The School Curriculum
We follow the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for England as well as the 2009 Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus. However, we are able to tailor this curriculum to the needs of the children in our school. This is done through a thematic approach to learning – teaching through ‘topics’
The best learning contexts enable everything we teach to centre around a common theme and to be experienced first-hand by the children. These contexts are set in the ‘real world’ and aim to motivate and inspire children, developing their thirst for learning around the topic. Thematic learning covers all areas of the National Curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, art, music and science. There may be times when subjects are taught in isolation, but we know that children learn best when links can be made between what they know, what they understand and what they can do. Christian values and Spiritual. Moral, Cultural and Social links run through all that we are and do at Whixall C.E. Primary School.
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.
To help parents understand the National Curriculum and support their children in making the most of their education, we have included a link to:
Themes Year by Year:
Below is our planned overview for the curriculum for the next two years.
The Teaching of Reading and Phonics
In EYFS & Key stage 1, reading and phonics are very closely linked. Initially, children are taught each phoneme (the sounds that make up words when we read), in the order stated in Letters and Sounds, through games and kinesthetic activities. Once children recognise the phoneme they are then taught to read it within a range of words using blending skills. When they are secure with this skill, children are encouraged to read phonemes within words that make up a sentence. As the children become confident and competent decoder – word readers – the emphasis of reading moves on to the comprehension of what they are reading.
All of this is achieved through daily phonics sessions, modelled reading in whole class situations, small group guided reading sessions and frequent individual reading opportunities. We emphasise reading for pleasure and making links to everyday life.
We use a variety of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, throughout the school with an expectation for children to be ‘free reading’ when their reading skills are competent enough for them to do so.
You can find some free online games at: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
There is also advice about how we pronounce the sounds of letters at:
Below are our English and Mathematics overviews.