Key Stage 1 and 2
At Key Stages 1 and 2, we aim to create successful learners who are confident individuals and responsible members of society, fully prepared for the next stage of their education and enthusiastic about learning. Pupils have a daily English and maths lesson.
The teaching of English will provide pupils with opportunities to:
- Develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability.
- Speak clearly and confidently to audiences of different types and size.
- Attentively listen to other people speak, with understanding, pleasure and empathy.
- Read a range of materials fluently and with understanding for enjoyment and for information.
- Write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes, using handwriting, word-processing, spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and confidently.
Phonics is the beginning of Literacy. We base our phonics teaching on the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) programme of teaching.
Reading is core to our learning. It is only through fluency, comprehension and confidence in reading that we can learn effectively. Our purpose is to create fluent, discerning, life-long readers who love and value books. Through taking books home on a daily basis, children are encouraged to share books with peers and family regularly. Teachers take time to read class novels and model reading for pleasure.
In order to embed the focus on reading, our English curriculum is based on the ‘Power of Reading’ (CLPE). This scheme takes a core book as the basis of learning and develops the skills of reading and writing, including drama, speaking and listening, through the broad topic/ storyline of the chosen book.
Writing skills are developed through all areas of the curriculum as much as possible, so that pupils understand the range of writing genres and the variety audiences accessing the written word.
Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum.
Our maths curriculum is based on White Rose.
This scheme builds on core skills and ensures that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of maths including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts.
All other subjects (science, computing, history, geography, design technology, music, art, and PE) are taught, guided by bought schemes and building on skills and knowledge year on year.
Religious Education is based on the Norfolk agreed syllabus.
Relationships and sex education (RSE) is based on the Norfolk scheme. Personal , social and health education and British values are taught using the national curriculum guidance as well as resources from other schemes.
Promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths we believe is a fundamental element of our teaching. Using Values for Life and Personal Social and Health Education lessons we encourage children to develop their own beliefs and an understanding of the meaning of a healthy life style, staying safe, being a good citizen.
We aim to develop children’s enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and introduce them to the pleasures of sport, including swimming, so that they become active children who benefit from a healthy lifestyle. We also run outdoor learning for part of the year to encourage pupils to see learning beyond the classroom, developing their love of nature and the outdoors through the use of our bird hide and Forest Schools area.
We aim to enhance and enrich the curriculum through a variety of activities including educational visits, visitors to school, after school clubs and links with other schools.