The National Curriculum is taught as part of the broader school curriculum and consists of the Core Subjects, which are English, Mathematics, Science and Computing (ICT), and the Foundation Subjects, which are History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Design Technology. Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Subjects may be incorporated into cross-curricular themes when appropriate, or taught separately when applicable.
To explain the changes to the National Curriculum and the new assessment to parents a new guide for parents has been produced by Rising Stars. The guide provides a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works. If you would like more information on our curriculum please contact the school via the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
When our youngest pupils join the school in the Early Years they will follow the Early Years Statutory Framework. There are two reception classes which are mixed ability and pupils will be exposed to opportunities which enable them to cover the full range of areas set out in the framework. Outdoor learning is a significant part of the Early Years’ experience for pupils.
PHONICS - we will use planning based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We use Jolly Phonics songs and actions to reinforce learning.
Years 1 to 6 pupils are taught all National Curriculum Subjects plus Religious Education. From Year 3 pupils also learn French. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, where children apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through meaningful cross curricular links between subjects. Our curriculum is creative and exciting where we foster a love of learning, encouraging pupils to aim high, have a ‘can do’ attitude and to take risks in their learning, without fearing failure.
In Key Stage 2 there is an emphasis on the key skills of Literacy and Numeracy, with reading, spelling and mental arithmetic receiving particular attention.
We aim to support all pupils, whatever their abilities, and so from time to time small groups or individualised sessions are arranged to further this aim.
We are aware that many of the life skills which make good learners, such as team work; the ability to reflect and evaluate; creativity; independent enquiry and the ability to manage one’s own workload and responsibilities, do not neatly fit into traditional subject areas. Because of this, we also arrange a number of cross-curricular theme days during the year to enable our pupils to challenge themselves and develop these skills in practice.
Sex and Relationships Education is taught in KS1 and KS2 and children are taught not only factual information about the biology involved but consideration is also given to the quality of relationships in family life, the exercise of personal responsibility and the values and standards of the society in which we live. You are given the opportunity to view and discuss the resources used in our programmes and are entitled to withdraw your child from these lessons should you so wish as long as they receive the minimum required by the National Curriculum.