We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This is a statutory requirement for all schools. Our team of Foundation practitioners use on going assessment and observations of the children to develop a flexible curriculum. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. This ensures that they are enthusiastic and motivated about their learning. Our foundation stage children have continuous access to both inside and outside. We provided a carefully planned play based curriculum which also maximises opportunities for children to develop their own lines of enquiry.
Our nursery children have an enriched play based curriculum. Early literacy and numeracy skills are developed through a range of learning activities and carefully planned continuous provision.
In both settings we adopt a ‘free flow approach’ which allows children to access both inside and outside throughout the day.
Literacy is a fundamental life skill. It develops a child’s ability to communicate effectively – to listen, speak, read and write for a range of purposes. Literacy has a significant impact on people’s life chances. With literacy skills, an individual gains control over their life. Without literacy, life experience is dramatically narrowed and opportunities are lost. This affects not only the individual’s personal success and happiness but also affects their family, the community they live in, and society as a whole. The school uses the National Curriculum to support planning and expectations.
Staff at Alveley Primary School work to ensure that all children develop the ability to communicate effectively and that barriers to learning are swiftly identified and steps taken to remove them. Literacy is an integral element of our whole school curriculum. Teachers use creative and purposeful ways to engage pupils in their learning, raising standards and narrowing gaps in attainment.
Teaching at Alveley Primary is ‘learning centred.’ This means that the progress of children is at the heart of all that we do. Our literacy teaching is based on speaking and listening, the foundation of successful writing. We follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.
Pupils have opportunities to share with and hear the ideas of others in each literacy lesson. Children are taught to plan, edit and reflect on their writing and they are given regular opportunities to carry out a long piece of purposeful writing for an audience.
Children are encouraged to develop a love of literature through exposure to a wide range of texts.
At Alveley Primary School we believe that children learn best when:
Our literacy learning starts in Early Years when children learn phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme where children learn the phonic sound and the letter name. In Year 1, every child in England takes the Phonics Screening test in June.
Presentation of work is important at our school and children are encouraged to take a pride in their work. Handwriting is taught through the Penpals system and children practice letter formation at least once a week.
Grammar and spelling
Once the children move beyond Early Years, they have sets of spellings to learn and they have regular spelling tests. In Years 1 and 2 the spellings are closely linked to the phonics they are learning.
The children learn grammar in literacy lessons but also in daily, discrete ‘basic skills’ sessions. These sessions enable pupils to revise, consolidate and apply grammar knowledge. Year 6 pupils take a SATs SPAG test.
Children’s books are checked daily in KS1 and weekly in KS2 and changed as necessary. The home/school link is essential and children make better progress when they read regularly at home. Reading is taught across the curriculum and is also taught in regular ‘Guided Reading’ sessions. In these sessions, children read a book or a section of the book and discuss it, answering comprehension questions or looking at key grammar, vocabulary or other elements. This is also an opportunity for children to practice reading with expression – using good tone and intonation to make their reading interesting.
Underpinning our teaching of writing at Alveley Primary School is the fantastic ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, pioneered by educational consultant, Pie Corbett. This process enables children to take part in drama, speaking and listening, and exciting activities as a precursor to writing. High quality writing is modelled to children and they plan and edit their writing until they have produced work they can be proud of. The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach ensures that we support children and show them how to write; we have high expectations of children and challenge them to do their best and take ownership of their writing and make good progress.
Alveley Primary School is committed to the lively and engaging delivery of mathematics across the age ranges and curriculum. For children to access the majority of their learning in numeracy, a strong and confident grasp of the four number operations is important, using formal and informal written methods and mental strategies.
We use concrete apparatus such as numicon and pictorial representations to develop deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas as well as using talk maths, which encourages children to discuss their mathematical concepts. In mathematics we ensure there are plenty of opportunities for problem solving and chance to apply logic skills. We often have investigations and work through real life and worded problems.
Problem solving is embedded across the mathematics curriculum and our topic curriculum. Our curriculum is carefully planned and ensures that children are confident, numerate and can apply their skills. The teachers follow the National Curriculum and reasoning, problem solving and fluency are embedded in the teaching of mathematics. There is dedicated teaching of tables as we acknowledge that having a secure knowledge of table facts is crucial.
At Alveley Primary School, we place value on investigative science and children using their own ideas to explore concepts following the National Curriculum.
We pride ourselves on the curriculum that we provide for the learners in our school. We have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum reflects the world that we live in. The three key elements to our topic curriculum are:
Local identity: This involves learning about our immediate surroundings. It is important that children are develop a sense of community, a cultural identity and how where they live is similar or different to other locations.
Environmental: This focuses on a variety of environmental issues which encourage the children to learn about their impact on their world and how they can make a positive change.
Global: This is an important part of our curriculum. The children have an opportunity to study different countries and continents around the world. This helps them to develop their global identity and ensures that they develop understanding, respect and tolerance for different cultures, their traditions and views.
Our topic curriculum has clear progression that ensures that the children develop skills, understanding and knowledge. We ensure that our curriculum is enriched by a variety of motivators, this includes trips, visits and visits in school by experts. Our extensive outdoor areas means that the delivery of the curriculum is not restricted to inside. The staff make use of this outdoor space to enrich all aspects of the curriculum.
Visit the class pages for more detailed information about the content for each topic.