Children are taught all National Curriculum subjects through a combination of topic based curriculum and focused key skills lessons. There is a rolling plan of topic titles which ensures coverage of all areas of the curriculum.
We want our children to enjoy school, to develop enthusiasm and a questioning approach to life that will prepare them for the future stages in their education.
We aim to give children experience through a whole range of activities that are often interwoven and not necessarily separately identified.
At Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School, within each class, the teachers are aware of and are sensitive to the differing abilities of the children in their care and the pace and content of the work is differentiated accordingly.
Phonics and Reading
We believe that by teaching phonics effectively we enable children to discover a lifetime love of reading. Although we don’t follow a recognised scheme in its entirety, we do take resources and ideas from a number of sources.
We use materials from Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds, as well as producing our own resources.
‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme is the main scheme for reading in school, but we also source the books from other schemes and align them to our banding system.
Mr Stone is our Literacy Coordinator and the person to speak to for additional information.
In Maths we do not use a published scheme for teaching, but take resources from a number of different sources. We use the assertive mentoring maths system to inform planning and assess the children’s understanding.
Mrs Dwyer is our maths coordinator and the person to speak to for additional information.
In September 2014 the national curriculum was changed, especially the expectations in Literacy, Reading and Mathematics. To make it easier to understand what we will be teaching in each class we have shared the new content in these subjects as it will be introduced.
Reception – Little Owls – (included in main Literacy content)
We ensure that the children have a broad and balanced curriculum which cover national requirements, whilst still being steered by their interests. Alongside a focus on key skills, the children are taught through topics, giving a real context to their learning.
This approach to the children’s education is supplemented by a wide range of trips etc. to explore various other areas of the curriculum. We celebrate the work of the children widely. Parents are invited in on the first Friday of each month so that the children can share their learning with them and Celebration assembly each week allows the whole school and parents to share the successes of the week, both academic and in their attitudes to learning.
There are separate rolling programmes to cover Reception and Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. In 2017-18 YR R and KS1 are in Year C and Key Stage 2 are in Year B.
Topic Plans – September 2018 – These have been formulated in partnerships with the other ASSET schools