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East Harptree Primary School Curriculum
As a small village school we are able to promote a safe, happy caring family atmosphere whilst delivering high academic standards. We have high expectations of the children and set high standards in all areas of the curriculum and school life. Please see below for information about our curriculum from Reception to Year 6.
Early Years Foundation Stage
As children start school our aim is to provide an atmosphere where they will soon feel confident, valued and secure. Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (0-5 years) which is based around three prime areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development, and four specific areas of learning which include literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. These areas of learning link directly into the primary curriculum and provide an excellent foundation and smooth transition into Year One.
Phonics and Reading
All children in Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching. We use the Read Write Inc phonics and reading scheme from YR or adapt this to suit the needs of our particular children. If children entering Key Stage Two still need support with their phonics, we put carefully targeted 'catch-up' sessions in place.
We want all children to develop a love of reading. The RWI reading scheme is phonics based and supports the children's development of segmenting and blending to read. When children are confident in their reading and move on, we have a clearly banded reading scheme which develops and challenges the children's reading throughout Key Stage Two.
We encourage children to read at home five times a week as we believe that this extra practise really increases fluency and confidence in younger readers and develops comprehension for older readers. We use 'Kluwell' home reading books as a way to encourage and celebrate reading at home.
Reading skills are further developed through whole class reading sessions in KS2 with a clear focus on teaching the skills of 'Explanation', 'Retrieval', 'Inference' and 'Choice'.
Whole School Curriculum:
We follow Lighthouse Schools Partnership Primary Schools Assessment principles and procedures for English and Maths. Please click on the link to view.
We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education entitled, ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’ and 'Understanding Christianity'. This area of learning develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief. Although Christianity has a central place in the RE curriculum we also study other principal religions, religious traditions and world views, in the context of a diverse society.
The school celebrates daily collective worship. We also hold our Harvest festival, Christmas Service, Easter Service and Leavers' Service in our village church each year. The local clergy also take regular school worships.
We follow Jigsaw - PSHE, Language Angels - MFL and are introducing Charanga - Music
PLEASE SEE CLASS CURRICULUM OUTLINES FOR TERMLY PLANNING