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Our New Curriculum

Why a new curriculum?

In 2014 a new National Curriculum was launched which is used across the country and in a wide range of schools.  Our curriculum followed the national path but lacked a focus on quality texts, creativity, and imagination and failed to offer connections in learning.  Lessons stood alone and children were not inspired to work towards an end goal. Children were also taught in ability groups which did not give true equality of opportunity.  The most effective learning took place where children were given time to immerse themselves in a project and became excited by new experiences. So we have taken this best practice and developed it into our ‘Learning Journeys’

 

What is the new curriculum?

  • Science lessons will be taught in 3 day blocks giving children an opportunity to really explore and investigate topics.
  • R.E, PHSE and Computing will also be given focus days.
  • Health & Fitness and P.E will also be taught, at times through the Learning Journey, as specific weekly sessions, focus days, after school activities and during our lunch time sessions.
  • Children will be grouped by ability for phonics which will take place at the start of the day.  They will then return to class for a 1 hour Mathematics lesson. After a short morning break their Learning Journey begins.

 

The Learning Journey

Each Learning Journey begins with a ‘Good Book’, it may have been chosen because it is a children’s classic, by a significant children’s author, offers an opportunity as a springboard for History and Geography or promotes challenging debate and discussion.  There are ten Learning Journeys that children experience each year. Each journey will enable children to travel either in time or across our country and onto faraway lands. They will meet familiar and unfamiliar characters some fictional and others living or from the past. A journey will twist the basic skills of English grammar and punctuation with the creativity of Art and Design. Stories will introduce the written word set in a variety of places real and imagined and will offer the opportunity to practise writing for a range of purposes.  They will learn about themselves, their locality and our British culture and compare this to the different cultural experiences of people from other countries and continents. Oceans, mountains, ice, snow, deserts, forests and canals will be some of the landscapes visited by children along their many journeys. They will learn through humour, rhyme, poems and the music of wonderful language telling a good tale.

  • Journeys will be planned to cover the programmes of study for Year 1 and Year 2.  
  • Each term a trip will springboard children’s learning and visitors will be invited to enrich these experiences.

 

The Learning Journeys and the EYFS

Our youngest children in Nursery and Reception will also have texts chosen to be a focus for their Learning Journeys

 

We have used Chris Quigley's Essentials Curriculum to inspire our Long Term plans

 

The National Curriculum 2014
Phonics
Year 2 Learning Journeys
Science Year 1
Science Year 2
Early Years Foundation Stage
Reception Learning Journeys
British Values
Curriculum Information for Parents Autumn Term
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