OUR SCHOOLS’S APPROACH TO THE CURRICULUM
We aim to provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum full of experiences which delight and challenge each and every one of our pupils as they pass through their seven years of schooling with us. It is our ‘Intent’ that our curriculum is ambitious and gives children the skills they need to become good citizens. We have carefully designed our curriculum so that it provides a blend of skills and knowledge which are built on in a progressive way as our pupils move through the school. We ‘Implement’ this through high quality teaching, alongside specialist provision to engage and excite learners. Finally we assess the ‘Impact’ of this to ensure that our children develop these skills and achieve their full potential.
On entry to the school, the Foundation stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others. There are seven areas of learning development in the Foundation Stage: they are all important and interconnected.
There are three prime areas:
- Personal, social & emotional development.
- Communication & language.
- Physical development.
There are 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts & design
The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception class has its own specially modified outdoor area. The teaching to achieve these early learning goals will be through first hand experience and structured play. The areas of experience will be linked to the National Curriculum. The teacher and teaching assistant will keep records of the children’s experiences and attainments with assessments of developmental and learning needs throughout the school year. We encourage children towards reading, communication and mathematical skills from the very beginning. Much of this earlier learning is achieved through carefully structured play.
Young children who cannot read or write often express their ideas and feelings through play. It is an important way of developing new skills and building up relationships with other children both individually and in groups. Reading is taught through structured reading schemes supplemented with a wide range of other books. We follow a structured approach to the teaching of phonics. Books are used in a structured, graded way to allow children many opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We encourage parents to work with their child at home by hearing them read on a daily basis. We are always pleased to discuss ways in which parents can help their child at each stage of their reading development. We aim to make all the children feel secure and confident within the school environment and develop a sense of achievement through learning, finding it to be a pleasurable and rewarding experience.
Throughout the school as they move into Key stage 1 and 2, children follow the National Curriculum, as in all state schools. This means that they follow nationally agreed programmes of study in Maths, English, Science, Computing, Art, PE, History, Geography, Design Technology and the Somerset agreed syllabus for RE. Much teaching and learning is cross curricular in nature. We aim to provide a stimulating, creative, broad and balanced, uninterrupted learning journey for all the children as they progress through the school.
Progress and attainment is assessed by the teachers and is also monitored through national assessment test and tasks.
PHONICS AND READING SCHEMES INFORMATION
Our school uses the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes to provide enjoyable and effective learning experience for our pupils in Foundation and Key Stage 1 and both these schemes enable our children to become proficient readers able to recognise letter sounds as they move up through the school.
The Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme is used in both Foundation Stage (Reception) and Key Stage 1. This scheme allows our pupils to progressively build their vocabulary and comprehension skills as they practice reading key words and become increasingly fluent readers.
Our ambition is that the curriculum here at Countess Gytha Primary School is enriched over and above the basic entitlement which all pupils should have. To this end we ensure that our children experience regular and varied trips out of school as well as residential visits to enhance their learning. These are often tied in with topics which are being studied in school.
Every year group in the school has the opportunity to be in a play ranging from Nativity productions in the lower part of the school to shows in the school hall.
We also regularly invite visitors into the school to offer our pupils different perspectives into subject areas such as PE art and drama. This allows our children to achieve outcomes which they can be proud of and may take the form of 3-D art work or Sports festivals. Examples of these may be seen around our school and in the form of photographic evidence on our website.
Our wide ranging extra-curricular provision in the form of after school clubs is carefully designed to allow every child in our school to sample something which will appeal to him or her. Clubs such as Dance, Fencing and Ukulele enable all of our pupils to experience a special thrill as they are taught something new on a weekly basis. Many of our after school clubs are free to parents. Some of these clubs such as netball, football and hockey club offer our children the chance to take part in inter school competition which further enriches their experience if this is something that they would like to be a part of.
Any further information on our curriculum may be obtained by contacting the school directly where we will be happy to discuss this with you.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.