Our LearningDelivering a challenging and engaging curriculum
Our Curriculum is built around the 2014 National Curriculum Programmes of Study and EYFS Development Matters. It is underpinned by our learning philosophies of Pupil Voice and Growth Mindset. We are currently introducing Meta-cognition through our Learning to Learn lessons and Fast Feedback.
We believe that children learn best when they are confident enough to ‘have a go’ and understand that they can learn from their mistakes. We want children to know themselves as learners and how best they learn. We also believe that children learn well when they are engaged and excited about what they are learning and are therefore developing our Larkspur Creative Curriculum.
Our curriculum aims to ensure that meaningful links are made between subjects and pupils have a voice when considering topic choice and how to learn the skills, knowledge and understanding laid down in statutory guidance.
Please use the links to view the National Curriculum Programmes of Study by Subject and the Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum documents.
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – English
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – Maths
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – Science
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – Art and Design
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – Design and Technology
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – Geography
National Curriculum Programme of Study KS1 & KS2 – History
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, 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 ‘iLanguages’ is used in Years 3 to 6 to teach French.
The resource ‘Switched on Computing’ is used to teach computing in in all years.
Our teachers teach children musical skills using the ‘Charanga’ 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 Creative 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.