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Curriculum

 

NB: For the SRE curriculum, click above. For the rest of the curriculum, click on the appropriate year group below. Further information about the design of our curriculum can found below the Year Group links.

 

Our Knowledge-Rich Curriculum

 

At Yattendon our staff have a passion for a creative, knowledge-rich curriculum which is demanding and develops the imagination through the systematic delivery of a sequential and inspiring curriculum. We believe that this is the key to motivation in learning and the growth of children's self esteem and enjoyment and their success as learners. The curriculum is the means of developing our vision and ethos of the school and helps generate a strong sense of team work and creativity in everyone.
 
At Yattendon our curriculum is designed to give cohesion, meaning and motivation, developing the commitment, curiosity and creativity of each child. This has been done by linking the learning experience into a meaningful whole. A thematic approach stitches together the individual subjects of the National Curriculum into a ‘seamless coat of learning’. It makes everything related and relevant and enables...

  • Learning in a meaningful context and allows for first hand experience and concentrates on the depth and breadth of the curriculum. 
  • Links to be made and ensures that children apply knowledge and skills learned in one area to others, thus reinforcing learning and increasing understanding and confidence 
  • Effective coverage of the National Curriculum and makes good use of longer blocks of time, enabling sustained work on themes covering more than one subject
  • Team work and detailed cross-curricular planning and promotes shared vision and consistency
  • Creativity in learning and encourages flexibility and the development of exciting learning opportunities through different teaching techniques and strategies, making learning vivid and real.

 

To fulfil our aims of integration and creativity we have developed a curriculum model based on termly topics or themes for each year group. These have been chosen to link in with the National Curriculum and act as titles to hang the programmes of study and learning objectives for all the different subjects which have been carefully allocated to the topics to ensure good coverage. Each term has a main focus taken from the Foundation Subjects to promote a broad and balanced curriculum and nearly all the learning will relate in some way to the topic.
 
We are very proud of our Curriculum. We believe that linking knowledge and understanding makes learning fun and that if a child is motivated and challenged they are more likely to succeed. We design learning experiences with a strong narrative that makes what the children do relevant to them.  Please see the year group links for further information.
 

Mathematics at Yattendon School

At Yattendon School, we use White Rose Maths to plan and teach our lessons and frame our teaching within the ‘Mastery Model’.  This means we scaffold learning for all pupils and spend time enriching learning and understanding rather than accelerating too quickly through learning.

A yearly overview for each year group suggests the teaching time needed for every block of learning. The Autumn, Spring and Summer sections are split equally into 12 weeks comprising 11 weeks of blocks followed by a week of consolidation.

Because the Autumn term often exceeds 12 weeks, teachers might choose to spend longer on the Autumn topics to fully embed them.

The termly overviews show the objectives for each block. These objectives derive directly from the National Curriculum. Where an objective includes bold and underlined text, only the bold and underlined part of the objective is covered in the block; the rest of the objective is covered elsewhere within the scheme.

The objectives in each block are broken down into a series of carefully planned small steps. Teachers teach the content in the suggested order as the step sequence is designed to gradually develop children’s understanding.

As highlighted in the National Curriculum, all children must be able to access fluency, reasoning and problem solving. It’s therefore essential that we as teachers provide the support needed for every child to reason and problem solve.

 

For a more detailed breakdown of your child's learning objectives please click on the following link: 

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

Download the 'Progression in Calculations' document to help you find out how we teach arithmetic through the school

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