A new curriculum for schools was introduced by the government in 2014. On this page you will find details of the curriculum that our school uses and the content of this for each subject within each academic year group. You will also find details of phonics or reading schemes used in KS1/a list of courses available to pupils at KS4, including GCSEs, and potential qualifications and details of how you can find out more about our curriculum.
Phonics & Reading Scheme
In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of the Ruth Miskin's 'Read Write Inc' rhymes. We supplement this teaching further by using actions, stories, songs and games. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are decodable and their reading experiences are further enriched by our Book Banding scheme.
As children develop a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, our Book Banded Reading Scheme which has books from various published schemes, including Rigby Stars, Oxford Reading Tree and other publishers, further supports the children's reading. It is designed to give the children experience of a variety of different styles of writing and authors. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
To encourage our children's love of reading we base much of our Literacy learning around quality children's texts which seeks to immerse and enthuse children with a love of reading and books. Books are shared with the class by their teacher to encourage a love of reading.
In addition, our Reading Champion teacher encourages a love of books by organising: World Book Week Events, a book swap scheme in our foyer, an interactive book display for children to engage with and a book shop with a parent (every Tuesday near Cherry Class) as well as running our Volunteer Reading network. We also have an author of the term and provide books by this author for teachers to share with their class. Each year parents are invited to attend a welcome meeting, in which our approach to phonics and reading are shared.
We also support the summer time reading initiatives by the Library Service.
The Government has updated the Primary National Curriculum. It is statutory for Year 1 to follow this curriculum from September 2014. It is statutory for Year 2 to follow aspects of the new National Curriculum from September 2014. English, Maths and Science will still be taught using the previous National Curriculum until September 2015 when these subjects then become statutory.
The current Government has stressed that Religious Education remains part of the statutory basic curriculum, alongside the National Curriculum, and that it expects all pupils to receive RE as part of the provision in every school or academy. It is an entitlement of all registered pupils in a maintained school, including those in Reception, unless they are withdrawn by their parents. As a school we follow the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2015 - 2020: