Our School Curriculum Areas

English

The study of English develops the ability to listen, speak, and read and write for a range of purposes. English is a core subject for all children.

View our school scheme of work for English and our Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation scheme of work.
English Lessons

We teach an English lesson every day in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children are involved in grammar, spelling and punctuation work, as well as group and independent reading and writing activities. In the Foundation Stage children learn to recognise letters and sounds through our highly structured phonic programme 'Phonics Bug', as well as developing early reading and writing skills through a play based curriculum.

Speaking and Listening

We provide a wide range of activities designed to develop the children's speaking and listening skills. Children are encouraged to listen carefully to others, and to take turns when involved in group discussions. Opportunities for Drama also encourage them to speak clearly, fluently and confidently.

Our Christmas Nativity performance

Reading

We use the Guided Book Band scheme in school to help us to structure our reading programme. We have a wide selection of books from different genres, both fiction and non-fiction. The children are encouraged to bring home books to share with you. We feel that it is crucial that children learn to enjoy books from an early age, and that they develop a real love of reading.


Writing

The children write for a variety of different purposes across the curriculum. For instance as well writing imaginative stories and poetry in Literacy lessons, they might write a recount in Geography and a report in Science. We provide a variety of special events in school, such as a 'Circus Day' or a visit from a children's author, which provide an exciting stimulus for written work.

Maths

All children in KS1 and KS2 are involved in a daily Maths lesson.

At the beginning of each lesson the children do mental maths activities such as times tables, number bonds, counting in steps and patterns and problem solving.

In the main part of the lesson there is some whole class teaching followed by consolidation of the main teaching objective in small groups.

Finally, the teacher does a quick round up of what has been taught and deals with any problems or misconceptions, or extends the topic into the next stage of learning.

As well as number, maths also includes problem solving, shape and measures, and handling data.

Children in the Foundation Stage learn about Mathematical concepts through practical activities, such as cooking and working in the sand or water trays. They also learn how to count, to recognise numbers and shapes and to use measures in real-life contexts.

View our Maths scheme of work.
Children working on a Maths challenge

Science

Science is a core subject and has a high profile in our school. Science stimulates and excites children's curiosity about things in the world around them. Through practical investigations, direct observation and measurement and evaluation, this curiosity can be satisfied with scientific knowledge.

We launch many of our Science topics with 'wow days'. Over the last academic year we have had a Planetarium in school, a visit from 'Animals in Hand' and a 'Robot Day'. We link Science with the creative arts, and hold the Primary Schools Quality Mark (silver award) for our work in this subject.


Working with electrical circuits, bulbs and motors

Music

During Music lessons the children listen and respond to a wide range of music. They sing and play instruments contributing to class and group performances. All children learn to play a musical instrument in Key Stage 2. We have specialist music teachers from County Music Service to provide whole class tuition in Maple and Rowan classes. The children learn flute, violin and cello or guitar.


P.E.

In P.E. we provide opportunities for children to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals, and in groups and teams. All year groups have a weekly P.E. session run by Top Score - who are professional sports coaches. Our children are well coached to take part in a range of inter-school sports competitions, including football, hockey, netball,tennis, indoor and outdoor athletics and cricket.Year 3 children have weekly swimming lessons at Atherstone Leisure Pool. Year 6 children can take part in a residential outdoor activity week at Culmington Manor in Shropshire.

We continue to maintain our 'Healthy School' status; children are taught how to keep themselves healthy through eating a well-balanced diet and taking regular exercise. We offer regular 'Cook and Taste' courses, and run a weekly cookery club. We provide fresh fruit daily for all children.