Curriculum

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WHOLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW FOR 2020-21

Our Curriculum is skills based, following guidance taken from Chris Quigley Essentials. 

Chris Quigley Essentials Skills

KEY STAGE 1 and 2 (Children aged 5 - 11)

Our school has adopted the National Curriculum 2014 following Government guidelines.

Web icon National Curriculum 2014

English and mathematics are taught daily, usually in discrete lessons at the level that each child is working at regardless of age.  Teachers carefully differentiate tasks to match the needs of every child. 

Children are taught to read with a daily phonics lesson to ensure that they quickly acquire the skills to become fluent and enthusiastic readers.  In KS2 they move to daily whole class reading sessions. Alongside this our school provides a range of reading books from well regarded publishers.  Books are organised following the coloured band system giving children a wide range of choice within the band or level they are reading within.

We follow the Department for Education Letters and Sounds phonics programme supplemented by resources from Phonics Play.  

Science, history, geography, art and design technology and music are taught using a topic approach.  Teachers plan topics each year following National Curriculum guidelines. Each topic starts with an exciting Hook and leads up to an end point, giving children purpose for their learning.  Learning is planned carefully using our progression documents to ensure that children in mixed age classes always experience new subject material.  

PSHE is taught for 1-2 weeks at the start of each term and includes the new mandatory for 2020 RSE curriculum. This learning is then re-inforced throughout the term.

Overview of the PSHE curriculum

Religious Education is taught discretely and our curriculum is planned following the Chelmsford Diocesan syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resource.  

St Andrew's Religious Education Curriculum overview for 2020-2021

We currently teach RE using units from Understanding Christianity.  Children are also taught about other World faiths as part of the RE curriculum.  

Information about Understanding Christianity 

A Modern Foreign Language is taught in Key Stage 2.  Currently we offer Spanish.

Early Years Foundation Stage 

Children in our Reception class and Pre-school follow a play based curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance.  Child led learning holds a very important place in our planning, encouraging our children to plan, negotiate and problem solve.