Our curriculum is designed to provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences that enable children to make excellent progress and aim high.
We aim to give children a knowledge-rich and broad primary school education which enables them to explore all their talents: academically, athletically and artistically. Each class has an hour per day of enrichment time which gives the children access to specialist teachers and coaches in music, PE and dance.
We believe that rich and varied oral language is the foundation of good learning. Children need to hear good models of spoken language and be good models of spoken language for each other. For this reason, once a week, as part of the daily enrichment hour, children receive an hour of vocabulary building. These lessons focus on children exploring they etymology, morphology and the register of new words as well as how they are used in Standard English. The words come from our whole-school spelling scheme, which adds to the depth of understanding in the children's spelling words.
Maths and English are taught in discrete units and are designed to teach the knowledge and skills that lead to strong conceptual understanding. Maths is taught using the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach, where children are introduced to mathematical concepts through manipulatives, which lead on to structured visual diagrams and eventually leading to generalised mathematical principles in the abstract phase. At each stage children are expected to reason about patterns and regularities they find. Please see the CPA guidance below from our local Maths Hub.
English is taught using the Talk4Writing approach which is widely used in primary schools. It begins with children reading high quality texts and learning the features of those texts. Children then develop their own writing by using the genre features and grammatical structures they learned from the text. This leads to children independently writing well-structured and exciting literature. For more on the Talk4Writing approach please visit their website: http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/.
The Humanities and Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) are taught through an integrated thematic approach. Units are planned around a central subject and other subjects are linked in to develop a wider knowledge base of that topic. In thematic units, children are encouraged to read widely to acquire new knowledge, enhance their writing skills to communicate their understanding and apply mathematical skills to explore the world in a different way. The thematic units also feature a variety of visits and visitors so children can take their learning beyond the classroom.
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Please see tabs to the right of the page to view curriculum information for each year group.
For more on how we challenge children in their learning, please click this link to the Challenge section of our website: http://www.cstrust.org.uk/page/?title=Challenge&pid=75.
To access our Maths Challenge section directly, please click here: http://www.cstrust.org.uk/page/?title=Maths+Challenge&pid=30.
For more information on any aspect of our curriculum please feel free to speak to a class teacher or contact our office.