The National Curriculum
We follow the National Curriculum as directed by the government but enrich this through our Off Curriculum days and themed weeks. National Curriculum document
We aim to link subjects together wherever possible so for example if we are studying 'The Victorians' in our topic work we link our English, music, art, design and technology etc to the topic. This means that the children become immersed totally and their learning is deeper. Maths, Religious Education and PE are not linked to the topic as the links can often be tenous and doesn't provide the necessary learning opportunities for the children.
Throughout the school we aim to include a visit or visitor to enhance the children's learning. For example in class three's recent Victorian topic we visited The Museum and Lincolnshire Life; our Mad Science topic included a Mad Science day provided by an outside agency and our River Study topic included a visit to our local river. Class three visited a Sikh temple as part of their learning about Sikhs and they went to the RAF Duxford World War 2 day in summer term two to support their learning about World War 2. Class one visit Belton House to support their topic on houses, they have a visitor from a local museum who works with them on Victorian toys and they also have had a fabulous drama session on the Great Fire of London.
We are grateful to parents who support us in this, both in terms of helping with visits as well as paying for the visits. Visits into school are paid for by the school and as far as we can we subsidise outside visits.
We supplement the National Curriculum with an annual 'themed' week and in the past these have included an RE week, a Maths week, an Enterprise week and a Multi Cultural week.
We also hold 'off curriculum' days which have included in the past:
Remembrance Day, Children in Need Day, Chinese New Year Day, Red Nose/Sport Relief Day, A Red Day - linked to the British Heart Foundation, a Roman day. This doesn't mean that we abandon the curriculum - it means we extend it so the children's education is not just English and Maths related.
This often happens at other times e.g. Mrs Chadwick has recently celebrated the discovery of Pi and I observed a couple of excellent lessons (Maths and English) where the children were so enthusiastic they stopped in at breaktime to carry on - including the Y6 footballers!!!! On our return from our residential our English and maths work related to the week.
Last year we also held a whole school 'Inspiring Women' Day - linked to the 100th anniversary of the Womans Institute. Our annual themed week was RE related. We looked at the Creation story - our world as it was intended to be, our worrld as it is now and how to create the perfect world for the future.
This is an area we are looking to develop further so please watch this space.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage - link to website
We use a range of Phonics resources including Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics and Big Cat Phonics. Our reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree although this is widely supplemented with other schemes.
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