The school broadly follows The National Curriculum in England (see their website >here<). This is a balanced and broad curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
This section of our website provides more information about the different areas of the curriculum; please contact the school for specific information about any aspect of study if you require more details.
The National Curriculum is organised in Key Stages. Key Stage One is for children in Years 1 and 2. These children are taught in a mixed age class, Ash Class. Key Stage Two is for children from Year 3 to Year 6. These children are taught in two mixed age classes, Oak and Beech Classes. We also have children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and accept children from the term after they turn 3 years old. Our EYFS classroom is Willow Class. In all the classes the curriculum is delivered using a variety of teaching methods: whole class, small group and individual. We are particularly fortunate to have the Lin Cooper Practical Skills building on site, and this is used by children in a wide range of ways as they enhance their learning through practical work.
In our Early Years and Key Stage One, we teach phonics and early reading through a scheme called Read, Write, Inc (RWI). For this, the children are taught in small groups by specially trained staff. The children are grouped by ability, and moved on rapidly in their learning, and this gives them the basic skills and teaches them how to write. This runs alongside a story-telling and discussion approach called Talk for Writing (T4W) which gives them strategies to develop what they write. Our results for early literacy are consistently above national and local averages.
In Key Stage Two, children needing additional literacy support are given daily help using the RWI scheme.
For mathematics, we believe that strong mental foundations of key concepts are crucial, so basic skills are taught daily. Written methods are introduced when children are ready.
Science is taught on a two-year rolling programme to ensure that all children acquire the essential investigative skills alongside the factual knowledge needed. There is a big focus on practical work, and outdoor learning is a key feature of that, including frequent visits to Forest School.
Sport is taught both by the class teachers and by visiting specialists. We are fortunate to have visits from teachers from the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership (NOSSP). Swimming is taught to children from Year 3 upwards. NOSSP also gives us access to inter-school sport events and these are arranged throughout the year for different year groups.
Music is taught by a specialist teacher right from the start. Children sing frequently, both in music lessons and in collective worship. Each child takes part in a dramatic production (with songs) at least once each year, and different classes have the opportunity to lead services in the church.
Cookery is taught in small groups throughout the year. Each child from Year 1 upwards usually has fifteen lessons per year, delivered in weekly blocks.
Most other subjects are taught through topic work. We are careful to ensure that skills in each area are developed in an age-appropriate way, but the subjects are blended together. During 2016-17 we will be using Year A of the two year cycle.
- Year 1/2 long term curriculum map
- Year 3/4 long term curriculum map
- Year 5/6 long term curriculum map
For detailed plans, please click below.
We also provide a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education.
To find out more about the curriculum and how we teach it, please contact your child’s class teacher or the office staff.