"Teachers create the conditions for very positive and purposeful learning in classrooms. A large part of this is based on the school’s core values of achieving, being thoughtful, being confident and working as part of a team. All members of the school community are aware of and able to talk about how these improve the conditions for effective learning. Pupils talk positively about how they enjoy lessons and how the teachers help them learn new things." OFSTED 2014
Above all we want our curriculum to offer challenge and provide engagement for all our children. We accept that literacy and numeracy are very important and that they underpin much of the rest of the curriculum, but we want to ensure that we allow our pupils to develop a wider range of skills and interests. We teach children, not a curriculum and we strongly believe in fitness for purpose. All children and classes are different, and as professionals we always try to use the most appropriate methods, in the most appropriate setting - which is not necessarily in the classroom! Learning to Play an Instrument
To build on our family feel, we have termly whole school topics so that children can share their learning experiences and special curriculum days. These topics are then clearly differentiated for each class to ensure that children develop skills at an age and ability appropriate level.Our topics are based upon the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Our two year rolling programme has been carefully planned to enable us to have flexibility in our class structure as our school continues to grow in size. Newtown Linford Curriculum Overview.
The topics and our curriculum drivers also lead the homework which children bring home and have half a term to complete from a choice of activities. For Medium Term overviews which provide detailed curriculum coverage for each year group, please visit each classes page. Termly homework activities can also be found here.
We teach Letters and Sounds using resources from Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics to all EYFS, Y1 and Y2 children and develop the skills of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar as children progress through Y3 and into Old John.
We use a variety of books from a variety of schemes to support the development of children’s reading. This ensures that children read a wide variety of text types but also maintain their own interest levels. To support children as they first begin to read we use ORT Songbirds books to support Guided Reading Sessions and Project X also supports Guided Reading sessions. In years 3/4 and 5/6, Book Talk reading programme is followed. Pupils are organised into reading attainment groups and share a set of the ‘same’ books pitched at their level with appropriate challenge. All pupils in the classroom will be accessing narrative, non-fiction or poetry at the same time.
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