Curriculum

At Stoke Heath Primary School, we plan and deliver a broad and balanced and personalised curriculum which reflects the needs and interests of our children; with the aim of preparing them for life in modern Britain.

Maths is taught through daily lessons which follow the objectives in Curriculum 2014. Additional skills lessons are also timetabled in Upper Key Stage Two to develop the children’s core arithmetic knowledge and understanding.

English is taught in half term units based around a key text, enabling the children to access quality literature across a range of different text types. Through these lessons the children will also have opportunities to develop their understanding of grammar, punctuation. Spelling is taught discretely following a whole school approach, with two lessons taught each week.

Science is taught in half termly units. The weekly science lessons are planned to enable the children to develop their investigative skills as well as learning key facts and concepts.

Details of the objectives covered in each year group can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

The Foundation Subjects are combined into termly topics which cover the National Curriculum for Geography, History, Art and Design and Designs and Technology. The use of ICT is encouraged in all subject areas and specific computing skills are taught separately as needed.

For more information on the topics covered in each year group can be found in our long term plan. New National Curriculum – with IT and computing Sept 2014.

To see information about the current term’s curriculum for each year group please follow the links below;-

Nursery Summer Term 2017
Summer Term 17 Curriculum Letter Reception
Summer Tern 17 curriculum letter Y 1
Summer Term 17 curriculum letter Y2
Summer Term 17 curriculum letter Y3
Summer Term 17 curriculum letter Y4
Summer Term curriculum letter Y6

RE is planned and delivered in accordance with the Coventry Agreed Syllabus.

Music is taught by discretely with support from the Performing Arts Service where available. Children in Key Stage Two are also offered the opportunity to pay for individual music lessons.

PE and Swimming is delivered by teaching staff and additional specialist coaches.

French is taught in Language lessons from Year 3 to 6

Teaching of Reading

Children start to follow the synthetic phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ as soon as they start school (whether this be Reception or our Nursery) which teaches them the first sounds they need to be able to read simple texts. Until the end of Key Stage 1 these sessions take place on a daily basis. During these lessons children are given opportunities to read and write using these sounds. Alongside this, children have home-reading books that are suitable for their phonic knowledge.

As children move into Key Stage 1, they continue to progress through the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. They are regularly assessed on their phonic knowledge and are regrouped accordingly. Whilst children are still working within phase 2, 3 or 4 sounds they will be provided with a fully-decodable phonics books. When they know a more substantial number of sounds, and are within phase 5, they start to read more detailed books from the Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star reading schemes, rather than just the phonic support texts. This enables them to further develop other reading skills, such as inference and deduction. At the end of Year 1, children complete the Government Phonics Screening Check to see if they meet the expected age-related levels. If children do not meet the expected level, they have phonic intervention in Year 2 and have another opportunity to take the Screening Check at the end of the year.

By the time children enter Years 3 and 4, a majority of them will know their sounds and will be applying them in their reading and writing. Those who are not yet secure in their phonic knowledge will receive phonic intervention. These children will read books from the Project X reading scheme, which are of particular interest to boys due to the nature of the stories, and books from the Collins Big Cats scheme which provide low-level but high interest texts.

The children who are confident readers will move onto the Tree Tops scheme and the higher level Project X books and once they have progressed through stages nine to sixteen, will be allowed to read books of their choice.

All reading schemes throughout the school offer both fiction and non-fiction texts and cover a range of different text types to broaden children’s experiences and Literacy understanding. In school we promote reading for pleasure so, as well as the levelled scheme books, there are a range of everyday fiction and non-fiction texts that have been levelled so that children can read these at home.

All children have access to the school library and, providing parents have signed a permission slip, all may borrow a book to read in school and at home.

Click here to see the Primary National Curriculum for English