The aim of our curriculum is to ensure that we produce curious, well rounded individuals who are numerate, literate and who possess a good knowledge and understanding of the wider world, so that when they leave us, they are well prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.
We aim to develop the knowledge and skills that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In the mornings’ we concentrate on teaching Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In the afternoons’ our focus is on the wider curriculum to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world, underpinned by the core subjects (knowledge does not sit as isolated information).
The school’s curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined end points.
Our curriculum reflects the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills. For instance, we do focus strongly on closing the gaps in developing mathematical reasoning skills, reading comprehension skills and developing fluency in writing.
It is also our intent to engage with our parents to give them the skills to help them to help their children at home through Family Learning initiatives.
We have high academic ambition for all pupils. This school does not offer disadvantaged pupils or pupils with SEND a reduced curriculum in line with the Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a comprehensive framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to five. For each area, the practice guidance sets out the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what is expected that children will know and be able to do at the end of their Reception year of their education. The practice guidance also sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning goals. We ensure that this is used when assessing children and planning their ‘next steps’ of learning.
Phonics is taught using the Little Wandle framework.
A PDF version of the Early Years curriculum framework can be obtained from our website.
Key Stage One and Two
The National Curriculum highlights English, Mathematics, Science, Computing as the core subjects. These are taught alongside, the foundation subjects (History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education) and Religious Education. Children’s work is planned to meet their particular needs. It is differentiated to meet the needs of their differing abilities, and children are grouped by ability from Year 1 upwards to facilitate this within Mathematics and English.
Alongside the academic curriculum, we ensure that we develop the ‘whole child’. We have structured learning environment where we work to cultivate the aesthetic, creative, physical, spiritual, moral and social areas of experience for the benefit of all our pupils. The School is fully committed to Equal Opportunities Multi-cultural Education and promoting Modern British Values.
If you require any further information on the curriculum delivered by our school, please make your enquiry with our school office.
All Subjects Long Term Plans
In all year groups, English is planned around the deep study of texts rich enough to be a source of inspiration for a range of writing.
Breadth of learning in English will be secured by developing the themes, characters, structures and ideas of our deeply explored texts across a broad range of text types and genres. Children will explore the subtleties of writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person, ensuring their skills are applied across fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.
The REAL curriculum has a very broad range of engaging opportunities for writing. Teachers ensure a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama texts and genres as contexts for writing.
English is applied used across all subjects to provide organised and creative ways of expressing knowledge, presenting findings and exploring ideas. Discussion, debate, role-play, drama, reading and creative writing are at the heart of the wider curriculum. No subject should miss an opportunity to develop and apply literacy skills. We expect a uniform standard of writing across the subjects, commensurate with the best of the child’s ability.
The phonics scheme we use is Letters and Sounds.
We follow our school’s ‘Written Calculation Policy’ when teaching calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). To support us with this, when completing any homework with your child please follow the same methods as we are teaching in school to avoid any confusion- a ‘Parents Guide to Written Calculation Methods’ is available from the school office.
We provide regular opportunities to our pupils to help strengthen their mental maths skills, we also have the ’99 Club’ in place from Year 3 onwards to assist with the development Maths skills and pace.
Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed. Our mission is to improve and increase the quality and quantity of high quality PE for pupils, to show how PE can enhance pupils’ attainment and achievement and to create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school. We are striving towards improving the delivery of the teaching & learning of PE in order to promote participation, progress and performance.
We also offer a range of sporting activities opportunities in our after school clubs.
Children within all year groups are given the opportunity to attend educational day trips which go hand-in-hand with their learning journey.
A full risk assessment is carried out prior to each trip. In addition to this, correspondence is provided to parents via letters and our website so that they are fully aware of the activities to be undertaken during each trip.
We believe the experience gained from topic related, or curriculum based, educational visits is extremely valuable. Throughout school, pupils are presented with the opportunity to go on a residential school journey.
After School Clubs and Activities
We offer the pupils a range of activities after school and to ensure our children can experience a wide assortment of options, we offer a different variety of clubs every term.
These may include:
- Science Club
- The Film Society
- Drama Club
- Rock Choir
SMSC is tremendously important to us here at Stanley Road and it underpins our warm and inclusive Ethos. In a school of such religious and social diversity we have an enormous opportunity to celebrate each other’s world view, look through each others eyes and learn. We do this through an annual programme of deep and rich pastoral assemblies linked to our four pillars school rules and British Values.
SMSC isn’t just about celebrating lives – it’s also at the centre of learning. We have described SMSC as “learning with the heart” and insist that it is the engine which drives learning in the classroom.If you look at our curriculum priorities, SMSC has an equal share.
Our SMSC focus for the year is Rights & Responsibilities, developing knowledge and understanding of our own personal rights and respect for the rights of others in society, understood as our responsibilities. This is being explored through our Four Pillars of Citizenship (our school-council-written behaviour guidelines) and the British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and the Tolerance of the Beliefs of Others.
We have developed a holistic Personal & Social Curriculum to underpin all learning in the school which combines key aspects of PSHCE, SMSC and the promotion of British Values.
Our Shared Understanding of SMSC
Social learning is building, developing and valuing relationships and communities. Moral learning is constantly reflecting on our actions and their consequences for ourselves and others. Spiritual learning is asking profound questions and experiencing moments of awe and wonder. Cultural learning is an appreciation and awareness of similarities and differences in beliefs, values and traditions.