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Information about the Curriculum at VPPS

National Curriculum Coverage and Progression

At Victoria Park, we are committed to ensuring our children develop a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics.  We also believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum in which children develop the skills they will need to shine later in life.  We provide a wide range of opportunities to enrich the curriculum.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage:

The children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stages curriculum. This is based on three prime and four specific areas of learning.  For further information on this please go to www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

Reading: We are determined that every child at our school is a successful reader. We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which includes the teaching of phonics to help children decode words and a strong emphasis on developing comprehension skills.  

We use a programme called 'Phonics Bug' to introduce synthetic phonics systematically. Children are initially taught letter sounds and are then introduced to letter names and taught to blend sounds in order to read whole words.  Children read phonetically decodable books alongside books containing high frequency key words, to foster a love of stories and reading fluency.  To help parents support their children with reading at home we run workshops for parents in reception and year 1.  

We have a number of intervention programmes in place to support any children in need of additional support, including Buddy Reading Partners and A-Z readers.  Pupils in need of extra support with reading are carefully monitored and supported until they reach their age-related expectation.

Children in Years 1 - 6 have a daily reading lesson.  This involves teachers and teaching assistants working with groups of children to develop their reading comprehension skills, or whole class teaching of reading.

Children are encouraged to read widely at home and to borrow books from our school library which is open before and after school.  Teachers read carefully selected books to the class and model what it means to love reading for pleasure.  We try to encourage a love of reading through events like bedtime story evenings, celebrating world book day, trips to the local library and author visits.

Writing: We have a consistent approach to the teaching of writing across the school. This involves some use of 'Talk for Writing' methodology with younger children which helps children develop a bank of stories they can draw on for their own writing.  As children get older they are given more opportunities for independent writing. Children are encouraged to be creative writers and to recognise the features of high quality written work.  Whenever possible we make links between the children's writing and their learning in other areas of the curriculum. 

Children have a daily skills sessions to improve their spelling, handwriting, punctuation or grammar.

Our marking policy helps children to identify what they have done well ('green to be seen') and what they could improve ('pink to think').  Children have the opportunity to respond to the marking to further improve their work. 

Maths: We have developed our own calculation policy to ensure we are teaching key mathematical skills in a consistent and progressive way.

We use a range of different resources (e.g. numicon, diennes and cuisenaire rods) to help children develop a solid understanding of number.   We also use an online maths resource called 'mathletics' to help children consolidate their maths learning at home.

Project Work:  At Victoria Park, we have developed our own 'enquiry' based approach to the teaching of the wider curriculum.  A key question drives the learning in each project or enquiry.  We make links between different subjects (particularly history, geography and science) and make learning real, purposeful and relevant. This involves lots of trips to places of local interest and visitors to our school.  At the end of each enquiry the children take part in a 'challenge' in which they apply their learning.

Physical Education: PE is taught by both class teachers and specialist sports teachers. Children learn a range of indoor and outdoor games and take part in swimming lessons in years 4 and 5.  We make good use of the local park for outdoor sessions. The main PE curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities.  As a member of the Ashton Park Sports Partnership, we take part in a number of different tournaments and competitions with other schools.

Music: Music is taught in every year group.  Children in Year 3 and 4 learn an instrument as a whole class.  Music lessons for individuals or small groups are also available for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  We currently offer ukulele, recorders, singing, piano, flute and guitar lessons.

Computing: We use a website called code.org and other coding apps to help us deliver the computing curriculum.  Whenever possible we make links between the computing curriculum and other areas of the curriculum.

Art and Design Technology: We have a specialist art and DT teacher who delivers art lessons across the school and supports teachers with their art lessons.  Art lessons take place in our lovely art room.  We often link art and DT to our enquiry learning.

Modern Foreign Languages: Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learn French.

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