The Curriculum at Combe St Nicholas C of E Primary School
At Combe St Nicholas School we follow The National Curriculum (Revised 2014). The Curriculum outlines what children should be taught from Year 1 to Year 6 in Primary Schools. The children at the Early years and Foundation Stage (EYFS – Pre-School and Reception) follow a child centred programme designed to prepare the children for the more formal teaching which begins in Year 1.
The National Curriculum has three core subjects:
English: Reading – word reading and comprehension, Writing – compositon, handwriting and spelling, Spoken Language and Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary.
Mathematics: Number and place value, Fractions, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Geometry, Fractions and Statistics
Additionally, as a Church of England School, Religious Education is given the status of a core subject. The focus for Religious Education is mainly on Christianity and also includes teaching of Judaism and Islam.
The Foundation subjects are: Art and Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, Languages (French and German), Music, and PE.
We also teach PSHE (personal, social, health and economic). This may be in a dedicated lesson or be part of a cross curricular approach.
The Dept. for Education has established the standard to which children are expected to achieve at the end of each year in school. The school is therefore able to report to parents annually whether or not a child has met the age related expectations (ARE) or if they are below or above them.
Additionally, the children in Y1, Y2 and Y6 take more formal National tests
Y1 – Phonics Screen
Y2 – Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Mathematics. Writing is assessed by the school.
Y6 – Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Mathematics. Writing is assessed by the school.
The results for KS1 and KS2 tests are published.
Combe St Nicholas C of E School is a village school and cohorts vary from year to year. To ensure that the children will not repeat any aspect of their learning unnecessarily, we have developed a four year rolling programme of topics. These topics provide the context in which the subjects may be taught. Each class produces an outline of the ways in which this will happen. These outlines are available on our website in ‘Classes’.
The approach and resources which are used in each year group are as follows:
EYFS – Tadpoles and Hedgehogs
Children at this stage are introduced to the Letters and Sounds programme. They are taught to write the letters that they learn using a cursive script.
The first books which the children will read, are from the Dandelion Readers scheme. These books and supporting activities, reinforce the teaching of phonics. The children progress from this reading scheme to a range of different reading books which are graded using the Book Bands colours.
The children’s progress and attainment is recorded through the online tool ‘Tapestry’ to which the parents have full access.
Years 1 and 2 – Foxes and Squirrels
The children in these year groups continue to develop their understanding of phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme which is taught daily. They are also given the opportunity to practise writing words with the taught sound to further develop their reading and writing skills and to practise handwriting.
The children read to an adult daily and also participate in guided reading groups. The books may be from the Dandelion scheme or Book Banded reading books, depending on the needs of the child. The children each have access to Bug Club, an online reading programme which can be accessed at home and at school.
Mathematics teaching follows The White Rose Scheme. The children all have access to My Maths, an online mathematics teaching tool which can be accessed at home or at school. Science teaching follows the Kent Scheme. RE teaching follows the agreed syllabus, Awareness Mystery and Values. Foundation subjects are taught in the context of the school topic focus.
Years 3 to 6 – Owls and Badgers
Children in KS2 also have daily phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation practice. They develop their handwriting so that they are able to write in a neat and joined style. The children are encouraged to read independently a wide range of books which will challenge and develop reading skills and vocabulary. They are regularly supported in selecting books from the school library and share their reading with an adult. They also have daily guided reading in class and access to Bug Club.
Mathematics teaching follows the White Rose Scheme and the children have access to MyMaths upon which they will have homework set and their results recorded. Children in Year 6 take part in a local Mathematics challenge, annually, at Wellington School.
Science is taught through the Kent scheme.
The children have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports activities through our involvement with PE at our feeder secondary school, Holyrood Academy.
In addition to the statutory requirements, we ensure that the children are given opportunities in each year group to present to an audience in Class Led Worship, YR and KS1 Christmas productions, KS2 summer productions and Public Speaking with the Rotary Club, the Children’s Parliament and the Willows Annual Poetry event.
All children in KS2 are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
The children have the opportunity to attend the theatre each year and trips are regularly planned to support the learning in the classroom.
The children in Badgers’ also have the opportunity to participate in a school journey and Life Skills.
The children receive regular homework activities which always includes regular reading practice. Each class teacher advises the parents at the beginning of the year when homework will be set and by which day it should be returned. Children in KS2 have a homework diary in which to record the details of that week’s homework.
Children who find it difficult to complete homework tasks at home, are invited to Homework Club.
To see what is being taught this term please navigate to "Learning" and "Classes"
For more information please speak to the Class Teacher