As you will see from exploring our website - the school has mixed ages classes. When potential parents visit the school they often ask how we cater for the all ages within each mixed-age class. The answer to this is simple - through skills. With any curriculum subject, the skills progress from our youngest Acorns in year 1 up to the oldest and mightiest Oaks in Year 6. It doesn’t matter what the content, whether you are studying Vikings with years 3 to 6 or mini-beasts in years 1 and 2. The subject matter will be similar across the class but the skill introduced and applied will vary depending on the age and ability of each individual. Through the skills based approach we are able to use a rolling program of topics in each class to avoid repetition but ensure every child has the opportunity to progress across the curriculum
English - the reading and writing skills are included below. We select books, novels and stimuli with the children in mind and whenever possible we involve the children in these choices. These stimuli may be linked to cross curricular learning, children’s interests or current interests. In Key-stage1 the children will tend to use a picture book over a unit. In Key-stage 2 this works a little differently.
In the Autumn Term the Oaks focus on reading two full novels (a modern novel and a classic novel) completely engaging in these texts - linking our other genres to this text in the Spring term they focus on extracts, exposing children to as many different texts as possible. In the Summer term they explore picture books and poetry in more detail. Throughout this work non-fiction is woven through the English work.
Maths - is now studied in longer units enabling learning to go deeper. In the Oaks we are fortunate to have the support of a maths consultant who comes in to team teach, enabling us to split the Oaks into two groups.
SCIENCE - is taught by the science leader across school. We’re passionate that science is an investigative subject that encourages children to focus on finding things out for themselves.
RE - is taught in line with the Diocese planning however school are currently training all staff in the delivery of Understanding Christianity, which they hope to team with the Understanding Islam resources and eventually Understanding of other faiths. As a CE school we cover Christianity. We also cover Islam and Hinduism. We also ensure children understand the other core faiths along with any relevant to the children e.g. when studying places of worship we make sure we understand places of worship and special places relevant to all members of the school family.
COMPUTER SCIENCE - We use the computing in school overview to plan out work. Children use scratch, Bee-bot and Lego Wedo for their programming. School uses the CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) resources to promote e-safety.
CLICK HERE FOR CASPrimaryComputing.pdf
Click each of the links below to see the progression of skill, scroll through each document to see the topic coverage within mixed age classes.
FOREST CURRICULUM LINKS FOR ACORNS