Learning is organised into topics or themes. These are chosen to be exciting to both boys and girls.
Through topics we can impart skills in an interesting way and make links between the content of different subject areas. Children could be applying their mathematics during a lesson in science or apply their skills in English through a history lesson.
We use the Storytime Phonics scheme to support the teaching of phonics in Key Stage 1. The uniqueness of Storytime Phonics is that the synthetic phonics teaching opportunities are embedded within the context of real books. This programme is designed to support, inspire and motivate children with exciting phonics lessons.
Each half term we have a new topic and at the outset encourage children to think about what they already know and what more they would like to know in each topic area. Learning through topics allows us to broaden the curriculum and provide a rich mix of social, cultural and spiritual and moral experiences. Whenever possible experiences offered to the children are first hand in nature. Therefore materials visits and visitors to support the topic are very important to our approach. We not only display children’s work but also objects and books they may bring from home. These help stimulate the quest for knowledge.
The physical environment is of primary importance to learning and well-being. We believe that the outdoor environment enhances the breadth of children’s experience enabling learning in ways that the indoor environment may restrict. In Nursery and Reception classes children spend much of their day in our beautiful grounds with access to small woodland and well-kept gardens. Children continue to use the outdoors throughout the Key Stage 1.
If you would like more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Summerfield through the school office.