The National Curriculum sets out what we have to teach in our school, it doesn’t tell us how we have to teach it.
At Kingston St Mary Church of England Primary School we aim to provide a broad, balanced education for all within a Christian framework.
Our planning for the children’s learning experiences will encourage children to think, explore, take risks, feel safe, make mistakes, work together and develop resilience and independence. It will give them the tools to be confident children, ready for the next stage in their educational and personal journey.
We have mapped out our curriculum to ensure coverage across the school within our mixed age classes whilst allowing for creativity and cross-curricular planning where appropriate. Reception and Key Stage 1 follow a three year rolling programme, this allows them to follow the same topics, share resources and go on trips together. Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 have separate two year curriculum maps.
Our curriculum planning is sufficiently flexible to enable pupils to have some influence over the direction a topic may take; to ask their own questions and to find the answers.
We have adopted the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme to give our pupils the best possible start to their learning. Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children take part in daily phonics lessons. Children in Key Stage 2 will continue to participate in phonics lessons if they have not reached the required level of attainment.
We use the White Rose Termly plan for curriculum coverage across the school. Teachers use a mixture of planning sources to plan individual lesson content.
Communicating our Curriculum to Parents
A Class Curriculum Letter and Learning Overview is sent home each term; this provides an overview of the learning planned for each subject and guidance on how parents can support their child’s learning at home.
We are currently developing our curriculum to improve the range of learning experiences we offer the children. As part of this development we are introducing Knowledge Organisers which will detail the key knowledge, including vocabulary that children will learn.
This page will be updated in the spring term with the updated curriculum documents.