Curriculum Information

The emphasis of the school’s curriculum is on teaching the children the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. All children study English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education, Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education and Religious Education. Spanish is taught from Early Years Foundaton Stage to Year 6.

We value all our children’s talents and abilities and the work in class is closely matched to the ability of each child. Some of the curriculum is covered in an integrated manner through topics embracing particular areas and other work is delivered as discrete subjects. Children work in a variety of ways, as a class, group, pair or individually, depending on the teacher’s assessment of what is appropriate. The emphasis is always on the active and meaningful involvement of children in their own learning.

The curriculum is organised into three stages:

The Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception (Infants)

Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 (Infants)

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Juniors)

English

English is fundamental to much of a child’s work and is accordingly given the highest priority.

Most English work is taught through daily lessons to ensure that vital skills and understanding of the English language are taught to a high standard throughout the school.

Speaking and listening skills are very important. The children are encouraged to talk to teachers, adults and other children to share experiences, develop understanding, express their thoughts, contribute to class discussions and develop confidence. Listening skills are developed through listening to stories, music and assemblies.

The children are encouraged to enjoy reading for pleasure and for gathering information, linking reading skills across all subjects. Different methods of teaching reading are used including synthetic phonics, using the Letters and Sounds programme, depending on the individual child’s needs.  A range of reading schemes are used including 'Lighthouse, Storyworld, Oxford Reading Tree and Banana Story Books'.  Hearing children read is essential to reading development. Parents can support their children by sharing and reading books at home. During the day all classes have a period of quiet reading and there are sessions when books are shared with the teacher, other adults and children.

Written work is linked to all curriculum areas. In the early stages children are encouraged to write about their own experiences. Children are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively through writing stories, poems, reports, letters and playscripts. They are taught essential skills such as punctuation and grammar, sentence construction and spelling. The importance of legible, well-formed handwriting and presentation are stressed throughout the school.

Mathematics

This subject is taught through daily mathematics lessons, following a mastery approach. The aim of the work is such that children learn through activities in which they are actively engaged and motivated to gain an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. The children work on practical aspects of mathematics and develop the ability to relate mathematics to real life situations and develop an enthusiasm and interest in the subject. Children will work individually, in a group or as a class. In some lessons the children are grouped according to ability. Parents are encouraged to reinforce skills learnt at school in the home environment such as counting, multiplication tables and the quick recall of number facts, as well as opportunities to practise estimating and predicting.

Science

The approach to Science is based on children learning through personal, first hand experience. The work involves asking questions, planning and organising experiments, recording findings and drawing conclusions from the results.

Computing

The importance we place on Computing (computers, i-pads, digital cameras, movie makers etc) is reflected in our computer suite which has broadband wireless connection and our investment in interactive whiteboards and computers in the classrooms.

The children will become confident in many aspects of computing including word – processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, modelling, control and programming.

History

In History the children learn about significant people, events, cultures and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in different parts of the world. They use various sources of information such as photographs, artefacts, books, the services of local museums and the internet to help them investigate the past.

Geography

In Geography we aim to build upon the children’s knowledge of the local area and develop their understanding of the wider world.  The children develop their understanding of the world through studying human and physical features and processes.  

Design and Technology

A variety of materials are used to provide children with the opportunity to design, construct, test and refine models and structures. Emphasis is placed on teaching the skills and techniques required for effective and safe work.

Music

The children are involved in musical activities throughout the school. Junior and infant song practices are held regularly; there are opportunities for music tuition with peripatetic music teachers from Essex Music Services. Children are encouraged to compose their own music and write their own musical scores. Assemblies feature a wide range of music from pop to classical and music from other countries.

Children will have opportunities to take part in school drama productions often combining their musical and acting skills and in festivals and special community events.

Art and Design

Art and Design is taught in such a way as to give each child confidence in his/her own creative ability, deriving a sense of pleasure and fulfilment through imaginative work. The children develop a natural curiosity about the visual world. A wide variety of materials are available and skills and techniques developed include drawing, painting, printing, marbling, model making and textile design. The school has achieved the National Artsmark Award in recognition of its commitment to the Arts.

Physical Education

The school aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for sport while promoting the physical and social benefits of physical exercise. The school has been awarded the Sports Activemark by Sport England and the Gold School Games Award in recognition of our commitment to physical education.  Fitness, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, dance and games are offered. There are opportunities for pupils to take part in competitive sport with matches against other schools and within school house competitions.

Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education

These are important areas of the curriculum and help to promote health and well being, self –esteem and the ability to form good relationships. The school has achieved the award of National Enhanced Healthy School Standard and will encourage the children to develop a healthy lifestyle. 

Modern Foreign Languages

Spanish is taught to all EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils using the Lingotots Scheme of Work.  The study of languages focusses on communication, linguistic skills and the cultural environment which exists in Spain.  

Religious Education

Our aim is to help our pupils acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the World’s religions. We want children to understand the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. Religious Education enhances spiritual, moral and cultural growth and helps to develop a positive attitude towards others who may hold different beliefs. We follow the Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Assemblies

Daily assemblies reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief and acknowledge the contribution made by all cultures to our school. Children are encouraged to develop a caring attitude towards each other. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and assemblies. They must inform the Headteacher in writing. Pupils who are withdrawn will be supervised by a member of staff in the library area.

Special Educational Needs

The school recognises that children may require additional help or extending in particular areas. The school is part of the Gifted and Talented network in Essex, a forum which supports the teaching staff with materials and resources for able children. Children who are assessed as having special educational needs may be supported by the class teacher, the learning support assistant or the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Support is given to children in classrooms and in small withdrawal groups. The school has been awarded the Attachment Aware Accredition in recognition of the work and commitment to supporting children with attachment difficulties.

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Children’s work and progress is continually monitored by their teachers and children are given feedback and set targets for improvement. In this way we hope to encourage children to take responsibility, always give of their best and to achieve good standards.  The school uses Essex County Council's Target Tracker Programme to record summative assessments and to track progress through the national curriculum.

In the foundation stage (reception class) staff compile an ongoing record of assessment called the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile which shows the children’s progress through the seven areas of learning.  

In Year 1 children undertake the national phonics screening check to assess their understanding of using and applying sounds.

When children are in Years 2 and 6 they undertake end of key stage assessments (SATS). Teachers use their knowledge of the work children have done in class to judge the children’s progress (teacher assessment). These assessment results are reported to parents in the summer term.

An Interim Status Report is provided for parents in advance on parent consultation evenings.

Please see below Curriculum maps for all year groups. Further information on our school's curriculum can be found on the class pages.

  1. Foundation Stage Curriculum Map 2016
  2. Curriculum Maps for the School by Years and Cycles