Belmont Church of England Primary School Curriculum Information
The National Curriculum - A Guide For Parents
The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 for all children. The main aim for the change of curriculum was to raise standards. The curriculum is more challenging but the content is actually slimmer than the previous curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills.
Our Curriculum Aims
- To help children develop lively, enquiring minds and to be successful across a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
- To involve children fully in their learning, providing continuity and progression.
- To prepare and support children for life outside of and beyond school in the 21st century.
We have adopted a creative, cross curricular approach in our teaching. We want our children to be ‘hooked’ into learning and to be left with memorable experiences that will shape them for life. Our cross curricular themed approach has fostered a high level of enthusiasm and a thirst for more knowledge and understanding, underpinned by key skills and attitudes. Learning is connected across the subject areas in an organised, meaningful way.
Each of our themes start by finding out from the children what they already know and what they would like to learn, thereby giving the children some ownership in their learning. At the beginning of each unit of work there is a ‘hook’ for the future learning – an inspiring, exciting activity to engage the children immediately and motivate then to learn more. Each theme provides for a mixture of key life skills and high quality subject knowledge within the context of ‘real life’ learning opportunities. The skills we aim to develop include creativity, communication, working in teams, independent problem-solving, presenting to an audience and using modern technology.
Throughout our curriculum we build strong foundations in English and Mathematics and these are taught discretely each morning. In literacy, we ensure that children become fluent writers by having a strong grasp of sentence composition, spelling patterns, grammar and handwriting. Regular opportunities for reading activities, individually, in groups, with peers and with ‘reading buddies’ ensure that standards across our school are high. Opportunities to practice and apply literacy and maths skills across the curriculum are identified in all subjects.
Please click on the Year Groups below to access our 2017-2018 curriculum maps.
Please click below to view our parent curriculum information sheets for Autumn Term 2017.
We follow the letter and sounds DFE teaching programme for Phonics teaching throughout Reception and Key Stage 1. We supplement this teaching with Jolly Phonics.