Curriculum Statement 2017/18
Our rich school curriculum inspires and nurtures our pupils so they can develop and build their learning. The whole curriculum was updated in 2015/16 in order meet the requirements of the new national curriculum; but more importantly the needs of our children.
We believe that the school curriculum should develop an enjoyment of learning as well as ensuring the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all of our pupils. Our curriculum builds on the pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences, and aims to equip them with the essential skills of English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology for their future.
Our curriculum gives Spring Cottage Primary School a distinct identity and ethos, reflecting our values, our place within the local community of Kingston upon Hull, and an awareness of the wider world in which we live. Above all, we aim to make our curriculum a stimulating experience for all our pupils, laying the foundations for success in life.
There is no sense of a tension between high standards and exciting learning. Pupils have the opportunity to learn in a range of different ways and all teaching and learning is of a high quality which is planned and managed so pupils are challenged and supported.
Pupils are engaged in learning that develops and stretches them and excites their imagination. Pupils enjoy learning different things and learning in different ways. They learn through play, art, music and sport, in traditional class settings, as well as outdoors, from teachers, each other and in small groups, before and after school, both formally and informally.
We have no affiliation with any religious denomination. Our curriculum contributes to the development of pupils’ sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of Britain’s diverse society and the local, national and global dimensions of their lives. We have a daily act of collective worship, which is broadly Christian in nature. In line with LA guidelines, parents may request that children are withdrawn from RE and assemblies.
Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a distinctive Early Years Curriculum using the principles of continuous provision and enquiry based learning. This principle has now been extended into KS1.
The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught from Year 1. It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as Religious Education.
Foundation subjects including Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Music and PE are also taught on a regular basis. As part of our school philosophy, we run a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) that includes Sex Education and Drugs Education (starting in year 5). Parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education if they wish.
All pupils in key stage 2 are taught a foreign language, which is currently French, however through the curriculum children have the chance to learn about a wide variety of cultures.
Children begin their phonics learning in Foundation 1 using a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. In Foundation 2, the children move onto the Read Write Inc. programme. This programme continues throughout Key Stage 1, where the children are taught in groupings which are devised according to their needs. The children are rigorously monitored. As a result, children are regrouped regularly ensuring good progression. Our phonics teaching is highly successful. Over the past three years, this has led to a greater proportion of children in Year 1 (and after retesting in Year 2) than is seen nationally, reaching the nationally expected level in the phonics screening test.
All children from F2 to Year 6 have regular guided reading sessions. Guided Reading is carefully timetabled so that TAs and other adults from across the school are targeted in these sessions. Guided reading is based on three main reading schemes – The Bug Club, Badger and Project X.
These books are all book banded according to age, as are the home reading books which consist of a variety of ‘real’ books and books from previous schemes. In conjunction with these, the school also has a variety of group sets of novels to challenge the more able readers in guided reading sessions.
The school promotes home reading through a bookmark challenge scheme, where children who read at least 4 times a week for a full term are eligible for a prize draw. This has proved very popular and we have seen the amount of home reading increase. The school have also developed a school library to support to help instil a passion for reading in all of our pupils.
This is coordinated by our school librarian, Mrs Rogers. After school on a Tuesday, and Thursday, the school library is open to children and parents to borrow books to support their learning at home. This has proved very popular and most weeks there are well over 100 books taken on loan.