Curriculum

  • Speen Church of England School (Voluntary Aided) School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014 underpinned by our Christian foundation. The Curriculum Plan takes its fundamental objectives and aims from the National Curriculum 2014. We believe that the School Curriculum should be broad and balanced, offering children the opportunity to achieve success in all areas and reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. The Plan has been devised to allow teachers to prepare and deliver exciting and engaging learning experiences.

    We follow a theme-based approach to learning, in the belief that children learn best when logical connections are made between different aspects of their work, which provide the children with a broad range of skill, and fact based learning each term. We aim to follow the children’s interests and levels of understanding and therefore the theme planning is dynamic as the term progresses.

    Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to read in our Foundation Stage by following a programme called ‘Read Write Inc.’ which initially develops their phonic skills. The English Programme of study is used to complement the teaching of other subjects but its fundamental aim is to raise pupil attainment in spoken language, reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

    Mathematics is taught as a discrete subject. In addition, teachers plan opportunities which will develop pupil’s greater understanding of the subject across the curriculum.The teaching of British Values is embedded in the curriculum, in particular in Personal, social, health education and citizenship, and Religious Education. We are committed to preparing our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.

    At Speen Church of England School children develop a strong sense of moral purpose founded on core Christian values. They are taught respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality.

    In line with these changes to the curriculum will be changes to the methods of assessment used in school. We will continue to monitor progress and attainment using evidence including test scores, pupils’ work and pupils’ own perceptions of their learning. In line with the expectations of Ofsted and the Department of Education, the school is working towards full implementation of a preferred approach to assessment. For the Foundation Stage, an approved Baseline assessment scheme will be introduced in September 2015.

    Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.