What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Here is information about the curriculum content the children are taught in school in each class. Through all our teaching we encourage critical thinking skills (such as seeing the bigger picture and making links between learning) and basic skills such as working as part of a team and treating everyone respectfully regardless of background or point of view in line with our Christian values such as co-operation.
Here is a link to the National Curriculum September 2014 and the leaflets provided to parents on our information evening about the Government's expectations for pupils in each year.
For more detailed information about the curriculum "maps" for each class, please visit the class web pages.
Government End of Year 6 example standards
Here are the new Government examples of what a Y6 child should be able to do to be at expected standard for their age. There are comments with examples to explain each.Teachers will assess writing in school, moderate or compare judgements in school with other teachers and across schools (in the MAT schools we do this each term) and some schools will (as usual) have a local authority officer moderate with teachers in a 4 year cycle.
For reading and maths children will sit the SATS. There are examples here too of what children are expected to know and do in maths to reach the expected standard. Teachers also give their own assessment of your child's standards and this is sent electronically to DFE then shared with their new secondary school.
If you have any questions, please see Miss Franklin or Mrs Green. Your child's progress towards standards expected will be discussed at parents evening.
Learning to Read
At our school our children are taught to read using Phonics Play which is based on the Department for Education Letters and Sounds scheme. This is a well devised teaching programme and allows parents to use the games and activities on the Phonics Play website at home to support reading. We aim for most pupils can read fluently and with expression (as we talk not like a robot) by the end of Year 1. Year 2 pupils must be able to read 100 words a minute fluently and with expression to meet the Government "expected" criteria.
We use a variety of reading books to help children to read. Books should be fun and enjoyed together.
The scheme works on the principle that home reading should be fun and that children re-read familiar stories in their "story teller" voice so that they feel like successful readers and so enjoy "reading" at home. The scheme moves on briskly so please help us by encouraging your child to read their home book. Also, PLEASE let us know about the books you share at home so we can chat to your child about them. Parents reading a story (and chapter books eg Roald Dahl) is so important to widen children's vocabulary and experience of story which helps them in all areas of learning.
Research shows that children who read for fun do well at school and it all starts with bedtime stories!
We know that many parents tell us that the methods used in school now are very different to "how we were taught maths" at school and we know parents find that a worry.
Here is our maths calculations document which shows step by step the methods used. In most cases, there are little steps added into the methods "we were taught" to help children to see the links between the informal and more formal methods we use.
If you are worried about maths homework, please come in and ask us or send your child's teacher a note or email via the bursar to let us know. Your child should ALWAYS be able to do homework set as it builds on work in class - don't believe them when they say something is new! But, please, don't turn homework into a battle.
Please remember, what hasn't changed - times tables and mental maths eg doubles and halves and number bonds (what makes 10, 20 or 100 eg 56+? =100) are still the very best things you can do at home. Your child MUST know their tables by the end of Year 4 (up to 12x12) and their division facts related to those ie 72 divided by 9=?). There are lots of games online to help with this or counting up and down the stairs is a fun way to learn too.