Creative 'PREACH' curriculum.
Our creative ‘PREACH’ curriculum is taught through a thematic approach, which aims to give the children rich experiences in and out of the classroom, which they can build upon in class. ‘PREACH’ is based on our six core curriculum values - Purpose, Respect, Enjoyment, Achievement and Aspiration, Community, Health and Wellbeing. These six elements are at the centre of our curriculum design, to meet the needs of our children.
National Guidance and skills progression, using our Skills Matrix, ensures that appropriate skills and techniques are taught through the themes and enables us to monitor children’s progress. We aim to make strong cross-curricular links with all subject areas, so that activities are meaningful and have purpose. We believe that our learning environments are fundamental to our creative curriculum, therefore we aim to immerse classrooms in a theme, so that the children are engaged and motivated to learn. Through the themes, we focus heavily on oral language, giving children opportunity to talk about their thoughts and experiences which enables them to formulate their ideas clearly. Throughout the year we have three ‘Whole school theme’ weeks. These focus on foundation subjects such as: Design and Technology, Music and Art and are organised and planned by the subject leaders.
We strongly believe that the education of the children is a partnership between children, staff and parents. In order to aid this partnership, we offer an open-door policy where parents are welcome to visit school to discuss their children’s progress with staff when convenient.
Reading and phonics
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.
Teaching is guided by our children’s prior knowledge and experiences. With clear objectives and high, yet achievable expectations, we aim to fulfil their learning potential. We encourage children to interact socially, be inspirational role models who present a professional image.
We are committed to providing a curriculum where learning is exciting and creative. The creative curriculum provides innovative learning experiences for our children with a particular focus on creativity.
We give them opportunities for exploration and imagination and we encourage children to take risks and do the unexpected, to look and think about things, which don’t always follow the rules. In teaching we ask children to use previous knowledge and experiences to explore possibilities and question and challenge and review their own progress.
We recognise that children learn best through a variety of learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) and purposeful and experiential opportunities. This takes place when children are motivated, challenged and actively involved in their own learning.
Real life experiences are the mainstay of our teaching and learning. Residential and day trips are part of our pupils’ learning. Artefacts, visits, specialists, etc are used to support and enhance teaching. These together inspire and motivate children. A thematic approach is taken so that wherever possible good links can be made in all subjects areas. Learning is in context and purposeful.
We follow the programmes of Study for the National Curriculum throughout Foundation Stage,Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This covers listening, speaking, reading and written English. There is a highly structured approach to reading across the school starting with the scheme in reception. Throughout the school the children are encouraged to extend their reading and to continually improve their knowledge, use and enjoy-ment of the English language.
Our emphasis at school is to see mathematics in a real world context and to encourage and teach children to use a variety of strategies and methods to solve problems. Again parental involvement is seen as a major factor in the progress of the child with school, actively encouraging practice of times tables and regular homework tasks.
We aim to encourage and build upon the children’s natural curiosity, stimulating them to ask questions and motivating them to investigate. Out pupils are encouraged to develop a respect for the environment through a greater knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
We encourage our children to become proficient in the use of all types of technological devices. We have a computer suite in which we have 15 stations with computers as well as iPads and laptops. There are interactive whiteboards in every class, which enables all classes to receive a high level of tuition and support. In partnership with SHARE our Computing suite is also used for Adult Learning.
Modern Foreign Languages
The ability to speak other languages is becoming increasingly more important in modern day life. Right from the Reception class children have the opportunity to learn a variety of foreign languages. Children of all abilities are given a firm basis on which to build and extend their language studies when they transfer to secondary school.
RE and Worship
As well as Acts of Worship taken by the Headteacher, teaching staff and children, close links have been established with St Oswald’s Church and other local ministers.
Parents wishing to exercise their rights to withdraw their child from religious education or Acts of Worship should request their withdrawal in writing to the Headteacher.