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Curriculum

We are really excited about our curriculum. We have what we call our 'Irresistible Curriculum - why wouldn't I want to learn that'. It is underpinned by our 'Learning Principles'. We know our children very well, and take the time to find out what their interests are. When we are planning a 'learning journey', we involve them in the process, and are flexible in allowing the experience to take twists and turns depending on how the children react.

We teach maths and reading as discrete lessons, but the rest of the time is spent on our 'learning journey'. An journey may last a day, a week, a month or more. It will always have an exciting hook at the beginning, and outcomes that can be shared along the way.

There will be an emphasis on creativity, independence, respect and collaboration as the four learning values that we feel are most important.

The children will be taught the art of writing in a way that is meaningful to them.

We plan to deepen learning by asking the children to 'Know it, Show it, Grow it'.

Our approach enables the children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills in a structured but meaningful way, but also fosters a real love of leaning, and an understanding of themselves as learners. 

Please see each class page for their 'Learning Journey' overviews.

Our curriculum covers the statutory requirements of the new 2014 National Curriculum.

Children in Little Pips and Reception follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 and Develoment Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science.

We have a whole school Calculation Policy to ensure progression across the school. 

We use Letters and Sounds as the basis for teaching phonics. Phonics continues to underpin spelling across Key Stage 2.

Somerset Literacy Network word list for Year 3 and Year 4

Somerset Literacy Network word list for Year 5 and Year 6

Oxford Reading tree is the basis of our reading scheme, and runs alongside Read, Write Inc. in Key Stage 1. Bug Club Comprehension underpins the teaching of reading in Key Stage 2. All children have access to Rapid Reader to use at home online. Please see Mr Travitzky if your child has lost their logon.

 

 We use the Somerset Awareness, mystery and Values curriculum as the basis for Religious Education. We have mapped the units to link with the Creative Curriculum.

Lambrook Religious Education Curriculum

Russet and Pearmain Religious Education Curriculum

 Information, Communication Technology is at the core of our curriculum and is used in a wide variety of ways. It is also taught as a discreet subject based on Study units developed by Somerset ELIM. To see the planning follow the link:

https://slp.somerset.gov.uk/cypd/elim/somersetict/Site%20Pages/Computing%20Curriculum%20Primary/Primary_Computing_home.aspx?PageView=Shared

French is taught across the school. The children in Key Stage 1 are learning to speak using french vocabulary and simple phrases. The children in Key Stage 2 are learning to speak, read and write in french, and about the culture of France.

French Curriculum Overview

 All of our curriculum materials are avaliable to view in school. For more information about the curriculum, please speak to Mrs Heap.