Curriculum

"The curriculum is broad, balanced and enriched with interesting topics and projects for pupils to enjoy and learn."  Ofsted 2015

(Please see our class pages for what we are specifically learning each half-term)

 

At Ladypool Primary School we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and promote learning as well as personal growth and development.  This includes not only the formal requirements of The National Curriculum, but also the numerous extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich children’s skills, capability, confidence and experience.      

The curriculum at Ladypool is enriched by our strong ethos based on respect, equality and diversity.  We are committed to developing the whole child.  At Ladypool we encourage our children to be creative, physically active and academically challenged.

The Foundation Stage

In our Nursery and Reception classes, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child.  We aim to provide the right foundation for pupils to make good future progress through school and life. The activities and experiences we provide allow development in the seven areas of learning and development (communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design).  Each area of learning is developed through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activity. 

We begin teaching phonics (letters and Sounds scheme) in Nursery and continue in Reception where children have many opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge in guided reading sessions, adult led writing activities or independent reading and writing. We regularly assess the classroom environments to ensure that they are enabling and we ensure that learning can take place both indoors and outdoors every day.

English Curriculum

At Ladypool, we develop children’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching across all subjects.  We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.  It is central to social and emotional development and is the main instrument of learning across the curriculum.  Many of our children are bilingual and we believe this to be educationally enriching. We want our children to bring their experiences of language from home into school so that their developing of English and other languages support each other.

At our school, we aim to develop children’s ability to read, write and communicate for a wide range of purposes, for the following reasons:

Communication

  • Enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners

  • Enable children to adapt their speech to a wide range of audiences

  • Encourage children to use language to express and communicate ideas, views and feeling

  • To use both formal and informal voices appropriately

Reading

  • Teach children to read through the use of phonics and enable them to use this knowledge in their reading

  • Encourage children to read for enjoyment as every class has an attractive book area which offers a wide range of quality books to suit the needs of the children in that class

  • Use school library which is well organised and resourced with books clearly labelled and easily accessible. Each class is scheduled to use the library at least once a week

  • Encourage children to become enthusiastic and critical readers of a range of genres

  • Encourage children to become immersed in high quality texts including reading whole books

  • We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Writing

  • Teach children to read through the use of phonics and enable them to use this knowledge in their writing

  • Teach children the correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Encourage children to write with accuracy, meaning and for purpose, in both fiction and non-fiction in a range of genre

  • Increase children’s ability to use the writing process (planning, drafting, redrafting and editing) to improve the quality of their writing

Mathematics

At Ladypool, we believe that mathematics is an important part of everyday life and it helps children to make sense of the world around them, through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.  Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind; we ensure that children develop a healthy ad enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics.

Our mathematics curriculum encourages children to be creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident.  We provide a stimulating environment along with high quality resources so that each child can develop their mathematical skills and ability to their full potential.

Mathematics is taught every day for about an hour followed by 10 minutes of mental maths at key stage 1 and 2. We recognise the importance of developing a secure foundation in mental calculation.