Curriculum

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Our school bases its main work on the Early Years Foundation Stage for the children in Reception and on the National Curriculum (2014) for children in Years 1 to 6.

Follow this link to view the EYFS Development Matters Framework and National Curriculum Framework for Key Stages One and Two:

English, Maths, Science and Computing are taught as subjects discretely and each class follow a topic scheme of work which is split into Key Stages Although the topics are planned to include History, Geography, Art and Design and DT,  Links are made through other subject areas such as English, Maths and Science if appropriate.  This aims to make the learning more inspiring and purposeful.  Teachers carefully plan the coverage of basic skills in these areas and ensure that the statutory skills and progression are made in each year group.  Below are the topic overviews for the lower school and the upper school.

The school has an ICT suite along with a number of class based computers which mean that computing skills are taught both discretely and also in a cross curricular way as appropriate for the age of the children. Children are encouraged to use the internet as a research tool but are also made aware of the need for safety while online.

All classes have two lessons of PE a week and also benefit from outside coaches coming into school both in lesson time and as part of our extra curricular provision.

RE lessons follow the Blackburn Diocesan scheme of work.

Educational visits are planned appropriately to enrich the children’s understanding of topics covered.  Key stage 2 children have the opportunity to go outdoor education visits which vary from day trips to 5 day residentials.  The children are able to try out a variety of activities and are based at a variety of centres eg Robin Wood, Tower Wood and Borwick Hall.

We enjoy a wide range of music in our school and as well as music being taught during curriculum time children are encouraged to take part in peripatetic music lessons.  Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments including woodwind, brass, keyboard and strings.  We have a well established choir who meet weekly to learn new songs and they perform these in the local community.

Click here for Understanding progress in English: A guide for parents.

Click here for Understanding progress in Maths: A guide for parents.

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