We use a thematic curriculum approach throughout school and also plan according to children’s individual interests and needs.
Our curriculum is further enhanced by inspiration days, visitors, visits and specific focus weeks such as Book Week.
The Curriculum themes run through each subject for each year group, these can be seen on the individual overviews below;
Further information about the curriculum in each year group can be found on the class pages.
Curriculum drivers enable us to deliver the national curriculum whilst maintaining a focus on what we believe is most important for the children at Central Street. Throughout the year we will actively promote the drivers within the classroom, whole school activities and driver days to enrich the curriculum and inspire the children. This work will ensure that our school curriculum is personalised and tailored to the children and families in our school community.
Our curriculum drivers are:
- Emotional Awareness
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.
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 session 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. We supplement this with Ruth Miskin speed sound flashcards for phrases and letter formation.
Our main home reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supplemented with phonetically decodable and non-fiction texts eg. Songbirds, Floppy Phonics, Project X and Fireflies.
Children are taught to form pre-cursive letters using Ruth Miskin phrases eg. "Maisie, mountain, mountain" to form the letter m.
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 as an aid to planning.
Each half term, children are encourage to take their learning logs home and show what they have learnt about their class topic. Children are then invited to bring their learning logs into school and share them with their class.