Our curriculum is based around thematic blocks or 'Topics' which interlink our children's learning. In every year there are three topics each with a main focus - History, Geography or Science. Teachers use their skilled professional judgements to fit pieces of learning together so that children gain a wider understanding of their topic - for example by linking art, music and design and technology together within their topic.
The topic maps below outline each year group's topic blocks.
Alongside these topics, and often interlinked with them, are the core skills of reading, writing and maths. These are taught daily in every year group too.
In KS1, we teach our children to read using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme. This phonics programme allows our children to very quickly get the basic sounds and quickly progress on to more complex sounds. We particularly focus on using Read, Write, Inc. to get our children reading to a high level and to help them to be able to record their thoughts and feelings using a phonetically plausible (and quite often accurate!) spelling of their chosen word.
When children move into Year 3 they begin a spelling programme called Big Spell. This runs across Year 3, 4 and 5 and means that children come together in small groups overseen by different adults, who work with their group to set word lists and undertake practice activities which support the learning of their spelling words. Class teachers monitor children's spelling in their written work across the curriculum and encourage children to make corrections on a daily basis.
In KS2 we operate a system of Guided Reading, which aims to teach more advanced reading skills to our children as they progress through the school. These reading skills include inference and deduction as well as understanding authorial intent. By the time our children leave us they are proficient in reading.