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Curriculum

General Overview

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by all primary schools in England so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. From September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been delivered in all Primary Schools. Follow this link to the Department of Education website to see the full description of what children are expected to learn during their time in school. 

 

What does the curriculum look like at Lythe School?

In February 2017 Ofsted judged that our curriculum is broad, particularly in Key Stage 1, with Forest Schools and extra-curricular clubs widening pupils' experience well. They confirmed that pupils are well-prepared for life in modern Britain.

Children are taught the "Core" subjects of English, Maths and Science. They are also taught the "Foundation" subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Languages (French at Lythe School), Geography, History, Music and PE. RE is also compulsory and is taught at Lythe using the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. Here we are meeting our Muslim friends from London and finding out lots about life in a Muslim family.

We use the Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum for Years 1 to 6 to help us to provide a very broad and balanced educational experience which allows children to develop their interests and strengths.  This document shows what children will learn in each year group in English, Maths and Science; you can also see what will be taught in other subjects in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 

This document shows the content of our curriculum for every subject, for every year group.

 

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. In February 2017, Ofsted judged the quality of provision in the early years to be "Good."

 

We use the PHSE Programme of Study published by the PHSE Association. Learning will take place as discrete lessons as well as through subjects such as science (topics such as puberty are covered in both PHSE and as part of the science curriculum), and as part of the Chris Quigley Areas of Success objectives. In February 2017, Ofsted judged the school's work to promote pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare as "Good." They noted that "pupils are tolerant and respectful of each other and they are keen to learn and play a part in the life of the school."

 

Further information about the curriculum to be followed in each year group can be obtained by contacting your child's teacher.

  

How do we assess children's attainment and progress in Years 1 to 6?

 Since 2014 schools have been free to develop a system of assessing and tracking attainment and progress that best suits their own needs. One of the big reasons that we chose to use the Chris Quigley curriculum is that it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children's learning, and lets us measure progress consistently in all subjects, including Personal Development.  In practice, this means that progress is defined as an increase in cognitive challenge and an increase in independence - children are now encouraged to apply the skills they have learned independently in a range of contexts rather than being moved on before the skills have been mastered.

 

From September 2015, we have therefore been using the Chris Quigley Depth of Learning system in order to assess your child’s learning as follows:

All learning will be grouped into three Milestones. Throughout Y1 and Y2, children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 1. During Y3 and Y4, all children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 2. Finally, in Y5 and Y6 all children will be assessed against Milestone 3.

Children in Reception will continue to be assessed against the Early Learning Goals.

 

Reporting your child's progress

 Years 1 -6: Parents' consultation evenings are held three times a year and you will be informed of your child's progress towards their targets.  At the end of Year 2 and Year 6 children will take part in national SATs tests in reading, writing and maths (writing is assessed internally by the teacher and may be moderated externally), which show their achievement compared to national expectations, along with the progress they have made during their time in school.

Early Years: Children in EYFS (Acorn Class) are continuously assessed, and progress in all aspects of your child's development is reported regularly and frequently using the Tapestry online platform, which encourages parents and teachers to work in harmony to share information and celebrate achievement.  We use In The Moment Planning, which allows staff to put a strong focus on a selected number of children each week. Parents are invited to share additional information before their child's focus week, and to attend a consultation meeting at the end of the week to discuss.

 

Phonics teaching at Lythe School

The new National Curriculum ensures that all children are taught phonics systematically and Lythe School uses the Read Write Inc. programme of study to introduce sounds and letter formation. The RWI materials are supplemented by other resources so that teachers can carefully meet individual needs..  This starts by teaching children just one way of reading and spelling the English sounds that make up words; they then move on to reading books that are carefully matched to the spelling sounds that they have just been taught. When children are confident with this, they then learn more ways to spell the different sounds. Children learn a good handwriting style and are encouraged to use their skills to have a go at spelling longer words.  There are some great videos for parents on the Read Write Inc. website which describe ways of helping your child at home.

All children undertake the national phonics screening check in Year 1. The purpose of this is to check whether pupils have learned phonic skills as above to an appropriate standard, and to identify any children who need extra help to improve their phonics skills. Read Write Inc. materials are used in Year 2 to help children make accelerated progress where needed.

Your support for your child’s education is crucial to their progress.  Please tell us if there are any adjustments we need to make to help you support your child, for example: letters in large font; letters in different languages; wheelchair access; explaining things over the phone; a discussion with a school colleague of the same gender.

 

 

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