Curriculum

Our School offers a curriculum that promotes our aims and vision, whilst preparing children for their next steps in education and in life.

Clearwell School is legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.  National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

Clearwell School believes strongly in delivering the curriculum in an exciting and creative way.

From September 2018 we will be delivering a completely revised curriculum.  Here is our 4 year plan which shows all of our initial thoughts and ideas.  It is a working document.

4 year Curriculum Plan – Clearwell for website

 

As the children are making a significant contribution to what they would like to learn, you will see the Curriculum map for each class below.  We may not cover all of the information because there are so many things that they would like to know!

What Willow would like to learn about the Greeks

KS1 Learning Opportunities

English

In National Curriculum terms English embraces all those areas of learning which would normally be associated with English – speaking and listening, reading and writing (including handwriting and spelling.)  The adoption of the National Literacy Strategy ensures that progression is made in all of these areas in a systematic way.

a. Speaking and Listening
Children are taught first and foremost to listen to their teachers and to each other (in circle time), to take turns in conversations and to appreciate the needs of others in both small and larger group activities.  Further up the school children are given a wide range of opportunities for speaking and listening activities.

b. Reading
The development of the skills of reading is essential if pupils are to succeed in other areas of the curriculum. At Clearwell, a great deal of time and effort has been put into researching and developing the school’s reading programme. From when they exhibit a readiness to read, children are given the opportunity to select books from a carefully graded selection of reading materials. We are very fortunate to have our own dedicated library as well as the reading areas in each classroom.

In addition to the reading scheme children are encouraged to select books from a wide range of library books. Ultimately we wish the children to develop a love of reading for their own enjoyment as well as using their reading skills to acquire new knowledge across all areas of the curriculum. Willow Class have a class book for each theme which we then use as the focus point for English for that term.  From this, the children will write in all of the styles required for life as well as the National Curriculum.

We encourage parents to take part in their children’s reading activities at home.  This support is invaluable and, if parents are able to make positive statements about reading by showing interest, giving quality time to their children and acknowledging the value of reading themselves, then those children are far more likely to succeed.

We are following the Oxford Reading Tree scheme for our reading programme. All children are assessed and then monitored using their assessment documents. As part of this programme parents and children have access to a number of free e-books. More information can be found on their website:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

c. Writing
Children are given ample opportunity to develop their writing skills through the use of a variety of teaching strategies.  When they first enter school they are introduced to letter formation and phonic sounds.

From the start children are encouraged to see themselves as writers, even if this means just marks on paper in the early stages.  As they learn letter sounds and correct spellings these are incorporated into their writing. This process is known as developmental writing.

As they move through the school children learn to use a range of different kinds of writing.

 

Attention is paid to accuracy in punctuation and spelling and we also place great emphasis on the neat and careful presentation of work so that children are encouraged to take pride in their written work.

Phonics

We follow the Read Write Inc. Programme.  Parent guidance can be found on the schemes website:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Mathematics

At Clearwell School we acknowledge the importance of mathematics as a core National Curriculum subject and as a key area of knowledge for all our pupils. We want to demonstrate its usefulness in real life situations and its power as a language of communication.

At Clearwell we encourage pupils to have a positive attitude towards the subject, display low anxiety levels and be confident when using and applying their knowledge and skills.

Pupils are encouraged to use their own strategies and evaluate these on the way to more formal methods.

In line with the National Numeracy Strategy, Clearwell adopts daily mathematics lessons. Children are given the opportunity and scope to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts through a variety of activities and games as well as workbooks, textbooks and computer software. We focus on the fluency skills and then develop problem solving and reasoning skills.

Computing

Computing is high on our agenda and as such we have had a new network installed to ensure that children have access to up to date hardware.

 

There is a computer, a LitePro projector and an Interactive Whiteboard in every classroom. We have one iPad for every 3 children in our school as well as laptops.  These are used to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum for Computing, including programming. We are connected to the internet and our policy ensures that children can research and gain information in safety.

Computers are, as far as possible, incorporated into every curriculum area so that it becomes a working tool in the classroom and its application arises naturally through classroom activities. The use of technology also enriches the wider curriculum and provides opportunities for individual and collaborative learning.

Physical Education (PE)

We aim to develop agility, physical co-ordination, fitness, confidence and enjoyment through PE lessons. The school is able to use the playground, the school garden, the village hall and Church grounds for its PE sessions. In addition, especially in the summer months, athletics, rounders and sports day are enjoyed on the village recreation ground.

Children in KS2 go swimming at Whitecross Leisure Centre, Lydney, during the Autumn Term and KS1 go during the Summer Term.

Children in Class 1 (Reception and Years 1&2) enjoy Forest Schools every week, encouraging outdoor learning and physical exercise.

We also hire a Sports Coach from Prostars who takes lessons, whilst offering CPD to our Sports Lead, and after school clubs for the whole school on a weekly basis.  Being a small school means that all children have access to this for the whole school year.

Music

Children enjoy singing and playing a variety of percussion instruments.  Music plays a regular part in our daily assembly. Children listen to a variety of styles of music, including music from other cultures.

There are opportunities to learn other instruments, such as the guitar and violin with tuition and instruments being provided by Gloucestershire Music Service. Music also plays a prominent part in our twice termly church services and in our Christmas performances.

Religious Education (RE)

We follow the guidelines set out by the Diocese of Gloucestershire in our teaching of RE. Children follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus.

Emphasis is placed on teaching respect for religions and moral values and tolerance of other races, faiths and ways of life as set out in the school’s aims. Children learn about religion and from religion in all our topics.

Collective Worship

As a Church of England Controlled School, the Church is represented on the Governing Body by three foundation governors. We have a daily assembly which concentrates on the religious, social and moral welfare of the children. Close contact is kept with St. Peter’s, our parish Church.  Regular services are held in the church and the Vicar comes into school to take assembly twice a term. Children are invited to attend other parish services.

Parents are welcome to attend the weekly “Open the Book” assembly, held in the church, where the children participate in bringing bible stories to life. Parents are invited to class assemblies throughout the year. Our annual Christingle Service takes place in the Church, as does our Leavers’ Service in July.

Should any parents wish to withdraw their child from our assemblies or church services on religious grounds they are invited to consult with the Head Teacher who will discuss the alternative provision.

Sex Education

The Governing Body has decided that sex education should form part of the Health Education Programme followed by Year Five and Six in the summer term. Parents are invited to talk to staff about the content of the programme.