Reception follows the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, and Years 1 to Year 6 follow the new Primary National Curriculum which became statutory in September 2014. Children in Y1 to Y6 learn the essential skills of English, Mathematics and Science, as well as Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, French, PSHE and Religious Education. Learning in a range of subjects is taught through cross-curricular topics designed to be exciting for primary aged children.
At Earlsmead, pupils have access to a wide range of books, both in school and class libraries, and structured scheme books. We use a variety of schemes in order to appeal to pupils with differing needs, interests and levels of skill. These include: Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star.
Follow the link below to find out which spellling patterns your child will be learning this year, and word-lists for each year group.
Teachers use the scheme "Letters and Sounds" to teach phonics. For further information, please follow the link:
Whole School Topic Map
Topics are taught every half term or term throughout the school. Each half term, a core value is also taught alongside topic work.
Home learning is set weekly on a Wednesday for every year group, due in the following Monday. It consists of: reading, spellings, hands on maths, something to talk about, and some additional written activities. Also, a project is set for a more extended period. The project allows pupils to work on an end product over a period of weeks which could be: a piece of written research; an artefact; a set of photographs with notes; a piece of art work etc.
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