Curriculum Overviews - Autumn Term 2022-2023
Curriculum Statement of Intent
At Slip End Village School we believe that our curriculum should challenge and inspire pupils, encouraging them to look beyond their immediate environment. We want to promote a love of learning and believe that practice, resilience and patience will bring success and build confidence. Curiosity, creativity and empathy will be nurtured and valued. Developing these traits in our pupils will assist them in finding a happier path through an increasingly complex world.
Our curriculum is underpinned with characteristics that we encourage in our pupils. These were derived from our own research and are called ‘SELF’.
- Self esteem
- Self awareness
- Self sufficiency
- Self motivation
- Self control
- Self reflection
These characteristics are discussed in class time, in assemblies and throughout the school day. Our research showed that where children are lacking in these characteristics there is a barrier to learning - we aim to teach our pupils how to recognise and remove those barriers.
When our children leave us at the end of Year 6 they will be ready for the next stage of their education and feel confident and secure that they are able to meet the challenges of what lies ahead. Their experiences here should help them to develop into healthy, happy adults ready to take their place in the community and in society.
We offer our pupils a broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to be imaginative, challenging and motivational. Throughout the 8-year learning journey our pupils take with us, they build on the knowledge and skills of previous years. Our pupils work towards learning objectives that develop new concepts and focus learning; we aim to inspire pupils through the topics and lessons that we teach.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and experiences. Our strong school values and ethos of tolerance and respect, gives all of our children an excellent platform for embracing differences.
At Slip End Village School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHCE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
Phonics and Reading
Phonics is taught through the Twinkl Phonics Scheme. This is a scheme that has been validated by the Department for Education. This scheme is split into six phases. In Nursery, children learn about sounds in the environment as they begin Phase 1. Children will continue to progress through the phases of learning in Reception and Year 1, consolidating their learning by reaching Phase 6 in Year 2. Phonics sessions are fast paced, multi-sensory and highly enjoyable.
Our children are provided with multiple opportunities during the school day to apply their phonic knowledge. Our reading scheme books are matched to their current reading attainment level.
Please visit the ‘Presentations and Workshops' section of the News/Events tab to view our Parent Workshop Phonics presentation.
Early Years Foundation Stage
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Mathematical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Understanding the World
Pupils are taught through a creative, thematic approach and are encouraged to participate in their learning by offering suggestions for themes and topics.
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stages 1 and 2, we follow the Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum, details of which can be found here. This fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and extends beyond, ensuring that our children are able to have both breadth and depth of learning.
The subjects covered include:
- Core Subjects - English, Mathematics, Science and Computing
- Foundation Subjects – History, Geography, French, Design Technology, Art, Music and P.E.
For Religious Education (RE), SACRE - the agreed syllabus for Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford - is followed.
Relationships and Sex Education
As part of your child’s education at Slip End Village School, we promote personal well being and development through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons. PSHE is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. The school has a statutory duty to provide lessons that focus on the body, personal hygiene and how our bodies change. In Science, we also have a statutory duty to teach life processes for humans and animals.
To deliver a successful programme it is vital that we work with parents to teach this content. We have chosen the Twinkl scheme of work to act as our foundation for our RSE lessons. However, we always adapt resources like this in order to best represent the needs of each class and child.