Horspath Church of England School Curriculum statement
Our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children for lifelong learning. At Horspath Church of England School, we offer a rich and vibrant curriculum which is ambitious for all learners. Through our curriculum, we develop the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for later life. Our curriculum encompasses not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that our children are exposed to the rich and varied opportunities. The curriculum is enhanced by our commitment to the Christian Values of Forgiveness, Responsibility, Respect and Truth. Through this, we provide learning experiences which promote confident, resilience self-motivation and eagerness for
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- to foster the children’s understanding of ‘belonging and being’ and how they connect to the past, live in the present and look to the future; encouraging curiosity and a passion to learn
- to promote a ‘go-for-it’ attitude towards learning, so that all children enjoy coming to school and embrace new challenges and possibilities; pushing their own boundaries
- to enable children to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills; being ‘determined to succeed’ and becoming independent thinkers and questioners
- to promote our Christian Values so children take responsibility for themselves and their actions, are respectful and develop resilience
- to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
The National Curriculum subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2 are set out in section 84 of the Education Act 2002. The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of key stages. At Horspath C of E Primary School we have three key stages:
- Early Years Foundation Stage: Ages 4-5 (Reception Year)
- Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
- Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and society, and
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2
The National Curriculum sets out in Programmes of Study, on the basis of Key Stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.
This is our current Long Term Plan:
Read, Write Inc Phonics
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we teach daily phonics lessons to ensure every child is a successful reader. We follow the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc phonics programme; grouping children according to their reading ability and reading level. Read, Write Inc is a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics.
We teach children how to break down and decode words into their separate sounds components, known as phonemes. There are 44 phonemes taught throughout the programme, all of which are embedded in a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The words are taught prior to reading a book to ensure children are equipped at decoding them; we call this ‘Fred Talk’. Fred is a Read, Write Inc character that only speaks and understands pure sounds (sounds in a words before they are blended).
Children use the same ‘Fred Talk’ skill to write words and sentences through a range of guided and interactive activities. The level of challenge increases throughout each set of books. Words that cannot be pronounced using phonemes are called ‘Red Words’ for example ‘said and the’. These words are trickier to read and are printed red in the early reading books to reinforce their complexity.
Pupils will be sent home with a school reading book each day from the earliest days in the reception class through to the end of Year 6. We organise books into coloured bands based on the complexity of the text which the pupils move their way through until they are fluent independent readers and can choose from a large selection of unbanded fiction and non-fiction texts in the library. From Year 1 onwards we encourage pupils to change their own reading book from their reading band.
Our reading books come from a wide range of children’s books including a selection from several different reading schemes. Children on RWI will also have a black and white RWI book to take home. These are issued by their RWI teacher.
At Horspath music and singing are an important part of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments and when they are in Oak class they are taught weekly Clarinet or Ukulele lessons. There are also teachers who visit the school to teach a variety of instruments including piano, flute, trumpet, cornet, clarinet and saxophone. Children can also play in the school band which performs at events both in and out of school. Twice a year we hold music assemblies where children perform either on their own or in groups.
Singing is taught within individual classes, as well as a whole school lesson once a week. We learn new songs to perform at various events throughout the year. These include Harvest Festival, Easter Service, Christmas Production, Nativity and Carol Concert,
French is taught in KS1 and Ks2. Pupils start with learning songs, rhymes, games, colours and parts of the body. By the end of Year 6 all of our pupils can hold a conversation and read and write simple French passages.
Most of the school’s PE lessons are taught by school staff supported by an apprentice from Ignite Sports and a Yoga teacher. In the summer term there is also a daily drop in lunchtime sports club which is open to all of the pupils. The pupils really enjoy the clubs and make the most of the extra activities offered, choosing from hockey, tennis, netball, cricket and rounders.