Our LearningDelivering a challenging and engaging curriculum
Love of Learning
At Larkspur our curriculum has been carefully designed for our pupils and their community. We want pupils to leave Larkspur with a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and be ready for the next stage in their education.
Pupils will become resilient learners, who understand that making mistakes is a valuable part of the learning process and that working hard will enable them to achieve.
This underpins our school values and growth mindset beliefs. We want our pupils to realise their potential, respect differences and go out into the world as successful citizens.
To develop children’s reading and spelling skills, we teach synthetic phonics in Early Years and Key Stage 1. We use the resource ‘Letters and Sounds’ which has been adapted to meet the requirements of the KS1 curriculum. We also ensure that children read every day in all classes and, in Year One and Two, we provide ‘Daily Supported Reading’ for every child.
Grammar is taught throughout the school through the Jolly Grammar scheme, but is also embedded within English lessons to ensure that the learning is contextual.
Our writing curriculum is based on the National Curriculum statements and we ensure that different writing genres are planned across different curriculum subjects.
‘Maths No Problem’ (linked to the National Curriculum) is the starting point for all planning in KS1 and KS2 and enables children to develop mastery in maths. Early Years use the ‘Maths No Problem’ approach to support the EYFS mathematics curriculum.
The resource ‘KAPOW’ is used in Years 3 to 6 to teach French.
History and geography is planned from the cross-curricular ‘Primary Connected’ Collins Scheme.
The resource ‘KAPOW’ is used to teach computing, art design, design technology and music in all years.
Our teachers teach children musical skills using the ‘KAPOW’ scheme and they have focused singing assemblies every week. All Year 5 children are taught to play the ukulele by a specialist music teacher.
It is important that children learn a range of PE skills, and they therefore have lessons in dance, gymnastics, sports and games, as well as swimming in year 5.
We extend the sports curriculum by offering after school clubs and focus sports events.
Each year group creates a half-termly Curriculum Planner, which sets out which topics and skills will be taught each term.
Please visit the Curriculum Planners page to view these.
Assessment lies at the heart of promoting children’s learning. It provides a framework for setting targets, planning work and for monitoring and communicating children’s progress. Our learning culture, based around Growth Mindset and Learning to Learn, plus the use of Formative Assessment and Fast Feedback strategies, enables assessment to be carried out in partnership with children and supports pupil attainment and progression.
Progress is assessed against age-related expectations at the end of each key stage as set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 and in the Early Years Foundation Stage assessment arrangements.