Teaching and Curriculum

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Our curriculum has been updated this year in line with the new Primary National Curriculum (September 2014).
We teach English and Maths daily and in ability groupings across KS1 and KS2. The programme we follow for our phonics teaching is Read Write Inc. Our pupils make very good progress in reading, writing and spelling using this scheme and all staff are trained in its delivery (teachers and teaching assistants). For Maths we follow Derbyshire plans and we develop the basic maths skills of all pupils using an Assertive mentoring of Maths programme from Y2 upwards. Pupils are supported at home using the My Maths in KS2. Information about how to access resources linked to the curriculum (like My Maths) and how to support your child at home with English and Maths is published on class newsletter each term
We teach other areas of the curriculum using a thematic approach (topics). These provide and broad and balanced curriculum which enthuses the children and promotes independent study skills. Examples of topics covered in Y1 are ‘All creature great and small’, ‘Look at me’, ‘All around the world’ and ‘On the ocean waves’. In Y4 topics this year are ‘Earth matters’, ‘Making connections’, ‘Who are we?’, ‘Vicious Vikings’ and ‘What’s that noise?’. A detailed topic web with details of all curricular areas covered by topics is sent home in class newsletter each term and is also published on this website.
Educational visits to the local area and further afield are often linked to topic work. Guest speakers and members of our local community are routinely invited to support the pupils learning experiences.
Science, Computing, Art, Dance, Drama and Music may be taught through topic work but may also be covered as individual subjects where this is more appropriate. PE and Gymnastics teaching is being developed further (for pupils and staff) using the Government Sports funding; new areas of PE such as Lacrosse have been introduced recently
We follow the DCC scheme of work for RE and link all PSHE discussions to a set of key questions. In our assemblies, class discussions and Enterprise work we ensure that British values of fairness, understanding and tolerance are nurtured.
In addition to the National curriculum pupils in Y4 receive class instrument tuition from Derbyshire music teachers. Pupils in Y6 all attend an annual residential course for 4 days/3 nights.