Curriculum

Ofsted says…

“Lessons are exciting because teachers use information about how well pupils are doing, together with imaginative ideas, to plan activities to enthuse all pupils”.

Our Curriculum

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Long Term Plans

Development Matters EYFS

What to expect, when? A parents’ guide

Long Term Plans

Year 2 Long Term Plans 2016/17

 


English

English is taught through carefully planned units of work which may last for 2-4 weeks. These units of work may contain speaking and listening tasks, drama, art and craft activities and reading around the text. The teaching sequence leads thoughtfully to a piece of writing with a clear purpose.

Speaking and Listening plays an important part of our curriculum. Children need to be able to communicate effectively to express themselves and understand others. Therefore activities involving ‘talking partners’ are used in many lessons in all subjects.


Phonics

Each class begins the day with a small group 20 minute phonic session which teachers plan using the government recommended programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is a set of detailed and systematic materials which aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills, develop their phonic knowledge and word reading skills, and provides good foundations in spelling and handwriting writing.

We use the scheme ‘Pen Pals for Writing’ to teach handwriting which happens three times a week, this is linked to phonics where appropriate. Spelling is usually taught as part of phonics.


Reading

Every class has a daily 20 minute session of Guided Group Reading which is regarded by Norfolk County Council advisors as good practice for all Primary aged children. Children develop their reading skills by working with an adult twice a week and being independently engaged in appropriate reading activities on the other days.

Shared reading, where the whole class read texts supported by the teacher is also a common part of teaching reading. We actively encourage children to read at home as much as possible and children bring home a record book for communication between home and school regarding reading.

Children choose books to read from a wide selection in every classroom. Which include a large number from Oxford Reading Tree but also many ‘real’ or picture books. These are then organised according to the ‘Cliff Moon’ book banding system and children move through the colour bands as their reading ability progresses.


If you require any further information about the curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher or call the school office 01603 427113