Curriculum and Homework

Our school curriculum covers all aspects of learning, within school hours and through extended school activities.  We aim to offer a range of practical, relevant learning experiences which excite and extend pupils, whilst at the same time providing teaching of skills and knowledge, and offering necessary support and encouragement.  We foster a positive attitude towards learning and as a result pupils are confident to try new things and in this way high achievement becomes possible. 

Teachers plan thoroughly, extensively and with imagination to ensure progress and differentiated activities to meet the needs of all the pupils in their class.  We aim to provide pupils with many memorable learning experiences during their time here.

We often use our local environment to enrich learning opportunities, as well as arranging visitors, educational visits and 'residentials' further afield.  These are planned to enhance Learning Journey work.  Through pre-visits and thorough risk assessments we ensure that everything is done to minimise the risks involved in these activities, although we firmly believe that children do need, and benefit from, opportunities to take risks and make decisions in controlled situations.

We ensure that our transport providers are carrying out regular safety checks on their vehicles and closely monitor the quality of driving.  On occasions we do ask parents to help with transport – if this is the case we have systems in place which mean that all those involved are fully informed, that booster seats are used if required, and that insurance documentation is checked.   

In light of the new National Curriculum (September 2014) learning journeys and planning have been revised. Details of the Government requirements can be found here.
 
Our school published overviews are subject to ongoing review and evaluation, and it is likely that some adjustments will be made during the academic year.  We are committed to providing learning opportunities which are relevant and engaging for all pupils - Christian values and our Core Learning Values will continue to underpin our broad curriculum, as well as important elements of our school curriculum such as our International Schools projects, and Beach Schools work.  We do particpate in some really useful and engaging online learning resources such as Mathletics and Planet Sherston which we encourage children to access and use at home. Further details including any logins will be provided directly.
 
Reading - our youngest children have the opportunity to enjoy a range of books both in the classroom, and from our library.  They begin learning phonics using Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds.  Throughout the school children are taught to use a range of strategies to help them with their reading, as we know that many different skills need to be developed in order to help them access and enjoy a wide range of books and texts.  We use colour banded reading books from a range of schemes which includes Rigby Rockets, Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree.
 
Our planning documents can be found here Willow (Y1/R), Birch (Y2),  Sycamore (Y3/4), Oak (Y5/6)
 
Religious Education

We follow the West Sussex County Council Agreed Syllabus, details of which are available in school or can be viewed here Religious EducationCollective worship takes place daily and in keeping with the Education Reform Act 1988 is wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.  The school assembly and religious education lessons provide the opportunity  to learn about the Christian faith and other major world religions, and to gain an understanding of their responsibilities as members of local, national and worldwide communities.  

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these and should notify the Headteacher in writing so that alternative arrangements may be made.

Homework  

Our pupils are asked to undertake certain tasks at home depending on their age. Tasks set are closely related to and reinforce classwork.  

Parents are informed of our expectations at ‘Meet the teacher’ sessions early in the academic year. They are kept up to date through the ‘Home Link’ book, and termly class letters (see Class pages).