As a maintained school, we follow the statutory national curriculum, which is balanced and broadly based, and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Throughout the school, much of the curriculum that the children follow and study is through a thematic and cross-curricular approach. Some subjects are taught discreetly, but where possible we try to connect and link learning. We believe in providing and maintaining a broad, balanced and varied curriculum, that gives equal value to all learning and all subject areas. A high priority is given to speaking and listening as part of language development, encouraging confident readers and writers.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Reception, children continue their pre-school experiences, with learning through play. Children follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, this is made up of the following:
Three prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Four specific areas (through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied):
- Undertsanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
To help children to learn to read, we use Jolly Phonics (Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.). Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
All children are taught the compulsory subjects of the National Curriculum:
English - Please click on the following links for further curriculum information: SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) - Spelling (additional information) - Vocabularly/Grammar/Punctuation (additional information) - Glossary of English Curriculum Terms
Maths - Please click on the following link for further curriculum information: Maths by Year Group Teaching Guide
Design and Technology
Art and Design
P.E. (including swimming in KS2)
Modern foreign language.
In addition, R.E and P.S.H.E (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) also form an important part of the curriculum.
Please note. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of R.E. and collective worship.
Curriculum Content By Year Group
Information on the content taught on each of the core and foundation subjects mentioned above is provided in the Curriculum Newsletters by year group. Please click on the links below for information, or see the individual class pages. If you would like any further information about the curriculum the school is following or specific curriculum matters to any year group, please contact us.
Curriculum Aims and Objectives
Children at Ladybridge have the opportunity to:
- Learn, develop and refine the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics
- Apply their basic skills across a range of subjects and through problem solving and challenges
- Learn about the curriculum through a wide range of first-hand and practical experiences
- Take risks, and understand how, when and why this is important part of learning
- Learn about themselves as learners, and understand how to learn effectively
- Understand the importance of, and develop positive attitudes to, the different areas of learning
- Develop a wide range of communication skills, through working alone and with others
- Improve their own performance, through self, peer and adult evaluation and intervention
- Access all statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and the locally agreed syllabus for R.E.
- Learn about British values.
From Reception to Year 6, children learn about a whole range of thinking skills. These lessons offer children opportunities to look at learning from different perspectives, and explore the importance of questioning and challenge in order to solve problems and develop creative solutions.
Afternoon Excellence Programme
Launched in the 2016/17 academic year, the Afternoon Excellence Programme (AEP) involves a completely new way of organising and teaching the afternoon curriculum in school for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6. Under the AEP, children focus on one subject per week. So, for example, one week could be science week, and the following week could be Art and Design week, and so on. Mornings will continue to focus on English and maths.
There are significant benefits for children when they only have to focus on one subject:
- Children are able to see and understand their progress, in each subject, more clearly from Monday to Friday;
- Children's progress in terms of their skills, knowledge and understanding, will accelerate, as they build on more specific learning day after day;
- Increased opportunities for children to redraft and improve their learning, resulting in a higher standard of work.
Regular review weeks take place to ensure that children have time to recap learning from each of the previous AEP weeks.
Please see below for the Afternoon Excellence Programme timetable, or click here if you would like a pdf version of the document.
How Parents/Carers Can Help
When learning about your child’s achievements, it is important to focus on their targets and what you can do to support them to consistently achieve them. Our aim is to ensure every child achieves their best, but we can only do this with your help. It is crucial therefore, that parents and carers are supported and committed to learning beyond the school day.
Assessment and Standards
We use a range of continual assessment methods and strategies, enabling us to monitor and support children as they progress. Questioning is used extensively to probe and extend understanding. Supportive and constructive feedback is provided to all pupils. Assessment is used as a diagnostic tool that informs future learning. Pupils are supported in assessing their own work and in identifying targets for improvement.
There are a number of summative assessment tests/tasks that pupils complete at the end of specific topics/areas of learning. At the end of Year 6, children sit national tests called SATs, which measure standards in maths and English (reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling).