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Classes and Curriculum
Clover Class - Reception & Year 1Mind map Spring 2018
Fern Class - Years 2 & 3
Sorrel Class - Years 4, 5 & 6
Mind map Spring 2018
Children in Y1-6 focus on English and Maths in the morning, other than on themed or special days. This way learning is consistent. Every day children also join in with collective worship. In the afternoons children learn about the full range of other curriculum subjects.
At our school we have developed a curriculum which enables children to develop a love of learning, to make excellent progress and to build firm foundations for their future lives.
We achieve this through careful planning. We take each area of knowledge within the national curriculum and link it with children’s questions and interests. We plan with the children and then make links between subject areas developing a web of learning which is shared with parents. Parents support this learning through regular ‘brain building’ projects and through practice in reading, spelling and maths at home.
Children are given time and structure to learn. This learning encompasses widening vocabulary in all subject areas, developing reasoning, revisiting of concepts.
We consider how well our curriculum is making a difference to children’s learning through assessing what children know before, during and after a project. We find out whether children are developing a love of learning and how well they are progressing and act on what we find out. Learning is truly for life.
‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. Leadership, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what each child do and where to take their learning next. Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.
This is achieved through giving children ongoing feedback and developing peer learning which enables each child to make good progress. This happens in our school through listening carefully to children, through effective questioning, through giving children time to improve and through a continuous focus on quality first teaching.
As a result of this approach children talk with confidence about their learning, about having a growth mind set and about the steps they need to take in order to make progress.
All staff, together with governors, evaluate summative assessment of children’s learning as individuals, groups and cohorts. This includes analysis of data, book trawls, taking to children and learning walks. Moderation across our federation is key as it is more widely with our Wye Valley Learning Network partners. Information is shared with parents via homework tasks, parent meetings and ongoing access to our school’s tracking system.
In summary, assessment at our school is used to enable every child to ‘Be the best they can be.’
At our school reading matters and is a strength of the school. Children begin to read using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics system, which enables them to make secure, rapid progress. Information about how to support your child with reading is given at the start of reception, via annual parent meetings and through individual support. If your child finds reading harder, they will be given extra support, in order for them to make good progress.
Our library is continually being updated and contains a large range of fiction and non-fiction books. We also focus on every child’s ability to understand what they are reading. Regular practise in comprehension, in discussing texts, learning texts and having stories read to the whole class are important components of our approach to reading. The ability to read well is at the core of school life and it is something that we believe we do well.