Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The curriculum that we teach in our nursery class and reception classes meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (2012), with seven areas of learning and development underpinning the curriculum. These seven areas are divided into:

The three prime areas of:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

And the four specific areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our school fully support the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well planned structured activities. Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in the EYFS Framework document.

Assessment through the Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) is largely carried out through observations and informal activities, which feed into the child’s Learning Journey, a collection of evidence of pieces of work, photographs, observation notes etc. This ongoing form of assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child. We strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and about how well their child is progressing. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s learning. We ask parents to share their child’s Learning Journey and to contribute to their overall assessment through our use of ‘2build a profile’, an electronic assessment tool that parents can access information about their child’s observations and learning in school on a regular basis.

KS1 and KS2

We agree long term plans for each key stage and year group. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term or half term, which subjects and the areas of these subjects. We frequently adopt a cross-curricular approach to planning where appropriate, in order for our pupils to make relevant links about their learning and to apply their knowledge and understanding across different subjects. In some cases, subjects are deemed better to be taught discretely, in order to develop an in depth understanding of the relevant concepts and skills.

KS1 Cycle A

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Colour & Pattern

Adventures in Space

Buckets & Spades

KS1 Cycle B

Autumn

Spring

Summer

On the Move

Hot & Cold

The Great Outdoors

KS2 Cycle A

Autumn

Spring

Summer

World War 2

Take a Tale

Romans

KS2 Cycle B

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Ancient Egypt

Jungle

Bristol

Our English and Mathematics planning follows the requirements of the new National Curriculum, implemented in September 2014. Much of our writing is taught through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, advocated by Pie Corbett. Clear progression is planned for in our teaching of Maths through our use of the ‘Maths No Problem’ schemes of work, alongside our Calculation Policy which clearly states how we teach the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) across the school.

Although we base our teaching of all subjects on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance documents, we have tweaked and enriched our curriculum through the development and use of local schemes of work.

Phonics: Read, Write, Inc is used as the basis for our teaching of phonics in Foundation Stage and KS1. Once the children have completed this multi-sensory approach to learning to read and write, they progress onto Read, Write, Inc’s spelling programme.

Reading: We use a range of reading schemes within school and for practice at home. Read, Write, Inc books are used as part of their daily phonics sessions and these are then supported with additional reading scheme books such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and ‘real books’ to ensure the children have breadth to their learning. We have a selection of sets of books/texts for guided reading sessions in groups, which are further supplemented by books that we are able to source through our PTA funded subscription to Resources for Learning, based in Bridgwater. We also access collections of books linked to our termly topics or focus authors from here to complement our central school library and books within classrooms.

Additional subjects taught as part of our broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum

Science

We aim to encourage scientific curiosity, widen pupils' knowledge and develop a logical approach to scientific investigation.

Computing

Children are taught how to use different pieces of equipment and elements of software relevant to their age and ability. They then have the opportunity to practice skills within discrete lessons and as part of other curriculum work. Each class also has an iPad. On-line safety is taken very seriously and is taught as part of the curriculum.

 

History

Pupils develop a chronological secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They are encouraged to appreciate changes within their living memory, significant events beyond living memory and study important individuals from the past.

Geography

Pupils develop knowledge about places, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Work includes study of the United Kingdom, the wider world as well as our more immediate local area.

Design and Technology

A wide range of activities, often linked to the term's topic work are undertaken. Emphasis is placed on the design, making and evaluation processes, rather than just on the finished product. Cooking and nutrition is also an integral part of the new DT curriculum.

Art & Design

A wide variety of mediums, such as paint, collage, print, clay, needlework, pastel and pencil, are used to teach children new skills and techniques. Specific styles and artists are studied, as well as the opportunity for individual and group work based on imagination.

Music

The appreciation of music is taught alongside the development of singing and music making skills. Children are encouraged to participate in all activities, with hymn practice supplementing the in-class work. We are able to offer tuition in certain instruments using peripatetic music teachers, if the demand is great enough and we also on occasions are able to access the expertise of specialist singing teacher, Kate Lynch.

Physical Education

We encourage children to value the benefits of participation in physical activities. In all activities we aim to develop confidence and initiative, as well as the understanding of the conventions of competition, fair play and good sporting behaviour. We are keen that our children are good spectators as well as participants. We are fortunate to have a large hall that is used for dance, drama, music and movement as well as gymnastics. Our large playing field and playground and access to the community multi-purpose sports court adjacent to our school means we have the hard and soft play areas outside to enable a full and varied curriculum. We enter teams in a wide range of sports tournaments within the Cheddar Valley group of schools and our children frequently return as the victors.

A specialist sports teacher, Mr Matt Coggins helps to deliver high quality PE lessons to Y1-4. As a school we are very fortunate to have our own outdoor learner pool which is in use for lessons by the lower end of the school during the summer term. The PTA kindly fund the costs of operating the pool and open it for use out of school hours during the summer. A community group has been formed to create a committee that is working towards opening the pool out of school hours. Yrs 3 and 4 have a block of 10 lessons during each year at the larger indoor pool at The Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre to further extend their swimming skills.

Religious Education

Our units of learning are themed and linked to Somerset’s 'Awareness, Mystery and Value' RE syllabus. Whilst emphasis is placed on the Christian religion, other religions and cultures are studied and discussed. Parents have the right to withdraw their child/ren from these lessons and/or Collective Worship. Anyone wishing to exercise this right should notify the Head teacher in writing if this is the case. Their child can then be excused and alternative arrangements made.

Modern Foreign Languages

KS2 currently each receive a weekly French lesson delivered by a specialist language teacher (Madame Merryfield). When funding allows, KS1 also enjoy learning early French skills.

PSHE

Themes are integrated into our collective worship programme for assemblies as well as our scheme of work for in classes.

Forest School

Sessions are linked to on-going work in the classroom as appropriate.