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Curriculum Provision, Content & Approach.

Latest Information: For a copy of the English Subject Meeting presentation, click here.

 

On this page you can find details of the curriculum, information flyers and presentations from curriculum meetings. Please click on the links to download the relevant documents. For a copies of the 'Guide for Parents on Marking' and 'Guide for Parents on Assessment' check the letters section of this website or click on the titles.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The Government and other professionals describe the time in your child’s life from birth to 5 years as the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. At All Saints’ we aim to ensure that your child’s early years experiences are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

 

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas;

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At All Saints’ staff teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child's unique needs and interests. We support all children’s learning through playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

 

How can I found out how my child is getting on in Reception?

We work very closely with parents/carers to share and discuss your child’s progress. We feel this partnership is extremely important in ensuring a shared understanding of each child’s stage of development so that we can work together in moving them on to the next steps in their learning. The Reception class teacher meets regularly with parents/carers to share information throughout the year and also provide a detailed report at the end of the summer term of Reception. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child.

 

For further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage, click here

For a copy of the presentation made to Reception parents at the autumn term meeting, click here.

 

After The Foundation Stage.

Key Stage One (KS1) is for 5 to 7 year olds.  Key Stage Two (KS2) is for 7 to 11 year olds.  At All Saints' we follow the National Curriculum for England which was introduced in September 2014.  Our aim is to:

  • build resilient, ambitious learners who strive for success
  • inspire genuine curiosity in our children
  • raise standards of achievement
  • help children become warm hearted human beings who care for one another
  • make children safe, happy and healthy

At All Saints’ we utilise the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to support our topic planning for the teaching of Foundation Subjects. Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Music are taught through the IPC topics. The IPC topics present learning for children in a vibrant and meaningful way, that help children to make links between subject areas. This supplements the content of the National Curriculum as social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding is also promoted throughout the units. So as pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding in subject areas they are also learning about:

  • their own identity,
  • perspectives of right and wrong,
  • how societies, including the UK function,
  • their responsibilities as young citizens locally and internationally.

This also works hand in hand with our RE syllabus giving breadth and continuity across the whole curriculum at All Saints’.  It supports pupils for adult life in 21st Century Britain, as well as engendering tolerance and respect for other cultures and societies.

 

The topics for each year group are IPC units of work.  The subject content for each topic is mapped for all subject areas. Details of each half term unit for specific classes can be found on the individual class pages.

 

What is the International Primary Curriculum?

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) combines all the subjects of the National Curriculum in a thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds. It has a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject, international mindedness and for personal learning. It supports and supplements the National Curriculum. The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people.

 

For more information about how parents can help children learning through the IPC click below:

  • Click here for an IPC leaflet for parents to help develop their children's attitude to learning.
  • Click here for an IPC leaflet for parents to help their children develop knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Click here for an IPC leaflet for parents to help their child develop understanding of their own identity, and their place within a global community.
  • Click here for an introduction to the IPC. This overview shows how the structure of the IPC units and the way learning is put together supports children for life in the 21st Century.

Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

At All Saints’ we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for the systematic teaching of phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource which was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

 

Children in Reception explore different sounds in the environment as well as listening and sharing rhymes in books and songs. In Reception and Y1 and Y2, children participate in a daily phonics lesson and develop their knowledge for reading and writing. All staff take every opportunity to develop children’s knowledge according to their level of development.

 

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website at: www.letters-and-sounds.com

Phase

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception)

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception and Y1)

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception and Y1)

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Y1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Y1 and Y2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

At an information morning, Mrs Chambers mentioned using 'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' to help with phonics at home. Click here for access to Mr Thorne's website.

 

For a copy of the English Subject Meeting presentation, click here. 

For a copy of the Reading Meeting presentation, click here. 

The video below was used at the 'Helping Children Read' meeting.

 

 

The video below was created by Mrs Chambers as part of our work with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. The CLPE's 'Power of Reading' project is an inspirational whole school approach that engages children with literature.

 

 

For copies of the flyers given out at meetings, click on the titles below.

 

For information on the teaching of Spanish in Years Three to Year Six, click here.

 

For a copy of the Department for Education 'What Happens at School' leaflet: Click Here

 

Getting Into Homework - Infants: Click here.

Getting Into Homework - Juniors: Click here.

 

Letter Join Handwriting Help.

At All Saints' we use a cursive joined handwriting script. If you would like to work with your child at home on their handwriting, you can have access to the Letter Join website. Click on the Letter Join logo for access to the site. Contact the school office for the login details. For a copy of the Letter Join home guide, click here.