The School Curriculum
At Prees Primary School we have a vision to provide learning that will fit our young people for the future. We wish to help children to become enquiring, problem solving individuals who are independent and resilient when faced with difficulties. We believe that we should equip them to take their place in a world of work where technology has evolved so fast that the many of the jobs that they will compete for had not even been thought of when they were born.
With this in mind, we are building a skills based curriculum, where children learn the skills of enquiry, research, drawing together results and evaluations in order to present their work for others. These skills should be learnt through an engaging and interesting themed curriculum, where children are motivated to pursue their own interests in order to acquire knowledge as well as skills.
Cross curricular links are made where they are meaningful, but some aspects of Maths, English, PE and Science may need to be taught discretely, in order to make the learning clear. Christian values and Spiritual. Moral, Cultural and Social links run through all that we are and do at Prees. Further detail for parents can be obtained from the termly ‘Curriculum Newsletter’ sent out by each class teacher.
The Early Year curriculum works in precisely this way, with themes being changed more frequently to engage interest and concentration. A generic theme is introduced and the children then initiate learning from that, as their interests dictate.
The document below contains a year by year overview of the outline of the content of the new National Curriculum from 2014. Staff plan year by year interesting themes and contexts through which they deliver the National Curriculum objectives. The National Curriculum is ‘what children must cover’ the school curriculum is ‘how they are going to cover them’.
To further support and encourage our children we have subscribed to Compare4Kids Boot Camp, please click on the link below. Children can login at home and work through a range of exercises to support their learning in class.
Themes Year by Year:
Below is our planned overview for the curriculum for the next two years.
Teachers plan week by week, tailored to the individuals in their class. Below are some documents which outline progression planning for specific subjects .
Reception/ Year 1 and 2 Phonics and Reading
All children in Early Years and KS1 work their way through the Phonics scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’.
Intervention groups also work on phonics using the ‘Speed Sounds’ which also supports an auditory approach to letter formation and spelling.
We use matched phonetically decodable books, as well as a range of book banded reading schemes to engage children in reading, through stories and non- fiction books.