Our school is at the forefront of successful, innovative curriculum design to ensure pupils can make rapid progress with their learning.
Our curriculum adheres to the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum.
We utilise the Letters And Sounds Scheme to teach phonics throughout EYFS and Key Stage One. For individual readers we have the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme (Oxford University Press) and for guided reading we use a range of schemes such as Collins Big Cat and PM Starters. Guided Reading teaches skills for reading as recommended by the Education Endowment Foundation (retrieval; prediction; questioning; clarifying; summarising and inference) using quality texts and extracts as stimuli. We make further links to these skills in English lessons where sequences of learning are planned so that these skills can be capitalised on when exploring additional quality texts. These texts link to Geography and History topics. Writing genres have been carefully selected to ensure thematic yet purposeful links between Geography/History, Reading and Writing continue. The entire English curriculum has been designed by federation staff.
‘Inspire Maths’ is the UK version of the number one series used to teach Mathematics in Singapore (a country globally recognised for Mathematics teaching and learning) – it is a high quality text book programme for pupils in Key Stages One and Two that enables pupils to achieve mastery standard. Our Maths curriculum is supplemented by discrete National Curriculum teaching that isn’t included in Inspire.
Our Science curriculum has evolved over time and is now one with Scientific knowledge, enquiry and investigation central to it – most biology, chemistry and physics lessons have a practical element. As with Science, knowledge and the acquisition of facts is also central to Geography and History teaching. We value the importance of developing skill as well as knowledge and with this in mind have decided to include Art and Design and Design Technology teaching within our Geography and History topics.
In the second half of every term Key Stage Two pupils complete ‘contract work.’ The idea of contract work is that pupils work in groups of approximately three to summarise their Geography and History learning. They have to research and choose how to present their learning – they are encouraged to apply previously taught Art/Design, Design Technology, ICT and presentational skills such as book making. The role of staff within these lessons is to ensure a high standard of content and presentation with regards to the finished piece of group work.
Music is taught by EYFS/Key Stage One and Key Stage Two specialist teachers from Oldham Music Service in line with the Greater Manchester Hub scheme of work. Specialist sports coaches have been employed to work in school to deliver high quality physical education lessons based on their scheme of work. They also deliver adventurous activities including boxing and orienteering to Key Stage Two pupils and provide after school sports activities for all children. Spanish is delivered to all Key Stage Two pupils from a Higher Level Teaching Assistant with subject specialism – the Catherine Cheater scheme of work has been adapted to meet the needs of our learners.
We use DB Primary as a learning platform for our Computing curriculum. E-Safety is taught discretely each year and supplemented with performances from drama companies and workshops.
Our curriculum is enhanced by our twelve Christian values and the use of Philosophy for Children. We currently use P4C to drive the PSHE core theme of Living In The Wider World, Geography and History teaching. We also make use of this approach in RE lessons. We are in the process of designing a PSHE curriculum for September 2020 and will continue to use P4C to facilitate this subject only. This will ensure depth of communication and understanding and higher level thinking skills.
PSHE core themes of Health and Well Being and Relationships are included in Science and PE teaching. This teaching is also supplemented with visitors to school, e.g. School health, bikeability coaches and the fire brigade.
Our school uses the Manchester Diocesan syllabus for RE, which develops knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and allows us to explore and appreciate other faiths, traditions and beliefs.
In line with the requirements of the Education Reform Act, our children take part in a daily assembly. This includes exploration of our twelve Christian values and acts of Christian worship such as prayers and hymns. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. and worship. This should be discussed with the Executive Headteacher.