics, games, dance and swimming in Key Stage 2) are delivered in a variety of ways: cross-curricular topics which have a theme and sometimes by subject.
The school also has a programme for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE). Sex education and drugs education are taught as part of the PSHCE curriculum.
The school uses specialist music teachers in the curriculum and we have forged a link with the Rochdale Instrumental Service so that children will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in KS2.
Spanish is taught across the school as its modern foreign language.
Fabulous Friday is a creative curriculum approach we have introduced (from September 2012) that allows us to place certain subjects together for one afternoon per week.
Children complete a carousel of activities during the afternoon. In KS1: Computing, Music and RE are taught on a weekly basis. Whilst in KS2: PSHE, Drama, Music and Spanish are taught during our ‘Fabulous Friday’.
WHOLE SCHOOL & CLASS THEME WEEKS
Throughout the year, whole school theme weeks are planned into the curriculum. These weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas. Examples of theme weeks include: Science week, Friendship week and Football World Cup.
The world cup theme week involved all classes completing activities linked to the topic. It included: designing and making football kits that concluded with a whole school fashion show (DT); looking at the effect of exercise on the body (PE); an interview with a footballer (Literacy); investigating whether football books help you run faster (Science) and researching the different countries of teams (Geography).
In addition, all classes have an Art and DT theme week each term. The class spends a whole week working on the particular topic and have a substantial amount of time to complete some high quality work. We feel this approach really engages the children, creates a lot of excitement in the classroom and improves the quality of work produced by the children.
SKILLS BASED CURRICULUM WITH A CROSS CURRICULAR APPROACH
All teachers complete a long term overview that details and timetables the topics that will be taught throughout the year. Relevant links between subjects are maximized on the curriculum map to promote our cross curricular approach. For example, Handling Data in maths will be linked to a science topic that involves collecting data. Also, a history topic on the Tudors may be linked to writing a non-chronological report in English. Where possible, topics that complement each other will be placed one after another. For example, a two week history topic on the ‘Egyptians’ could be followed by a two week geography topic on ‘Hot Lands’.
CURRICULUM COVERAGE & KEY SKILLS
To ensure that the whole National Curriculum breadth of study is covered certain year groups must complete certain topics. Additional topics are planned by teachers to meet the needs and interests of the pupils in their class.
Teachers complete a curriculum overview each half term. This details the: learning intentions, coverage and skills that the children will be experiencing across all curriculum areas. These are sent to parents for information and can also be found on the school website.
TYPICAL SCHOOL DAY
8.45am Doors open
8.55am Start of school day and registration
12.15pm Dinner KS1 and KS2 (12.00pm Reception Dinner)
3.15pm End of day