Curriculum is a term which in its widest sense covers everything we do at school, from lessons and behaviour to clubs and trips and all the other experiences through which children develop and learn. Most specifically it refers to what is actually taught and in which ways.
Here at Staverton the curriculum is something we are passionate about and have spent a great deal of effort in revising and improving over recent years. Our current model incorporates some principles that experience has shown are fundamental for children to make progress with their learning.
Learning should be enjoyable - the curriculum is planned in topics over the year which engage and enthuse with numerous special experiences, trips and visitors to bring it to life.
English and Maths in all - as a gateway to learning in so many areas, English and Maths which are taught in separate, stand-alone lessons daily, feature across all the other curricular areas both in furthering basic skills and providing opportunity to apply learned skills.
At Staverton we use a synthetic phonics programme called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Inclusive and child-centred - the curriculum is for all children and inclusion in the learning is as important as inclusion in the class and the topic. The curriculum is adapted daily or 'differentiated' in order that all children can access it and are presented with learning challenges that are suited to their working. Children are individuals with their own learning journey and so the curriculum must reach out to them as we present learning as a fascinating and rewarding part of life that goes on with them into adulthood.
A whole world - through termly topics the interrelated nature of the the different aspects of the curriculum enables the children to make links between different subjects and apply their thinking and skills across a range of activities. As a Church of England school our core values underpin all we do and so our context for learning is global. A familiarity with all the diverse cultures of Britain and beyond and an acceptance of peoples cultural and religious differences along with a care for others and a sense of responsibility comprise the basis for developing children's growing understanding of citizenship.
The NEW National Curriculum 2014 sets out the requirements that must be taught in a series of 'key stages'. You can read more about the new National Curriculum by clicking here.
Please check the class pages to see the children in action with the curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum sets out what is learned by children in the year before they start in the reception class, for most whilst in a preschool setting, and also what is taught in the reception year. A new EYFS curriculum was launched last academic year. It is underpinned by four themes: A unique child; Positive relationships; Enabling environments and learning and development. Through playing and learning, active learning and creating and thinking critically, the curriculum is structured into 3 prime areas and four specific areas.
Age-related expectations in the 30-50 month and 40-60 month ranges are grouped under further subheadings to build up a comprehensive learning profile against which assessment is made regularly over the year. Early Learning Goals (ELGs) set out the final expectations at the end of the year. You can read more about the EYFS curriculum by clicking here.