All Saints Church of England VA

Primary School

Aaron Battersby

Beaumont Road, Great Oakley, Harwich, Essex, CO12 5BA

01255 880315

admin@allsaints-oakley.essex.sch.uk

Curriculum

CURRICULUM INTENT

The intent of our curriculum is to provide our children with the opportunities to be inquisitive and confident learners. We want our children to understand:

  • The behaviours and creative processes that shaped our world
  • The complexities of the cultures and environments that exist in our world
  • How and why things are the same or different
  • The intricacies of the plants and animals that inhabit our world
  • The importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change
  • How and why those changes happened
  • Our place in God’s world

We want our children to be resilient learners that flourish within our Christian ethos

Our curriculum will give our children the opportunity to:

  • See clear links between different aspects of their learning
  • Experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
  • Develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
  • Develop and demonstrate their creativity
  • Develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
  • Understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
  • Explore the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum

We want our children to be active learners that challenge their own ideas and those of others. We want to feed inquisitive natures and instil a lifelong love of learning. We want to build the skills which will allow our children to flourish in the world and for them to grow spiritually and emotionally. We want to produce courageous advocates that can make links and revel in the joy of knowledge.

From the summer term 2021 we are following Cornerstones Maestro Curriculum.   This is a cross curricular, thematic curriculum that allows children to learn in context.  The children undertake projects that are termly or half termly that include a range of learning styles and cover multiply curriculum subjects.

Click on the link to see our two year rolling programme:

Curriculum map 2021.2

As some subjects will need to be taught discretely the attachments below show the content of our school curriculum in each class:

Year 1&2 CurriculumMap

Year 3&4 CurriculumMap

Year 5&6 CurriculumMap

Please contact the school if you have any questions about the curriculum we are following.

In line with the Equality Act of 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 the school ensures that all areas of our curriculum are accessible to all of our children including those with learning barriers and special educational needs.

PHONICS & READING STATEMENT

Phonics is taught in our Reception and Key Stage 1 classes in a highly structured, systematic programme of daily instruction. The phonics scheme that we use is Read, Write Inc Phonics. Our groupings are based on the child’s phonological awareness and development. This is supplemented by phonic activities and games, practical and online. Each taught session provides children with opportunities to revisit previous learning, be taught new skills, practice skills and apply what they have learned. The children will take home a ‘Book Bag Book’ which is a book that is based on the phonic sounds that they are currently learning.

We assess the phonics level of the children half termly and amend groups as necessary, ensuring that children who are not developing as we would wish are given additional support in a smaller group.

The statutory phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1.

Further on in the school, children develop their reading through shared, guided and independent reading. In our Key Stage 2 classes we use Reading Vipers (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Sequencing or Summarising) to help us to teach all of the necessary reading skills.

We are following many of the recommendations of the DFE Reading Framework (2021). Our classes are language rich environments where vocabulary is taught, explored and developed. Each class has a dedicated storytime where teachers read to the class. Each class has access to quality literature and each class has a poem of the week.

Following from our synthetics scheme we adopt the Read, Write Inc Spellings, which continues the phonics teaching to enable the children to develop robust spelling practises.

Once children are capable of phonetically decoding books then they proceed onto the Oxford Owl reading scheme, which builds up to books that would challenge Year 6 children. Children may additionally take home a book from the library.