In September 2011, we introduced a completely new curriculum which was entirely book based and which reflected one of our key aims of ‘developing a love of reading amongst our children’. We believe that to develop this has to be one of the most important things we can do for any child. In our most recent inspection in April 2012, Ofsted were of the opinion that our curriculum not only meets the needs of our learners but was also helping them to achieve well.
Keeping the learning fun and exciting
To help keep the learning fun and exciting, each year group plan a different topic every term, centered around a particular story chosen by the teachers and children. This innovative approach to curriculum planning means we can ensure that activities are as relevant and appropriate for the children as we can possibly make them.
The importance of developing key skills
As you would expect we place a lot of importance on developing the key skills in English and Maths extending these wherever possible across the other subject areas. The curriculum is further enhanced by ensuring first-hand experiences (visitors / school trips planned in) and also by building in creative and artistic opportunities such as having a professional water-colour artist, Hugh Templeton, working in the school.
Encouraging and nurturing a love of reading
Every half term the Headteacher and Deputy use assemblies to introduce their own Recommended Read, promoting the books to the children. The parents are kept regularly informed about the Recommended Reads via the monthly newsletters. We have also recently introduced DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time on a weekly basis. Children have 20 minutes to move around to different classes in the school to be told a range of exciting and inspiring stories. We encourage as many of all our staff as possible to take part in this experience’