The National Curriculum defines the programmes of study for key subjects in maintained state primary and secondary schools in England. Fundamentally, it sets out what your child is supposed to learn and when;
As of the 1st September 2014 schools are working from a new National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum defines the programmes of study for key subjects in maintained state primary and secondary schools in England. Fundamentally, it sets out what your child is supposed to learn and when.
The new curriculum, like the old, covers English and Maths but also encompasses other subjects too - from science and RE to history and foreign languages. What's different is the content. Changes include more programming within ICT / computing and compulsory cookery lessons.
Each school in England has taken the new Curriculum and designed their own school Curriculum from the statutory. Staff at Simmondley have worked together to build a stimulating and cohesive curriculum for children ensuring that all Curriculum content is covered.
We are currently devising a curriculum with 'Diversity' at its heart and which prepares our children for life in Modern Britain, promoting values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
At Simmondley Primary School we follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Key Stage 1
KS1 Phonics and the Teaching of Reading
We aim to promote a love of reading and each class has an inviting Reading Corner which children are able to access at different points within the day. Systematic, synthetic phonics is taught daily and children work in Phase Groups to address their individual needs and accelerate progress. Phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds using Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play and a variety of other resources and multi-sensory teaching styles, such as collaborative learning and interactive games.
Reading begins in the Foundation Stage where children begin blending and segmenting phonemes and learning high frequency words. A variety of reading books and schemes are used ,such as Sound Start, Phonics Bugs and Oxford Reading Tree. Reading strategies and skills are taught daily and children read individually with their teachers at least once a week although additional reading is provided for children who are identified on our Provision Map.
Guided Reading activities take place daily throughout Key Stage One. Children are taught in small same ability groups and are taught all aspects of reading to enhance their knowledge and understanding of many different genres, such as poetry, fiction, non fiction and plays.