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Curriculum

Organisation

Children are taught in year based mixed ability groups throughout the school.  There are four classes in year 2, four classes in year 1, four classes in reception and four nursery classes.  Children are set according to ability for phonics in reception during the last half term of the academic year, mathematics, phonics and science in years 1 and 2 throughout the academic year.

We strive to ensure high achievement and a happy educational experience for every child.

Vision

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and Religious Education, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they can achieve their true potential.

Values

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to learn in order to lead fulfilling lives. Our school is in full agreement with the values statement included in the introduction to the National Curriculum Handbook for Primary Teachers in England. These are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:

• We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.

• We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.

• We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.

• We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

A summary of our curriculum follows:

English: We follow the National Curriculum for English. Synthetic phonics are taught systematically in Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. scheme. Additionally, children progress through the banded Oxford Reading Tree reading books during Early Years and Key Stage 1. Reading comprehension skills are explicitly taught during guided reading and English lessons. Writing skills are taught systematically using a range of resources, including Big Writing and Talk for Writing (Pie Corbett). Handwriting is taught using the Art of Writing handwriting scheme. Grammar, punctuation and spelling sessions are taught on a daily basis. Click here for further information

Mathematics: We follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Teachers prepare mathematics lessons using a range of resources, including Numicon. Pupils complete weekly homework activities using Education City. Problem-solving strategies are taught and practised weekly during dedicated problem-solving lessons. Click here for further information  

Science: We follow the National Curriculum for science. Lessons are prepared based on International Primary Curriculum units of work as well as Discovery Dog.  Click here for further information

Religious Education: RE lessons are based on SACRE, the locally-agreed syllabus. Click here for further information

Arrangements for Religious Education and Collective Worship

Religious affiliation – none.

Regular assemblies and non-denominational teaching are in keeping with Bexley's Agreed Syllabus.   Pupils may be withdrawn from collective worship and RE lessons at their parents’ written request.

Through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum, emphasis is also given to moral Education, good manners and Equal Opportunities. 

History: We follow the National Curriculum and adapted units of works from the International Primary Curriculum, pupils explore, discover and investigate developments from British, European and World History. Click here for further information

Geography: We follow the National Curriculum and adapted units of work from the International Primary Curriculum pupils develop knowledge, skill and understanding related to people, places and environments at different scales in the UK and overseas.  Click here for further information

Computing: Computing lessons are based on our own scheme of work.  Click here for further information.   Click here to view our scheme of work for Year 2

Physical Education: PE lessons in gymnastics, dance, games and athletics are based on the Val Sabin schemes of work. Click here for further information (link to Subject leaders information page on website)

PSHE: The school uses Quality Circle Time and the SEAL framework.  Where appropriate, the IPC Society and Personal goals are incorporated into a term’s learning. Click here for further information

The school nurse and health visitor make occasional visits to school and are available for discussion with parents.  For further information please refer to the school’s Personal Education Policy.  Pupils may be withdrawn from Personal education at their parent’s written request.

Music: We follow the National Curriculum and adapted units of work from Music Express and the International Primary Curriculum pupils develop their musical knowledge, skills and understanding These lessons are based on: listening and appraising; musical Activities - creating and exploring; singing and performing.  Click here for further information

Art: We follow the National Curriculum and adapted units of work from the International Primary Curriculum pupils develop knowledge, skill and understanding related to Art. Pupils learn about visual, tactile expression and communication. Click here for further information

Design and Technology: We follow the National Curriculum and adapted units of work from the International Primary Curriculum pupils develop knowledge, skill and understanding related to Design and Technology.  Click here for further information

Every term each year group is provided with a curriculum information letter (topic cloud). These can be found by clicking below:

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

More detailed information about our curriculum can be obtained on request at the school office, or you can contact us by clicking the ‘contact us’ link at the top of this page.

Additionally, below are some links related to the above information:

  1. National Curriculum 
  2. International Primary Curriculum
  3. Numicon 
  4. Religious Education
  5. P.E. - Val Sabin
  6. Oxford Reading Tree

Our School Day

Time Activity
8.55 – 9.00 Registration
9.05 – 9.25 Assembly
9.25 – 10.25 Lesson 1
10.25 – 10.40 Break
10.45 – 11.45 Lesson 2
11.45 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 12.50 Registration
12.50 – 13.10 Phonics
13.10 – 14.00 Lesson 3
14.00 – 14.15 Break
14.15 – 15.15 Lesson 4
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