Curriculum

Curriculum

The school follows a creative curriculum which is designed to engage pupils to become independent and excited lifelong learners.  For further information on what is taught in each subject, follow the links to each class and then click on the hyperlink to the long term curriculum map.  Alternatively, please contact the School Office for any information about our curriculum.

Parents are encouraged to become involved in supporting their child's learning by hearing them read on a daily basis and by supporting them in their 'Home Learning' work.

The curriculum is topic-based to ensure that pupils can become immersed in their learning. A class 'Learning Journey' is provided to parents each term so that they can see what their children will be learning about and to give ideas of how they can become involved. Outdoor learning is encouraged and pupils enjoy the freedom of extensive grounds where they can explore the environment and experience the sheer joy of running and playing in a safe environment.

Music has become established in the school with every Year 3/4 pupil receiving an hour's free tuition each week from a member of the West Sussex music team who teaches woodwind. Extracurriculuar drumming, brass and guitar lessons are also available.

Local visits and visitors to the school are arranged to enhance topic work and during 2015/16 we visited Lordington Lavender, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Harbour and Cobnor Activities Centre.

French is taught weekly to both Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and other languages are introduced into topic work when appropriate. 

Sporting activities take place during curriculum time supported by staff or outside providers. The locality of schools also take part in shared sporting activities and the school is supported by 'The School's Sport Partnership' which provides training for staff as well as organizing sporting activities and introducing new activities for children.

Assessment

As each child enters school the class teacher will, in partnership with parents, assess the child using the West Sussex Foundation Stage Profiles. Teacher assessments and standardised tests are used to inform teachers' planning as the child progresses through the school.

Targets for Reading, Writing and Mathematics are sent to parents each term, together with the teacher's assessment of their National Curriculum Level.

In order to provide accurate assessments, teachers attend training as well as moderation meetings between staff in other schools and with external moderators.

In 2012 the government introduced a 'Phonics Test' for pupils at the end of Year 1. At the end of Key Stage 1, when a child is 7 years old, National Curriculum Tests for English and Maths take place The results are published for parents with Teacher Assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The results are made available to the government but are not recorded in League Tables.

At the end of Key Stage 2, when a child is 11 years old, tests for English and Maths take place, including a formal test of their spelling, punctuation and grammar. The results are published with Teacher Assessments in English, Maths and Science. Optional tests for pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 take place in the summer term. Our school's current SATS results are provided as soon as they become available, usually in July. The results for Key Stage 2 are published nationally if there are 10 or more pupils in the year group.

Speaking & Listening

Opportunities are provided for children to perform to an audience both within the school and to a wider audience of parents and community through assemblies, plays, concerts and church services. Younger children are provided with role play opportunities, making use of designated themed areas, using puppets and hot seating - encouraging the development of their imagination, both inside and outside the classroom. Older children are given the opportunity to express themselves and develop imaginative ideas through special historical days where they dress in costume and role play characters of the period. They make puppets, write play scripts and perform to an audience. Regular opportunities are provided for them to meet, speak with, and interview visitors to the school.

Reading Objectives

We seek to promote reading in the early years through books being made readily accessible to children and providing a source of stimulation. Parents are encouraged to extend their child's reading stamina through daily quiet reading sessions. Our library has recently been refurbished and re-stocked to provide a purpose built area where children can relax and enjoy a wide selection of books.  We mainly use Oxford Reading Tree as our reading scheme but we also include other books into their colour bandings.

Pre-Reading

Once in school, children will be taught to read using a variety of reading methods - keywords, phonics, and by exposure to a wide variety of reading material. Parental involvement is encouraged in all reading activities. Each pupil has a reading diary that forms a link between home and school.

Extended Reading

Further up the school, reading skills are enhanced as we encourage children to read for enjoyment, interest and study. Group readings, through guided reading sessions, will take place with children of similar ability working together. Every effort is made to stretch advanced readers as well as offering support for those less able.

Writing Objectives

Children are given opportunities to write for different purposes and in different styles. Pupils are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of written expression and to use language appropriate to the style of writing, as well as exploring the use of words to express their feelings and thoughts from an early age.

Spelling and Phonics

The provision of a phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds' ensures that children in Early Years and KS1 develop a secure and effective range of strategies to help with reading and spelling.

Handwriting

Children follow a structured programme as part of their phonics work, beginning with cursive formation of single letters, developing to join two and more letters, which in turn leads to a neat cursive (joined up) handwriting style, with emphasis upon final presentation in later years. Pens are issued when writing is of a consistently high standard.

Mathematics

The school is committed to The New Primary Curriculum 2014, which recommends:

a daily mathematics lesson of about an hour for all children, where children learn to master mathematical concepts, through reasoning, fluency and application;
high expectations and clear targets;
whole class question and answer sessions;
recognition of the importance of children explaining their methods and reasoning and using the correct mathematical terms.

Science

Science in the curriculum stimulates and excites pupil's enquiring minds and helps them to an understanding of the physical and the natural world. The school's extensive grounds and Downland location at Compton offer the opportunity to study the environment at first hand.

All pupils will be encouraged to observe carefully, investigate, record systematically and to hypothesise.