Curriculum

If you would like to request copies of our curriculum information (free of charge) please contact the school office.

Every child is valued in our school and we invest much in all levels of ability.  All classes have skilled teaching assistants who help support teaching and learning.

Pupils are supported and encouraged to develop their thinking skills and resilience in learning.  The use of a variety of approaches including Bloom’s Taxonomy and Philosophy for Children encourages the development of enquiry based learning, deep thinking and a love of learning.  Our aim is that all children, whatever their ability, are secure in basic skills with a growing confidence to reason, particularly in mathematics and are able to apply their skills in problem solving (Mastery).

When children join the school they are introduced to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through a stimulating range of activities.  Children start the National Curriculum through a stimulating range of activities.  Children start the National Curriculum in Year 1 and this is taught throughout the school.

 A large element of fun is added through themed days and week.  Together with this we are regularly visited by theatre groups and workshops who add a lively dimension to our school day.     

All classes take part in trips and activities linked to curriculum areas of study.  In recent years classes have visited Wildwood, Diggerland, Leeds Castle, Dover Museum and Canterbury Cathedral.  Our Year 6 pupils participate in a residential trip to Bowles each year to take part in activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and dry slope skiing.  This trip helps to develop self-esteem, creating more confident young people.  Our Year 5 pupils also take part in a one day team building activity session at Arethisa near Rochester.

My Learning Journey 

Each child has a individual profile of their Learning Journey through the school from Year 1 to Year 6.

At the end of each of the six terms we carefully track each child’s progress against the learning objectives for their group and identify whether they are performing at an emerging, expected or exceeding level.  This information is then used to inform our planning and individual children’s targets.

A summary of this information is recorded on a ‘ My Learning Journey’ record sheet and a copy is sent home at the end of each term to keep you fully informed of your child’s progress.  A grade for effort is also included.

During our parents’ evening we will continue to discuss progress in detail and provide you with a copy of your child’s latest targets, as well as ideas about how to help him/her at home.

The following websites support Literacy:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.talk4writing.co.uk

www.grammar-monster.com

www.booktrust.org.uk/programmes/primary/time-to-read

List of Maths Websites for Parents and Carers

National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents. www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk

Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, tips and eBooks to help your child with maths at home.  www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths

Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php

An explanation of the bar model. This technique can help the children understand a maths concept visually. It can also help children to visualise a word problem, allowing them to understand the question and apply their knowledge to help them solve it. www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-the-bar-model-method

List of Maths Websites for Children

Playing maths based games can be a great way to engage child in their learning of Maths.

These websites offer a range of maths based games. There are some game that are great for practising rapid recall of number facts and more specific tasks. Some also contain logic puzzles.

mathplayground.com                                amathsdictionaryforkids.com

bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths                   bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths

ictgames.com/resources.html                  ilovemathsgames.com

mathsisfun.com/index.htm                       mathszone.co.uk

multiplication.com                                     primarygames.co.uk

topmarks.co.uk