ORGANISATION OF TEACHING IN KS1 & KS2
The children are grouped in classes of approximately 30 pupils.
During the working day children may be taught as a whole class or in mixed ability or ability groupings. Children may take part in targeted interventions for Literacy and Numeracy as part of their day, helping them to accelerate their learning.
Key Stage 1 and 2
The New National Curriculum came into force in September 2014. We have spent the last year developing our curriculum to meet the new requirements and will continue this work into 2014/15. We expect that our new curriculum will enable our children to learn, achieve their best, and enjoy finding out about new ideas. In line with our school values we will nurture, challenge and inspire our pupils, families and staff to achieve their best.
Our children really enjoy learning through the foundation subjects, many bringing in related work which they have done spontaneously at home.
As we develop our curriculum in a way that suits our school, we link the core subjects of English and Maths onto the back of it, accelerating and promoting a love of life-long learning. That’s not to say everything will be taught around a theme. There will still be dedicated English and Maths lessons, but where there is a genuine link to the topic theme, we will use it to give relevance to the learning. Similarly, ICT whilst sometimes taught as a discrete subject, may be linked where appropriate to the topic.Our curriculum needs to start with our children’s home lives and work out from there. This is the hub of our thinking. We want to involve parents more, using their experiences and knowledge. We believe that when our children see their parents contributing to their education, they will also think, “This is something that my family do!” We see the value in linking learning to life and life back to learning. “Through schooling, both scientific and everyday concepts become objects of study.”The implementation of the curriculum, will go hand in hand with our drive to include parents. Both strategies feature largely in our School Development Plan.We have decided that the following are the priority areas that would make the biggest difference to our children’s rate of success: Active Listening, Resilience and Effective Communication. These are our Curriculum Drivers. By emphasising these again and again throughout the curriculum, our children will gain these attributes, enabling them to succeed as learners.A crucial element will be the use of group work to enable the children to benefit from communicating with one another. This links with our Talk Matters project across school.We work on a two year rolling programme across two Year groups to generate a buzz within that phase of school and allow for subject specialism amongst teachers.Every Half Term we will strive to use a “Wow event” to gain the interest of the children. This might be an event to spark their interest and imagination at the start of the topic, or alternatively later in the term to further inspire and enthuse, enabling them to use some of the knowledge they have acquired.
Once they leave Reception and the Foundation Stage, children are taught The National Curriculum (Years 1 to 6). Key Stage 1 is made up of Years 1 & 2. Key Stage 2 is comprised of Years 3 to 6.
Click on the links for a brief outline of each curriculum area.