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We follow a themed curriculum throughout our school, with the whole school following the same theme but adapted appropriately for their year groups.

We use a genre map in literacy to ensure we cover many different types of writing whilst also addressing the entire National curriculum for literacy. SPaG is taught discreetly but also in literacy lessons. Guided reading is taught through a mixture of whole class and small group teaching.

We have used Maths No Problem textbooks in mathematics for the past two years, as well as using a variety of techniques to enhance fluency and a wider range of mastery level tasks. In Reception we use the Numicon scheme of work but expand this ourselves.

In french, RE and science we follow the North Yorkshire Scheme of work. We use a 'rotation' between Class Two, Three and Four to ensure children are taught many foundation subjects by subject specialists. We also place a great emphasis on outdoor activities, including Forest School for all children in the school.

It is difficult to describe fully the interactive nature of our curriculum and if you would like further details please contact the school.

Children will be formally assessed on their performance in the National Curriculum during their final year as infants (YR2) and as juniors (YR6), but their performance will be monitored and reported to parents during the intermediate stages.

The National Curriculum categorises children in key stages (KS):

• Y1/Y2 are Key Stage 1 (KS1)

• Y3/Y4/Y5/Y6 are Key Stage 2 (KS2)

The Reception year is the final year of the Foundation Stage which begins when children reach the age of three. The Foundation stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.

Collective Worship

All children attend daily acts of collective worship. Our aims are:

• To encourage the children to appreciate and experience the Christian ethics of care, love, peace, respect and tolerance within the community, having regard to the beliefs and practices of the Church of England.

• To acknowledge and build a special relationship between the school and the parish church.

• To appreciate the importance of other religious faiths.

Collective Worship is organised on a whole school basis, and is led by staff, visitors and the pupils themselves. We foster close links with our parish church by having services each term, and by inviting clergy of other denominations into school on a regular basis to lead worship.

The spiritual, social, cultural and moral welfare of our pupils, whatever their background, is of prime concern to us as a school. However, Christian values are definitely built into our ethos and teaching, and are reflected in the cycle of themes on which our daily acts of worship are based.

Parents do have the right to withdraw their children on religious grounds from acts of collective worship, but members of staff feel that pupils who are excluded would miss part of the corporate life of the school. If any parents wish to exercise their right, they are asked to discuss this matter with the Headteacher, and alternative arrangements will be made.

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