Greys Class

How our curriculum is implemeted.

Two Yearly Topic Cycle

We operate a two yearly topic cycle to ensure that children learn all of the skills and knowledge they require to move onto the next part of their learning journey. Topics are based on big questions, designed to unlock children's curiosity. Where possible, we invite people in, to discuss their roles, their thoughts and their opinions about in the outside world and we travel to meaningful places to give learning more purpose.

This is all designed to create a love of learning in our children.

English.

Spoken Language, reading and writing are delivered daily through the use of rich texts and good quality resources. Synthetic phonics is taught through Years one and two using 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.' Information can be found on the 'supporting your child at home' page. The children have a guided reading session in class for 20 minutes each day, as well as daily English lessons. Children are encouraged to read for at least 10 minutes a day at home too, and parents are asked to record reading in their reading record books.

Examples of quality texts for reading can be found by following this link, https://www.booksfortopics.com/yeargroups. We also encourage and guide children to  choose quality texts from our wide range of books within our class library.

The local libraries also offer an excellent choice of reading material and audiobooks. You can even reserve titles and listen online. Here are the opening times for Henley and Sonning Common.

Mathematics

Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning skills are taught through a series of small steps using the White Rose Maths scheme www.whiterosemaths.com (other materials to compliment the scheme are used). Our aim is for all children to be confident, flexible and engaged in learning Mathematics. Pupils are encouraged from EYFS up to Year 6 to represent their thinking through the use of manipulatives, drawings, words and numbers.

Maths is taught daily in all classes. The children have Sumdog  accounts that they can access from home. Times tables are taught from Year 2 onwards and children are encouraged to practise for 10 minutes daily at home. 

Science, Geography, History and Art & Design are taught through our Learning Challenge Curriculum where we use ‘Big’ questions to find out about the world around us. We link subjects, meaningfully, and use our literacy and numeracy skills in a purposeful way.

Computing, Music and Design & Technology  are taught using a scheme of work from 'Kapow Primary.'

Religious Education is taught using the LCP scheme and Collective Worship is practised daily.

Physical Education is taught both on the Common and offsite regularly so  that the children have access to good quality venues and equipment. we use an online planning tool, called iPEP to improve our planning and assessment. Wherever possible, we take part in competitions and festivals around the county.  As we are a small school, children have the opportunity to represent the school between three and ten times a year. The topic cycles for this term are below.

French is delivered by a specialist teacher, through Linguascope.

PSHE and Citizenship is a tailored scheme using elements from different providers. Example planning is below, as well as our SRE scheme.

If you require any further information, please speak to Mrs Hilton, or Mr Steele, at the office.

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