Curriculum

Enjoy having a look at our innovative curriculum!

The documents below show the 'Big Ideas' for each learning unit and what will be covered within this. British Values are also incorporated into our planning along with a 'Wow' starter to engage children.

EYFS Curriculum

In Rreception, at Colmers Farm Primary, we plan our topics around the children’s interests. We look at their experiences and learning needs, as well as responding to upcoming seasonal events. We use Tapestry to regularly observe and assess the children, which we then use to ensure that future planning meets the identified needs of our cohort but also engages them in learning through their interests. These assessments/achievements are also shared with parents using this.

We follow the EYFS curriculum and use Development Matters to assess and track learning. Children learn through child-initiated play and adult directed activities throughout the unit. We believe that children should have the opportunity to work both indoors and outdoors, therefore at Colmers Farm we have a well-equipped outdoor learning area.

Our unit is carefully planned, with both the indoor and outdoor areas providing opportunities for accessing all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum. We also have discrete lessons for maths, English and phonics. We create medium term plans for each half term to ensure coverage of objectives and development of skills across the curriculum. We have daily assemblies to promote British Values and SMSC whilst developing children’s oracy skills.

Phonics

Throughout EYFS and KS1, Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc. Programme.

The programme follows a clear structure so that every day, children are learning about the sounds letters make, how to read (blending and segmenting words), spelling patterns, reading fluency and comprehension. Children are grouped and taught at the right pace and level for them.

This programme prepares the children for their phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. We continue to teach in this way until teachers decide their children are ready to move on to a more detailed reading approach (during Year 2).

Reading

Reading is a fundamental skill for our children. The curriculum is designed to enable children to develop their reading skills. All lessons across the curriculum should incorporate elements of reading. Teachers plan their English lessons based upon high quality challenging texts and novels. This reading exposure is used to inspire children to write.

In Reception, reading is taught using Reading Write Inc. Alongside this, child acquire and develop their understanding of phonics. Years 1 and 2 continue to teach phonics, in addition to introducing a range of texts to improve comprehension skills. In Year 2, children begin whole class reading sessions.

Whole class reading sessions continue from Year 3 to 6. This allows children to continue to develop their reading skills and exposes them to increasingly complex texts. Individual reading becomes less frequent, as children become fluent and accurate readers. Children use the Accelerated Reader Programme to select challenging texts and to improve their understanding. All children have access to the library, so they have the freedom to make text choices related to their own interests.

Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the most important skills our children learn. Lessons are structured around the concrete – pictorial –abstract approach, providing opportunities throughout for discussion, using mathematical vocabulary, developing mathematical thinking and using multiple representations. There should be opportunities to record independently in every lesson (in workbooks and/or journals).

The teaching is episodic and whole class based, with all children being exposed to the same learning. Catch up sessions are led by teachers before the next lesson to ensure any misconceptions are addressed before moving onto the next small step in learning. Fact fluency sessions are led by trained teaching assistants at least twice a week in order to develop fluency with number facts and multiplication tables.

In Years 1 to 5, every child is provided with a Maths No Problem workbook and journal. These workbooks have been designed to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum, which supports the teaching for mastery approach. Teachers have access to the online planning resource which provides guidance on the structure of the lesson and representations to use.

In Year 6, children follow the aims of the National Curriculum, which builds on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Independent tasks are selected and real-life contexts are used to apply their learning. Along with fact fluency sessions, arithmetic is focused on weekly where children explore efficient methods.

At home, children are encouraged to use Mathletics to consolidate learning taught in school. Teachers set weekly tasks for children to complete and these are monitored by the Maths Lead. Each week, our class Mathletics winners are awarded trophies for their completion of tasks in Year 2, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.

Further Information

If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact school directly or arrange a tour and see the curriculum in action!

 

All documents on this page are pdf files.