Whole School Curriculum Statement of Intent
Our aim is to provide an exciting, engaging curriculum which will open academic doors in the future and enrich the children’s lives in a variety of ways. We believe that education is important to develop the child fully, to pass on to the next generation key ideas from the past, to prepare them for the future, and therefore to build the future of our whole community.
As a school, our curriculum is designed with the following principles as its focus:
- Balanced (where all aspects of a child’s development are equally important)
- Rigorous (focusing on the key skills needed in each individual subject)
- Coherent (making links between subjects)
- Progressive, sequenced knowledge and skills from EYFS to Year 6)
- Appropriate and accessible to all
- Focused (on key knowledge and skills)
- Relevant (connecting the children to its key outcomes)
In addition to the children’s academic development, at Victoria Road Primary School we are committed to their personal development, which is evident in how Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development can be seen throughout the curriculum. Furthermore, we foster a positive mindset in children to develop resilience, confidence and independence as they explore their talents.
We are proud of our curriculum, which our teachers bring alive through interesting, engaging learning opportunities and allow children to ‘open doors’ and enrich their lives in meaningful ways.
In School, phonics is delivered through the Letters and Sounds scheme. Generally children will work on: Phase 1-4 in Reception, Phase 4-5 in Year 1 and Phase 6 in year 2.
Children complete the ‘Phonics Screening Test’ at the end of Year 1. Children who do not pass the test at the end of Year 1 are required to retake this test at the end of Year 2. Children continue to be monitored and supported throughout school until they meet the standard. In Key Stage 1, phonic sessions take place daily and children are grouped to take part in activities appropriate to their current stage and needs.
In Key Stage 2, there is a provision of intervention groups for children who are still not secure with Phases 1-6 which focus on recognition of all grapheme / phoneme representations through investigation and developing spelling patterns. Intervention groups will also be supported through Letters and Sounds.
In addition to this, some children complete activities on ‘Lexia’ which is a computer-based reading software designed to support improving their skills as a reader.
At Victoria Road we use a book banding system to group books in bands of different colours to show the different levels.
Using colour allows children the freedom to choose their own book at the appropriate level for them
Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Lime
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