Children have three stages within the primary school: The Early Years Foundation Stage, which leads on from pre school provision (Reception year, rising 5), Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2, ages 5-7) and Key Stage Two (Years 3 – 6, ages 7 –11).
Details on Curriculum Rolling Programs can be downloaded below.
The National Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organized into seven areas of Learning and Development. There are three primary areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
The remaining areas are:
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World
- Children have ongoing assessment using the Foundation Stage profile. This helps the class teacher in providing a suitable curriculum to meet the children’s needs and identifying next learning steps.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
We teach phonics following the Letters and Sounds guidance and then use a range of additional resources to reinforce the concepts such as Jolly Phonics actions and the Phonics Play website. We also have a variety of books that are used for guided reading or individual reading in order to allow children to become familiar with different text types and styles. The following reading schemes are available in school:
Oxford Reading Tree
Collins Big Cat
Pearson Bug Club
Religious Education is not prescribed by the National Curriculum in that there are no national Orders or Attainment Targets, but there is a legal obligation to teach it and to follow a recognised syllabus which is of a mainly Christian nature. Our school follows the Cambridgeshire County syllabus for RE. Parents do have the right to withdraw children from both religious education and assemblies and should see the Head Teacher if they wish to do so. However, as a Church of England school, Christian ethics are fundamental to our existence. Our teaching is based on Christian traditions, but does also include knowledge of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.
We have daily assemblies, acts of collective worship, with a Christian emphasis. These are mainly whole school and led by the head, deputy or visitors from the local parishes. Parents are invited to attend Class Assemblies, which are taken by each class at least twice a year. At Harvest and at the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms we hold a service in the village church, St. Mary’s. Parents and members of the community are welcome at these services.
We have separate policies for RE and Collective Worship. Parents may view these on request.
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE)
Children learn to value the importance of each other and learn how to deal with conflict, making the right choices to live and work together. The school has its own School Council in which class representatives are elected and the children have input on making the school’s learning environment more positive. The aim of providing PSHCE education is to help children understand the different roles and responsibilities in society and help them deal with difficult moral and social questions they may encounter in life.
We use SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) which is a programme to support our PSHCE work. We will be focusing on a whole school theme each half term.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
In our school the objective of Sex and Relationship is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. Our programme is firmly embedded in the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHCE) curriculum and will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and prepare themselves with confidence for the passage through adolescence into adulthood.
Our policy has been written by the PSHCE subject leader in collaboration with a working party of people from the school’s community, including parents, governors, teachers and the local Reverend.
A copy of the policy can be requested, along with the scheme of work form the school office. Materials used to support the SRE curriculum are also available to parents on request.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education, apart from the areas covered in National Curriculum Science. Any parent who wishes to exercise this right should in the first instance contact the Head teacher to discuss the matter.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
French is taught to all children in Key Stage 2. We have a wide range of resources and a lot of expertise in school to support our teaching.
Although we do not have many children from other cultures in our school, we feel it is important to prepare our children for the world in which they live. We believe that all people have intrinsic value regardless of race, religion, and ethnic background and encourage our children in this view. To this end we encourage links across the curriculum to foster acceptance and provide a range of resources to promote racial equality. We are currently setting up a link with a Primary School in Peterborough that has a much wider diversity of cultures amongst their children. This should help us in teaching our pupils about the multicultural society that Britain is today.
Assessment is a central tool through which we measure children’s progress and plan to meet their future needs. It is an on-going process that happens daily, weekly and termly, both formally and informally. Assessment is conducted by teachers, teaching assistants and by the children themselves.
Throughout the whole of the Foundation Stage careful observations are made of each child’s progress which contributes to the Foundation Stage Profile. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the building of this profile through discussion with the class teacher. At the end of Reception year parents receive a summary sheet and a copy of the profile booklet.
Year 6 children take Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). These results are published to parents. During other years, children sit optional papers and take other nationally standardised tests. These are used to inform teachers about children’s progress.
If you would like additional information on the curriculum, please contact the headteacher (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be happy to discuss this with you.