Maths and English
We teach Maths and English as separate subjects and spend time in each subject working on themes.
We teach objectives from the national link these together into units of work with common themes.
For example in Maths that could mean learning about decimals for 2 weeks followed by looking at the properties of shape… etc. Teaching in maths focuses heavily on depth of understanding so that when pupils have secured key facts they are increasingly challenge to use and apply that information in more complex and difficult ways.
In English we chunk teaching in the same way, reading and writing are explored through mini topics on different genres such as storytelling or report writing… But the teaching of spelling, handwriting and of grammar and punctuation is planned separately and progressively. We use Read Write Inc as the basis for our phonics teaching and there is an additional section on our website providing you with more information about this approach to teaching phonics.
Other subjects in The National Curriculum
We teach our children the National Curriculum through a curriculum designed by Cornwall Learning called ‘The Inspire Curriculum’. We chose the inspire curriculum for a number of different reasons:
It gets children to be questioning active learners
It brings together different subjects into integrated topics and shows how different subjects relate to each other
It gives great ideas for using and applying key skills that have been taught in English, maths and ICT
It gives breadth and balance to our curriculum
It suggests lots of interesting activities and resources that engage and stimulate children.
It provides an excellent range and breadth of experiences and topics.
It suggests lots of ways that we can link topics to the real world.
It has strong Cornish elements which means that we get to learn about where we live.
Each term the inspire curriculum details 3 cross curricular topics or themes that can be taught. Initially each topic was supposed to take 4 weeks of teaching time but as we grow familiar with the curriculum we have amended and adapted it to take account of what works and what the children like. Usually we cover 3 topics each term but sometimes we cut that to two and explore themes in greater depth.
In the document linked to on this page there is an outline of each topic year by year. Teachers always keep parents informed about what they are teaching each half term and this may vary from the objectives and activities identified.
We teach RE through Cornwall’s Agreed syllabus. This was last updated I 2014. It ensures a coherent and progressive approach to the teaching of RE across the school from Year R to Year 6. Children will learn to reflect on and discuss challenging questions about life and meaning though the study of Christianity and of the other principal religions present in our country and in our county. This forms a key part in helping children to understand their own heritage and modern Britain. In the resources section there is an outline of the themes and religions covered in the agreed syllabus.
Religious education is statutory for all pupils registered on the school roll. However parents/guardians have the right to withdraw their children from Religious education. Any parents or guardians considering this should discuss it with the Headteacher.
Reception (Early Years Foundation stage)
Reception provides a curriculum based around the Early Learning goals. The EYFS team create a curriculum that is bespoke to the children, their interests and needs and this is changds and revised daily depending on what the children are enjoying and enthused about. All the learning experiences provided within EYFS link to the early learning goals and help the children develop the basic foundations needed to be a good learner as they progress through the school. For parents of reception children the planning for the week ahead is available to see in class on the planning wall.