Our Approach to Teaching the Curriculum
The National Curriculum dictates WHAT needs to be taught, we decide HOW it is taught.
Our approach is Topic based. We believe that linking subjects together under a common theme gives learning in the classroom a context, and motivates the children. Therefore, Science, Geography and History content is divided into a ‘cycle’ of topics. Wherever possible, English is linked to the topics. Some areas of the curriculum will not fit the topic outline and will therefore be taught discretely. In Years 1 to 6 the topics are planned on a two year cycle, due to the mixed year nature of our class structure.
In addition to English and Mathematics, children are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education (which is based on the locally agreed syllabus). Additionally, Spanish is taught from Year 1 onwards. All children in Key Stage 2 will have an opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
The Foundation Stage Classes plan a variety of whole class and structured play activities to develop skills across the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Practical activities are designed to support:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Children work indoors and outdoors to learn and apply new vocabulary, and are encouraged to record their learning though writing, drawing and taking photographs.
The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This framework is taught through topics that excite the children and are planned according to their needs and interests.