Curriculum and Homework

Our Curriculum

We are very proud of our curriculum and our commitment to provide all children with opportunities to succeed, be challenged, learn from mistakes and make good progress. We establish this as part of understanding the learning process and a life-long journey to develop self-esteem, independent learning skills and to value and appreciate the views of others.

Schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, the content for subjects that should be taught to all children. It can be found here. This states the requirement for a balanced and broad curriculum which ‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at the school and of society, and prepares children at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.’

Furthermore, all schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to children at both key stages. The teaching of sex and relationship education is outlined in our SRE policy.

We acknowledge the aims of the national curriculum:

“The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. It provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.”

We value highly the key skills involved with Mathematics and English. In addition to this, research shows that a broad experience of learning can provide children with the tools they need to be successful learners throughout their lives.  We do this through our creative Learning Journey planning, our extra-curricular schools activities and our outdoor learning (e.g. Beach Schools, educational visits). Whilst this curriculum looks different in the Early Years, the principles of a broad curriculum are key, linked to supporting a balance between child-initiated and adult-led learning, making the most of the outside learning environment.

We aim to offer a range of practical, relevant learning experiences which excite and extend children, whilst at the same time providing teaching of skills and knowledge, developing independence whilst offering necessary support and encouragement.  We foster a positive attitude towards learning and as a result children are confident to try new things and in this way good progress becomes possible.

Teachers plan thoroughly, extensively and with imagination to ensure differentiated learning opportunities meet the needs of all the children in their class.  We aim to provide children with many memorable learning experiences during their time here. These are focussed on securing knowledge to long term memory and skills to be practiced and improved.

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.

Each class’ termly/half-termly Learning Journey is outlined in overviews published on our website. These are subject to ongoing review and evaluation. We ensure we are providing learning opportunities which, for all children, are relevant, engaging and facilitate our  Christian values and our Core Learning Values.

Our planning documents can be found here Willow (Y1/R), Birch (Y2),  Sycamore (Y3/4), Oak (Y5/6)

 

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.

 

Religious Education

We follow the West Sussex County Council Agreed Syllabus, details of which are available in school or can be viewed here Religious Education. Collective 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 children 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.