Introduction to our curriculum

The curriculum at our school prepares our pupils for moving on to secondary school and for leading their lives as citizens in modern Britain.

British Values

At our school, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, our families and our staff. We are cognisant of the Department for Education’s (DfE) requirementto create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs” and these values are part of our school culture. You can find out how we teach our pupils about British Values here.

Reading

We teach our pupils to read through the use of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme, which you can find out more about here.

Pupils receive 45 minutes of dedicated phonics instruction each day.

Our pupils start their day with a half hour Guided Reading lesson. Throughout the week, pupils work in different groups on phonics activities, comprehension skills and they also read with a member of staff. All pupils take home a set of reading books each week, which we ask them to read to their parents and carers. This should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes, but the time varies according to the needs of the individual pupil.

Reception

This is the first official year of school for primary pupils and it is also known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The DfE has a statutory framework for the EYFS. At our school, the curriculum for Reception pupils is based on this framework and comprises seven key learning areas. The Prime Areas of learning are Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. There are also four Specific Areas, which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. You can find out more about these learning areas on pages 7-12 of the DfE’s statutory framework publication

Religious Education (RE)

We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through religious education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We use the agreed Waltham Forest syllabus for Religious Education, which you can read about here.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

To enhance our curriculum and cultivate well-rounded, happy pupils, we teach children to develop an understanding of themselves, of others and their role as citizens in their local and wider community. Each term, we focus on a key theme, such as collaboration, and how it relates to the personal, social and emotional development of our pupils. A themed whole school assembly is then used each week to reinforce the culture of our school.

Physical Education (PE)

We believe that physical education is a basic entitlement for all children. Our pupils receive twp formal PE lessons a week, in addition to the fine and gross motor skills we teach throughout the week and the outdoor physical development activities. In Reception, PE lessons start with developing gross motor skills, throwing and catching balls, navigating spaces, choreographing and learning dance routines, and parachute games. As children move up through the school, teachers build on these skills, so that pupils can participate in traditional games, such as cricket, rounders, tennis and hockey. It is important that pupils have the skills they need to participate in competitive sports and to succeed in this learning area in secondary school, as well as an understanding of how to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

Each summer, we hold a Sports Day for our pupils and their families. Sports Day includes traditional team games, such as hurdles, javelin throwing, sack racing, and the classic egg and spoon.  Our families get into the competitive spirit by participating in the parent, carer, grandparent and sibling races.

Assemblies

We hold a weekly Achievement Assembly, where teaching staff choose two hard-working pupils to receive an accolade in front of the whole school, which reinforces the importance of scholarship and perseverance.

Our weekly Singing Assembly supports pupils’ interest in music and is a joyous time for pupils to gather as a whole school.

We also hold a Wellbeing Assembly, which is focused on supporting and extending pupils’ personal, social and emotional development and reinforcing our school values.

Homework

In addition to reading books, all pupils, from Reception to Year 6, receive weekly Homework on a Friday, which is due in on the following Wednesday. Homework alternates each week between a piece of English and Mathematics and may include a task related to one of the other curriculum topics being studied by the class. Homework will build on what pupils have been studying in class, with the exception of research tasks for topic work.


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