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Curriculum

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Curriculum

At Sheepscombe Primary School our intention is to provide a curriculum that will enthuse the children in our care within an inspirational setting allowing all children to flourish.

We believe the curriculum makes a huge impact upon the way the children learn in school. Our aim is to ensure that pupils are excited by their education, develop a lifelong love of learning and are able to develop a wide range of skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout life, allowing them to make informed choices about all aspects of life.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expressions and knowledge.”

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”    Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

We aim to develop our school values through the provision of the curriculum ensuring that they are integral to our thinking. We offer a broad curriculum which reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding found in the National Curriculum. A thematic and skills based curriculum is followed throughout the school.  This allows great cooperation between year groups and across classes and the children all take great pride in this. Across the school at least three main themes are covered each year and, where possible, the skills found in each curriculum area follow the same theme.  Teachers plan learning opportunities according to the needs and interests of the children and enrich this through regular curriculum experiences blending a real life, purposeful  element into the learning. The children are involved in the planning and evaluation and assist with the direction of learning pursuing particular interests as they arise.

Parents receive a theme overview each term to enable them to have an understanding of what the children will be learning in each area whilst a theme is being explored.  Themes are carefully planned using a critical path that sets out coverage for the different year groups. Each class takes part in a range of experiences to enhance learning and these include educational visits, workshops, community events and visitors – being a small school is no barrier to our ability to enrich our curriculum!  We are passionate about engaging with our communities and using the amazing facilities in our local area and further afield to inspire and enthuse children in their learning.

We make the most of our rural setting by taking learning outdoors whenever possible. Each class takes part in Forest School at the National Trust Ebworth Centre every fortnight, led by our very own trained Forest School leader and her team. We also run an allotment at the centre, growing our own produce. We walk to Forest School each week and enjoy finding out about the world beneath our feet and all around us every day.

All children in the school undertake the Prince William Award as of September 2017 and we are proud to be one of the first schools in Gloucestershire to participate in this award scheme. Children take part in, and reflect on, activities that build courage, team work, resilience and determination, preparing them for their next steps in education, work and life.

Where possible we use the church links, our locality and local community to support learning, working in partnership with our parents, grandparents and families to share expertise and experiences.

Below please find links to the Parents Guide to the New Curriculum -this guide details what our school follows in each academic year for every subject. There is also a link to one-page overviews for each year group for each subject.

Please speak to a member of staff if you require any further details.

There is so much more we could tell you about our curriculum so please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

Phonics

We use the Letters and Sounds programme as the main driver to teach our phonics programme with resources from a range of providers used. We work in phase groups for our phonics teaching, grouped according to the needs of the children and their starting point in our school. The children are involved in activities that are active and engaging, often taking home resources to support their learning. We also use Reading Eggs and Spellodrome to support phonics and spelling as well as the Phonics Play website.

Reading Scheme

We use the Collins Big Cat Phonics banded reading scheme as our main reading scheme but also have a wide range of texts from other schemes to draw on when needed. We offer a rapid catch up programme for reading using the Dancing Bears programme where necessary.

Our prospectus has detailed information about our curriculum  as well as the document below linking our learning to the National Curriculum that became mandatory in 2014.

Here are some links that you may find useful related to the curriculum