Callow End Curriculum
Callow End CE Primary School Curriculum Intent
At Callow End we provide a welcoming, safe, supportive environment and have high aspirations for our pupils. As part of this vision we aim to offer a curriculum which is rich, broad and balanced and which includes a wide variety of learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom.
Our school curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils and includes the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. It is broadly organised into themes and topics so that meaningful cross-curricular links can be made and is planned to meet the needs and interests of the pupils. We have high expectations of key English and Maths skills and these are also embedded across the wider curriculum.
Our focus on the use of high calibre texts across the curriculum allows our pupils to explore high quality writing in every genre and we encourage all our pupils to become fluent, enthusiastic, life-long readers.
As a small village school we offer a caring and supportive environment based on our core Christian values, however we also recognise the importance of preparing our pupils for their future and for life in the wider world. We are therefore outward looking and aim to develop transferable skills such as resilience, co-operation, reflection and critical thinking. A variety of enrichment opportunities and experiences prepare our pupils for the responsibilities and experiences of later life.
We also work hard to ensure that the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. Our core Christian values are based on the teaching of the Bible and are interwoven into all aspects of school life. Linked to these are our teaching of fundamental British values, our work in PSHCE, RE and the provision of opportunities for increased wellbeing and spirituality.
Our fantastic outdoor facilities enable us to provide a wealth of learning in the natural environment including woodland school, sporting activities, adventurous exploration, mud kitchens, gardening , science activities, spirituality and well-being.
For more detail on what each year group will be learning, please see our Curriculum Plans:
Curriculum plans, two year rolling programme 2018-2020
Overview of the 2014 National Curriculum
Reading and Phonics
We aim to encourage all our pupils to become enthusiastic readers who enjoy a wide range of quality texts and read accurately, with understanding and with enjoyment.
In EYFS and KS1, direct focused phonics is taught every day through the Letters and Sounds phonics programme which prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills whilst building their speaking and listening skills.
The Songbirds scheme is used throughout EYFS and KS1 and is sequenced to embed a cumulative progression in phonic knowledge. This ensures that reading books are matched to pupils’ phonic knowledge and allow pupils to practice reading and re-reading books, that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences that they have learnt . These books are read at home and at school
A range of resources, high quality texts and planned activities and experiences develop understanding and nurture a love of reading and books. Once our pupils’ phonic knowledge is secure they move onto the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, together with supplementary texts appropriate to their stage and ability.
Guided reading groups use Rigby star books in Key Stage 1, the Navigator scheme in lower Key Stage 2 and Fiction Express in upper Key Stage 2. High quality texts and focused questioning allow pupils to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Three planned Guided Reading sessions take place weekly across KS1 and KS2.
Throughout the school we aim to ensure that all our pupils develop:
- Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
- Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
- Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
- An excellent comprehension of texts.
- The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
- Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.