Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

Learning our way forward together in God’s love

"Learning our way forward together with God’s Love"

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The Curriculum

It is a statutory requirement of every school to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all children. We do this using the National Curriculum and through enhancing areas of the curriculum in order to make learning meaningful and engaging.

The National Curriculum covers:
 
English Computing
Maths History
Science Geography
Design Technology Music
Art Physical Education
Religious Education Personal, Social & Health Education
   

The Foundation Stage

The education in Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (Nursery and Reception Classes) uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and prepares children to start the National Curriculum subjects in Year One. The children are assessed in their first term using a Baseline Assessment. This informs future developments. In the Foundation Stage children learn through planned structured activities which are based around the seven areas of learning. We take this learning outdoors too as we believe children will benefit from this type of learning experience.

For more information about teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage please click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Teaching and Learning

We have a strong emphasis on teaching core skills in English and Maths. Our morning timetables are structured with this in mind. All children begin their day engaged in reading strategies. This involves the daily teaching of systematic phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 daily Guided Reading lessons take place. Continuous assessment is used to ensure children are taught at the appropriate levels.
We use the following Reading Schemes and support materials:
Letters and Sounds
Bug club
Oxford Reading Tree
Rapid
Project X
Collins Big Cat
Literacy World

Following this, children will have daily Maths and English lessons. These lessons reflect the expectations of the National Curriculum. Often lessons will begin with a starter activity which will enhance or consolidate learning, for example, an aspect of grammar, punctuation or spelling.

Each half term Parents/Carers will receive a Curriculum Newsletter. We use the International Primary Curriculum which places National Curriculum subjects into Themes or Topics. This gives the children opportunity to learning in a more meaningful and purposeful way. Our curriculum is enhanced through visits and visitors. This gives first hand experiences and aims to develop a love of learning. Whenever possible we use our outdoor environment to support learning.

Computing skills underpin all areas of the curriculum and the children have access to a variety of mobile technology to enhance learning and develop their skills.

We follow the Bradford locally agreed syllabus in Religious Education. This is also supported through visits and visitors as children have the opportunity to learn and understand aspects of differing religions.

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) is taught through specific lessons, Circle Time and a programme called SEAL which covers a range of social and emotional aspects of learning. The local spiral curriculum is used as our scheme of work.

Throughout our curriculum there is an emphasis on children being active learners. We would like our children to develop their love of learning as they move through our school. We also would like them to be responsible citizens of the future who respect themselves, others and their environment.
We aim to provide the children with a variety of extra-curricular activities and experiences. These include residential visits, sports and the arts. We are particularly proud of the childrens singing in our school and we have choirs in both Key Stage 1 and 2.

We teach within the context of a Christian ethos as a Church of England Primary School; therefore we promote these values and hold high expectations of all our children.

We aim to create memories which are happy ones!

For more information regarding the long term plan for each year group please click on the link at the bottom of the page.