- English The school has developed a long term literacy plan which ensures that the National Curriculum for English is met in an exciting and stimulating way, using storytelling as a foundation for this. We use a mixture of real books, and Oxford Reading Tree to promote early reading skills, with phonics being taught daily in discrete lessons from Foundation to year 2, with additional phonics groups running in year 3 and 4 for those children who still require those basic skills. We follow the phases in Letters and Sounds, with Phases 1-4 being taught in Foundation stage, and phases 5 and 6 being taught in year 1 and 2. We also the Vale Academy Trust spelling scheme across the school from Year 1 to Year 6. Below is a link to our long term English plan from Foundation, up to Year 6. It is driven by key texts which link with our theme.Further details can be obtained from the class teachers directly.
Spelling overviews for each year group are below, along with a document outlining the different types of activity we use during our spelling sessions.
School plans are based on the long-term plan contained in the National Curriculum for Mathematics. Children are expected to learn and develop agility in using mental strategies and to develop increasingly more sophisticated methods of recording mathematical thinking as they go through the school. The school is well resourced with both equipment and books. We are currently introducing ‘Big Maths’ as a way of improving numeracy and number skills across the school. Class teachers are happy to talk to you about how maths is taught in your child’s class.
School plans are based on the National Curriculum guidelines. Children are taught to investigate and set up experiments with an increasing understanding of ‘fair testing’. The school has a wide range of good resources to support this work. Opportunities for learning using the outdoor environmental areas are taken up whenever possible.
The school is well resourced with computers in each classroom. We have 2 trolleys containing 20 laptop computers, which are shared between classes to maximize use of ICT across the curriculum. Each classroom has access to the Internet (with parental agreement – see later). Use of the Internet and e-mail is supervised, with restricted access to websites. A whole school plan ensures children’s skills are developed according to the National Curriculum, as they go through the school.
- History and Geography
School plans are based on the National Curriculum guidelines, with the emphasis on developing skills required to study history and geography. Historical knowledge is gained through topic-based study.
Plans are based on the National Curriculum guidelines, but more importantly children are offered opportunities to express themselves creatively, record their observations, and design and make images. They are also introduced to works of art from a variety of cultures, periods and artists.
- Physical Education
We offer the full range of physical education required by the National Curriculum, which includes dance. All pupils swim regularly at Wantage Swimming Pool, where trained swimming instructors provide coaching. A bus is provided to transport children and staff to the pool, for which parents are invited to make a contribution towards this. Children are given opportunities to take part in a variety of team games with other schools in Oxfordshire. A P.E specialistist teacher, Mr Chadwick supports our delivery of high quality P.E across the school. We also hold an annual school Sports Day.
Children are given opportunities to listen to music from diverse cultures. With increasing sophistication, pupils perform, compose, listen to and evaluate music. Opportunities to play a number of instruments are available. We have a good selection of high quality instruments available for class teaching. Singing is encouraged throughout the school, and there is also a school choir. Mr Campbell, a specialist music teacher from King Alfred’s support the teaching of music across the school.
PSHE is designed to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be confident, healthy and independent, and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils participate in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to school life and the wider community. Through these activities they recognise their own worth and learn to work well with others, preparing them for life in Modern Britain.
- Design and Technology
Children are given the opportunity to generate ideas and plan, make and modify designs as individuals and within a group. They use a range of tools, materials and processes safely and with increasing precision and control. The whole school plans are based on the guidelines provided in the National Curriculum, and work across topics.
French is taught across the school from year 1 to year 5. Spanish is taught in Year 6 in preparation for the transition to secondary school.
- Religious Education
The Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus is followed throughout the school. Children are encouraged to explore and understand the traditions of other faiths and cultures, as well as Christianity. Although parents have the right to withdraw their children from this subject, we see it as an integral part of the curriculum and aim to make it appropriate for all children.
Further information is contained in the curriculum policies and whole school plans, which are available from the Headteacher on request.