Intent: What do we hope to achieve?
At Central Street we ensure that all children secure essential skills and knowledge which enable them to access a broad and engaging curriculum. Our curriculum is purposeful and meaningful for the children at our school.
We will always endeavour to remove barriers to learning so that all children, including disadvantaged and vulnerable children, can thrive. Our curriculum is planned to ensure progression between year groups and key stages, instilling a love of learning and readiness for their next stage of education.
Implementation: How we will deliver the curriculum?
Whole school themes shape the topic based learning that takes place across EYFS and KS1. Whole school topics provide additional creative, collaborative learning opportunities.
At Central Street reading for enjoyment and developing a love of books is a high priority. Children in Foundation begin to explore letters and sounds through daily phonic sessions and apply this to reading and writing.
In Foundation children begin to take part in guided reading sessions and to take library and reading books home. This then continues throughout school.
At Central Street we follow the Letters and Sounds teaching sequence and programme for phonics. This is then supplemented and enhanced with carefully selected phonic resources. Staff attend annual phonic training.
Our main home reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supplemented with phonetically decodable and non-fiction texts e.g. Songbirds, Floppy Phonics, Project X and Fireflies.
We teach writing through enjoyable stories, poetry and information texts in which children can become immersed in. On the journey to writing a longer piece, children are given the opportunity to explore the language, characters, setting and features within the text. They are given incidental, smaller pieces of writing as they read through the text and are encourage to explore the grammar and punctuation used by the author. In EYFS children also explore stories through well resourced and imaginative provision which is enhanced by the teacher, encouraging them to mark make and engage in early writing experiences.
We are currently using some well chosen texts and overviews from CLPE Power of Reading to engage our children in writing.
Spelling Zappers and Non Nonsense Spelling are used in KS1 to practice and strengthen spelling of common exception words, tricky words and phonic spelling patterns. Children are encouraged to practice spellings at home.
Grammar is taught within English lessons, linked to key texts wherever possible and sometimes discretely. Whole school strategies such as KungFu Punctuation and Exciting Sentences are used to support children's understanding and application
of grammar and punctuation.
Children are taught to form pre-cursive letters based on the Penpals handwriting progression. The children learn a phrase to assist the formation of each letter.
In KS1 when children are confidently forming letters correctly, they are taught how to join. Handwriting in KS1 is taught systematically using letter families. Children take part in handwriting activities every week as a taught session as as key skills activities.
Our approach to teaching in maths is one that is based on concrete, pictorial and abstract use of number which children can then use confidently to reason and solve problems. We encourage children to develop their mathematical thinking as well as their knowledge of maths. Children regularly practice mental recall and key skills in addition to maths lessons where new skills are introduced and children have the opportunity to apply and consolidate their learning in a variety of ways.
We are currently using the 'White Rose Maths Hub' overviews and resources as a guide to planning.
The wider curriculum
Children at Central Street access a broad and balanced curriculum. Often, although not exclusively, subjects are taught through topics. This enables children to access a wide range of cross curricular knowledge and skills in a way that engages them and helps their learning to 'stick'.
For further details about our intent, implementation and the impact of different curriculum subjects, please click on the links below:
PE (Real PE) - coming soon
Music (Music Express) - coming soon
Computing (Rising Stars) - coming soon
RE (Calderdale agreed syllabus) - coming soon
Impact: How effective is our curriculum?
"Staff are skilled at setting pupils stimulating tasks that test their resilience and encourage autonomy...Classroom routines and high expectations across the school encourage pupils to use their initiative and apply their skills in new learning...All staff show good subject knowledge. They know their pupils well and plan work that stimulates and engages them. Classrooms are friendly, orderly places where pupils feel confident and relaxed."