The school promotes a curriculum that is in fused by British values and the spiritual, moral social and cultural development of its children. Our ethos is that all our children are capable of achieving highly and that we as lead practitioners will provide the right learning experiences for this to happen. Our premise for this curriculum is “What more can we do?” Learning is our core purpose and we are committed to building children’s capacity to develop as independent confident and reflective learners.
We will follow a practical approach to the teaching of mathematics to help our children develop the skills to solve every day problems in their lives. Children are introduced to the processes of calculation through practical, oral and mental activities. As children begin to understand the underlying ideas they develop ways of recording to support their thinking and calculation methods, use particular methods that apply to special cases, and learn to interpret and use the signs and symbols involved. Over time children learn how to use models and images, such as empty number lines, to support their mental and informal written methods of calculation. As children’s mental methods are strengthened and refined, so too are their informal and formal written methods.
Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. Children should be encouraged to be confident, enthusiastic, critical, independent readers, spellers and writers. They should be able to read and write across range of genre with understanding of structure and organisation. They should also demonstrate effective application of phonics knowledge and reading strategies to decode and support inference and deduction for comprehension. They should be able to apply a range of transcription skills including spelling and handwriting. They should show an awareness of purpose, audience and form, and reflect this in their writing. They should develop as independent and accurate spellers who are confident to use writing and adventurous vocabulary. Children should develop a flexible and legible handwriting style that empowers them to write with speed, confidence and pride. They should be able to articulate this clearly with confidence and increasing expressive language.