At North Somercotes CE Primary School we believe our curriculum should inspire, excite, motivate and challenge our children to develop a love of learning, both within and outside the classroom. We encourage children to learn new skills whilst giving them the opportunity to build upon, develop and apply what they already know in a range of different contexts.
We are passionate about ensuring our approach allows children to engage with their learning at a deep level; giving them plenty of opportunity to think about their learning, whilst monitoring and evaluating their own development.
We follow the National Curriculum for England, which forms the basis of all our planning. When planning Maths and English we use curricular links where possible to other subject areas, which we deliver through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. This supports the children in developing international mindedness and a strong sense of their personal learning journey. The non-core subjects are broken down by age group and are taught through the International Primary Curriculum in segments called ‘Mileposts’ and ‘Units of Work’. Within this approach, subjects are blocked in order to facilitate better quality learning. This is achieved by providing a sustained and concentrated approach, leading to a deeper learning experience.
We have chosen the IPC at North Somercotes CE Primary as it ensures broad learning experiences, meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and allows teachers to make learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. When learning through the IPC, the children also concentrate on an international and global element. This helps children to connect their learning to where they live as well as looking at the learning perspectives of people around the world. We aim to provide opportunities so that our curriculum is supported and enhanced by a range of experiences, visits and activities; all designed to heighten and enrich learning.
Our delivery of the IPC ensures that the National Curriculum is delivered in all ‘topic’ subjects in KS1 and KS2. Our curriculum map provides an overview for each year and subsequent topic overviews (LINKS) provide the learning goals for each topic.
Our approach to Maths has been driven by ensuring the curriculum is fulfilled and by research from the NCETM. We endeavour to make our maths teaching dynamic and exciting, linked to problem solving and the application of knowledge, skills and understanding to a wide range of contexts and across all subjects.
Our Reading and Spelling starts with a systematic phonics programme, which starts in Reception Class and leads to Phonics Screening at the end of Year 1. We then follow the Spelling Appendix of the National Curriculum in KS1 and KS2. This involves teaching spelling strategies sourced from a combination of Support for Spelling and Spelling Bank materials. Additionally, children learn individual spellings and spelling & grammar rules that have been highlighted to them in their independent work. With regards to reading, all the children have individual reading books. From Year 1 onwards we use Guided Reading sessions to embed and develop reading skills.
Our English Policy gives full details of our planning for ensuring the National Curriculum for English is fulfilled.
Our planning for RE is based on the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Teaching Religious Education (2012).
We have a Specialist Language Teacher who teaches all the children Modern Foreign Languages from Year 1 onwards. We have chosen to study French.
In addition to this, we have specialist coaches that deliver excellent Physical Education sessions for all year groups.
We believe that assessment for learning is key to the development of each and every child. To enhance the assessment process we use the Rising Stars assessment frameworks for reading, spelling, punctuation, grammar and maths. Half termly progress tests are used to track progress and inform future teaching.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is designed to support children’s learning across all areas, through the provision of both planned and child-initiated purposeful activities and experiences within an environment of high quality resources and interactions. Our curriculum recognises each child as an individual with their own interests, motivations and needs.